S’pore’s initial pet cat coffee shop Neko No Niwa to shut after 8 years: ‘It was our opportunity to have actually been component

April 2, 2022

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Feline Coffee Shop Neko No Niwa, Singapore’s first-ever pet cat coffee shop, will certainly be shutting its doors forever by May 1, 2022.

Baloo’s passing away

Tan Sue Lynn (Sue) and also Samuel Isaac Chua( Sam), the proprietors of the pet cat coffee shop, had actually been dabbling the concept of shuttering for a long time, yet it was the passing away of among their cherished male felines, Baloo, that strengthened their choice of shutting Feline Coffee shop Neko No Niwa’s doors forever.

The proprietors did not anticipate the 13-year-old Baloo to pass this quickly, neither this quick, as the feline’s bloodwork was “excellent” for an elderly pet cat, and also they figured that it contended the very least a couple of years left in its path.

Nevertheless, Baloo began showing a “stressing modification in his practices” late in 2021, and also soon after, the pet cat retired and also was embraced by a women coffee shop personnel, that aspired to hang around with her “favorite kid”.

Little did they understand that Baloo’s wellness would certainly take a radical turn for the most awful, and also the pet cat died simply 3 weeks right into its retired life on Dec. 23, 2021, after it was identified with mind tumors.

Influenced by Covid-19

The coffee shop formally introduced its approaching closure on its social media sites systems Facebook and also Instagram on Mar. 1, 2022.

Sue informed(* )~ that Covid-19 was among the factors for the coffee shop’s closure. She claimed it has had an effect on the coffee shop’s service procedures, such as facing numerous near-empty, or totally vacant months in the previous 2 approximately years.


~ mosted likely to the coffee shop at around 4pm on Mar. 10, it had 5 customers and also 2 personnel. Picture by Fiona Tan on Mar. 10.

Picture by Fiona Tan on Mar. 10.

Felines (and also human proprietors) not obtaining any kind of more youthful

The various other factor was that the felines were not obtaining any kind of more youthful. (* )Throughout the two-year pandemic, the felines in the coffee shop have actually expanded to be 9 to 13 years of ages presently.

Sue mentioned that the initial 2 human years of a pet cat’s life amounts

24 pet cat years

, after which, one human year amounts to 4 years in a pet cat’s life. (* )This implies the coffee shop’s felines are about aged 52 to 68 in pet cat years currently. Because the typical life-span for a pet cat is in between 12 to 18 years, every one of the coffee shop’s felines remain in the later phase of their lives, and also Sue claimed she would certainly such as for these felines to endure their retired life years in a comfy house. Picture by Fiona Tan on Mar. 10.

” Time waits on no male and also pet cat,” quipped Sue, that confessed that Sam and also herself were not obtaining any kind of more youthful either.

Therefore, Take legal action against claimed both have no strategies to move or resume the coffee shop with brand-new kittycats, aside from to indulge in the business of the coffee shop’s felines in the future.

Singapore’s initial pet cat coffee shop

The concept to open up a pet cat coffee shop in Singapore was initial stimulated off after both made numerous check outs to pet cat coffee shops in Japan.

And also as pet cat proprietors themselves, Take legal action against claimed they experienced firsthand the delight and also healing advantages being around felines would certainly bring. (* )This was something that both really felt Singapore might gain from– having its very own pet cat coffee shop– particularly throughout a time when psychological wellness was not commonly discussed yet back then when they began, Take legal action against claimed.

Nevertheless, the execution of the concept had its difficulties.

While both developed the concept previously in 2012, Feline Coffee Shop Neko No Niwa just opened its doors to the general public around one year in the future Dec. 25, 2013. (* )This was since there was no such point as a pet cat coffee shop at that time, and also Sue claimed the proprietors needed to invest around a year to persuade the different authorities on the then-novel idea of a pet cat coffee shop.

Grown solid and also faithful fanbase over 8 years

Quick ahead to 2022, the pet cat coffee shop has actually invested the last 8 approximately years calling the 2nd degree of a shophouse structure at 54A Watercraft Quay house.

Picture by Fiona Tan on Mar. 10.

Picture by Fiona Tan on Mar. 10.

Via the years, the coffee shop has actually attracted a lot of customers, both neighborhood and also international, most of whom have actually developed into the facility’s faithful followers.

