The Cats of TTDI Market

25 October 2017

The bustling Pasar Besar TTDI seems to be a popular spot for stray cats in the area to hang out, take a nap, and grab a snack.

Operating for almost three decades, Pasar Besar Taman Tun Dr Ismail (better known as TTDI wet market) is popular for its good variety of fresh produce, meat and seafood – as well as being one of the cleanest wet markets in town.

The multi-storey building is also home to a community of stray cats, who probably find the market’s not-too-wet floors ideal grounds on which to roam for food scraps and take shelter from the rain, while the building’s top floor (where the shops and food court are) seems like a popular spot for some cats to lounge about in the corridor, or get a good view of traffic by the balcony.

But the cats aren’t just inside the building. You’ll see them roaming/hiding around the building’s vicinity in the parking lot, near the drains – anywhere that’s a good hiding spot.

Aware of their feline inhabitants, some of the market’s upstairs shopkeepers make the effort to feed the cats, and some frequent visitors even come ready with cat food. “We have a container of cat food. So siapa rajin, just bagi la,” says one anonymous shop owner.

With no shortage of scraps of fish, meat and poultry, and a few kind tenants looking after them, TTDI market looks to be a comfortable abode for these strays.

Address: Pasar Besar TTDI, Jalan Wan Kadir, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.

If you know a place or neighbourhood that takes care of its stray cats or dogs, drop us a message on Facebook and Instagram

Photos by Teoh Eng Hooi

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