January 2016 - Traveling Cats - Travel Pictures of Cats

Cats from Barbate {Spain}

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Puerto de Barbate (often called Barbate de Franco because the ex-dictator spent many summers there), in the Spanish province of Cádiz, is a popular destination among Spanish tourists but not much visited by travelers from other countries. 

It is built around a fishing port, which goes back to Roman times when the fish-salting industry was at its peak. This is exactly why dozens of cats roam the area. A fishing boat returning to port always receives a royal welcome by the feline locals.

If you're in Cádiz, then Puerto de Barbate is a good spot to get your daily "fix" of cats.

Would you consider visiting Puerto de Barbate to see these cats? 😸

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Cat pictures by Claudia Mannes

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Cat from Honolulu {Hawaii}

kuli surfing cat

Aloha! 

Cat lovers who are heading to Hawaii should put the beach of Honolulu on their list of places to visit. Because this is the only part of the world where you can watch a one-eyed ginger cat perform tricks on a surfboard.

The one-eyed surfing cat is called Kuli

His owners, Alexandra Gomez and Krista Littleton, rescued him from the streets when he was still a tiny malnourished kitten. Kuli - whose name means "to look blind" - got accustomed to water because he had to have frequent baths due to his messy health issues during the first months of his life. Later, Gomez and Littleton started walking Kuli on a leash and taking him to the beach so he could gradually learn how to swim with a lifejacket and leash. Before long, Kuli mastered the art of both swimming and surfing.

He now loves to go swimming and surfing with his humans in the blue-green waters of Honolulu, and he is literally "making waves" on the Internet.

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Cats from Seattle {USA}

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This is a guest post by Valerie Hansen from Maple Leopard.

Cat-puccino anyone?

If you are a lover of coffee and cats, then Meowtropolitan cat cafe is a must-see destination! The Wallingford area of Seattle is home to this new coffee shop and cattery. Cat cafes are quite popular in Europe and are starting to gain popularity here in the states. 

I've loved cats all my life. I think I was born with the cat lover gene, if there is such a thing! My fondest childhood memory of my dad, was him carting his cat along with him everywhere he went. When I heard the Meowtropolitan was coming to town, I knew I had to get there asap!

This unconventional coffee shop idea was a dream come true for two University of Washington graduates. They want people to come hang out, feel a sense of community, and enjoy the company of the cats. 

meowtropolitan seattle cat café

I know some of you are probably thinking: Ew!! - I don't want be served up any fur with my java! No worries, the cafe is a separate room from the cattery. You can sit in the coffee shop and enjoy the cats through the huge viewing windows, or order your drink and take it inside the cat room.

I had a fabulous time checking out all the beautiful kitties! They were so much fun to play with and watch! There were a few feisty boys that provided endless entertainment. The orange tabby I am holding was a hoot. He took several journeys to the top of the rafters! Oh and...oops...I broke the rules... you are not supposed to pick up the furry loves!

meowtropolitan seattle cat café
meowtropolitan seattle cat café
meowtropolitan seattle cat café

I love the mission of this business: They are partnering with Regional Animal Services of King County (RASCK). All the cats are brought from the shelter and are available to adopt. Furbabies of your own are not allowed in the cafe.

meowtropolitan seattle cat café
meowtropolitan seattle cat café

If you would like to reserve a time in the cat lounge, follow these 3 steps for a hassle-free experience: 

1. Make a reservation online 
 2. Come to the cafe and order your drink 
3. Check in with the cashier and proceed to the cat lounge and have fun! 

I was able to get in on a cancellation, as I did not reserve my spot ahead of time. The cost to enter the lounge part of the cafe is 10.00. The fee does include a drink of your choice and it helps fund the adoption /upkeep of the animals. The time in the cattery is limited to 50 minutes, so the cats don't get too overwhelmed.

meowtropolitan seattle cat café
meowtropolitan seattle

If you feel you need some feline-themed merchandise in your life - mugs, t-shirts and the like are available online. T-shirts and a few other items can be purchased on location.

meowtropolitan cat café

If you are in the area, I hope you can stop by to enjoy the friendly company of the felines and a cuppa jo!

Have you ever been to a cat cafe? If so, feel free to share in the comments. I hope the New Year has been good to you so far, and thanks for taking time to visit.

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meowtropolitan seattle cat café

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Cat from Barentsburg {Norway}

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Kesha is the ONLY cat on the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago. One of the world's northernmost inhabited areas, Svalbard is known for its rugged, remote terrain and frozen tundra sheltering polar bears, Svalbard reindeer, and arctic foxes. Cats are strictly prohibited on Svalbard in order not to disturb the ecological balance. 

Kesha the ginger cat is an exception to the rule because the Russians brought him here, and his papers stated he was an arctic fox. He now lives in the Russian community Barentsburg on Svalbard. 

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“Kesha takes advantage of the fact that he's a documented predator, therefore, he despises and scares off trespassing arctic foxes,” writes Weird Russia

“During the day, he surveys his territory and occasionally stops by a diner. At night, he goes to sleep in a mechanical workshop. 

The stormy cold weather doesn't affect Kesha's attitude. After all, he's an arctic fox, not a snuggling kitty. He's a kind and affectionate pet, who is loved by the whole town. Locals even line up to pet him and bring him treats.”