October 2022 - Traveling Cats - Travel Pictures of Cats

Cats from Eilat {Israel}

 

Eilat Israel cats

Eilat is a town in the South Sinai region of Israel. It is also known as "Aqaba of the East," a designation that comes from its proximity to the Red Sea and from the ancient trade route that connected Egypt and India via Aqaba. Since then, Eilat has made a name for itself as a popular tourist spot. 

Thanks to its colorful underwater coral reefs and vibrant marine life, Eilat is mainly a diving and hiking destination.   

Cat lovers from all over the world also visit this desert resort to catch a glimpse of the feline natives.

Eilat Israel cats

Wandering stray cats are one of the most abundant sights in Israel
 
Eilat, in particular, has numerous stray cats thanks to its coastal location. The sea provides natural resources for a large variety of animals, including the many cats who live on the beaches.

Eilat Israel cats

Israel’s population of stray cats is now believed to have reached the one million mark. They are an inherent part of Israelian culture and everyday life, living harmoniously with the people of the country (very much like the cats of Istanbul, which you can read about here).

Eilat Israel cats

The majority of the cats are strays, and there is a good reason for that. They are believed to protect the city of Eilat from rats and snakes

Taking street cats out of their natural environment is therefore against the law in Israel.

Eilat Israel cats

Stray cats are fed on a scale not seen in other places around the world. There is a broad consensus that feeding strays is a good thing, and the government provides quality dry food and clean drinking water at fixed feeding stations that do not put the cats in danger and that do not constitute a nuisance to nearby residents. They keep the environment around the feeding area sanitary and keep waste dumpsters shut at all times. 
 
It is also the government's responsibility to spay and neuter stray cats to prevent uncontrolled growth of the feline populations.

Eilat Israel cats

I hope you enjoyed these photos of cats in Eilat, Israel. Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever been there. 

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Photos by VesaL

Text by Vanessa Morgan

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Cats from Venice {Italy}

Cat of Venice, Italy

Cats have many friends in Venice

A citizen's organization, called DINGO, takes care of community cats. They feed the cats, provide health care, and supply neutering services

A woman who looked after the cats told me that some of the cats have had an ear tip snipped off, which means that they've undergone a contraceptive procedure. She also said that a British animal protection group used to provide some financial support to DINGO, but that now the Venetians themselves donate money and try to prevent any more unlucky kittens.

Around the town, volunteers have constructed cat houses, refuges similar in purpose to the traditional doghouse. These houses come in many forms, from just a pile of boxes with a small entrance to larger structures built of wood. Regardless of their design, each has at its entrance a metal plate, a welcoming sign from the people who care for the community cats.

The attitude of Venetians, who recognize the community cats' dignity and right to life and who accept and keep watch over the animals, makes me feel that the idea of coexistence is thriving here in Italy, and above all, in Venice, a town where cat lovers dwell.

Cat of Venice, Italy
Cat of Venice, Italy
Cat of Venice, Italy
Cat of Venice, Italy
Cats of Venice, Italy
Cat of Venice, Italy
Cats of Venice, Italy
Cat of Venice, Italy
Cat of Venice, Italy
Cats of Venice, Italy
Cat of Venice, Italy
Cat of Venice, Italy
Cat of Venice, Italy
Cat of Venice, Italy
Cat of Venice, Italy
Cat of Venice, Italy
Cat of Venice, Italy

Text and photos by Shin Otani, author of The Cats of Venice

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