Travel provides plenty of opportunities for cat lovers to indulge in their passion, which is pretty much anything related to cats. While seeing a cat may already make any feline fanatic happy, there is nothing quite like the experience of visiting a place where cats take center stage. Here are some of the places that call out to every cat lover out there.
Japan is a cat lovers’ haven in many ways. It is home to Hello Kitty, the robot cat Doraemon, and YouTube Scottish fold celebrity Maru. The love for cats is also palpable online where several cats have huge social media following. In Tokyo, locals and tourists can indulge in their daily fix of cat antics and cuteness at the city’s many cat cafes. Cat enthusiasts would also love visiting the Sanrio Puroland, also known as the Hello Kitty Theme Park, and see the wide array of Hello Kitty themed attractions and activities.
Tashirojima Island, Japan
Tashirojima Island has more cats than humans living on it. Stray cats used to help in keeping mice away from the silkworms that the island residents used to make silk. The island’s fisher folks and other residents take good care of the cats. Many believe that mistreating them will bring bad luck. Over time, the cat population increased and now outnumbers their human friends.
Ypres is a Belgian town that celebrates the Kattenstoet which is also known as the Festival of the Cats. The festival is held on the second Sunday of May and features a street parade. People dressed as cats or other costumes join the festive parade.
The Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary in Rome is home to about 250 cats. Volunteers help in caring for the sanctuary’s cat residents. Visitors can spend time helping volunteers or simply watch the cats as they bask in the sunlight in the midst of ancient ruins. The Protestant Cemetery near the Pyramid of Cestius also serves as a cat refuge.
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The Poezenboot is a houseboat that serves as a cat sanctuary since 1966. The Cat Boat sits along the Herengracht canal. The famous shelter is drawing not only cat lovers but also locals and tourists who want to see the floating sanctuary’s residents. The Kattenkabinet is another Amsterdam attraction for cat lovers. The museum houses a wide array of cat-related artworks such as paintings, furniture, and more.
The Le Cimetière des Animaux is touted to be the largest pet cemetery in the world. It may not be dedicated solely for cats, but it has several interesting things to see related to cats. The cemetery also has many fascinating tombstones for cats.