Purradise Cat Cafe, TTDI

Pets, be it cats, dogs, or other small animals, can be a source of comfort and support. Research has shown that interacting with pets lowers the stress hormone cortisol and lowers blood pressure, whilst also providing social support and reducing loneliness.

Unfortunately, not everyone is able to keep pets at home (like yours truly) – so the next best thing is to visit a pet cafe.

One of my favourite places to go to for a mood booster is Purradise Cat Cafe in TTDI, KL. Established in 2015, it is considered a pioneer in the cat cafe scene. What makes the place special is that these are not fancy, pure bred cats, but animals that have been rescued off the streets. I brought the Hubs here recently since he also likes cats, and we had a purr-fect time chilling with the kitties!

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It has been awhile since my last visit, as I was not able to come during the pandemic. The space largely looks the same: beanbags, a few tables with high stools, and lots of nooks and crannies for the cats to hide in. I also like that they have a catwalk above, because cats have a natural instinct to protect themselves and like high vantage points.

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Entry to the cafe is RM21 per hour, inclusive of a drink. The price is a little steep, but personally, it’s a price I’m willing to pay to be around the cats and also support the establishment. You’ll have to keep track of the time yourself, though, as they charge an additional fee every 15 minutes after your hour is up.

There is a board with helpful tips on how to interact with the cats. The staff member on duty explained to us which cats tend to be friendly, and which are grumpy.

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There are close to 20 cats in the cafe; not all of them were in the common area during our visit, so I’m guessing they rotate the cats at different hours of the day. We were there around 2PM; most of the cats were just chilling, while others were in a playful mood, so I think we caught them at the right time. The last time I was here, I didn’t get to pet any cats at all because they were all grumpy. I still enjoyed my time immensely though, because just being around them makes me happy.

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Manage expectations when it comes to food, because although they call themselves a cafe, this is not a proper eatery. What they have on their limited menu is pretty decent though; the Hubs and I both got iced chocolate drinks, which were served with paper straws. Some people might find it unpleasant to eat or drink here because the place has a strong cat odour, but we were both too excited to be around the cats to care.

And without further ado: cat pics!

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My favourite is Brie, a beautiful calico with a smooth, silky coat. She’s one of the cats with an asterisks on the kitty menu; which means she can be moody. But she was an angel during our visit ! We were able to pet her multiple times; she had this haughty look that said “I shall tolerate your presence… for now.” Adorable!

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Chonky Brie.

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Miki was asleep the entire time. We were able to pet her without her waking up. I think she quite enjoyed it!

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The Hubs and Patches, a tuxedo cat. Patches was also in the mood for head scritches, a good five to ten minute session.

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We were lucky as many of the cats were in an agreeable mood during our visit, so we were able to touch and play with them. On my previous visit, they were not at all friendly, so it really depends on your luck as to how they’re feeling.

An important thing to remember is that CATS ARE NOT TOYS, and DO NOT come at your whim and fancy. If a cat doesn’t feel like getting close to you, you CANNOT force it to. I’ve seen many negative reviews of the cafe left by rude, entitled pricks who think that just because they pay, then the cats MUST interact with them. Some even go as far as saying that the cats are not declawed, because they got scratched.

Hello. You do not declaw a cat. It’s akin to cutting off the tips of a human’s fingers off, because cats use their claws to climb things, and it’s their way of defending themselves. I would like to see you cut your fingers off because someone finds it more convenient. Also, I’d like to see you being manhandled all hours of the day by boisterous customers and not be a little cranky.

All of the unreasonable, entitled reviews makes me cranky. Grr.

But ending this on a positive note: if you like cats, then check out Purradise! You’ll also be supporting an establishment that rescues strays.

PURRADISE CAT CAFE

First Floor, 24A, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: Mon – Fri (2PM – 9PM), Sat (2PM – 10PM), Sun (11AM – 7PM)

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6 Instagram Accounts Every Cat Lover Should Follow

People who know me know that I am absolutely. Obsessed. With. Cats.

