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Cats Around the World

If you’re a cat lover, like I am, you probably notice them everywhere you go.  I’ve found myself photographing kitties with almost the same enthusiasm as I do a world-famous site.  This collection begins with a few of my own favorites from my personal travel.  And some of my fellow travel writers, photographers, and bloggers also share some of their favorite kitties encountered in their travels. 

I dedicate this delightful photo collection  to my sweet Polly, a Maine Coon mix who is no longer with us.

Maine Coon mix cat; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
Maine Coon mix cat;
image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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1. I encountered this lovely kitty sitting in the sun in Atotonilco, Mexico, a tiny village near San Miguel de Allende..  “Folk baroque” frescoes in a small church at this UNESCO World Heritage site are being painstakingly restored. 
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

cat basking in sun in 
 Atotonilco, Mexico; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
cat basking in sun in Atotonilco, Mexico;
image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

2. This kitty named Popsicle was hanging out in a kava bowl at the Coconut Grove resort on Taveuni Island in Fiji.  He looks like he might have finished off the dregs. 
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

Popsicle the cat at Coconut Grove resort on Taveuni Island in Fiji; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
Popsicle the cat at Coconut Grove resort on Taveuni Island in Fiji;
image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

3. This calico was lounging on the path to our restaurant destination in hilly Valparaiso, Chile.  He blends beautifully with the background.
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

cat sprawled in the sun in Valparaiso, Chile; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
cat sprawled in the sun in Valparaiso, Chile;
image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

4. This katnapping kat was seen guarding the Hawaiian Trading Post shop in Lawai on Kauai in Hawaii
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

Kauai Kat Katnapping at Hawaiian Trading Post in Lawai, Kauai, Hawaii; image c Carole 
Terwilliger Meyers
Kauai Kat Katnapping at Hawaiian Trading Post in Lawai, Kauai, Hawaii;
image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

5. A cat on Vernazza waterfront in Cinque Terre National Park, Italy.
Photographed by Dennis Cox/WorldViews,  DennisCox.com

cat on boat in cinque Terre, Italy; image c Dennis Cox
cat on boat in cinque Terre, Italy;
image c Dennis Cox

6.  I captured an image of this pensive cat as we were touring the town of Erice in Sicily two years ago.  Funny thing about Italian cats is that they hang out on TOP of cars, as opposed to underneath them, which our American cats tend to do.  My husband and I, great cat lovers BTW, could never quite figure out why this was so.
Photographed by Joanne DiBonaGet the Picture Travel

cat on car roof in Erice, Sicily; image c Joanne DiBona
cat on car roof in Erice, Sicily; image c Joanne DiBona

7. This was taken at Wrath Winery in Monterey, Calfornia.  It’s the winery cat.
Photographed by Mary Jo ManzanaresTraveling with MJ

black cat at Wrath Winery in Monterey, California; image c Mary Jo Manzanares
black cat at Wrath Winery in Monterey, California; image c Mary Jo Manzanares

8. I call this “Stripes.”  This cute fellow peered out at me from behind a metal fence while I was walking through the old town section of Nyons, France.
Photographed by Katherine Rodeghier

calico cat in Nyons, France; image c Katherine Rodeghier
calico cat in Nyons, France; image c Katherine Rodeghier

9. I absolutely LOVE this pic I took of a cat in a lovely shop last winter in the tiny community of Hawi on the Big Island of Hawaii. Talk about a poser!  I was touring the Big Island in February, 2014 as part of the research for my series of books, Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate.
Photographed by Doreen Pendgracs

cat in Hawi on the Big Island of Hawaii; image c Doreen Pendgracs
cat in Hawi on the Big Island of Hawaii;
image c Doreen Pendgracs

10. Location: Mayorista Market.  City: Trujillo, Peru.  This young cat sleeps through all the hustle and bustle of a big outdoor Peruvian market in one of the strangest locations I have ever seen.
Photographed by Coen Wubbelsphotocoen.comlandcruisingadventure.com

cat sleeping in market basket in Trujillo, Peru; image c Coen Wubbels
cat sleeping in market basket in Trujillo, Peru;
image c Coen Wubbels

