Best Places for Cat Lovers

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Valentine’s Day is about love and since this year there will be a lot of single people out there why don’t we express the love for our furry friends cats? Every day millions of people click on cat memes, watch youtube videos of them playing, so why don’t we go offline for a bit and visit some of the purrest destinations around the world?

Cats can be badasses! Photocredit: Alesha & Jarryd - Nomadasaurus

Cats can be badasses!
Photocredit: Alesha & Jarryd – Nomadasaurus


Let’s start from the concept of cafe cafes. Cat Cafes started in Taiwan but they quicky spread out to Japan, Thailand and other countries. Since the first cat cafe opened in Japan in 2004, dozens have popped up in Tokyo. Here you can pay to spend time in the cafe with the cats, as well as buy snacks for the felines and drinks for yourself. These places are generally quite peaceful, and thus a relaxing way to spend a half hour in the busy metropolis.

Cat Cafe Tokyo by Expat Edna

Photocredit: Edna – Expat Edna

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photocredit: Cassie – Ever in Transit


These days you can pretty much find them in every major city around the world. If you can’t keep a cat in your own house, but you still like to cuddle with them while sipping on coffee that’s the place to go. My favorite cafe so far was the one in

Budapest, Hungary as the cats there were huge!

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Havana, Cuba

Cuba has a lot of friendly cats (aside from other furry friends) who like to take naps in the middle of the pavement.

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is one of the most cat-friendly cities in the world. Locals love their cats so much that they even installed machines that give out a bowl of cat food when you recycle a plastic bottle. I found this little fluff inside Hagia Sophia, but you can find cats everywhere!destinations for cat lovers


Playa del Carmen, Mexico

As a resident of Playa del Carmen I can tell you that this town has its rules flipped. In Playa cats adopt people, not the other way around. When I moved into my place I was immediately adopted by 5 (!) always hungry cats who were apparently living in my apartment with different owners for years. Way to go cats!


Eze, Cote d’Azur, France

The French Riviera is one of the most charming places I’ve ever seen. In my favorite village called Eze I found some stray furballs lying in the sun.DSC01219


Morocco

I was delighted to see many strays around and even happier to see that local people are actually feeding them. I found this cute kitten on the desert as he was living there with the beduins. It was only 2 weeks old! Go find your own desert kitten! 🙂SDC11215



Which places do other bloggers recommend for cat lovers?

Amsterdam, Netherlands from Aileen – IAmAileen

Here’s a cat in Amsterdam, Netherlands — one of the places that I think is a cat destination. Moreover, Amsterdam just opened a cat cafe!IAmAileen - Amsterdam


Mostar, Bosnia from Karisa – Flirting with the Globe

The city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina may be most well-known for its Stari Most (Old Bridge) which runs across the eye-catching aqua river Neretva, but Mostar is also home to many well-kept and adorable free-roaming cats like the one.Flirting with the Globe - Mostar


Santorini, Greece from Sabina – Girl vs Globe

No Santorini postcard is complete without a kitten warming its paws on a blue roof or stretching its back in the sun. If you love these furry creatures, visiting this magical Greek island is a must!Girl vs Globe - Santorini

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My kids absolutely love Greece, partially because of the cats everywhere. Santorini didn’t disappoint them! This was in Oia._MG_2836


Ephesus, Turkey from Raphael – Journey of Wonders

The ruins of Ephesus in Turkey are mostly known for their amazing beauty as well as the number one place in all of Turkey where stepping in cat poop is unavoidable. With more than hundreds of cats inhabiting the ruins, this place is a paradise for cat lovers all around the world.Cats-at-Ephesus


Athens, Greece from Aleah – Solitary Wanderer

There are a lot of stray cats roaming the streets of Athens, but although they look a bit dirty, they look well-fed. Women regularly bring them food, and I saw one myself feeding the scores of cats on the winding road to the Acropolis.stray-cat-athens-solitarywanderer


Bangkok, Thailand from Kristin – Souvenir Finder
Stray cats also inhabited the capital of Thailand – Bangkok, according to Kristin.BangkokThailandCat


Cyprus from Natasha & Cameron – The World Pursuit

Cats rule the small island nation of Cyprus. Every city and town has its own small army of furry friends waiting to cuddle…or eat your food. The cats here are friendly as can be so you will always get a good dose of cuteness!Cypriot Cats


Lima, Peru from Audrey – That Backpacker

If you’re a cat lover passing through Lima, you’ll want to swing through Parque Kennedy in the Miraflores District. This park is home to hundreds of strays who are cared for by the community and travellers passing by. It’s not uncommon to find little bowls with milk, water and cat food scattered around the park. The nearby corner stores also sell little bags of cat food, meaning you can go feed the cats any time of day.

