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Recently, I was out shooting cats.

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):

Cat in Dubrovnik

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.

Cat in Dubrovnik

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.

Cat in Dubrovnik

I found this beauty outside the city walls, gazing out at the sea and occasionally licking itself. Happy kitty indeed.

Cat in Dubrovnik

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…

Cat in Dubrovnik

The cat didn’t seem to be phased at all by the hundreds of pigeons swarming around.

Cat in Dubrovnik

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.

Cat in Dubrovnik

A white cat observing her alley.

Cat in Dubrovnik

A mother protecting her two small kittens from the evil invading forces *ahem* cruise ship tourists.

Cat in Dubrovnik

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.

Cat in Dubrovnik

My bench. Mine!

About The Author

Tiffany is a Swiss travel writer, digital nomad, and photographer, who, after a fateful journey through Africa, has decided to get her passport renewed, sell all her junk, and live out of a suitcase in various corners of the world, as well as share the experiences with other travel enthusiasts. This blog is intended to inspire you to pack your bags, leave everything behind for a while, and make you go discover the world. Check her out on .

6 Responses

  1. Lauren

    Tee hee 😀 That sounds better than Romania, where I think they’ve recently implemented a law that allows people to club stray animals. I reckon you’ll like Morocco, then – there are so many cats, you’d think the country were run by an underground kitty organisation.

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    • Tiffany

      That’s horrible! I actually only like seeing kitties when they are treated well. I was really impressed with Dubrovnik. In lots of places, like Greece for example, there are so many strays and most of them are sick, flea-ridden and probably missing an eye or two… it’s just heartbreaking.

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  2. Sally

    It was the same in Istanbul! Everyone gave the cats a little food and let them roam free, otherwise. I actually did a similar photoessay myself, but with horrible quality iPhone pictures haha. If I get the chance to go back, I’ll be snapping much better shots with a real camera. Because they’re just so photogenic when they’re well-fed!

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    • Tiffany

      Oh I’m actually just heading to istanbul today! Can’t wait to see some more happy kitties, they really are photogenic 🙂

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