2020 - Traveling Cats - Travel Pictures of Cats

Cats from Madrid {Spain}

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The Buen Retiro Park, also known as El parque del Buen Retiro, is a green oasis in the heart of Madrid. Locals visit this popular spot to walk along the lake, to look at the street artists, to admire the numerous sculptures and monuments, to play a game of petanca, or to attend some of the many events that are held there throughout the year. But there's another reason why you want to add the Buen Retiro Park to your bucket list: it is the home of more than 400 (!) community cats.

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Some of the cats have always lived in the park, while others have been abandoned by their humans.

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The cats of the Buen Retiro Park are taken care of by the volunteers of the organization AGAR (Asociación de Amigos de los Gatos del Retiro). Since 2008, this organization has not only been feeding the cats, but they have also been involved in TNR (trap-neuter-return), medical care, and vaccinations. Some of the Retiro cats have even found a forever home thanks to the organization. They are self-funded, though, so financial help is always welcome.

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Now that you know that Madrid is home to a cat park, don't you want to go there and befriend all the kitties?

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Photos by Sobi

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Cat from Vela Luka {Korčula}

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Korčula is a small Croatian island, about 2,5 hours away from Dubrovnik. Tourists often go there to explore the caves, to see the dense forest and pretty beaches, or to enjoy the sounds of folk music while strolling through the alleys of Vela Luka. Like the mainland, Korčula is teeming with community cats, most of which are well cared for. They are familiar with people and don't mind some petting and playing.

Photo by vvicca

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Cat from Wailea {Maui}

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The five crescent-shaped beaches and staggering views over the Pacific Ocean turn the luxurious resort community of Wailea in South Maui into idyllic postcard heaven. Just like the rest of the island, Wailea is abound with stray cats, most of which come out in the evening when the barbecues are fired up, hoping to get their share of the meals. The kitty on the picture above is one of the many stray cats that hang around the Fairmont Kea Lani resort.

Photo: Mac Jahn

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Cats from Cadaqués {Spain}

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The Spanish resort town of Cadaqués is famous for its whitewashed houses, its canopies of wilting wisteria, and its large number of cats that take up residence in the picturesque little alleys.

Although Cadaqués is a popular place with Catalans, "the pearl of the Costa Brava" hasn't yet succumbed to mass tourism and has retained an air of authenticity. As such, the cats enjoy their afternoon nap without being disturbed by the tourists who usually prefer to lounge in the sun with a drink and tapas near the beach.

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Photos by vvicca

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Cats from Corricella {Procida}

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Procida is the smallest of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy. Unlike Capri and Ischia, it is still largely untouched by tourists.

With its quaint narrow streets, its pink and yellow houses and its idyllic cliff, the port town of Corricella on Procida doesn't just look like a movie set, it was one too – some of the most famous movies that were filmed here are Il Postino (1994) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).

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Besides being an island of cinema, Procida is also an island of cats. They love patrolling the neighborhood early in the mornings when the streets are still quiet. In the harbor of the fishing village Corricella, they patiently wait for the fishermen to share their morning catch.

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For the rest of the day, they snooze in the shade.

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When they're hungry again, the cats try out their luck in the seafront restaurants, attempting to snatch some fish or sea fruit from unsuspecting tourists.

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Photos by vvicca

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Cats from Pyeongtaek {South Korea}

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Animal-themed cafés are huge in South Korea, especially in Seoul. In these popular places, you can interact with the resident animals (mostly cats, dogs, or birds) while enjoying non-alcoholic drinks. One such place is the Kitty Cat Café in Pyeongtaek.

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The place has entirely been designed with cats in mind. They have plenty of perches for them to climb on and several food and water bowls to eat and drink from.

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Although most locals and tourists visit the café to interact with the cats, there are certain rules to follow to ensure the cats remain healthy, happy, and safe. You can't pick them up, for example, and you are not allowed to give them human food. Before entering, you have to sanitize your hands, take out your shoes, and put on house slippers.

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You then have the choice between two seating areas – one western-styled and a traditional one where you can sit on the heated floor.

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There's a variety of teas, coffees, and smoothies to choose from. These are slightly more expensive than in other cafés (around KRW7000 or $6.20) because the extra cost helps to pay for the cats' food, supplies, and medical assistance.

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The Kitty Cat Café in Pyeongtaek is open every day from noon to 10 pm.

Address: Pyeongtaek-dong, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeongai-do, South Korea

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What do you think of the cats of the Pyeongtaek Kitty Cat café? Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and don't forget to share this post with your friends, especially cat lovers!

