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Cats from Cairo {Egypt}

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"Cairo cats are street-smart survivors with an aristocratic lineage. Approach them as you would your fluffy, fireside feline and you will immediately have a cross-cultural misunderstanding," writes Lorraine Chittock in her book Cairo Cats: Egypt's Enduring Legacy. "Notice instead their lunar eyes coolly scanning the relentless bustle around them, their long bodies slinking through souks and down alleyways as though they own the place. And in a way they do, these mystical survivors from a dynasty dating back to the very cradle of civilization."

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Near the Egyptian Museum

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egyptian museum

Cat near a coppersmith shop in Khan al-Khalili

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Street cats in Bab al-Louk

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Near Sharia Bur Said

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A cat with a pretty coat in Dokki

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Near the mausoleum of Sultan Qa'it Bay in the City of the Dead

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Kittens near Villa #74 Road 15, Maadi

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Outskirts of Giza, near the pyramids

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Cat of the Al-Nurriya Coffeeshop in Bab al-Louk

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Feline butcher's assistant in Imbaba

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Source: Cairo Cats: Egypt's Enduring Legacy

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Cats from Bangkok {Thailand}

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"During my travels of Asia, I was surprised to come across so many street cats," says writer and photographer Amy Mander.

"As exciting as it was to meet the cats, I did, unfortunately, witness ill-treatment and the real-life circumstances that these cats had to endure. Yet I also came across many people of goodwill who would feed these cats even though they had very little food themselves."

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"As I walked the streets of Thailand and Japan, I encountered these cats and witnessed the daily life they led, which inspired me to document it by photographing them," says Amy Mander.

"In turn, I compiled all the images into the book, Street Cats of Thailand and Japan, in the hope of raising awareness about street cats in Asia."

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You can purchase Street Cats of Thailand and Japan via Amy Mander's website. The book is small - more like a booklet - but it would make an adorable surprise gift for the cat lover in your life.

Fifty percent of the sales goes to the Asian cat center Kitty Rescuee.

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Book Giveaway!

Amy Mander is giving away an autographed copy of Street Cats of Thailand and Japan to one lucky reader of Traveling Cats. The book giveaway is open worldwide, and you can enter by filling in the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Cats from Sóller {Mallorca}

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There are plenty of cats in Port de Sóller, Mallorca. One place where you'll find LOTS of them is on Carrer Belgica.

I encountered the first three cats around the swimming pool.

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mallorca persian cats

The first one was a Persian cat who ran away whenever I approached.

persian cat around swimming pool

A few minutes later, a second cat arrived – a long-haired black kitty. This one was super sociable. After a few minutes of getting to know one another, this cat decided to nestle itself on the sun lounger next to mine, only to interchange his place for a spot near my feet.

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cat on sun lounger

There was a third cat, a white one with black spots, but he didn't dare to venture farther onto the property as the other two cats chased him away.

If you'd like to meet these gatos yourself, you can visit them at Calle Belgica 2 in Port de Sóller on Mallorca.

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By the way, the entire street is teeming with cats. If you go to the restaurants Sol y Sombra or Bellame, you'll be surrounded by more cats than you can handle. Some of these kitties are in pretty bad shape, so I hope you'll share a part of your dish with them.

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Now available: for pre-order: Clowders!

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Cat from Dubrovnik {Croatia}

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"This has got to be the cutest story of the week," writes The Dubrovnik Times.

At Christmastime, the Stradun in Dubrovnik, Croatia, is spotted with decorative Christmas houses and a huge Christmas tree. While locals and tourists bundle up to drink hot wine, eat sausages, and attend Christmas concerts and events, the local cats have more amusing plans: knocking down the Christmas trees.

Photographer Zeljko Tutnjevic captured how one cat admired the Christmas tree on the Stradun before jumping on its shiny ornaments.

Just one of the many cats that can't resist a good Christmas tree.


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Now available for pre-order: Clowders

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Cats from Udon Thani {Thailand}

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"In June of 2017, I embarked on a journey that involved traveling Asia," says writer and photographer Amy Mander. "I lived and resided in Thailand, Japan, and Taiwan, all for an accumulated time of six months."

"During this time, I learned and saw a great deal of compassion toward cats, yet sadly witnessed much animal cruelty, too."

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"Thailand was the one country where there remains a mutual understanding between human and animal. Each respect one another and live daily life together," Amy Mander writes in her book Street Cats of Thailand and Japan.

"Wild dogs dominate the pavements. Cats and kittens laze around shops. Lizards occupy the walls in hotels, homes, and hostels. Butterflies surround you when you walk the grounds of a garden. Birds pay no attention to your calls, only to look for a brief moment and then move onto the next tree."

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"Japan was a country where humans took precedence, whilst animals were subjected to ill-treatment," Amy Mander writes.

"During my time in Japan, I witnessed bizarre animal relationships, and more education needs to be introduced, especially for Japanese pet owners and within Japan's zoo practices. The cats in Japan were all predominantly wild and tended to go around in packs. Highly protective of one another and only loyal to few, mainly the older Japanese generation who would visit where the cats frequented and place some tuna for them to eat. I am afraid this tradition led by the older generation won't continue on, and many of these cats will starve."

