January 2018 - Traveling Cats - Travel Pictures of Cats

Cat from Dover {USA}

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One year ago, Larry was homeless, injured, frightened, and alone. A kind woman opened her heart to him, and now he's the happy "security guard" of the BluVintage store in Dover, Delaware, USA.

Larry was a neighborhood stray when Theresa found him limping through the streets of Delaware. He had a broken leg and battle scars and was always on guard. He had obviously been living a rough life.

The first times Theresa approached this handsome tabby boy, he was ready for battles. Yet she didn't give up but came back to gain his trust. Slowly, but surely – and with lots of food – his attitude began to change.

Larry realized Theresa was someone he could trust. For the first time in his life, he felt love.

One day, he snuggled up to her and started purring. From that day on, Larry and Theresa have been best friends.

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At the time, Theresa was opening a retail store, BluVintage, and needed a security guard. Knowing Larry's personality, she decided to offer him the job.

Not only could Larry put his battle-fighting skills to good use, he would also be able to cuddle with Theresa all day long.

"He settled in nicely, became playful and fully affectionate,” Theresa explains. “Customers love him, and he now has a fan base."

Larry takes his job as a security guard cat very seriously.

He greets nice customers by the door and welcomes them with headbutts and kitty massages.

During the calmer hours, he gives the staff a helping paw while they work on the computer, mainly helping them to raise money for local animals.

hard-working cat

But Larry never forgets his main goal: to guard the store and its owner!

To keep thieves and nasty critters at bay, Larry believes it's important to appear as menacing as possible.

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dangerous cat

When a questionable figure enters, yelling is often enough to scare him away.

yelling cat

Theresa gave Larry the happy life he'd always wanted. Now he's committed to guarding her store for life.

Do you want to meet Larry in purr-son? Then visit the BluVintage store at 150 South Governors Avenue, Dover, Delaware, USA.

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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

pyramids cats

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

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Feline butcher's assistant in Imbaba

cairo imbaba

Source: Cairo Cats: Egypt's Enduring Legacy

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Cats from Bangkok {Thailand}

bangkok photo book

"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."

central world bangkok
booklet bangkok

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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how to help street cats in asia

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.

persian cats mallorca
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.

black cat on sun lounger
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.

cat with eye problems

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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