11. I found this beautiful cat laying lazily under a chair on a hot summer day in the small village of Tautavel in the Languedoc-Rousillon region of France.
For more cat photos, check out my gallery.
Photographed by Bianca Bauzawww.nomadbiba.com

orange cat in Tautavel, France; image c Bianca Bauza
orange cat in Tautavel, France; image c Bianca Bauza

12. It was taken in a hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey.  We watched four nearly an hour one day as the mother cat taught this cute little rascal how to hunt with a poor insect she’d caught.  Fascinating.
Photographed by Suzanne Courtneythetravelbunny.com

grey-striped kitten in Cappadocia, Turkey; image c Suzanne Courtney
grey-striped kitten in Cappadocia, Turkey; image c Suzanne Courtney

13. We spent some time with our new Croatian friend enjoying the cool shade of the Old City Wall in Dubrovnik Croatia.
Photographed by Mary ChongCalculated Traveller Magazine

cat sleeping on bench in Dubrovnik, Croatia; image c Mary Chong
cat sleeping on bench in Dubrovnik, Croatia; image c Mary Chong

14. The ancient city of Ephesus, Turkey is crawling with cat residents who own the place and prove to be favorite attractions for the visitors.
Photographed by John RobertsInTheLoopTravel.com

one cat and lots of people in Ephesus, Turkey; image c John Roberts
one cat and lots of people in Ephesus, Turkey; image c John Roberts

15. My kitty kat photo was snapped in Croatia, back in 2010.  These cats were roaming a small village all day, jumping and playing.  Then by afternoon were snuggled up together in a chair set up by a local.
Photographed by  SJ BegonjaChasing the Donkey

two kittens in Croatia; image c S. J. Begonja
two kittens in Croatia; image c S. J. Begonja

16. This was taken in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Photographed by Laura BlyBlyonthefly.com

cat in front of colorful building in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; image c Laura Bly
cat in front of colorful building in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; image c Laura Bly

17. I found this pair on a motu off Huahine where we had a most wonderful lunch of poisson cru and grilled chicken while sitting in chairs submerged in the crystal-clear water.  Every Tahitian Island lunch seems to have a cultural session with coconut husking, Tahitian dancing and how to tie a pareau.  These resident kitties always get the great leftovers from the coconut husking event.  Not such a bad life for a feline!
Photographed by Dawna Robertson

cats licking coconut husks in Tahiti; image c Dawna Robertson
cats licking coconut husks in Tahiti; image c Dawna Robertson

18. Last April I was traveling through Luxembourg and found this cute cat on the top of a hill in the city of Vianden.  You have to catch a chairlift to reach a lovely cafe, and when I was having a coffee, this cat showed up.  The owner of the cafe told that it was the first time that the cat appeared there, so no one know anything about him.  I played a few minutes with him and said goodbye before continue on my way to the Vianden castle.
Photographed by Andre MottaViagemCriativa.com.br

cat in Vianden, Luxembourg; image c Andre Motta
cat in Vianden, Luxembourg; image c Andre Motta

19.  Of all the cats that I had met in my travels, I must say that Cincinna is one of my favorites.  She lived in a 15th century house in Bagno a Ripoli, the town next to Firenze, Italy.  I was hosted by her human through Couchsurfing, and from day 1 until the day I left, Cincinna never left my side.  In the mornings, I had to tickle her to wake her up.  I really missed her when I left Firenze for Padova!
More cats . . .
Photographed by Aleah TaboclaonSolitary Wanderer

black cat with man in black in Bagno a Ripoli, Italy; image c Aleah Taboclaon
black cat with man in black in Bagno a Ripoli, Italy; image c Aleah Taboclaon

