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Have a cuppa with cats on Christmas Cat lovers looking for a feline to cuddle can visit Singapore's first cat...

SINGAPORE - Cat lovers looking for a feline to cuddle can visit Singapore's first cat cafe, which opens its doors to the public tomorrow on Christmas Day. Called Neko no Niwa, which is Japanese for "Cat Garden", it is located at 54A Boat Quay and houses 13 rescued and adopted cats. Its two owners were inspired by similar establishments in other countries, particularly Japan, which even has penguin bars as well as bird and owl cafes, where patrons can have a drink while interacting with the animals. "I've always wondered why there are no cat cafes in Singapore. It can be a very therapeutic place," said co-owner Tan Sue Lynn, 36, who has four cats of her own. Customers at Neko no Niwa are required to take off their shoes and wash their hands as a hygiene measure before entering the cats' play area. As the cats eat and play in that area, everything is designed for them - even...

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