Mreowrrrrrr! That was a cat fight at 4:34…
I’m not a cat person.
I have two cats back in Canada that I sometimes forgot to feed…and whose litter box often went unattended… (Okay, now this probably isn’t painting a very positive picture, but I really did like my cats – even if they refused to curl up with me for longer than 10 minutes.) I may not be the poster girl for “Cat Lover of the Year”, but this year I found myself visiting Seoul’s cat cafes on more than one occasion.
On this particular weekend Sam and I went to Godabang Cat Cafe in Hongdae. Upon entering the cafe we traded our shoes for slippers, and then we slipped in through the indoor pet gates which make sure the cats don’t run off.
This little golden fella sitting right in front of me with its bottom on the table (very hygienic) was a darling. Did you notice him in the video? He’s the one with the honey coloured eyes and the little ears pointed downwards. Those ears! They certainly add a touch of innocence.
What, your cashmere sweater was torn to shreds? Pfff, it couldn’t have been the Scottish Fold Kitten! Just look at that face, and more importantly, those ears!
I’m a particular fan of this cat cafe because they have the best hot chocolate I’ve had in Korea. Chocolate milkshakes are pretty good, right? Well this hot chocolate was frothy and thick just like a milkshake, except hot. Sounds gross but tastes great. Plus they draw cute cat pictures on my lid.
My vast Korean language skills tell me that this is a book about…cats! It’s incredible how I’ve been able to expand my vocabulary this year, guys.
This cat was working it with the natural light. She gave me several different poses, never looking directly at the camera. Your white fur is so fiiine! Just hold it there. Now ‘smize’ like Tyra Banks taught you! Perfect.
Oh, and here is the boy drinking his latte. Hi Sam! He is the cat lover in the relationship.
This one was just waking up from its nap. He didn’t feel like posing so early in the afternoon.
And here is Sam in his element. The cats gathered around him in a semi circle formation waiting to be fed. I think he may be some kind of cat whisperer…
There was also a cute Siamese cat sleeping next to the heater. This one reminded me of my cat Tommy who we brought to Canada all the way from Argentina. He’s a well travelled cat.
And imagine my surprise when an alien tried to claw at my leg! Bald cats are kind of scary, even when clothed.
I look like I’m loving the moment in this one. Maybe I am a cat person…
How to get there:
This particular cat cafe is located in Hongdae. Take the subway to Hongik University (홍대입구역) and walk out exit 9. Turn left as soon as you exit, and turn right at the first intersection. You will likely see a Garfield mascot hanging around nonchalantly browsing on its smart phone – you’re heading in the right direction. The “Godabang Cat Cafe” will be on your right hand side, and you’ll have to take the stairs up to the third floor.