20. I love the beautiful blue eyes of this kitty at the Lanai Animal Rescue Center, located on the island of Lanai in Hawaii.  Of all the cats at the center, it was the one that stood out the most to me, especially when it immediately tried to climb onto my lap.
Photographed by Barbara WeibelHole in the Donut Cultural Travel

grey cat on Lanai, Hawaii; image c Barbara Weibel
grey cat on Lanai, Hawaii; image c Barbara Weibel

21. Meet Bella, she is an old lady in a kitten’s body, tiny and so sweet.  She works on a hobby farm in Hana on Maui, Hawaii, keeping it rodent free.  When she has time off, she like to hang out with her buddy Makana, a pit bull-ridgeback mix, and 70+ chickens.
Photographed by Nat & Tim HarrisA Cook Not Mad

cat with chickens in Hana on Maui, Hawaii; image c Nat and Tim Harris
cat with chickens in Hana on Maui, Hawaii; image c Nat and Tim Harris

22. This darling tabby was at the Atiu Villas on the remote island of Atiu in the Cook Islands.  The cat waited as I got milk from the fridge–I’m well trained.
Photographed by Barbara Beckley

tabby cat on Atiu, Cook Island; image c Barbara Beckley
tabby cat on Atiu, Cook Island; image c Barbara Beckley

23. I saw this kitty lounging on a bench on Hydra Island, Greece.  Cats abound on this lovely Mediterranean island and there was one or more in my presence nearly everywhere I went … whether it was eating at an outdoor cafe, or walking a path around the island, or meandering the narrow alleys.  This one particularly caught my eye with the colorful bench and geraniums, looking extremely content in the middle of a nap.
Photographed by Shara JohnsonSKJ Travel

cat sleeping on bench on Hydra Island, Greece; image c Shar Johnson
cat sleeping on bench on Hydra Island, Greece; image c Shar Johnson

24. I confess, I’m a cat fanatic. (I even celebrated getting engaged in Umbria by celebrating with the cats at our little vacation rental in the mountains. Ha.)  But the cat I recently fell in love with was this cat in Menton, France, the last town before Italy on the French Riviera.  I swear he was just lying around on a wall in the Old Town waiting to be photographed – I’ve even seen him on someone else’s blog.
Photographed by Carol PerehudoffWandering Carol

cat in Menton, France; image c Carol Perehudoff
cat in Menton, France; image c Carol Perehudoff

25. I found this precious cat sitting on my hostel room balcony in Granada, Spain.
Photographed by Chantae RedenChantae 

cat in Granada, Spain; image c Chantae Reden
cat in Granada, Spain; image c Chantae Reden

26. This pretty kitty was seen strolling through the Montestigliano estate in the countryside near Siena, Italy.  He could be spotted leisurely walking through the many Tuscan villas on the land, stopping only for food or a scratch on the head. What a life!”
Photographed by Annette WhiteBucket List Journey

cat strolling in street near Siena, Italy; image c Annette White
cat strolling in street near Siena, Italy;
image c Annette White

27. I took this photo of my husband Paul with one of the many, many cats in Valparaiso, Chile. Most stores there seem to have a cat or two–probably to keep the rodent population in check. This one was particularly friendly.
Photographed by Laura Byrne PaquetFacing The Street  and  Ottawa Road Trips

cat in Valparaiso, Chile; image c Laura Paquet
cat in Valparaiso, Chile; image c Laura Paquet

28. I saw this kitty sleeping on the goods in a souvenir stall in Aguas Calientes, Peru, near Machu Picchu. 
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

cat sleeping on merchandise in souvenir stall in Aguas Calientes, Peru; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
cat sleeping on merchandise in souvenir stall in Aguas Calientes, Peru;
image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

29. I took this one in Leuven, Belgium last spring.  He/she was on a courtyard wall in the university district.
Photographed by Diana Lambdin Meyermojotraveler

white cat on fence in Leuven, Belgium; image c Diana Lambdin Meyer
white cat on fence in Leuven, Belgium; image c Diana Lambdin Meyer