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Photos by Bart Vodderie

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Cats from Bucharest {Romania}

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The King Michael I Park (formerly Herastrau Park) is a green oasis in the city of Bucharest in Romania. It's a popular attraction amongst both locals and tourists, who go there to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, to tour the Herastrau lake by boat, or to see the many statues of important people in the history of the EU. However, the best reason to visit the park is the large number of stray cats that roam the premises.

Photos by Bart Vodderie

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Cat from Amsterdam {Netherlands}

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This little feline friend meandered the streets on a sunny day in Amsterdam this week. He loved strolling through the famous and trendy gay street Reguliersdwarsstraat and had a good look at all the different restaurants and cafés. The cat greeted the passers-by, got some pets, and then went on its way.

Photos by Stacy Bergener

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Cat from Vasto {Italy}

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Author and playwright Richard Norton-Taylor called Vasto "an unspoiled corner of the Italian coast where the fish is fresh and the beaches are refreshingly quiet." Numerous stray cats guard the old town. From here, they can overlook the long, sandy beach and the nearby orchards and vineyards of the Abruzzo region.

Photo by The Localist Abroad

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Cats from Oldenburg {Germany}

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With such cozy balconies, these cats don't mind spending some time in quarantine. From here, they have a pretty view on the outskirts of Oldenburg, a city in Lower Saxony, Germany.

Source: Solebich

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Cat from Amsterdam {Netherlands}

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The Museum Van Loon in Amsterdam is a delightful place to spend the afternoon. It’s one of the best lesser-known museums in Amsterdam, and it’s especially appealing if you’re a cat lover. The home itself is beautifully decorated with stunning views of Keizersgracht. More notably, it has an expertly manicured garden that is often not too crowded, along with a carriage house with a cafe. My favorite part is the friendly neighborhood cat that makes his way into the garden (and into all the hearts of the staff).

Museum Van Loon is open each day between 10 am and 5 pm.

Text and photo by Wanderlustingk

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Cat from Toulouse {France}

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Most cats are couch potatoes that love to watch Netflix with their humans. But some felines are such cinephiles that they prefer to spend all of their time at the film archives.

This is the case of Mr. Glouton, the cat of the Cinémathèque of Toulouse in France.

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Glouton (his name is the French word for "voracious") doesn't belong to the Cinémathèque of Toulouse, though.

The first time he showed up, a little over a year ago now, the employees of the Cinémathèque noticed he had a collar containing the message, "Hi, my name is Mr. Glouton, and I live at 7 rue des Lois. If I happen to be too far away from this address, you can call 06....."

The cat loves to visit all sorts of different restaurants and bars in the neighborhood, but the Cinémathèque is his favorite place of all.

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"Glouton usually arrives when we open the doors at 9 am, and he stays there until it closes," says Frederic Thibaut from the Cinémathèque of Toulouse. "No need to look for him, by the way, because he knows when we're closing. We're sensing that he would love to stay, but we can't agree to that as he would otherwise set off the alarm."

His habit is starting each "working day" with a visit to the kitchen to check if his food and water bowls have been filled. He then tours the offices (to say hello?) and looks for a place to sleep. "If it's cold, he goes to the library and settles into a chair. If it's warmer, he goes down into the hallway and curls up on one of the red upholstered benches. The visitors of the Cinemathèque are used to Glouton, and no-one will bother him," says Frederic Thibaut.

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Every employee of the Cinémathèque of Toulouse is obsessed with Glouton. It's surprising how every conversation, no matter what it's about, eventually leads to a story about this cat.

And there are more than enough stories to tell...

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Earlier this year, he surprised everyone by bringing a giant mouse inside the Cinémathèque. "It was right before a screening," remembers Frederic Thibaut. "He had put the mouse right near the entrance, where everyone passes to buy tickets. He then 'played' a little with it in the yard before it fell through a drain. He was so disappointed. But not a single visitor flinched or said something bad about Glouton."

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Glouton was also the main attraction during the open-air screenings, and several filmmakers and actors who have visited the Cinémathèque have posed for pictures together with their new favorite feline.

He might even be responsible for some of the Cinémathèque's programming. The latest edition of the film festival Extrême Cinéma, which took place at the Cinémathèque of Toulouse in February of 2020, opened with a cinematic concert to the 1927 movie The Cat and the Canary. We suspect that Glouton had something to do with the choice of that title.

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Now that the Cinemathèque of Toulouse is temporarily closed due to the Corona crisis, Glouton is back home. «We met his owner right before the confinement, and she couldn't believe all the stories we had to tell about her cat,» says Frederic Thibaut. «And I have to admit that we all miss him very much.»

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What do you think about Mr. Glouton? Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and don't forget to share this post with your friends, especially cat lovers!

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Photos 1-4 by Vanessa Morgan / Photo 5 by Frederic Thibaut / Photos 6-9 by Damian Galli

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