Cats from Los Quemados {La Palma} - Traveling Cats - Travel Pictures of Cats

Cats from Los Quemados {La Palma}

multi-colored cat with beautiful green eyes

Rumor has it multi-colored cats bring good fortune. 😸

Calico cats (as multi-colored felines are often called) are considered "lucky" because they are such rare creatures. 

In order to be considered a "true" Calico, the cat's coat must display the colors white, black, and orange.

multi-colored cat stunning

Calicos are almost always female cats because the black and orange color information is linked to the X chromosome. 

Because female cats have two X chromosomes, they can display both the black and orange colors at once (white fur is coded by another gene). 

Male cats, on the other hand, typically have only one X chromosome, so they tend to be either orange OR black.

multi-colored cat cute nose

In some old religions, these three colors stand for the "cycle of life." 

White stands for (re)birth, red for life, and black for death.

apartamentos villa colon los quemados la palma

In earlier times, Japanese sailors traveled with multi-colored cats to protect their ships from evil and to guarantee a safe trip. 

They are still the official symbol of good fortune in Japan.

multi-colored cats bring luck
multi-colored cats happiness
multi-colored kittens cute

You certainly know the Maneki Neko, the waving-cat talisman, frequently seen in Japanese shops and restaurants

The Maneki Neko is almost always a Calico.

multi-colored calico cat

Pay attention to the position of the Maneki Neko's paw. 

A raised right paw bestows good luck and wealth. A raised left paw supposedly brings in more customers. 

The higher the paw is raised, the luckier the owner of the Maneki Neko will get.

multi-colored cat eyes
multi-colored cat beautiful

"The multi-colored cats on these photos definitely brought luck and happiness during our stay in the Apartamentos Villa Colon in the small village of Los Quemados, which is part of Fuencaliente, in the south of the island of La Palma," says Traveling Cats reader Claudia Mannes.

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"These magical felines visited me every day," Mannes recalls. 

"The loveliest of them all was the red-black-white one, who, most of the time, brought her little kitten daughter with her (the tiny grey-red-white one)." 

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multi-colored cat sleeping
white and grey cat sleeping

The apartments are a perfect hideaway. 

Situated at the end of a steep road, Villa Colon consists of only a handful of apartments, surrounded by a garden overlooking the sea. It is very quiet and peaceful. 

cat on balcony

Photos by Claudia Mannes 

apartamentos villa colon

In other news, my short film script Next to Her will be filmed on August 8th and 9th. My cat Avalon has a HUGE part in it. The film will premiere in October at the Flanders International Film Festival Ghent. 

If you can't wait for the film (and if you want to know how Avalon's part plays out), you can read the script here. If you are a Kindle Unlimited member, it's free.

short film about a cat

lucky cats calico


  1. Beautiful, beautiful Push-T-Cats. those green eyes are stunning
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. Love them huddled together in that one chair! Another lovely series!

  3. That chair looks a bit crowded! They look contented.

  4. So cute! I love the ones on the stool!

  5. I love cats. I remember going to Mallorca years ago and having cats posing on several of our photos too.

  6. LOL - I love the chair full of cats. Although it's the closeups that are the most beautiful.

  7. You can see it in their eyes that they are so clever!!!

  8. Aww! beautiful photos, cute too :-)

  9. Those are such great pictures and what pretty kitties. Love how the two kitten got on the chair together.That looks like a really nice place to go. Have a great day.

  10. Beautiful pictures. I had not heard before that multi-colored cats were good luck. I need to get a calico! :)

  11. Ah, those are some very pretty kitties!

  12. The pictures of all the cats are beautiful and also they seem to be very pretty . We loved the picture of the three of them taken on the chair.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  13. Aww, these sweeties remind me of a little calico my sister had for years.

    How exciting about your film!! Congratulations!

  14. That's the best cat photography I've seen. Great close-up shots!

  15. The close up on the nose actually made me laugh. Super cute!

  16. Such cute photos! We just got back from Turkey and they had cats all over. They were so clean and cute. I wanted to take them home with me. I hope they bring me luck too!

  17. around here we call white cats with black (or gray) and red splotches on them "Money Cats" because often their splotches are round and resemble coins.

    These are beautiful photos, and such wonderful close ups

  18. That sure is a bunch of beautiful kitties and I love the kitty pile in the chair!

  19. So cute. That's interesting about the coloring being linked to the x-chromosome.

  20. Aww. They are so cute. I can't wait til we move to a new place that lets us have animals

  21. Such cuties and what lovely pictures! The place looks very quiet and peaceful indeed.
    I had red-black-white girl long long time ago. The photos reminded me of her :-)

  22. What beauties! I love the detail and emotion in the closeups of the cats :)

  23. Gorgeous ! That's a great pile of cats ! Purrs

  24. This cats are gorgeous and they are modelling head to toe! What beautiful eyes they have too xxx

  25. Awwww....they are gorgeous! Beautiful colours, sweet faces! :)

  26. What great company Claudia had in her vacation! And congratulations on the new film!

  27. I really enjoy your blog! My favourite picture is of all the kitties sleeping on the chair with tails dangling ~too cute!

  28. Some are pretty, some are cute and some so adorable!

  29. What stunningly beautiful calicos....I love the photo of one on top of the other
    Hugs madi and mom

  30. Beautiful captures! Thanks for linking up over at Toronto Teacher Mom!

  31. What sweeties! I LOVE the one with all of them in a cat heap on the chair.

  32. awesum fotoz & good evening two everee one in La Palma !!! pea ess two ewe Vanessa...we hope yur film...& book..... R a mega huge success....... ♥♥♥

  33. These cats are really beautiful! You got some really amazing photos of them. They seem like they were the best of friends. I'm glad that they decided to visit you while you were there.

  34. Beautiful Kitties! I've been a cat lover my whole life! Unfortunately I only have 1, not sure my girl would adjust to another now that she is 7. I live in the SEattle area and a local gal has a blog about cats I thought you might enjoy, she does a lot with rescue stuff! So awesome! Thanks for sharing
    Fashion and Travel

  35. Love the calico - beautiful markings.
    Thanks for linking up at

  36. They are so lovely and beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing!

  37. These cats certainly do look happy. Congrats on your book going to film! And, thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More.

  38. oh my these are gorgeous!!! Love the clowder of calicoes together!

  39. They are beautiful. I have 2 calicos :)

  40. WOW those markings are just gorgeous!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  41. Such wonderful photos! I love the one with the three cats cuddled up together on the chair!
    Congratulations for your film script!

  42. Gorgeous, gorgeous cats. Those green eyes, you can see down to their souls. The photos are beautiful. I wish I could take them all home.

  43. The foot photos are almost too cute for words! Ack!

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

  44. Très jolies et lumineuses photos. Les gros plans sont magnifiques.
    J'adore la photo de la chaise très occupée.
    Bonne soirée
    Nat à Chat

  45. They're beautiful! I especially loved the picture of the kitties all piled on the chair together. :)

  46. I love it when kitties snuggle up together. So cute! Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!


  47. they are all soooo beautiful and to look at these gorgeous pics make my sunday happy :-)

  48. They look so cute!
    have a great week...

    Noodle and crew