Prrrrrty Cats Around the World

Moroccan Cats

A year ago I traveled to Morocco, and it was wonderful for so many reasons. Primarily, because my journey to track down the address of my deceased birth father brought so much more than I was expecting. I’m still dreaming about when I can return someday.

Cat in Fez, Morocco
A cat and its shadow in Fez, Morocco

While traveling in Morocco, I spent time in three different cities: Fez, Chefchaouen, and Tangier. 

Cats in Fez, Morocco
Cat mama and her kitty in Fez

My first stop was Fez, where I hired a local guide to take me around the ancient medina (which is a North African walled town with gates). We saw lots of felines, and my guide explained that Fez has cats instead of rats.

Cat in Fez, Morocco
Kitty in the ancient Medina of Fez. Thank you for  protecting us from the rats!

I know which of the two I’d prefer!

Cats in Fez, Morocco
A couple of kitties guarding the gate. Ye shall not pass!  No rats or humans allowed!

After Fez, I traveled by bus to Chefchaouen.

Chefchaouen cat
Chefchaouen cat

“Chefchaouen” means “look at the peaks” in Arabic. That’s because of its location in the Rif mountains, where you can look at the peaks!

Chefchaouen cats
I tawt I taw a puddy tat.

It’s also known as the “Blue Pearl of Morocco,” and for good reason. The houses and walls of the medina are painted vibrant shades of blue. And if that weren’t cool enough — they’ve got cats, too!

Chefchaouen cat
Cats of the Blue Pearl

After Chefchaouen, I went to Tangier. 

Tangier cat
One of these is not like the other! This cat was chilling with some giant-stuffed-animal thingamabobs in a Tangier shopping center.

And guess what? Yep, I encountered more cats!

Tangier cat
These cats were living in a market area. I hope they get a little sumpin sumpin from the humans.

I’m still not sure how to feel about all the strays I saw in the streets of Morocco. While some were fed scraps in the markets, others looked a little worse for wear.

Tangier cats

Cats of Tangier, super-busy grooming themselves while ignoring the sea view.

Portuguese, Swiss, and Turkish cats up next! 😻 Click page four for more!

25 thoughts on “Prrrrrty Cats Around the World”

  1. Goodness! This is too adorable. I remember being deployed to Cyprus (Air Force) and seeing all the cats roaming the streets there. No one seemed to mind! I made a few friends near where we were stationed… it was nice to have the companionship 🙂 Thanks for the post – Toki

    1. Thanks, Toki! I’ve never been to Cyprus! Would like to check it out sometime! And meet some of their kitties! 🙂

  2. I have to admit I’m not a cat person at all (but I love dogs), but I’m sure for anybody who’s into cat’s they would love this post – Actually there is a couple of people I know that love cats, I’m passing this post onto them, I know it will make them feel quite fuzzy haha. I do love your comment about giving yourself a talking to “Stop paparazzi-stalking cats, ya weirdo!” – Not with cats but I would be the same with things I love haha
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    1. Haha, your comment brought a smile to my face! And maybe you’ll become a cat person one day! 🙂 But don’t worry, I’ll understand if you don’t. Thank you for sharing the post with your cat-loving friends! I hope it gives them warm and fuzzy feelings! 🙂 🙂

  3. I am a cat person, always loved them. These photos are stunning by the way, that first photo with the blue walls is my favorite. I saved this to my StumbleUpon, hopefully many others can enjoy the photos as well.

  4. I’ve got a couple of friends who will love seeing your piccies. I remember how many stray cats there were in both Greece and Spain, I still can remember asking my mum if I could rescue them!!!

  5. Oh I love Austrian Cat the best! But I do love the backdrop of symmetrical residential street of Vicar’s Close Cat 😂😍 Such a cool idea to document these from your trips around the world!

    1. What about the Istanbul, Moroccan, and California cats?! 😊😻😺 Thanks for stopping by, Hannah!

  6. There’s a Facebook group for the Cats of Reykjavik, Iceland! Tons of cats walk the streets there, but none are strays – they are just let out by their owners to greet the tourists. I managed to meet this little guy (https://tinyurl.com/icelandcat) begging to come inside during a snowstorm in February 2015. Two years later, I visited Iceland again and guess who I run into (https://imgur.com/a/swst7)? A little worse for the wear, looks to have had a recent surgery and a bit of a haircut, but still begging at the same red door.

    1. Hi Colin! 🙂 Wow, that is so neat to hear! Now I’ve got to go to Iceland to check out the cats! And what are the chances you’d run into the same cat twice! What a cutie! (Although the haircut is a little unfortunate in the second pic! Lol)

    2. I take cat pics every where I go! I wish I could post some of them here. Have great pics from Italy, Switzerland, Iceland, Scotland, just to name a few! Thank you for sharing!

      1. I’m glad I’m not the only one obsessed with taking cat pics! Looks like I’m in good company! Thanks for stopping by, Brenda! 🙂 🙂

  7. Hello Stephanie,

    I Have forwarded this post to a bunch of the cat lovers here at Mud Bay and I am sure this will be a tremendously big hit with everyone. Great post per usual!!😻😻😻😻

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