I don’t know when it began, but the older I get, the more I relate to these majestic yet quirky, beautiful creatures. I love how silly and funny they can be, and how they all have different personalities. Cats get a bad rap as ‘cold and distant’ as compared to dogs, but I think cats can be incredibly affectionate and smart to boot – the only reason you can get them to do something is because they WANT to do it. And you can’t help loving them for how they are. When you’ve gained the love and trust of a cat, that’s when you know you’ve really made it in life. lol.

Unfortunately, due to my housing arrangements, I don’t have any cats of my own (yet) – but I’m always daydreaming of the day I can finally bring a kitty home and love it as my own.

In the meantime, I’ve had to content myself with looking at cat photos and videos. Here are five of my favourite Instagram cat accounts – spread the love and cuteness!

THEEBRUNOBARTLETT

Followers: 110,000  Based in: USA

Let me just start off by saying that I AM OBSESSED WITH THESE TWO GRAY POTATOES. Dubbed Bruno and Carlo, they’re both older cats, overweight and rescues. The account started with Bruno, a polydactyl cat with an extra thumb, so it looks like he’s wearing a glove. Then the new owners were connected to a rescue centre housing Carlo, and he looked so much like Bruno they just had to adopt him (awww). Bruno looks like the bad boy of the pair, while Carlo has a wide-eyed innocence that is absolutely adorable. The owners have been working very hard to help them lose weight, but they’re still pretty chonky. The best part is that they’ve learned this neat trick of standing up on their two hind legs when they want something. When I’m having a bad day at work, I come home and look at their antics – it helps me to destress somehow and just puts a smile on my face.

MISSENELL 

Followers: 579,000   Based in: Copenhagen, Sweden

I always look forward to my daily dose of Nelly & Gilbert! Nelly is the Birman/Ragdoll aka the Queen, while Gilbert the Bengal is her ‘servant’. Most of the videos involve Nelly ‘complaining’ about Gilbert; she is extremely chirpy and talkative, with a soft mew that just melts the heart. Of course it goes without saying that they’re both gorgeous – Nelly is fluffy with white booties and slightly crossed blue eyes, while Gilbert has a beautiful orange spotted coat with striking green eyes.

BO_MANG_CO 

Followers: 237,000  Based in: South Korea

The account’s name is short for Boss, Manggo and Coco (a family of dad, mom and daughter), although Manggo is featured more prominently and is definitely the sassiest. Despite looking quite obese (she literally looks like a ball when she curls up), fans love Manggo for her sassy attitude – and she can run faster than the other two when there’s food involved. It would be good if the owners could help her lose some weight for health reasons, but then again they have never stated that Manggo is unhealthy despite her large size.

MAKINLIKESHRIMP

Followers: 14,800  Based in: United States

I think this is a very underrated account and more people deserve to know about it! It’s dedicated to the owner’s two black cats, Daffodil and Leapfrog. The latter shot to fame on viral news outlets, thanks to her love for jumping over things at the exact same spot. They’ve put all sorts of things in her path, from people and dogs (above) to chairs and Christmas decorations. It’s quite fascinating to see:

 

KAFKA_BLACK 

Followers: 61,900    Based in : Nagoya, Japan

You guys know Toothless from the How To Train A Dragon animated series? Meet the real life Toothless – a beautiful inky black cat called Kafka. All of the posts on his IG are videos, where Kafka usually stares intently at the owner recording it, sometimes meowing. Kafka’s colouration is so black that his face ‘disappears’, so it feels like there are only two large eyes looking at you. He also has two fangs jutting out from the lower jaw when he mews, and his owner likes to dress him in nice colourful bowties which contrast nicely with his silky fur.

OMAME_MUNCHKIN 

Followers: 139,000 Based in : Japan

Another Japanese cat, Omame is a munchkin, which means that he has very short legs and a stocky body – automatically making it funny and cute when he runs or walks (like a bouncing furball, basically).  I also find Omame’s coat pattern, especially the little white patch directly underneath his mouth and on his chest, exceedingly adorable – gives him a pensive, thoughtful look.