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Egypt:

Surprisingly Egypt has cats too and they are actually quite cute. Just look at them!

Dahab from Justin – True Nomads True Nomads - Dahab


Aswan from Nick & Dariece – Goats on the RoadGoats - Aswan Egypt


Iceland from Matt – Expert Vagabond

As cold as Iceland may seem to a lot of people it looks like cats don’t really care about low temperatures. You can spot some super fluffy kitties, like this one, around Reykjavik.expert vagabond iceland


Koh Rong, Cambodia from Jenn & Jack – Who Needs Maps

When we traveled to Koh Rong, Cambodia, a small island an hour away from the mainland, we were shocked to see how many cats and dogs were there. How did they even get on this island? There is barely any electricity here! In our hostel, in the midst of the night, we heard littles “meows” and it turns out to be 5 kittens who cuddled with us during the night! Who Needs Maps


Kuching, Malaysia from Stefan & Sebastien – Nomadic Boys

Kuching literally means cats in Malay and they’ve totally played on this theme. There’s a large cat statue that welcomes you as you enter the city and it’s got a museum devoted to cats. If you’re a cat lover, you’ll quickly fall in love.Nomadic Boys - Kuching cat museum


Key West, FL from Patricia – Fairfax Family Fun

While some humans may daydream of retiring in Key West, many cats already have. Hemingway adored his Maine Coon named Snowball. Nowadays dozens of Snowball’s descendants live on at Hemingway’s gorgeous estate, now a historic museum. The museum houses not only a wealth of information on the legendary author, but dozens of unique cats who happily lounge around. Here, at any time, you will find 40-50 polydactyl cats, those with one more toe that makes their paws extra-big, and while not all the cats have the sixth toe, all carry the gene and all are descendants of Hemingway’s original polydactyl cat. Best of all: the cats are accustomed to having humans around and thus are super-friendly!IMG_7469


Rome, Italy from Claudia – My Adventures Across the World

When in Rome don’t miss Largo di Torre Argentina – a home to many cats. They’re so huggable! MyAdvAcrossTheGlobe - Rome


Bigger, but still kitties…

Zimbabwe

I had a pleasure to volunteer with lions in 2010. While I don’t support animal abuse such as riding elephants in Thailand etc., this organization is genuine and works directly with the Lion Alert organization.

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A lion giving me some love!


Namibia from Hannah & Adam – Getting Stamped

We spent the night at a Cheetah rescue and the family has 5 cheetahs living with them in their house as pets.Gettting Stamped - Namibia


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14 Comments

    • Feb 13, 2016 / 8:18 pm

      Mrauuuuu!

  1. Feb 13, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    Thank you for including us! I’m really missing my cat this valentines day!

    • Feb 28, 2016 / 2:51 pm

      My pleasure! 🙂

  2. Feb 14, 2016 / 2:12 am

    You are right, Istanbul is definitely a wicked place for cat loving. I wasn’t a massive fan of the city so went and had some cat fun. I brought some cat food and went around feeding all the cats haha. Then discovered there are these cage like structures in the parks (well this one park I walked into) where the cats can chill and people come by regularly to feed them.

    SO AWESOME. Tbilisi, Georgia was also a solid cat city.

    • Feb 28, 2016 / 2:52 pm

      It means I must visit Georgia now 😛

  3. Feb 15, 2016 / 10:04 am

    Meowww I love this post!

  4. Feb 16, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    Looooove this post! I am a huge cat lover and am very happy to see my cat-friendly hometown included in this list (Rome). Hope you don’t mind me sharing this on FB 🙂

    • Feb 16, 2016 / 2:46 pm

      Please do – let’s spread the cat love!

  5. Feb 17, 2016 / 12:41 am

    LOVE this post. I am obsessed with cats and admittedly, I definitely visit a place if there are cats. I think I’ve been to quite a number of these places…and petted a cat in every city that I’ve found one. I saw tons of cats in Lisbon, Porto,and southern Israel in the desert.

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