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Cat in Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

A Cat-Lover’s List of Must-Visit Places in the World

Cat in Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Love cats and traveling? You might want to add these countries, at least the ones that may have escaped your radar, to your must-visit list. From cat islands to an army of cats protecting the treasures of a world-renowned museum, these cat-loving countries should be on every ailurophile’s travel bucket list.

1. Egypt
Cats held a special place in ancient Egyptians’ heart that harming them was considered a serious crime which is often meted out with harsh penalties. One of the famous gods of the ancient Egyptian religion was Bastet, a goddess depicted with a head of a cat and a body of a woman. The ancient cat-lovers may have long been gone, but you just have to take an Egyptian adventure and marvel at some of the country’s greatest sights like the Great Sphinx of Giza to see how felines were revered in this country

3. Japan
The birthplace of Sanrio, the Japanese company that gave Hello Kitty to the world, is one of the best-known cat-loving countries in the world. Cats have been part of the Japanese culture since the ancient times with many serving in Buddhist temples and others featured in stories and artworks. Today, Japan boasts of many attractions and reasons that draw cat-lovers from around the world. Hello Kitty, Doreamon, the famous fictional cat characters of popular animes and mangas, cat cafes, the cat islands like Tashirojima, Maneki-neko, temples dedicated to cats like Gotokuji and Imado Shrines, and the famous cat station master Tama and his successor Nitama are just some of Japan’s top cat-themed attractions.

3. Turkey
The cats of Istanbul roam freely in the city’s streets. And they are often treated with affection not just by locals but also by tourists who are charmed by many of the cats’ gentle nature. One of the residents featured in Kedi, a recent documentary film featuring Istanbul’s famous free-roaming street cats, said that, “Without the cat, Istanbul would lose a part of its soul” – a statement that says a lot about the city’s love for its cats.

Why Life with Cats Will Never Be Dull

I haven’t been able to really understand what compel people to own a cat. Judging from what I’ve seen from my cat owner friends, it seems like a full-time job with a lot of frustrations thrown in. I’ve heard them complain time and time again, but I haven’t ever seen any of them give up on their feline friends.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all the time I’ve been around cats and their owners it would be this: Cats can be a constant source of comic relief. Yes, they’ll stretch your patience well beyond its limits. Yes, they’ll make you want to give them up for adoption at some point. And yes, they’re capable of all the exasperating things imaginable. But despite all these, they’ll still have you wrapped around their paws. Because cats.

They take curiosity to new heights

Despite what the famous adage says, I still haven’t seen a cat die of curiosity. And heaven forbid that I would. Cats are just inherently curious. Have you ever experienced being followed around by a cat with its wide eyes filled with curiosity? They’ve elevated nosiness into an art form. Some of them even have this curious habit of stalking their owners in the toilet and sit there staring while their humans do their thing.

They’re funny when scared

Given the way they usually act, you’d think that cats are too heartless to even feel fear. But it looks like they can be real scaredy-cats as well, like some of us humans. This cat watching Monsters, Inc. will probably have some nightmares after this.

Cats are the boss

Cats do whatever they want. And there’s nothing their humans can do about it. Forget about owning everything in your home. Once you have a cat, it basically owns everything and the inventory starts with you. So what the cat says is the law. If it says you can’t sit on the chair, you can’t. The sooner you accept that, the smoother life will be.

Playful when they feel like it

When a cat plays, you better play with it. The rest of the time it will just ignore you. They’re also good at lending you a paw, if they think you need help. So having them around is really a sweet deal.

They hang out with the coolest friends

Cats are not always the aloof, cold-hearted, and mean pets they’re sometimes portrayed to be. They can actually be the best of friends to other furry members of the family. They can also hang out with the coolest friends. Like this little guy here.

You Don’t Know Funny until You’ve Watched Cats NOT Trying to Be Funny

I don’t even know why I like cats. They can be annoying, demanding, and all kinds of frustrating. Sometimes they even come across as an ungrateful lot. I say this because I’ve done my share of cat-sitting for some friends. I’ve literally felt like a slave to these furry creatures. And yet I loved every moment of it. They can be so effortlessly funny. They have this knack of making me laugh for the most absurd reasons.

They can be mean

Cats can be wickedly mean. I mean, seriously, who’d do that to a helpless kitten? This video makes me wonder what’s exactly going on in their head when they do things like this. And it makes me wonder what all sorts of evil deeds they’re capable of. From where I’m looking the cat that pushed that poor kitty didn’t even display any hint of remorse. Now that’s what I call ruthless.

They have this thing with baths

I know that there are cats out there that actually enjoy bathing or swimming. But I’ve yet to meet one. Most of the ones I’ve seen have this aversion to water. I’ve had scratches on my arms the first time I attempted to put one of my charges in the bath. It was a lesson learned that I’m not eager to repeat.

They can be jerks

How can one be a jerk and adorable at the same time? Ask a cat. They seemed to have mastered the art. They can be supremely arrogant and heartless at times. And they’re not generous in doling out affection. But they sure are fun to be around. I’ve developed a strange fascination for their brand of meanness. They’re clearly the kings and queens of jerks.

And here’s more of them being jerks.

For all their quirks, cat’s are the best at being funny without really trying.

I’ll just leave this one here.

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