If you haven’t been to the Cat Museum at Purvis Street, you’re missing out on the cutest place in Singapore.
Located on the second, third and fourth floor of a shophouse, it’s not your typical cat café whereby you buy a drink and get to mingle around with cats in a small room: it’s literally a cat museum, where cats are real and you don’t need to buy a drink.
Heck, they didn’t even sell drinks there.
Coz they’ve got a water cooler manned by a dashing white cat 😀
All you need to do is to pay a low entrance fee and you’ll be surrounded by cats (and cat lovers), whereby the owner and volunteers would also educate you more about cats.
As a cat lover, all I can say is that it’s a cat lovers’ haven.
But nowadays, you might have been hearing about other news regarding this place.
Officially known as Lion City Kitty: The Cat Museum, Muses & Mansion, the Cat Museum has been on the headlines for being “evicted”.
“Evicted” with an open and close quote, because it’s…complicated.
You see, technically speaking, the Cat Museum can only use the second floor as a “cat shelter and adoption centre”. The third and fourth floor are supposed to be used for “residential” purposes.
To put things into perspective, here’s an easier example: you know those HDB shops on the first level? So, basically, Cat Museum allegedly used not just the first level for the cats, but the second level as well (which usually is the owner’s house).
To cut long story short, the URA officers did an inspection earlier this year, found patrons (and cats—cute cats!) on the floor that’s registered for “residential use” and therefore is an offence.
Ms Jessica Seet, the owner (who is really a sweet lady, by the way, as twice I was there, twice she was just being extremely friendly and caring to the cats), tried appealing but failed.
The thing is, while Ms Seet can keep the cats on residential area, she can’t open it up for people like you and me…if we were to pay for an entrance fee.
But this is the story from the surface.
According to Ms Seet herself, the direction of Cat Museum is that she has opened up her home, which means people are merely visiting her home. It’s not an offence for people to come in to see your pets, isn’t it?
It then turns out that the landlord was “angered” by the notice by MND, so they would not renew the premises’ lease that will end on the end of September.
In other words, the cats weren’t exactly “evicted”: it’s a long, complicated thingy.
Now, despite what you think, here’s something even more pressing: the Cat Museum has a mission to rescue orphan cats and kittens. In other words, there are not just permanent cats in the premises, but rescued kittens waiting to be adopted, too.
Visitors who are interested to adopt a kitten or a cat can approach a volunteer, who would then assess whether it is a match (Tinder, yo!).
If these cats, the kittens and the permanent cats, are being removed, they would be homeless.
The Cat Museum have since set up an account in GIVE.Asia to crowdfund for a new and bigger place for them. As of now, over $18K has been raised.
They target a total of $25K.
In the meantime, between now and until 24 September, the entrance fee would be revised: to raise enough funds, each visit will be at a 1.5 hour block, with a fee of $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and below.
I don’t know about you, but as a cat lover, it doesn’t matter who fault it is now. And I can vouch, based on two times I was there as a visitor, that the owner and the volunteers are very passionate about the cats.
So much so that two times I was there, two times I wanted to adopt a kitten (but didn’t do so).
Still not convinced? Here, take a look at this super skinny cat that I spotted in the Cat Museum during a visit.
Rushing there now? Here’s the address for your Uber driver:
Address: 8 Purvis Street, #02-02 Singapore 188587
Tel: 6336 2133
Visiting Hours:Thu/Fri: 4-5.30pm or 5.30-7pm & Sat/Sun: 1-2.30pm or 2.30-4pm or 4-5.30pm or 5.30-7pm
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