Young South Koreans love saying hello to kitty

Once vilified as evil and eaten for health benefits, cats are now seen as purr-fect pals thanks to social media and Japanese manga

SEOUL• Ms Choi Yeon-jae is in love with a cat - one that doesn't quite love her back.

"My brother brought her home but I'm her main caregiver, or more like her butler, because I serve her, feed her, clean her toilet, play with her and obey her," said the 27-year-old tutor. "She's so cute and she makes me feel so happy, though she sometimes ignores me. My mum said it's like one-sided love. But I'm going to bring her with me when I get married."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2019, with the headline 'Young S. Koreans love saying hello to kitty Field notes'. Print Edition | Subscribe