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Cats from Chiang Mai {Thailand}

chiang mai cats

This is a guest post by Emily Parker from

When it comes to cats in Thailand, you can never be sure just where a local might stand on the issue.

Some absolutely adore them. They live in temples, the gym I went to, the coworking space I worked at, and cafes galore.

In many cases, they’re loved and accepted, though most will still live outside the majority of the time.

cats chiang mai

However, there’s another side to the story here. For some reason, a large group of the population thinks that cats are “dirty”, and will discriminate and act terribly toward them.

I met people who had lived in the city for years, and they told tales of being kicked out of houses they were renting with no warning because the owner didn’t like the fact that they had cats in the house explicitly because they thought cats were filthy.

I’ve heard tales of neighbors becoming enraged when they found out the people I met had been feeding the kittens that lived in the neighborhood.

cats kittens chiang mai

Unfortunately, overpopulation is a big issue in Thailand, too, as many people do not believe they should spay or neuter the local animals. Even if they did, many of them do not have the extra money in their budget to pay for the surgery.

cat in coworking space

However, I am happy to say that I experienced more of the good than the bad, and met so many beautiful kitties along the way.

From the beautiful cat who so casually jumped onto my chair to clean herself when I was about to start working at the coworking space, to the tiny kitten we came across down one of the back roads who just wanted to be held, my “cat radar” was always going at maximum capacity.

chiang mai kittens
chiang mai kittens cats

If you decide to take a relaxing trip to Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand, just watch your step when you’re walking down the alleys and inside the shops, because you’re bound to come across a furry face multiple times every day!

cats of chiang mai


  1. A friend of mine went to Thailand and lived there during the winter the north. He noticed many people did not care for the cats, or dogs for that matter. I am so glad many do like them and I wish i could bring that kitty home! All he is looking for is love and what's wrong with that.

  2. We wish all cats everywhere could be treated with love and respect. We're glad some are being well taken care of. Our mom can't wait to read your book! She's going over to Amazon now!

  3. sadly it's much the same here; you have those that adore and cats and dogs for that matter and would go to any length for them...

    then there's the flip side.......

    an congrats Vanessa on your latest book; may it sell a bazillion copies ♥♥

  4. I can only be grateful when these lovely creatures are cared for, and hope that more will be cared for as time goes on. The photos are charming.

  5. Cats are one of the cleanest animals in the world. Sad some people think they are dirty.

  6. Beautiful cats. We wish people would spay/neuter though.

  7. They are all so beautiful. I just wish people would spay or neuter them. It's too bad about that.

  8. Such beautiful kitties! Wished I could save all of them! No animal should be considered as dirty.

  9. Glorified motorcycles (three wheels + handle bars), they are reasonably expensive when compared to Songthaews see more. I personally would not rent one for getting around town (too dangerous), but they are convenient and quite magical in the quieter parts of Chiang Mai