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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30 Day Challenge Day 12: Wtf Am I Doing

Hey guys!

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that earlier this month I “committed” myself to doing the 30 Day Writing Challenge, in conjunction with NaNoWriMo. And as you can see, I’ve been failing miserably. While I HAVE been posting daily (mostly backdated posts about stuff I’ve been doing and what not) , they’re not following the challenge prompts at all. I suppose that’s better than nothing. :’D

Day 12’s prompt was supposed to be about “Five Blessings In Life”.

I have a lot to be thankful for. A loving, if somewhat dysfunctional family (show me a perfect one!), a roof over my head, a job that gives me some pretty sweet perks, a doting boyfriend , and despite not being able to own a house, the financial ability to live in relative comfort.

The only thing missing in my life right now is a pet. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m absolutely OBSESSED with cats. I want one so bad. Just looking at videos of cute cats after a stressful day at work calms me. Friends who have cats have to tear me away from their pets whenever I visit because I’d be so busy trying to get them to sit on my lap (the cat, not the friend). I can’t pass by a stray on the street without miao-ing at it. And I’m constantly shoving pictures of cute cats in people’s faces, the same way mothers show their baby pictures to people.

The problem is, I still live with my parents and my mom HATES cats. She half-jokes (actually I think she means this in full seriousness) that the day I can have a cat in the house is when she dies. lol. She is more open to the idea of a dog, but we’ve had bad experiences with previous pet dogs so I don’t want to go there again. While I like dogs, I can’t say I would like them as pets because they’re just so excitable. It’s like having an extrovert in the house, God forbid.

But then again, I don’t think I would mind having a Samoyed, like Maya the Polar Bear. Just look at how sweet she is:

Also sums up my feelings about coming in to work today.

Happy Monday!

 

Cute Animals @ Pet World Malaysia 2017, Mid Valley Exhibition Center Kuala Lumpur

It was a long weekend thanks to the Nuzul Al-Quran holiday (good thing about living in Malaysia – you get holidays for everything. Chinese New Year, Muslim holidays, Wesak, Deepavali, Christmas, etc. :D). C asked if I wanted to go to the Pet World Malaysia 2017 happening at Mid Valley Exhibition Center in KL, and I didn’t have anything else to do in the afternoon so it was a yes. We brought her pet Chihuahua, Genie, along.  

Didn’t bring a carrier, so Genie sat on my lap throughout the drive. She was very quiet; probably wondering if it was a journey to the dreaded vet lol.

Returning for its 10th year, the event is touted as the ‘largest pet exhibition’ in the country and was held at MVEC, which had plenty of floor space. There was an entrance fee of RM5. Place was pretty packed out, but we saw lots of cuties!

Pet owners were having fun introducing their dogs to each other and making new friends. Not sure about how the dogs felt though.. it was crowded and noisy enough for me, a human, let alone a small doggo who has senses of smell and hearing much more acute than mine.

Booths sold mainly pet products such as pet shampoo, food, treats, leashes, carriers, etc.

One of the grooming booths had this magnificent dog with long, soft and curly fur. When it flopped down I could easily have mistaken it for being a rug!

Corgi doggo.

Pug in pram. Most of the dogs were well behaved and no fights broke out.. at least not during our visit.

Not real fish, made from resin. They looked so life like tho!

Cat section. They were mostly in cages 😦 except when their owners took them out for grooming.

There was a corner dedicated to insect lovers. Look at this giant Rhinoceros beetle! It was really shiny and wasn’t moving, so I thought it was fake.. turns out they were real. The sticky bits on the stump was actually sugar-water + honey made into jelly, which they eat.

Show pigeons. Again, from afar,  I thought these were fake coz they weren’t in a cage.. until they started moving and plumping their breasts out.  Sooooo fluffy.

A sort of soft shelled turtle from the Amazon. I held it in my hand and it was cold, soft and squishy.

Balls of hamsters.

Some sort of flying fish with dragon wings.

We waited til 1.30PM so that C and Genie could have a Chihuahua photo session! We got a can of beef to take home.

A very fluffy and somewhat sad husky.

 

Til next post!

 

Jepp: A Study in Purrr-fection

 

Hi! Today I ‘d like to introduce you to Jepp, E’s son cat.

Apart from being absolutely adorable, Jepp has a unique personality and a distinctive mew that sounds like a squeak. He’s very submissive and doesn’t bite or scratch, even when manhandled. But he can be petty and child-like: evidenced by how he knocks things off the shelves when you ignore his squeaks for food.

Anyway, here are a couple of shots, taken in and around the house. The bluish overtone makes them look like he’s an old-world celebrity, the likes of Janis Joplin and The Beatles.

We should make this into a coffee table book.

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Jepp was rescued as a kitten, along with a couple of his common-looking siblings. The mom was nowhere to be found. He used to be all white, but developed patches of grey on his face like a mask, as well as on the bottom half of his body. We’re not sure what breed he is, but I suspect he’s at least part Ragdoll, judging from his brilliant blue eyes.

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Eyes that stare into your soul.

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The thing about Jepp is that he has so many expressions. You can tell when he’s acting ‘cute’ to get something, or when he’s annoyed, or when he wants affection. They are all a joy to watch.

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Supercat flying in his dreams

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King of the house, and he knows it.

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Jepp has completely adapted to modern, household life. He even knows how to use pillows, ie he only rests his head on them, and never his whole body. He still has an aversion to that enemy of all housecats – the vacuum cleaner.