30. I took this near the Great Wall in China last September.
Photographed by Peggy Bendel

two lovely cats at Great Wall in China; image c Peggy Bendel
two lovely cats at Great Wall in China; image c Peggy Bendel

31. Kitty Archibald MacLeisch sprawls across a display case at the Hemingway Museum in Key West, Florida.  He is a member of the famous tribe of descendants of Hemingway’s polydactyl (six-toed) cat, Snowball.
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

orange cat lolls on display case at Hemingway Museum in Key West, Florida; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
orange cat lolls on display case at Hemingway Museum in Key West, Florida;
image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

32. I spotted this kitty in Zippori National Park in Israel’s Galilee area.  I was impressed with how well he blended in with his surroundings. 
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

cat at Zippori National Park in Galilee, Israel; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
cat at Zippori National Park in Galilee, Israel; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

33. This cat, named Sorella, lives at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York.  Farm Sanctuary is home to many rescued farm animals.  Sorella lives in the main barn and greets people as they come to visit!  She also loved sitting on our cabin’s porch when we stayed there, and even ran into our cabin at night so she could sleep on our bed!
Photographed by LaurenJustin Plus Lauren

black cat in Watkins Glen, New York; image c Lauren
black cat in Watkins Glen, New York; image c Lauren

34. This huge kitty is being all loved up by my daughter, Suzanne, at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow in Upstate New York.
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

visitor petting cat at Philipsburg Manor in Upstate, New York; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
visitor petting cat at Philipsburg Manor in Upstate, New York; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

35. I saw this pampered pussy hanging out at the spa at Esencia, a Seaside Estate in Riviera Maya, Mexico
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

grey cat at Esencia Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
grey cat at Esencia Spa in Riviera Maya, Mexico; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

36. This kitty was spotted on the Skolavordustigur shopping street in Reykjavik, Iceland.  She would not stop for me! 
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

black cat strolling Skolavordustigur street in Reykjavik, Iceland; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
black cat strolling Skolavordustigur street in Reykjavik, Iceland;
image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

37. Elvis hangs at the Julia Morgan-designed North Star House in Grass Valley, California while it is being renovated. 
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

orange cat at North Star House in Grass Valley, California
orange cat at North Star House in Grass Valley, California

38. Life is good for a bookstore cat.  This one slumbers in Pegasus in Berkeley, California.
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

cat snoozing on couch at Pegasus bookstore in Berkeley, California; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
cat snoozing on couch at Pegasus bookstore in Berkeley, California;
image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

39. Cats just want to have fun! Such as this kitty in Dubrovnik, Croatia, who enjoyed prancing atop the famous walls of the city’s Old Town. The sweet cat was quite willing, though, to stop and let my husband administer a few rubs and some kind words.  Photographed by Susan Farlow

tabby cat gets petted in Dubrovnik, Croatia; image c Susan Farlow
tabby cat gets petted in Dubrovnik, Croatia; image c Susan Farlow

40. Kitty waiting for morning latte in Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy.
Photographed by Debbie Murray,  Pacman Hikes the 2013 Pacific Crest Trail

cat in Cinque Terre, Italy; image c Debbie Murray
cat in Cinque Terre, Italy; image c Debbie Murray

41. Debbie Murray says: When we showed up at Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy, we searched for lunch. This quaint place had pizza, fresh cheeses, and sausage. It was all molto bene. While my hubby bought the lunch, the cats gathered around me. (I guess they knew…) We shared lunch and they followed me around town. I felt at home!
Photographed by Roger MurrayPacman Hikes the 2013 Pacific Crest Trail

cats gathered for droppings in Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy; image c Roger Murray
cats gathered for droppings in Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy;
image c Roger Murray

