Cats from Ghent {Belgium}

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After Mangakat and Le Chatouille, a third cat café has opened in Belgium. Welcome to DreamCATchers.

This time, the location is the center of Ghent, close to the Korenmarkt and the Saint Jacob's Church.

Yesterday morning I visited DreamCATchers in the company of travel writers Ingrid and Lars. As we came in early, it was still quiet at the cat café, so we could stay longer than the dictated one hour and a half. At noon, though, the place was crowded. Everyone wanted to spend their lunch break there.


Making feline dreams come true

What I like about DreamCATchers is that all their cats come from shelters and are up for adoption. The idea is to give “unwanted” shelter cats a second chance. And it's working. In the 14 weeks that DreamCATchers exists, there have been 14 adoptions. Visitors often go there just for a drink, but end up falling in love with one of the kitties.

One of the cats currently looking for a permanent home is Jelske. She's only one year old but already gave birth to eight kittens. She always wants to play and enjoys posing for pictures.

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ghent cat café dreamcatchers

Then there's Mr. Darcy whom Ingrid was infatuated with.

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mr darcy cat
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Jodie was the shy one, so I didn't bother her too much with my camera. She soon retreated to the cat room for some quiet time.

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Speaking of which... If you download the Petcube App on your smartphone, you can watch the kitties rest and play in this room. Other cats were hiding there, too. Can you find them?

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Capurrr-ccino or Latte Meowcchiato?

Even if you don't adopt or volunteer at DreamCATchers, you can still help the cats by having a drink there. How cute are the names of the coffees: Capurrr-ccino, Latte meowcchiato, Ameowricano, or Catspresso. I'm sure you can't resist either. Or what about a cat-themed beer?

All the treats and drinks in the cat café are vegan. I tried the soy latte meowcchiato, the apple pie, and the Purrr-onade (homemade lemonade with lemon juice, lavender tea, ginger, and agave), and they're delicious.

The income from these treats and drinks goes to the cats. They dine on organic cat food, so I'm guessing they are well treated.


Adopt and shop

I ended my morning at the cat café with a visit to their shop. They sell many funny items, such as cat-themed lip balm, Cat Butt Gum, Talk with your Cat gum, liquid kitty hand soap, etc. But they also offer a large selection of healthy cat food, cat litter, food bowls, kitty purses, and more.

They also have cat books: Metal Cats, You Need More Sleep: Advice from Cats, etc.

I went home with lots of presents for my cat, Romero. The next few weeks he'll be filling his stomach with Meowing Heads salmon & chicken kibble, Meowing Heads chicken & turkey wet food, Schesir Tuna & Whitebait, and Schesir Tuna & Beef.

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metal cats book

Address: Cat Café DreamCATchers, Schepenhuisstraat 17, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

DreamCATchers often organizes events like "Halloween for Kids" and "How to Make Dreamcatchers."

Enjoy the cat café!

P.S. When you're in Ghent, you should also visit De Poezenboot, a cat shelter on a boat.

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Cats from Brussels {Belgium}

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The Beenhouwersstraat (Rue des Bouchers) and Kleine Beenhouwersstraat (Petite Rue des Bouchers) are the most crowded streets of Brussels. They are lined with colorful restaurants that attract mainly tourists... and cats. You won't see the kitties each time you pass, but they are definitely there, waiting patiently for the next pot of mussels to arrive. This mom and her kitten were hiding from the rain under the tables of the restaurant Le jardin de l'ilot sacré

For more pictures of these cats (and Brussels), go to Exploring Brussels with a Horror Writer on Road Tripping Europe.

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brussels restaurant
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restaurant le jardin de l'ilot sacré brussels
brussels petite rue des bouchers

When in Brussels, make sure to also visit the cat of the restaurant Le Vieux Bruxelles and the cat of Mokafé in the streets surrounding Le Jardin de l'îlot Sacré.

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Cat from Druid Hills {USA}

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A pet store owner saved an orange tabby from a certain death. Now, the kitty guards her store for life.

Meet Andy the cat.

andy the cat

Kiki adopted Andy the cat the day before he was to be euthanized. After an hour drive, they arrived in his new home: Kiki's Pet Supply in the Atlanta neighborhood Druid Hills.

As soon has he arrived at the pet supply store, Andy bonded with Mac de dog. They became best friends and they are often seen alongside each other.

The ginger boy is also laid back and affectionate with humans. All he wanted was someone to love him. When customers need cuddles, Andy welcomes them with open paws.

cat and dog pet supply druid hills

Most of all, though, Andy acts as the pet supply store's guard. When Kiki needs a break, Andy hops on the counter and takes over the shift. He never misses a day at work.

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beware guard cat on duty

After a long workday, Andy loves to nap, preferably in the vicinity of his favorite toys, Eco-Pouncer and Neko Flies, or his favorite dog.

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druid hills pet supply

Follow Andy and Mac on Facebook.

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Related story: He was old, ill, and miserable at the shelter. Now he's the proud feline manager of a library in Davie, Florida. Meet Catsby, the library cat.

Cats from Cornwall {England}

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"When it comes to white sand, wild surf and wide-open skies, nowhere in Britain can compare to Devon and Cornwall," states Lonely Planet Devon & Cornwall (Travel Guide).

In fact, Cornwall has been the number one UK Holiday Destination for the eight consecutive year in the British Travel Awards thanks to its breathtaking seaside vistas, cliff-top walks, and stunning medieval castle. Or is it because so many cats take a leisurely walk along the cobbled streets of Cornwall?

Cat pictures by vvicca

Related post: Cats in the most haunted town in England

In other news, my award-winning short film Avalon will be shown at the short film festival of Kalmthout on Saturday, October 1st. Can't go? Then subscribe to the Traveling Cats newsletter and get free and exclusive online access to the film.

Cats from Tokyo {Japan}

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akihabara tokyo
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"Akihabara, Tokyo. This headquarters of manga and animation houses some discreet shrines and temples. Tucked away between the railway road, a canal, and a row of buildings, the Yamagimori sanctuary is a small haven of peace where visitors pray and enjoy their lunch break on a bench while caressing the two old cats that sleep there."

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Cat from Najac {France}

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photos de chats de france
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photos de chats de france
photos de chats de france
photos de chats de france

Najac is exactly how you would imagine a picturesque French village. Built along a ridge above a bend of the Aveyron river, Najac has many little shops and restaurants and is dominated by a 13th century fortress castle.

The village is really small (less than 1,000 inhabitants). Yet it has a local celebrity: a castle cat. ”I photographed the castle cat on the old road towards the 13th century castle ruins,” says Werner Gladines from the Belgian travel blog Dichtbij en Ver Weg. “The cat was already on the wall when we were walking towards the castle, and two hours later it was still there. She posed like a real diva.”

P.S. Meet the feline manager of the Abbey of Reigny in France

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