A cat cafe is quite a common concept in Asia while a cat hotel hasn’t been explored much. Who would have thought that visiting a cat hotel can be such a heavenly experience! This weekend I got to visit JoYu Cat Hotel. The founder started off from opening her house to accommodate cats whose owners are away on trips. She divides the compound into various sections/rooms depending on the nature of each cat and assigned a certificate to all of them. The thing that struck me was that these cats are very friendly comparing to cafe cats. At cafes, the cats are treated like superstars. People will come in to take pictures of the pretty ones who receive unless attention giving them the privilege to show their boredom by snoozing all day long and acting like a princess. While the cats at the hotel, some of them are adopted, some of them are left at the hotel and haven’t seen their owner for years!
It could be seen clearly that the hotel owner takes really good care of all 30 cats despite the overpopulation. My friend, Hui, and I spent an entire afternoon getting to know each cat in different rooms listening to their stories the lovely hotel owner shared with us until Hui decided to adopt a 7-year-old black female cat, Dum, which means black in Thai. We also gave her another stage name ‘Madame Noir’. Hui instantly connected with Dum whose appearance might be perceived as common among other exotic cats at the hotel but Dum displayed such affection and warmth that would be hard not to fall in love with her and a new bond was formed.