ALKHOBAR: If you ever find yourself in Villaggio Village in Alkhobar and fancy chilling out with some really cool felines, then pop into The Cat Garden.
While many pet-centric cafes have opened in recent years across the Kingdom, this one is a bit different.
A first for Eastern Province, this is not a hybrid eatery and veterinary space or shop, but rather a place for doing nothing other than playing with cats.
You go in, you pay for the amount of time you want, you play, you leave. It is as simple as that.
Visitors are asked to fill in a form to make sure they are aware of all the do’s and don’ts, while staff will check to make sure you do not have any allergies and answer any questions you might have. All visitors are also required to wear plastic coverings over their shoes and use the hand sanitizer provided.
With the formalities over you are now free to play with your furry friends to your heart’s content.
There are lots of cats to play with, each with its own personality. Some like to lounge around and be stroked, while others are full of energy and bounce around.
All of the animals live on the premises, but the operators rotate the ones in the public area to ensure they are not put under too much stress.
The Cat Garden opens Monday to Saturday from 1-10 p.m. The cost is SR25 ($6) for 15 minutes or SR35 for half an hour. For an extra charge you can buy some treats to give to your feline friends.
For more pictures of the venue visit instagram @CatGarden_KSA.