Not with any weapons obviously, but with my camera! Brendan lovingly calls me a crazy cat lady – and maybe I am one – but I simply can’t resist petting all the friendly cats I happen upon on my travels. Dubrovnik turned out to be a cat-paradise and was teeming with felines of all sizes and colourings. Since it was the low season and the city was fairly empty of tourists, the many cats that were roaming the alleys stood out even more.
While some of them were clearly pets with homes and owners, many were also street-cats. Although they belonged to no one in particular, the people of Dubrovnik seemed to band together in an attempt to care for the felines. All of them looked healthy, well-fed and happy and I saw numerous people throughout the city, who seemed to make their rounds everyday, trying to feed all the kitties they could find. Which obviously didn’t stop the cats from trying to steal fish under the fishermen’s noses anyway.
Here’s me releasing my inner crazy cat lady and my attempt, at catching the cats of Dubrovnik in the act of being all cute (or not so cute):
While I look at pigeons and think of dinner and crispy chicken, the pigeons in the main square were this cats little friends. Or maybe it just got fed recently.
The cats in Dubrovnik seem to have the schedule of the fishermen in town down to a science. As soon as this lady showed up, these two felines started creeping up on her and then patiently waited for her to catch something. I don’t know if the cats did end up getting dinner, as I had to leave before this fisherlady could pull in a catch.
I found this beauty outside the city walls, gazing out at the sea and occasionally licking itself. Happy kitty indeed.
This was one of my more awesome encounters in Dubrovnik. This older gentleman started feeding a flock of pigeons, while two cats curiously observed the bustle and seemed to clearly wait for something. Having first hand experience of the murderous tendency of cats, I on the other hand, was waiting for a bloodbath to happen…
The cat didn’t seem to be phased at all by the hundreds of pigeons swarming around.
This picture explained the friendly nature of the cats towards the pigeons and the lack of a bird massacre. Apparently the old man comes here every day to feed the pigeons, and when he’s done, he’ll leave the cats some cat food as well. Obviously pigeons are gluttonous little bastards and are just waiting for the cat to leave, so they can move in and get their little claws on that tasty meal as well.
A white cat observing her alley.
A mother protecting her two small kittens from the evil invading forces *ahem* cruise ship tourists.
It was a windy day in Dubrovnik and the waves were splashing high against the waterfront. This little fellow was trying his hardest to evade all the water, while keeping his eyes on the fishermen.