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Cats from Barcelona {Spain}

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Barcelona's first cat café, Espai de Gats, is tucked away off to the busy Passeig de Gràcia. It opened in the summer of 2016 and is now known as an educational center and a place to showcase adoptable cats.

Let's take a tour!

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Like in most cat cafés, visitors come into an entry area that is separated from the main room. They are then led to their tables where they can consult a Spanish booklet with the house rules and other café-related information.

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The café houses about a dozen cats, all of which were previously abandoned and are now adoptable. These cats have been tested for health issues, sterilized, dewormed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Information about the animals' age, behavior, and preferences is available from the booklet, and the staff will be happy to share their experiences as well.

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The main room isn't large, but the cats have plenty of space to run around.

They have all kinds of amenities, such as water fountains, comfy beds, cat houses, scratching posts, food tree cat toys, and interactive food and treat puzzles, as well as a big window to look out.

They also have a private zone in the back, where they can go if they need a break.

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Visitors have the choice to sit either at a table or on handwoven poufs so they can be closer to the cats.

As far as the menu is concerned, the café has a daily changing selection of vegan cookies and pastries to accompany the usual coffee or tea.

Espai de Gats has several of cat books on display. However, the majority of these cat books is in Spanish, though they have a few English ones, like Casper the Commuting Cat.

There's also free wifi in case you want to get some work done.

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Unfortunately, you won't have much time to enjoy your treat, let alone read a book, because the cat café only allows for half an hour per person. You can stay longer, but they'll be charging you one euro for every 15 minutes extra, regardless of whether you're consuming more or whether you're spending time with a certain cat before deciding on adopting it.

Luckily, since Espai de Gats is located in the center of Barcelona, there will be plenty of cafés, shops, and attractions to spend the rest of your day.

And while you're at it, why not visit this cute little guy who lives in a spiritual center near the café?

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It's best to book in advance through the Espai de Gats website to make sure you secure a spot at the café. For half an hour in the company of the cats, you pay $2.50. For $3.50 more, you get a drink and a snack.

Note that in order to guarantee a calm atmosphere, the café generally doesn't allow groups of more than four people. For the same reason, they don't admit more than three children per group.

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Over the year, the Barcelona cat café holds several workshops and courses on cat behavior, cat health, communicating with your cat, animal rights, etc.

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Address: Carrer de Terol 29, Barcelona, Spain.

Opening hours:

Monday: morning closed / 5 pm to 9 pm
Tuesday: morning closed / 5 pm to 9 pm
Wednesday: morning closed / 5 pm to 9 pm
Thursday: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm / 5 pm to 9 pm
Friday: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm / 5 pm to 10 pm
Saturday: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm / 4 pm to 10 pm
Sunday: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm / 4 pm to 9 pm

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Text and photos: Vanessa Morgan

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Cat from Tórshavn {Faroe Islands}

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When visiting Tinganes, a peninsula in Tórshavn, we were greeted by this black beauty. After stealing some caresses from us, he - well, we think it was a he - showed us the most picturesque corners of Tinganes. Once he made sure we'd seen them all, he asked for some more caresses, looked us in the eyes and went his own way again. What a way to visit this part of the world...

Text and photo: Ursy K Esteloot

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Cats from Sainte-Preuve {France}

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In Sainte-Preuve, in the heart of the French Champagne region, is a four-star hotel called Château de Barive or Domaine de Barive.

Less than two hours from Paris, many tourists stay at the Château de Barive to enjoy its gorgeous interiors and spa, or to try the restaurant's renowned meat and fish dishes.

But the best part... These two cats will welcome you as you enter the domain.

Photos: The French Cat

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Cats from Tangier {Morocco}

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When you visit Morocco, especially Moroccan Medinas (cities downtown), you notice cats in every street corner. In some cities like Chefchaouen, Tangier and Marrakech, cats are really everywhere and part of Moroccan streets and everyday life. You see them sleeping, playing, eating and sunbathing in unusual places.

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Moroccan cats photography has become one of my favorite kinds of photography. These cats are so special, charming and have their own character. I have pictures of cats I took years ago, and I can still remember when, where and how the picture was taken.

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Fixing cats is not very common in Morocco, hence their high number. Although some of them have owners, the majority are wild cats and live on the streets. That's why I always travel with cat food. If you are visiting Morocco, take with you a small bag of croquettes and you'll enjoy feeding the poor cats. They can look happy, but despite locals and associations efforts, many of them are hungry and need help.

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Text and photos: Moroccan Zest

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Cats from Ubud {Bali}

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Meet ‘Christina Aguilera’ and her baby kitty. Both are Balinese locals at the classic Tegalalang Rice Fields on the gorgeous island of Bali. 

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Baby kitty loved the snuggles, and mama Christina was busy napping (I don’t blame her. Look how peaceful the spot). 

Make sure to give them a visit on your vacation to the island. They are up high with their daddy, a local rice farmer who plays the xylophone up in the terraces.

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Text and photos: Tesi Jacobs

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Cat from Leiden {Netherlands}

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Your first stop when visiting Leiden in the Netherlands should be Begraafplaats Groenesteeg. This 19th century cemetery not only makes for one of the area's prettiest walks in nature; it also has a four-legged gatekeeper: a cat.

