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Cat Decor in Bangkok

Caturday: Cat Cafe in Bangkok

Unlike most cities which tend to only have one, if any, cat cafes, Bangkok actually has a few cat cafes. While I was interested in several of them, Caturday is what worked out best for us due to its location. It was in walking distance from Siam Paragon and we already had other plans in that area (like developing film and the Hello Kitty House).

Caturday Cafe Sign

Wow It’s Popular

Boy is this a popular cat cafe! It was very crowded inside but they did not turn us away as they initially did at one of the cat cafes in Korea. The other thing I noticed immediately was the heavy theming. This place was cats, cats, cats!

Cat Decor

There were all kinds of cute cat decorations such as cat toys (not for cats- though there were those too!), paintings of cats, a big cat clock, cat merchandise, and more.

Polaroids with Cats

Obviously there were things for the cats to climb, sit on, and sleep in as well.

At the Cafe

Several cats had on cute outfits or accessories.

Cute Cat outfit
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We were seated at a table in the back near this cute Persian cuddled in a little kitty tent.

Me At Caturday
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Great Menu Too!

We spent a little time perusing the menu before we decided on a drink and cheese fries. I think we were both technically supposed to order drinks but it was okay since we ordered fries too (I’m not sure). We were a little more hungry than thirsty and I have a fondness for cheese fries but there were lots of other meal, snack, and dessert options.

Caturday Menu Options
Silly Caturday Menu
Tea and Cheese Fries

I no longer remember the name of the drink we shared but it was very tasty and sat on a cute Caturday coaster! The fries were also good.

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For the most point we just enjoyed watching the cats and petting the occasional one that wandered our way. Kitty snack time was crazy and also fun to watch with particular kitties trying to get it all. Others were being a little less sure of what to do when presented with it.

Crowded cat cafe

Overall it was a pretty nice time.

Cat Statues

~B~

Problematic Cat Cafe

Ailu Cat Cafe – Hanoi

I am sad to report that the cat cafe in Hanoi – Ailu Cat Cafe, also known as Ailu Cathouse Club,  is the worst cat cafe we have been to so far. Mostly due to the state and treatment of the cats there.

~ Ailu Cat Cafe has since closed, but we will keep this post up for historical context and documentation of cat cafes around the world.

Ailu Cat Cafe

Evening Arrival

We made our way here at the end of a long day of walking around Hanoi doing various other activities (including the Temple of Literature and the Vietnamese Women’s Museum). Hanoi is really a lovely city to walk around, especially during the time we visited (February/March).

Near the cafe

There are stairs leading up to the cafe in front of what I think might have been a restaurant. We made our way up and did the standard take off our shoes and pay the entrance fee. This cat cafe had the cheapest fee of any cat cafe so far at 35,000VND/person (at least in March 2016, it’s possible it will be raised). This comes out to about $3.15 for both of us.

Ailucat house

They Realize They’re Running A Business Right?

The whole thing was rather strange because the person running the place at the time did not even offer us a menu or ask if we would like to order something to drink/eat. Usually cat cafes (at least at the ones we visited in Asia) like to try to sell their food as it’s a way they make money. The guy actually looked a little unhappy that we came at all. Not in an annoyed way, but maybe more in the ‘they are going to see how badly this cafe is run’ sort of way. I’m not sure.

White Cat

There were quite a few kittens but we did not get to spend time with any of them because a group of young girls (also the only other people at the cafe) was hogging them all.

Girls with Kittens

We made our way to the back and settled in some bean bags. Here are some of the troubling things I found:

Smiling Cat but maybe sick

There were a few issues

  1. Some of the cats seemed ill.
  2. Several of the cats needed to be groomed and/or cleaned (such as cleaning around their eyes, brushing their fur, etc.)
  3. I think at least a couple of the cats were not fixed! One of them seemed to be in heat.
  4. Some of the cats had mental issues (possibly as a result of their treatment.) Some were very strange about things like eye contact (believe me, it was strange- I have spent time with plenty of cats and not encountered something quite like this) and others were extremely moody.
  5. The owners/workers abused the cats. One time I saw a cat crawling up a toy having fun and the man working there kept putting it down for no reason. It seemed very mean. I also saw him hit a cat that was fighting.
  6. On that note: the fighting. Now, you might think a little rough play is inevitable when you put that many cats together, but we did not notice any at any of the other cat cafes (or it was very light). We saw several cats fighting during the hour we were there. If you have seen the television show My Cat from Hell, which we actually did see on the tv in Vietnamese in Hanoi, you may know that there are certain things you can do to create an environment which will help with this kind of thing.
  7. Cats in cages. We saw two cats in the back in cages. I don’t know why they were there but one of them kept crying. I understand that at some cat cafes they may move a problem cat/fighting cat to another room, but they need to have access to food, water, and a littler box at all times!
  8. At one point I saw a cat on the balcony walking on the ledge! That is a little scary!
  9. It is not really a surprise from Vietnam as the country isn’t known for caring about animals (quite the opposite), but we had had a good experience at ICHI Cat Cafe down in Ho Chi Minh so we thought it might be okay.
  10. Now, despite their instability, most of the cats were very sweet and it was nice to hang out with them. One white fluffy one crawled up to Kyle at one point, kneaded him, purred, and finally settled and went to sleep in his lap. We felt really bad when we left and the cat had to leave his lap.

Person Tending to CageCrawling on Lap
Kyle with Kitties
Kyle with White Cat

The Cats Are Still Great Though

All of the cats who would accept attention really seemed happy to receive pets.

Me with CatGray Kitty
Kitty in bean bag

There were also two cats that were very sweet to watch because they were always rubbing each other, giving each other baths, etc.

Cuddling cats

I can’t exactly recommend the place but at the same time I worry that they would give them even less care or something if they don’t get enough visitors so if you happen to be in the area, that is your call. I really hope they work to improve things.

Kitty walking

~B~

ICHI Cat Cafe

~B~

So far, we have found a cat cafe in every large  city we have gone to so far and Saigon was no exception. The cafe here was called “ICHI” Cat Cafe (no, I don’t know the origins of the name) and it did not disappoint.

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It operates similarly to the others. First, you walk in, take off your shoes and put on their slippers and wash your hands. They show you the rules which are similar to other cafes (like don’t pick up the cats and don’t use flash on the cats).

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There is a “cuddle charge” of 40,000dong (~$1.80). The drinks options (you are not required to buy one) include various coffees, yogurt shakes, sodas, smoothies, teas, and more. They also have some dessert options.

There were tons of sweet kitties!

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I love seeing cats get snuggly with each other.

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“There’s no other kitty here. Just me.”

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All of the cats pretty healthy which was good to see.

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We ordered one drink to share (a strawberry smoothie) and it was great.  They also gave us water which was nice.

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A nice water fountain was available for the cats.

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 I am not sure what the feeding schedule is like but one cat seemed like it wished it was time for food.

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I was also able to find some litter boxes (just off to the side/sort of in the corner), which for some reason I find comforting. I wouldn’t have probably noticed them if I weren’t looking.

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Like at other cafes, we enjoyed going around and observing and petting various cats and also just sitting with them. This cafe felt more open to our mobility within the cafe and was not overly crowded with people.

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Such a cutie.

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There were a few other people there including a girl who was there sketching the cats. I had to tell a child to stop bothering a cat, though. She was blowing in its face and doing other things to bother it.

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There were lots of cute decorations like cat pillows. There was even a bookshelf full of books (mostly about kitties).

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There was also a period of time where most of the cats decided to take naps.

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Overall a nice time.

Hours: 10:30am-10pm

Website: http://www.ichicatcafe.com/