Through our travels in Montenegro, we’ve seen many amazing historical sites… as well as experience some of the wonderful Montenegrin culture. Yet, one thing that did surprise us when we went to Kotor was this…
There are HEAPS of Kotor cats roaming the streets, laying in the middle of historical landmarks… or even as we found, sometimes following us!
And, it wasn’t until we stumbled upon different information… that we would discover the importance between Kotor and cats.
The History of the Cats of Kotor Montenegro
With the thousands of animal species in the world, why are cats so important and treasured… especially in the town of Kotor?
Well, the locals say that for centuries… the cats of Kotor have been there to help protect the town from rodents and snakes. Plus, the cats are seen as a symbol of prosperity and good luck.
In ancient times, Kotor was a major port for business and trade… where many ships would have cats on board.
Yet, sometimes the cats would be left behind… making the cats set up their new home in Kotor. So, this is where many believe that the huge population of Kotor cats began.
Kotor Cats Are Everywhere!
When you’re strolling around Kotor from the Old Town, the parks, through to the waterfront… you’re sure to come across some cats of Kotor .
Plus, you’ll also see many souvenir shops selling cat-related merchandise… from keyrings, to bags, and jewelery, through to clothes. So, if you’re a catlover you’ll love going into one of the many stores… to discover some unique Kotor cat merchandise you can buy to take home.
Plus, there’s even a shop by the name of, the Cats of Kotor. Look out for the guard cats, he he, he!
There’s even a Kotor Cats Museum, yet it wasn’t open at the time we were there.
And, fellow kitty lovers know that most cats love being up high. So, you will even find cats 280 metres high above the town, at the infamous San Giovanni Fortress…
You’ll often see restaurant or café or shop owners leaving bowls of water… as well as food out for the hungry cats. Imagine your kitty cat having spaghetti bolognese or gourmet bread – very spoilt!
Plus, you’ll see many locals buying cat food in supermarkets… and then distributing the food around the town for the Kotor cats. Many truly are kitty lovers, who look after and cherish them.
Knock, Knock, Guess Who’s At The Door?
Now get this, next to our accommodation there were surprise, surprise… resident cats. Yet, there was one cutie who would love to come and visit us. So, with cats being curious, once we would open the door his eyes and nose would be working overtime…
In the end, he was such a cute kitty we invited him in. And of course, he made himself comfortable…
For most part, the cats of Kotor looked like they were fed well, clean and friendly. Plus, as fellow kitty lovers know, cats rule. So, there were many that did DEMAND attention… LOL!
Sadly, there are some Kotor cats that are in need of attention and care. And, with a large population it is challenging to look after them all, and find dedicated care.
Yet, there is a foundation by the name of, Kotor Kitties. And, this organization focuses on the spay-neutering of cats. Since it began this program in September 2018… thousands of cats have had this operation.
So, when you visit Kotor, there will be cats around almost every corner you walk! And, for you kitty lovers… you’ll be a “Crazy Cat” if you miss seeing the many cats of Kotor, Montenegro.
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