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    Dec 18, 2014

    New boss sought for troubled cat cafe

    A CAT cafe which is being investigated over the deaths of seven of its cats has not had its licence renewed, and is being offered up for sale by its owner.

    Cuddles Cat Cafe, which opened its doors in the Orchard Road area three months ago, is being investigated by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) over the deaths of the animals. Some of its former employees have alleged that its staff were not properly trained to handle cats.

    An AVA spokesman said: "Cuddles Cafe's animal exhibition licence will not be renewed as investigations are still ongoing." The cafe's licence expired yesterday.

    In a lengthy post on the cafe's Facebook page, owner Jonathan Tan expressed utmost "regret and remorse" over the cats' deaths and sought "forgiveness from the public" yesterday.

    "After thorough considerations, I believe that in the best interest of our cats, they should be kept together as a family under a new owner. Hence, Cuddles Cat Cafe will be offered up for a business takeover," he wrote.

    The announcement came a day after he apologised for causing animal lovers grief on the cafe's Facebook page. He also gave a breakdown of the cause of death of the cats. But netizens criticised his post. Some felt it was not an apology, and that he was defensive.

    In yesterday's post, Mr Tan said that he regretted purchasing the cats instead of adopting them, and that he was sad that the cats suffered from ringworm and irritable bowel syndrome.