That Time I Visited Crazy Cat Lady’s House (and Other Catty Musings)

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAWe all know who Crazy Cat Lady is.

In fact, sometimes we’re afraid of becoming Crazy Cat Lady when we realise it’s been months since you last had human contact, you come home to a hell of an empty apartment, and that animal shelter down the street is starting to look pretty tempting.

In the West, collecting cats is what us ladies do when we finally realise we’re probably never going to live with any human person and that we’ve developed the amazing ability to speak feline. We start to withdraw ourselves more and more from society, and soon our only contact with the outside world is when the neighbourhood kids try to sneak a peek inside our catnip-infused, pee-smelling house.

crazycatIn Korea, you indulge in cat collecting by opening a cat café.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAFrom what I understand, cat cafés are actually more of a Japanese thing (despite originating in Taiwan): People can head to a café for a cup of coffee or tea, and pay a cover charge to watch and play with the abundance of cats that roam around inside.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAs far as cleanliness goes, this cat café (located in Gwangju’s downtown area) was pretty good. While there was that cat smell (you know the one) faintly in the air, nothing appeared to be dirty and there was barely a trace of cat hair around (Surprising given that some of these cats were real fluffballs).

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThe only downside we could find is that these cats hadn’t been fixed. Many of them were pretty aggressive and a lot of vicious scraps occurred while we were there. Pretty worrying when we saw how many young children were trying to play with them.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAll in all it was pretty damn cat-tastic (see what I did there?) being there though. Most of the cats were happy to be left alone, sleeping in their little hiding places.


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERABut others climbed all over you, the tables, and the chairs to get a little attention.




SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASome even took the time to do a little exercise:

But you know what the best part was?

I had no allergy attack! No sneezing, no wheezing, no itchy eyes. Nothing.

Korean cats must love me!


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAAnd that’s where my mini dilemma lies, guys.

I’m not having allergy attacks from the cats in Korea and every morning I pass a small kitten in desperate need of some love.


It’s on a lead and kept in one of the most disgusting cages I’ve ever seen before:


It’s also absolutely terrified when anyone comes within 3 feet of it and would rather back up, further into the cage, padding its little paws on these horrible rusted wires than receive a stroke or nuzzle.

I’m not entirely sure what the story is.

The kitten’s cage sits next to another that has two rabbits inside, squashed together, and both cages sit on the curb, outside a shop that sells all kinds of random stuff (a lot of horticultural and garden items).

bunniesHaving seen dogs tied up outside shops before (presumably belonging to the owner), I’m still not entirely sure whether these animals belong to the shopkeepers or are for sale. At night, the cages aren’t there.

Friends of mine encouraged me to “take the rabbits home” when I first posted pictures on my Instagram and, as much as I wanted to, I live in an apartment and knew it wouldn’t be fair on them to keep them indoors like that.

Then the kitten came along and, this time, I’ve been sorely tempted. My apartment’s just about the right size for a cat but there are a couple of cons:

1) I have absolutely no idea how to look after a cat. Dogs? Yes. But cats? Not a clue. I never had one. This would definitely be a huge change.

2) It’s a huge responsibility. I know people say that dogs are the ones that are co-dependent but, should I decide to adopt this cat, it’s definitely going to be an indoor one (I live on the 15th floor) and they do need a lot of attention. Not only that but my financial situation is going to alter drastically and my inability to speak Korean is going to be a challenge when trying to find a vet to get it all checked out and spayed/neutered. Oh yeah, and those long weekends away from Naju? I can kiss goodbye to them.

3) I don’t plan to live in Korea forever. In fact, there are still quite a few countries I’d like to move to and teach in. That’s hardly fair on an animal, is it? I read that moving house feels like being abducted and taken away in a spaceship for pets – Uber stressful and terrifying!

But then, at the same time, look at those eyes …


13 thoughts on “That Time I Visited Crazy Cat Lady’s House (and Other Catty Musings)

  1. I don’t wanna be mean, but I don’t think you should do it. 😦 There will always be another sad, desperate kitty to save at a more convenient time for you, when you have more space, time and energy to devote to them. It sucks but that’s a decent reality for the kitty, especially compared to plenty of street cats all over the world that don’t even get food.

    • Haha oh it’s okay, hun. I’m leaning more towards no anyway because of the 3 big reasons I listed. Plus, as you said, I have a feeling that if I bought that kitten, there’d just be more to fill the cage right after it.

  2. Recently a cat cafe opened in Singapore as well. There is also a dog cafe right next to my work place. I guess it’s good for people who cannot take in animals.

    Very diffuclt decision for you. Good luck with it!


    • Thanks, Vi. 🙂 I don’t think I’m going to end up getting it. It just wouldn’t be right with my kind of lifestyle at the moment.

      We’re also on the hunt for a dog cafe that’s supposed to be in Gwangju too! Though I’ll have to be drugged up to the bones with Benadryl for that one.

  3. Awww, those eyes! So cute. I agree that this may not be the best situation to take a cat in, though. My cat hates change and moving, every time we’ve had to move since we got him (about 3 times in 10 years), he’s taken weeks to recover from the change.

    I love that cat café though! There are people working on opening one here in Montreal, They are rescuing cats, having them fixed and everything. Even though I have my own kitty, I am looking forward to visiting there!

    • They seem to be getting more and more popular around the world. One opened up in London earlier this year and I think a pop-up one opened in New York last month. 😀 I’m sure one will come your way soon too.

  4. Aw Ceri, I had a similar predicament in Georgia. I was very lonely, living by myself in a nice apartment, and thought a cat would be a great companion. But I also had to consider all of the other things you mentioned, about some day moving away, and wanting to travel to other countries. Very tough call.

    Also, I love the idea of the cat cafe, but I feel like 5 minutes would be enough time for me there, haha. Can you imagine having to work there?? Eek.

    • Haha. Yeah, we struggled to stretch our time out for an hour. We might have more fun at a dog cafe but after nearly an hour of cats you’re kind of over it.

      I probably won’t end up getting the kitten because, as you said, factoring in that I’ll be moving away and wanting to travel makes it a problem. Oh well. Maybe my restless feet will stay still one day and I’ll be ready for one. 😉 Haha

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