Good Meowning: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-9082 2111
Hours: T-F 10:00-21:00; S/S 10:00-22:00; closed M
Entrance Fee: no
Ameowzing!: Review of Good Meowning Cafe
It was a good meowning, er, morning indeed when I met the fine folks and felines of Good Meowning Cafe in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
So much so, it ranks amongst my most memorable of nearly 200 visits around the world.
I made my way to the cafe via taxi to the Cheras neighborhood (about a 30 minute drive south of the Petronas Twin Towers) on a sunny Sunday morning. The staff were very welcoming and approachable and when I explained my visit, they introduced me to owner, Noraziyah Mansor, who had just returned from an overseas trip.
Despite just getting off a plane, Ms. Mansor, a part-time breeder as well as a full-time cafe owner and animal welfare advocate, made the time to personally greet me and share her story.
A life-long cat lover, she began as a breeder of pedigreed cats including British Shorthair, Bengal, Siamese and Persian, before becoming increasingly concerned with broader animal welfare issues such as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). She wanted to share her knowledge and improve the lives of kitties everywhere, which is why she decided to open a cat cafe in January, 2016.
Our conversation was incredibly uplifting as she shared how her cafe has become a focal point for the cat community, where she and her staff educate on a variety of topics ranging from cat care to helping children interact with cats to the importance of TNR.
Ms. Mansor is truly the ideal person to manage a cat cafe as she is full of warmth, intelligence, compassion… and has a knack for hospitality. As we visited, I enjoyed a delicious meal of chicken and rice, polished off with an iced Vietnamese coffee.
The cafe has a great vibe- sparkling clean, calm and filled with colorful murals designed by a talented member of Ms. Mansor’s family. Downstairs, the art tells the story of street cats, sad and lost, but upstairs the paintings are cheerful portraying the cats having found loving forever homes.
After my meal, Ms. Mansor gave me a tour of the cafe and introduced me to her cats. There are between 18 and 24 cats in the cafe on any given day, all friendly and well-loved. In addition to her menagerie of pedigrees, she also has taken in many rescue cats, and cares for several community cats as well. Good Meowning’s rescues are so beautiful that I had a difficult time separating them from the posh felines- a testament to what love and care can do for a cat!
Usually, I am able to capture one or two good photos when I visit a cat cafe, but in the case of Good Meowning, I took loads of Instagram-worthy shots as these felines love the camera and pose like seasoned supermodels. It was so much fun, I didn’t want it to end.
Eventually, I tore myself away, but not before taking a few special photos with Ms. Mansor and staff to commemorate my visit.
Good Meowning is everything that makes a cat cafe top-notch. Delicious food and drink. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Great atmosphere and hospitality. Loads of gorgeous cats. But what puts it in otherworldly company is the care and commitment the cafe has not just for felines, but humans as well.
Date Visited: 4/22/18