It has actually additionally amassed fairly a credibility among travelers throughout the pre-pandemic period, and also is ranked


out of 5 on the on the internet testimonials system Tripadvisor where it is just one of the leading couple of best places in Singapore. (* )Simply have a look at the coffee shop’s


web page and also it’s simple to see why the coffee shop is so preferred, and also exactly how it has actually collected a 13,000-strong following. (* )This remains in component because of the

10 permanent resident felines aged in between 9 to 13 years of ages that consume, play, rest, and also stand up to all type of lovable shenanigans in Feline Coffee shop Neko No Niwa, which converts to “pet cat yard” in Japanese. (* )This possibly discusses the bittersweet action to the coffee shop’s news of its strategies to shut, where most of the coffee shop’s previous customers shared that they were depressing to see the coffee shop go, they additionally concurred that it is time for the felines to appreciate their gold years. The customers additionally took turns sharing exactly how the coffee shop and also its felines has actually affected their lives and also said thanks to the coffee shop for its solution and also the memories.

Picture screenshot from @nekononiwa/ Instagram Stories on Mar. 2.
Take legal action against revealed to ~

that since the coffee shop introduced its closure, she has actually gotten a profusion of love and also assistance from the general public. She claimed that” seeing these remarks and also messages” still stirs a variety of feelings. According to

The Straits Times(* ), the coffee shop has actually additionally gotten a boost in reservations, with a few of these customers also flying in from different components of the globe simply to see the coffee shop’s felines for one last time.

Coffee shop’s felines were embraced

Besides the lovable coffee shop felines, an additional feasible reason Feline Coffee shop Neko No Niwa has actually made such an extensive effect on the pet cat neighborhood might be because of its concentrate on feline education and learning and also outreach.

Sue claimed:” We were clear from the get go that we will certainly not be ‘simply a pet cat coffee shop’, yet additionally a supporter for pet cat fostering, accountable pet cat possession, along with a source centre for much better pet cat treatment by giving workshops and also sharing understanding.” Unsurprisingly, the coffee shop measures up to its name and also all of the coffee shop’s 10 felines were embraced via somehow. Besides working as an intermediary in between its felines and also customers, the coffee shop additionally carries out quarterly workshops covering appropriate pet cat treatment and also are proactively associated with different neighborhood pet cat areas.

These consist of neighborhood pet cat feeders, felines fosterers, rescuers and also adopters, Feline Well-being Culture and also Culture for the Avoidance of Ruthlessness to Pets (SPCA Singapore). (* )Much of the coffee shop’s advocates claimed they have actually gained from Feline Coffee shop Neko No Niwa’s workshops, and also some also claimed the coffee shop had actually persuaded them to embrace, as opposed to investing in, their felines.

Sue claimed:” Feline Coffee Shop Neko no Niwa has actually made such an effect on a lot of lives, felines and also human beings alike … we more than happy with our accomplishments and also the favorable distinction we have actually made.” (* )Coffee shop closing by May 1, 2022 The facility will certainly quickly be abandoning the facilities come May 1, 2022. “We (File A Claim Against and also Sam )are undoubtedly depressing that we need to stop,” claimed Sue when


asked her exactly how she and also Sam really felt concerning the coffee shop’s approaching closure.

Her words birthed an evident tint of hesitation regardless of her additionally having actually informed


that she and also Sam have “type of internalised” the upcoming closure.

For those that are questioning what will certainly occur to the coffee shop’s 10 felines, Take legal action against claimed they have actually all been represented currently. (* )A few of the felines will certainly be embraced by the coffee shop’s personnel, while the remainder will certainly return house with her and also Sam.

” It was our opportunity.”

Nevertheless, this will certainly not be the last that customers will certainly see of the felines, or learn through Sue. (* )This is since she guaranteed that she will certainly remain to publish routine updates on the felines’ and also on basic pet cat treatment details on the coffee shop’s Instagram web page, much to the alleviation of several.

Asked if she has any kind of parting message to her advocates, she claimed: “We give thanks to everybody that have actually joined us on this trip, and also we are deeply thankful for your love and also assistance via the current challenging times. It was our opportunity to have actually become part of your lives in a lot of means! Thanks for liking our felines and also caring what we do. “

Picture by Fiona Tan on Mar. 10.

Picture by Fiona Tan on Mar. 10.
Picture by Fiona Tan on Mar. 10.
She included: “Keep tuned as we evaluate the warm memories, landmarks and also accomplishments of the initial pet cat coffee shop in Singapore!”

Take legal action against suggested those that want to pay the coffee shop a last go to prior to it near make an appointment ahead of time. Feline Coffee Shop Neko No Niwa Address:

The 2nd degree of 54A Watercraft Quay

Opening Up Hrs:

Wednesdays to Mondays, 11am to 9pm, shut on Tuesdays

Nearby MRT:

Clarke Quay

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