42. It wasn’t until I got home and started looking thru my photographs that I realized I had so many shots of cats.  Not dogs, but cats.  You know how when you are in Mexico, you always see stray dogs?  Well, not here, here in Istanbul, Turkey, there are stray cats.
See my photo gallery of Istanbul cats.
Photographed by Cadinda MaloneyPoints and Travel

cat hanging with policeman in Istanbul, Turkey; image c Cacinda Maloney
cat hanging with policeman in Istanbul, Turkey; image c Cacinda Maloney

43. This image was captured in the men’s bathroom at Ephesus in Turkey and apparently this is their favorite sleeping hole by the toilets.  I thought this was a pretty cool shot even though there were a lot of stray cats all over the ancient site.
Photographed by Noel Morata
Even though this site is rife with ads, it is fun to browse through even more cats in sinks.

cats resting in a sink in Ephesusmens, Turkey; image c Noel Morata
cats resting in a sink in Ephesusmens, Turkey; image c Noel Morata

44. This contented kitty was sitting on a doorstep inside the medina in Tunis, Tunisia, clearly well-positioned to see an approach from any angle.  Whether he took his prominent post there in order to guard the doors or in hopes of being petted by passersby, I don’t know! 
Photographed by Shara JohnsonSKJ Travel

cat in Tunis, Tunisia; image c Shara Johnson
cat in Tunis, Tunisia; image c Shara Johnson

45. If you love cats, Essaouira, Morocco is the place to go.  They are everywhere, loved and fed by locals and tourists alike.  They can be seen sleeping in many places around town, including the many shops selling beautiful handcrafts.
Photographed by MicheleLegging It

cat in Essaouira, Morocco; image c Michele
cat in Essaouira, Morocco; image c Michele

46. The alleys of the Marrakesh medina are dark and crowded and it’s not difficult to imagine a mouse – or God forbid something larger – scurrying underfoot.  The cat, nicknamed MarraKat, looks well-fed and yes, his owners do feed him every day.  That probably doesn’t stop him from nibbling a stray treat or two.  The alleys of Marrakesh are full of cats, waiting for scraps from nearby eateries or chasing after things smaller than themselves.  Each day they seem to stand on the same spot, like a gendarme guarding his corner and keeping trespassers away.
Photographed by LeylaWomen on the Road

cat in Marrakesh, Morocco; image c Leyla
cat in Marrakesh, Morocco; image c Leyla

47. This is the castle cat at Amberley Castle in England.  What a life!
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

castle cat sleeping in red chair in Amberley Castle in England; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
castle cat sleeping in red chair in Amberley Castle in England;
image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

48. We spent most of the day in Bolsena, Italy, when we walked into the medieval part there were no people out at all.  Then we saw this cat, at first he was crouched down in a doorway, looking a little timid, we called him and he came running to us.
Photographed by Nat HarrisA Cook Not Mad

grey tabby in Bolsena, Italy; image c Nat Harris
grey tabby in Bolsena, Italy; image c Nat Harris

49. I admit I am a cat lover. I can spot cats from a distance, in random places. This cat was happily sitting in the window of a shop near the Grand Bazar in Istanbul, Turkey.  He was seriously relaxed, and why would he not be, he even had a number of pillows all to himself! 
Photographed by Claudia TavaniMy Adventures Across The World

cat resting on merchandise at the Grand Bazar in Istanbul, Turkey; image c Claudia Tavani
cat resting on merchandise at the Grand Bazar in Istanbul, Turkey;
image c Claudia Tavani

50. This adorable little creature is the resident cat of a perfect English cabin located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, known as the Half Moon Cabin.  As she guards the property throughout the day, and soaks in the sun in the mornings, this long weekend rental cabin is serenely situated amid the popular Appalachian Mountains that surround the city.  Along with the creeks and the little fishing lakes nearby, many travelers opt for a vacation in this area, mostly to spend a quiet time in the wilderness or to hike and visit the waterfalls around.
Photographed by Shraddha Gupta, www.streettrotter.com

cat by rocking chairs in Chattanooga, Tennessee; image c Shraddha Gupta
cat by rocking chairs in Chattanooga, Tennessee; image c Shraddha Gupta

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