I love cats, and as we do not own cats, I sometimes need to recharge my kitty cat battery with stranger cats. For that particular occasion, cat cafes come in handy for me. Often ordering at least one drink or some food is mandatory for your stay, but sometimes, I do not want to consume anything. I just want to have some space to play with cats. For that reason, Cats Planet in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong was really convenient for me.
The place is located right behind SOGO Department store in Causeway Bay. For 108 HKD you can play with the kitty cats for two hours, or one hour for 88 HKD, drinks included. The main purpose of the place is not to consume anything, but to actually interact with the cats. The store is decorated with care, and when you observe it carefully you can find many lovely details – and even hidden ninja kitties!
How do you start? When you enter, the staff will ask you how long you would like to stay and will ask you to pay in advance. While you store your shoes in a box at the entrance, she will ask you what you want to drink (different teas, canned coffee, and other canned soft drinks).
You have to carry your coat and bag inside the kitties’ play area and store them in a box under the seating area at the right side of the exit. Sometimes they are blocked by cats, and they will definitely try to enter the hidden space as soon as you open it, so be cautious!
Afterwards I stored my stuff away decided to study the kitty cat manual. You should actually follow them every time you encounter a cat:
- Please do not bring bags into the play area.
- Please do not wake the cats from their sleep.
- Please do not pull their tails.
- Please do not use flash while taking photos.
- Please do not lift, hug or pick up the cats forcefully.
- Please do not disturb the cats while they are eating.
- Please do not pat the cats’ butts.
- Please do not feed the cats with food from outside.
- Please do not tease the cats with straws.
After you are done preparing, become friendly with the kitties. While they were a little shy at first, they warmed up to me when I started to play with them after sitting between them quietly for a few minutes. After the first one started to play with me, a few others instantly joined us.
Some of the cats had to wear an e-collar because sometimes their playtime gets a little rough.
And sometimes, one tries to pick a small fist fight! But the staff stops them right away! Fighting is bad, do you also want to end up with a cone?
If you need some time to rest, you can quietly and softly pet one of the sleeping cats.
If you like, you can get a membership card with a photo of your favorite cat on it.
And if you like their Facebook page, they will give you two free postcards of your favorite cats.
All in all I spend a great time there – I was actually the only one when I went there and had the cats all for myself. Although I went there in the evening, many of them still enjoyed to play with me, ran and jumped around. All of them looked healthy and you could see that they take great care of them.
By the way, the staff member who was working there when I can looked really awful because she is allergic to cats. When I asked her why she worked there despite of her condition, she told me that she just loved her job so much. She just loves to take care of the cats.
After I was done, the same girl helped me to get rid of all the cat hair on me with two cloth brushes, so I could leave the place all clean. Thank you!
Have you ever visited a cat café before? Where was it and how were your experiences? I would love to hear your stories.
Cats Planet 喵星球 貓咪主題樂園
Address: Causeway Bay, Cannon Street No. 6, 渣菲大廈 Building, 4th floor
Closest station: MTR Island Line, Station Causeway Bay, Exit D1, or any Tram line which goes to Causeway Bay, SOGO Department store
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 3pm-12pm, Fri-Sun 1pm-12pm
Price: 88 HKD for 1 hour, 108 HKD for 2 hours