A little therapy’s good for everybody – especially when you’ve got a team of loving feline friends for therapists.
Not Just A Cat Café
While the trend of cat cafés is on the rise, Cats’ Safari is far from one.
The therapy centre was founded by Derrick Tan, one of the brains behind animal welfare group Voices For Animals (VFA). Nestled in the neighbourhood of Sunny Heights, Cats’ Safari is both a cat-lover’s paradise and a sanctuary for its team of felines. Their cause? To give loving cats a safe haven while providing cat therapy for members of the public, especially children with special needs.
Decked out in green decor, they take the safari theme seriously, with “trees” for the felines to climb on and an open floor where you can get comfortable with your new paw pals. No therapist’s couch necessary.
Meet The Felines
We know, cats don’t always have the best reputation when it comes to being the most affectionate of house pets. After all, there’s the well-known argument that cat owners are all masochists.
But rest assured that all the cat therapists you’ll meet will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. The cats are rescue pedigree cats, and the team at Cats’ Safari makes sure that all their cat therapists are good-natured, gentle, and play well with people and other felines.
A crowd-favourite feline is Merger, a sweet-faced Munchkin cat who was born with a hind-leg disability. Her disability hardly stops her from being her playful, active self though, making her a joy and inspiration for the people who come and go at Cats’ Safari.
Why Cat Therapy Is Good For You
Don’t underestimate the power of animal love—studies show that a pet can reduce stress and even lower your blood pressure. So just petting a cat or curling up for a catnap with your feline friend has positive calming effects.
Let’s face it, the hustle and bustle of city life has a lot of us stressed out. Rather than blowing all your cash on a weekend staycation or spa, indulge in some cat therapy that won’t break the bank—admission to Cats’ Safari goes at just $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Cats’ Safari opens to the public on the weekends, making it the perfect way to unwind at the end of a long, stressful work week. What better way to calm those frazzled nerves than with a warm cat purring in your lap?
If you’re a cat lover who can’t afford the time or money to own a cat of your own, Cats’ Safari is a great place to get your dose of feline TLC. A few snaps of these lovely-looking felines are also sure to up your ‘Gram game.
If you’re thinking of spending the weekend unwinding at Cats’ Safari, be sure to call ahead and book yourself a therapy slot. Members of the public can also write to Cats’ Safari to arrange private therapy sessions on weekdays.
Address: 110 Turf Club Road (Sunny Heights), Bukit Timah, Singapore 288000
Opening Hours: Sat: 2pm – 6pm; Sun: 1pm – 6pm
Contact no.: 6314 9363