Places I'd like to visit, just for the cats!
This year I'm going to embark on the ultimate cat experience with a trip to Africa. Pretty much all thanks to my love of cats! In August my boyfriend and I are spending two weeks volunteering at Harnas Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia where we'll work hands on with big cats and small wild cats such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, caracals and servals. Harnas is also home to over 20 domestic cats and this trip is seriously a dream come true for me! I really cannot wait! So that is one place I'm ticking off my list, but I thought I'd share with you some other places I'd like to go, pretty much just for the cats too!
USA - Hemingway Home
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is home to approximately 40-50 polydactyl cats. When he was a child Ernest Hemingway was given a white six-toed cat by a ship's captain and some of the cats who live on the museum grounds today are descendants of that original cat. Key West, where the museum is located, is a small island and it is possible that many of the cats on the island are related. Key West in general is home to many 'feral' cats who are much loved and fed by the locals. I've been to the US but not to Miami unfortunately, so this is definitely on my list!
Japan - Cat Cafes
In Tokyo there is very little space and most people live in apartments. Unfortunately a lot of the people who lease these apartments out, do not allow pets. This is definitely not desirable for cat loving nation Japan, however now there is a solution - cat cafes! As the name suggests these are coffee shops where cat lovers go to sip overpriced lattes and hang out with cats. Currently there are over 80 cat cafes in Japan. I'm going!
Egypt - Cairo and the Pyramids
Egypt, where our lovable house cats first became domesticated around 4500 years ago. There is proof now that shows that the cats that share their lives with us are ancestors of the African Wildcat - a small sandy coloured tabby wild cat that hunts birds and rodents. The Egyptians were the first to domesticate this cat and the proof of that is in the art and the history. In most pyramids there are ancient paintings of people with cats living in their homes, not to mention paintings of cats as goddesses. In Cairo today, many cats roam the streets - fed, loved and still worshiped by the locals. I'd love to visit one day!