I remember back in 2012 when I found out that there was such a thing as a cat cafe in Okayama, the city I was living in at that time. I was missing my cat while abroad so I couldn’t go fast enough to get my fix of adorable cats. I thought it was a genius idea for pet lovers, not to mention an interesting concept to join a cafe setting with adopted pets!
Fortunately for me, the idea of a cat cafe seems to have taken off and you can even find them in the United States. Seoul is definitely keeping up with the trend as cat cafes can be found all around the city. If cats aren’t your thing you can even go to a dog or lamb cafe. While roaming around Hongdae, my cat-love hit so I decided to check out a cat cafe off of the main parking lot street called Cats Living.
I have to admit that when you mix pets with food and drink, it sounds a little off. Not to mention that cat pee smells horrible so taking care of that many cats and maintaining a pleasant atmosphere is no small task! I’m really judgmental about the cleanliness not only for my sake but for the cats. When it’s dirty you can just tell the cats aren’t happy.
I’m going to be upfront here and say that I didn’t really enjoy my experience at this cat cafe. The Cats Living employees didn’t seem to care about the customers or the cats. They stayed in their little window and only came out when a customer asked them to do something. The litter boxes were hidden out of sight but you could definitely smell them! Something about sipping my coffee while smelling a strong urine smell is just wrong.
Don’t get me wrong, the cats were super adorable. Most of them were sleeping or just generally didn’t want to be touched too much. I went in the evening so they were probably tired of being shuffled around by then. They had a nice variety of cats to see, there was even a munchkin cat that I couldn’t get a picture of because he spent most of the time hiding. All the customers were after him!
One of the cats jumped on my chair and peed in it. Thankfully my husband saw it before I sat down so I didn’t sit in it! I definitely wouldn’t go again, but I have to admit I still enjoyed seeing the kitties. Cat cafes are a nice concept when done right. Each entry comes with a drink and fee of around $8. If it just didn’t smell so bad… 🙂