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Amy Mander hopes to inspire and continue to raise awareness about cats in Asia through her little book Steet Cats of Thailand and Japan. Fifty percent of the sales goes to Kitty Rescuee, a cat center in Asia.

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Book giveaway

Amy Mander is giving away an autographed copy of her book Street Cats of Thailand and Japan to one lucky reader of Traveling Cats. This book giveaway is open worldwide. Good luck!

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Cat from Albufeira {Portugal}

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You must have heard of Mr. No Ears.

This earless, one-eyed cat from Albufeira, Portugal, is a Facebook phenomenon and has his own book: Saudades Mr. No Ears.

But for those of you who don't know him, here is his story.

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Introducing Mr. No Ears

Often referred to as the Lion King of Albufeira because of his love for sitting 'regally,' high up on a concrete pillar, this adorable semi-feral cat was the head of a feline colony in the Algarve region of Portugal. Viewed from a distance, he appeared to be sitting on a throne, silhouetted against a vast sea and sky backdrop. On most days, just after sundown, this was usually where you would find Mr. No Ears, with the members of his colony scattered around on the walkway and wall below him. At other times, he was scaling cliffs and running through remnants of foamy waves as salty sea breezes blew back his whiskers and fur.

No one knew on which day he was born, so his caretakers decided to celebrate his birthday on World Animal Day on October 4th.

His ears showed signs of Solar Dermatitis, common in white cats, and one of his eyes was open and purulent, with no sign of an eyeball. They almost euthanized him, but the veterinarians fetched him up, and despite all of his problems, he was a strong-minded and happy cat.

Even from an early age, he loved the attention of humans, always seeking praise and a treat.

Some hotel owners found him repulsive, ordering his caretakers to send him away so he wouldn't 'upset tourists.' But there were just as many people who loved him to pieces, and once he got his own Facebook page, the entire world was at his paws.

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The sad part

Unfortunately, Mr. No Ears' story didn't end well.

“On the evening of 11 September 2015, Mr. No Ears was abducted from his colony,” writes Carol Lee in her book Saudades Mr. No Ears. “Less than an hour later a request was made via a Facebook page asking for money, making false claims that he was ‘in pain’ and ‘had bone cancer.’ According to posts on Facebook, he was driven 500 kilometers north and was microchipped to claim ownership. It was alleged that in an attempt to prove cancer that he did not have, Mr. No Ears suffered cardiac arrest during a CAT scan. He sustained neurological and organ damage, including his kidneys and liver, leading to organ failure. No attempt was ever made to contact his carers who, with funds raised by his worldwide ‘friends’, took legal action to try and bring Mr. No Ears home. In pre-trial interviews, it was established that Mr. No Ears belonged to his carers, Amigos dos Gatos do Algarve. Tragically, he died in captivity before the case was heard in court.”

The taking of this much-loved semi-feral cat from his home and family and the circumstances of his death were very emotive subjects that caused shockwaves throughout the animal-loving world.

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Where to find Mr. No Ears' colony?

Thanks to Mr. No Ears, the Peneco Colony became a household name and a ‘must see’ on cat lovers’ holiday itineraries.

You can find the cats between the sea and a walkway along the top of the cliff that overlooks Albufeira's Peneco beach. Next to the walkway is a sea-facing panoramic viewing deck with benches, where Mr. No Ears loved to hang out. Directly across from the viewing deck is a hotel with a large outdoor seating area. You will recognize Mr. No Ears' favorite seat under a palm tree because the hand-engraved 'Saudades Mr. No Ears' love-lock is attached to it.

The Peneco cats are semi-feral because they have regular contact with humans. However, they are wary, and only a few of them are tame enough to pet – like Mr. No Ears.

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Saudades Mr. No Ears

Are you looking for the purrfect gift for your cat-loving friend? The book Saudades Mr. No Ears may be just what you were looking for.

The book is NOT about his tragic ending, but instead, focuses on the happy moments of his life. Carol Lee writes about his kittenhood, his personality, his habits, his favorite games and food, his birthday celebrations, his reputation as a 'womanizer,' and about how he influenced animal rights advocacy in Portuguese society. The book also contains a chapter with endearing 'love letters' from his friends and fans, as well as useful information about feral cats and feline health problems such as Solar Dermatitis, ear mites, and Feline Leukaemia Virus.

If you were one of the lucky people to have met Mr. No Ears in real life, this book is a must-read which will bring back happy memories. But even if you've never heard of him before today, you'll still enjoy it as a heartwarming tale. His story is written in an easy-going and straightforward style and will appeal to many cat lovers. It is available on Amazon, from his Facebook page, and in a local bookshop in Mr. No Ears' hometown, Albufeira.

Before Christmas, the book comes with a festive cover, so hurry up and order your copy now before the special edition is out of print.

All proceeds from the sale go toward the Trap-Neuter-Return costs and medical expenses of the street cats of the Algarve.

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Giveaway

To celebrate Christmas, Carol Lee is giving away an autographed paperback of Saudades Mr. No Ears (or the Portuguese version, Saudades Sr. Sem Orelhas) to one lucky reader of Traveling Cats. The giveaway is open worldwide. To enter, fill in the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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