There are actually plenty of other cat accounts that I follow – like @fatlaila, @hosico_cat, @chippie_gummy, @thesey_cat, @mami_and_morty, @merlin_griffith, and many more. Often they’re not only cute, but have unique stories – take merlin_griffith, a blind cat with eyes like the milky way, or @owl_kitty, whose owner has creatively incorporated her antics into various film and TV scenes. And then of course we have @wilfredwarrior, made famous by Michael Rapaport and his “Ma!”

If i were to list them all this post would be endless – but I recommend you check them out all the same! 🙂

Review: De-stress With Cute Kitties @ Purradise Cat Cafe, Taman Tun Dr Ismail Kuala Lumpur

**I’ve tried to cut down the number of photos to a minimum, but there are still like 20+ because every single one is so cute I MUST put them up lmao. 

Having pets have been known to help with stress, but since I can’t keep any at home, pet cafes are the next best thing.

After a particularly stressful day, decided to check out Purradise Cat Cafe in Taman Tun Dr Ismail KL. It wasn’t too far from the workplace, but weekday traffic can be hellish and it still took me an hour to get there. All worries were forgotten once I stepped into the brightly lit, cosy space to be greeted by this sight:

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WHY HELLO THERE KITTIES 

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KITTIES EVERYWHERE 

Cat cafes were all the rage a couple of years ago, but many have closed down. Purradise opened in 2015 and is still surviving; although how I’m not quite sure. The place was empty the entire hour I was there – not that I’m complaining because that means MORE KITTIES FOR ME

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LMAO look at the kitty at the bottom he’s just like wtf charles 

There are more than 20 cats in the cafe, mostly strays and rescues. While the place itself is clean, you do get the sourish odour of cat pee in the air which can be unpleasant for some. I got used to it because the ex had five cats. And a little bit of smell is nothing when you can be around these cuties; am I right or am I right?

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Staff was accommodating and friendly. The manager welcomed me with a smile and a menu for drinks (they’ve got basic stuff like hot chocolate and tea, but no snacks/food), and a ‘menu’ of cats – basically pictures of the resident cats, as she explained which ones I should or shouldn’t touch (there are some that are a little feral). You pay RM18 for an hour + drink, whereafter it’s RM4 for every subsequent 15 minutes (billed after you’re done).

The space itself was bright and cherry, with colourful pouffes, wooden pallet tables, an ‘island’ with tall chairs and plenty of nooks, crannies and beams for the kitties to hop on.

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The cats were not friendly and didn’t like to be touched, but it might be because it was close to feeding time and they were all waiting for food. It was calming enough to just look at their antics though – how can you feel stressed looking at this face? :3

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Waiting for food. The cats are fed a diet of raw chicken and you can tell they’re well fed and healthy from the plumpness of their bodies and the shine of their coats.

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The chonky one is Olaf; at 7, he’s the oldest cat in the cafe. Don’t you just want to smoosh you face into that glorious belly

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WTF – Where’s The Food

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The black kitty couldn’t wait and decided to try going ninja

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The front section of the cafe, with a cosy swing and more pouffes. Catwalks are installed overhead so the cats can enjoy looking down on the humans

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The kitties seemed more relaxed after they were fed – some even obliged when I flicked the feather toy at them (although they still didn’t want to be touched).

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Mostly they just sat around lazing, like this handsome tuxedo cat Patches. Funny how graceful yet potato-like they can be; its effing adorable

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Got up for a while and this one called Bubbles with a small nose patch took over the pouffe like the Queen she is

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Olaff From Above: A Study In The Perfect Feline Form  

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This kitty embodies my inner feelings.

Even though I didn’t get to touch the cats much, to quote Marie Kondo, looking at them just ‘sparked joy’ – and I left feeling relaxed and happier. A return visit is warranted.

PURRADISE CAT CAFE

First Floor, 24, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: Mon – Fri (2 – 9PM), Sat (2 – 10PM), Sun (11AM – 7PM)

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