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Jepp is a great poser, and he knows when his pictures are being taken. When he’s not in the mood, he simply refuses to look at the camera, or will flop over and show his backside. On the days he’s ‘in the mood’, he poses like a diva.

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His current favourite spot, besides the head of the bed, is the laundry basket. Filled with clean clothes, I might add.

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Like all cats, Jepp dreams of freedom and being able to catch birds in the outdoors one day.

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In the meantime, he’s quite content to sleep, eat and play while the human slaves tend to his needs and worship him like the God he is.

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Guest shot: Jepp’s housemates, Lilymik and Apu Jukkai. They hang out with him sometimes in the room, but are content to roam the hallway and living room. Other housemates include Gajeel, a very old black cat that enjoys eating salads, and another calico cat.

 

Bow Wow – Dog-Friendly Neighbourhood Cafe in Puchong

For many dog owners, their furkids are part of the family – but they might not always be able to bring them out beyond a stroll around the neighbourhood or at the park. Fret not – there’s a new cafe in town where the pets can socialise while their humans tuck into delicious, comforting food.

Bow Wow Cafe is a dog cafe in the commercial district of Bandar Puchong Jaya, just next to Moonlight Cake House. Located on the first floor, the spacious restaurant is clean and offers a safe environment for pets and humans alike.

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I came here with C, who also brought her chihuahua, Genie. To make sure there aren’t any untoward ‘accidents’, there are rules to follow – eg male dogs must wear belly bands for hygienic purposes, while female dogs should be wearing diapers.

Upon entering the shop, I was greeted by a very large, beautiful husky with curious blue eyes, while in the background, dozens of smaller toy dogs were running around, sniffing each others’ buttholes.  I was surprised to find that it was very clean – no poop or pee anywhere, or even that wet dog smell. There are also hand sanitisers for the humans.

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Hard to catch a photo coz they were all running around excitedly. There were poodles, corgis, shih-tzus, beagles, huskies, pugs and Bichon Frisses.  Most of the dogs were well behaved, and the staff didn’t have to break up too many fights. Btw, the staff here are very friendly and well-trained at handling dogs! 🙂

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Idk what breed she is, but soooo flufffffyyy.

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Pug photos lining the walls. Glorious.

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Genie, on the other hand, was not very well behaved. It might have to do with her injury because apparently the groomer wasn’t careful enough and accidentally nicked her stomach, so she was still bleeding a little. Despite C telling me she had brought her here on several occasions, Genie was scared and stuck to C almost the whole time. She was okay with humans, but Whenever other dogs approached, she would bark and growl at them ferociously.

I think we need some Caesar Milan over here. xD

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The place also sells pooch-related merchandise. A bit pricey though.

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After having our fill of playing with cute dogs, it was time to fill… our stomachs! Bow Wow serves Western and fusion cuisine, the likes of soups, pastas, grilled items and more. C had a nice, hot cup of tea..

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While I went for a cold, refreshing chocolate caramel. The drink was thick with the flavour of cocoa and caramel – none of that watered-down stuff you get from some cafes.

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I had the Bangers N Mash , which had 1 German Pepper sausage and 2 Bavarian Bratwurst sausages on a giant bed of mashed potatoes, served with salad and brown onion sauce.

It was really good! The sausages were thick and juicy, while the mashed potato was flavoured just right without being too mushy or salty. My only qualms? The gravy wasn’t enough. I would have finished a whole bowl of it. lol.

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C had homemade meatballs served with garlic bread and sofrito sauce. Even though it was under the tapas/appetisers section, the serving was big enough to be a main dish. The crispy, toasted garlic bread slices were perfect for dipping into the tangy sauce, which had loads of tomato and tasted very much like a refreshing salsa. The meatballs were also phenomenal. Juicy on the inside, with a smokey, grilled taste on the outside. You could also taste a hint of herbs in the blend of meat. Highly recommended! 😉 20160522_203504-tile

Overall – the food is great at Bow Wow, but what makes it a cool place is the entire experience of dining and chilling with your furry friends as well as other pet lovers. The place is also clean, the staff is friendly and the service is good as well. 10/10 would come again!

BOW WOW CAFE 

1F-06, Kompleks Kenari,
Jalan Kenari 19, Bandar Puchong Jaya,
47100 Puchong, Selangor.
Tel: +6016- 440 8455
cafe.bowwow@gmail.com

Opening hours: 2.00pm – 12.00am (Monday – Friday), 11.00am – 12.00am (Saturday & Sunday)

Jepp’s Flop Reel

E’s cat Josep ‘Jepp’ is super adorable. I mean, who wouldn’t love such a cute kitty? He’s a big boy, cuddly and fluffy, and he has the sweetest temper ever and the tiniest little squeak (he doesn’t mew). And unlike some mean cats out there, Jepp is super patient and will allow you to squeeze and snuggle him without protest. He’s very careful not to scratch or bite, even with strangers, so I guess he’d be a good pet to have in a household with kids.

One really funny thing about Jepp is that he likes to flop. He flops whenever E comes back from work, exposing his belly in a gesture that’s almost like “Welcome home, pet me!” And coz he’s kinda fat, it’s even funnier when the fats on his body jiggle around… 😀 So here I’ve put together a Jepp Flop Reel, playing to Bodies by Drowning Pool.

 

Enjoy!