November 2017 - Traveling Cats - Travel Pictures of Cats

Cats from Kyoto {Japan}

fushimi inari taisha shrine

"A few days ago, I spotted lovely cats in Kyoto," says Traveling Cats reader Claudia Mannes. "Especially a mother with her 2 kittens was really cute, or 'kawaii' as the Japanese say."

"I saw them at a famous sightseeing place in Kyoto: the Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine. Connected to the temple is a route up the hill consisting of 4000 orange wooden gates in all sizes. It is called 'senbon torii' ('senbon' means 1000 and 'torii' means gates)," she added. "You can go from the shrine to the top of the small hill passing through thousands of gates. The higher and farther you go, the fewer people are on the usually crowded walk."

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turkish van cats japan

"At the side of this walking route, which led through a forest with a magical atmosphere, I found this cat mother and her two playful children."

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kittens kawaii pics
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kittens kawaii pictures

"The kittens were running and playing wildly. They were running through the 'torri' so fast, I couldn’t catch a single good photo of them," Claudia Mannes told Traveling Cats. "But when they were tired, they cuddled up with their cat-mom very closely. That’s when I made the pics."

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kawaii kittens pics
kawaii kittens japan
kittens kawaii japan
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"At first, the cats looked like they had no home, but all the cats I saw there (and I saw more than these three) were in good shape and human-friendly, so I guess they are fed by the people running the little souvenir shops on the way up."

fushimi inari taisha kyoto
fushimi inari taisha japan

Would you go to the Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine in Kyoto, Japan, to see the cats?

Cats from Deià {Mallorca}

deia mallorca

There are several good reasons to visit Deià on Mallorca. Most people do so for the hiking trails, the house of author Robert Graves, the fish restaurant Ca's Patro March (which featured as a filming location for the TV show The Night Manager), and for the cuteness of the village itself.

But the main reason I wanted to visit Deià was to see the cats. Ever since Traveling Cats reader Claudia Mannes sent in pictures of the cats of Deià in 2015, this village on Mallorca has been on my list of places to visit.

At first, my search for these famous felines turned out fruitless. I instantly found the house where they live (in front of Hotel La Residencia), but the cats weren't there. Even during a walk in the village, I didn't meet a single cat. Just when I was starting to feel disillusioned and wanted to take the bus back to Port de Soller, I spotted two kitties sunbathing in the alley above their house.

And, oh my cat, they were the sweetest. These cats did not disappoint.


The tuxedo cat was a joy to photograph, mostly because I only needed to tap my hands on the place where I wanted him to sit so I could take his picture with the Tramuntana mountains in the background.

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It doesn't look like it, but the beige cat was a bit of a challenge to capture on film as he was continually moving around to ask for cuddles (which was hard to resist because he was so handsome and soft). He was incredibly skilled in showing off his best angle, though.

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I spent an hour and a half in the company of these famous cats. Just when I was leaving again to catch my next bus, I noticed a third cat. She was enjoying a meal right in front of her house, and when her belly was full, she walked off for a stroll through the village.

joanna ceramics deia

Would you visit Deià to see the cats?

tramuntana deia

christmas cat book

Cats from Sóller {Mallorca}

port de soller restaurant

“Friendly seafront restaurant complete with cats!” wrote a happy customer about So Caprichos on TripAdvisor.

"Nice food, shame about the cats," wrote an unhappy one.

For us cat lovers, that means we must pay So Caprichos in Port de Sóller a visit, especially because the locals recommend the food as well.

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The outdoor dining area was beaming with cats, all of which were super sociable.

“The cats don't belong to the restaurant, but they love hanging out here,” one of the locals told Traveling Cats.

“The two long-haired black kitties are mom and daughter. The mom's name is Irma. She's the boss here.”

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so caprichos soller

“The noisy kitty down the stairs is the crazy one because she fights with every cat in the area.”

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kingfisher restaurant

“Tigre is the oldest cat in the neighborhood. He's missing several teeth, but he's super adorable,” the woman said.

 Sometimes, you can also find Tigre sleeping on a chair on the terrace of the nearby restaurant Kingfisher.

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"My daughter adores the Tuxedo cat and calls him 'the visitor'," a tourist tells Traveling Cats, "because each time we are in Sóller, this cat visits us."

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tuxedo cat cute

When an older man passed the restaurant, all the cats followed him up the alley. He was probably their can opener.

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P.S. If you don't find the cats near So Caprichos, it means they are napping next to their homes in the Carrer de Santa Apollonia.

Address: So Caprichos, Sant Ramon de Penyafort 15, Port de Sóller, Mallorca.

By the way, did you know that two real adventure cats live next to So Caprichos? The names of these two Persian rescue cats are Gizmo and Bacardi. They love to take the plane, and they follow their human, Jeannine, on all her travels. Only bad news: they're indoor cats so you won't be able to meet them. I wish I could show you better pictures, but they didn't want to be photographed, especially Bacardi.

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cat doesn't want to be photographed

Would you visit Port de Sóller and the restaurant So Caprichos to see these cats?

mallorca book

Cats from Sitges {Spain}

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As you will see from these pictures, the cats that live near the port of Sitges are timid. Although a handful of locals feeds them every day, they prefer to hide when tourists are around.

Some of these cats will be strolling along the normal pathways that lead toward the port, though they will run away and hide whenever someone approaches.

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sitges port
sitges port
sitges port
sitges port

If the cats are hiding, look down, into the plants and dried grass that line the pathways. You'll immediately know you're on the right track if you see handmade cat houses, scratching posts, and feeding bowls.

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feral cats
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sitges port

The little sweetie below was very anxious and ran away whenever someone was passing the alley where she was hanging out. After a few minutes, she realized she could trust me and offered a multitude of leg brushes and headbutts.

sitges port
sitges port
sitges port

Once you know where to look, you'll see dozens upon dozens of cats near the port of Sitges. Most of them will be in plain sight, but some will be sleeping in the shade, half hidden by the bushes.

sitges port

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