This pretty feline seems to be a fixture of Begraafplaats Groenesteeg. She loves rubbing herself against visitors' legs while following them around the cemetery. Once in a while, she sneaks away to chase after some geese.

It looks like the graves are in good paws.

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Cat from London {England}

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For a long time, Lily was a bit of a mystery cat. Although she can be found at the Anglesea Arms most days, she doesn't actually live there. But when live-in Australian deputy-manager Kathryn Wild comes down to get the pub ready for the day, somewhere around 11am, Lily will usually appear outside the window, peering in, patiently waiting for someone to open the front door for her. If Kathryn is not around, then the cleaner will usually oblige.

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The elderly feline - who is predominantly white with patches of rusty-brown and black on her face, and a raccoon-like, bushy striped tail - will usually spend most of each day inside, curled up on the shelf of a mirrored, wood-panelled pillar facing the door or, in colder weather, sleeping on one of the big leather sofas beside the fire. She is such a fixture that she has her own food bowl, which gets filled twice a day. It sits below and to the left of her portrait, painted by local artist Jenny Abbott.

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As the pub doesn't open until 5pm Monday to Thursday, she's left undisturbed all afternoon.

Later on, she grudgingly shares her domain with the paying customers. She used to get a little gnarly with anyone who disturbed her, but she has mellowed with age, says Kathryn. Then each evening, come closing time, she departs."She might be sleeping but I just have to say, 'Lily, it's time,' and she'll get up and leave straight away," says manager Chris Welburn.

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The mystery was, where did she go? That was solved when a customer came in and identified Lily as her cat. She lives locally, although she spends far more time at the pub than at home. When her owner comes in, Lily always acts as though she doesn't know her.

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It is a very cat-friendly neighborhood. The Anglesea is within what estate agents call Brackenbury Village, a network of pretty terraced streets lined with affluent homes, boutiquey shops and not much traffic. The pub itself is a handsome place, particularly following a four-month refurb in 2014 when the place was taken over by new owners George and Richard Manners. Predating their arrival, the pub had a solid reputation as one of London's original gastropubs, and it still has an excellent kitchen serving lunch Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and dinner seven nights a week.

The Manners brothers own six independent pubs across south-west London, each with its own character. There is one thing they all have in common: like the Anglesea, the Cumberland Arms and Dartmouth Castle, both in Hammersmith, the Swan in Chiswick, Atlas in Fulham, and Fox & Hounds on Latchmere Road in Battersea all have cats. Not all of them are as comfortable around people as Lily and some keep to the staff quarters upstairs, never venturing into the bar.

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No one knows for sure how old Lily is, though Kathryn suspects she's "getting on" because she sometimes has difficulty seeing her food.

"We now have to rattle her bowl to let her know where it is," says Kathryn.

Lily still, however, maintains her peculiar habit of flipping the biscuits out of her bowl, one by one, before eating them.

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What she really loves, though, are prawns.

She has in the past leapt onto a customer's table and attempted to swipe the crustaceans.

She isn't allowed in the dining room, a rule that she respects, but people can order food to eat in the bar and regulars sometimes buy her a half-pint glass of prawns of her own.

That can get a bit messy as Lily prefers that you peel the prawns for her.

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Brisbane-native Kathryn, who started at the pub at the end of 2014, says it's partly Lily's fault she's still in the UK: "The plan had been to work the summer and then go traveling, but I grew too attached to Lily," she confesses. "I've just moved in upstairs and my plan is now to entice Lily up there to join me, permanently."

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the anglesea arms pub

Address: Anglesea Arms, 35 Wingate Road, W6 (Ravenscourt Park tube)

Facilities: Exhibits and sells the work of local artists, outside seating, real fire

Drinks: Global wine list, decent selection of real ales

Food: High-end gastro pub selling locally sourced, seasonal produce. Menu changes daily

Text and photos: London Pubcats

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Cats from Westende {Belgium}

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Have you read the terrifying suspense book The Strangers Outside?

If you have, you may be familiar with the location featured in these photos.

In The Strangers Outside, two families go on vacation to a resort at the Belgian seaside village Westende. But little do they know they're being surrounded. Shortly after their arrival, they come face to face with 'the strangers outside.' When the assailants make their intentions known, things take a shockingly terrible turn, and an intense battle for survival will begin.

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The cats on these photos live near the vacation rental where the story's main characters are staying and being slaughtered.

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To quote the book: “It was a massive complex of independent structures, each connected by meandering pathways. Louise’s grandmother called the brown houses with low flat ceilings 'military bunkers.' Even the long, narrow gardens looked alike. Ugly or not, they conveyed a sense of security, warmth, and safety.”

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The house where these cats live, although it's located outside of the complex, is featured in the book as well.

At a certain point, a character named Claire manages to escape from the masked strangers and runs out of the domain and toward the only house that is showing some light. From behind the window, she sees a senior couple watching a game show on television from the comfort of their soft leather futon. She pounds the door and rings the doorbell, but despite Claire's effort to get their attention, the couple doesn't hear her. Meanwhile, the masked figures are approaching fast.

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Westende is a lot more peaceful than in the novel, though, so the cats are safe. In fact, they seemed to be rather spoiled, so no need to worry.

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Do you want to see these cats yourself?

They live in a street named Jagerspad in Westende. The main resort from the novel is located in the Heidestraat, just in front.

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