Feral Cat Photo Essay

Italy is pretty famous for its stray or “free” cats. I’ve read that there are 300,000 feral cats in Rome alone, living in over 2,000 colonies. In Rome, cats that live around the forum, Colosseum, and other ancient sites have been protected since 2001 and tourists can even visit Torre Argentina, a Roman cat sanctuary. Knowing this, it was no surprise that my daughter immediately latched on to the bounty of felines on our recent trip to Italy. A true cat lover, she immediately adopted every stray feline we ran across in Italy and enrolled them in her “Kitty Trick School.” [Seriously, she has a whole program including report cards from Kitten day care through Cat University, complete with its own quarterly newsletter.]

Whipping out her travel journal, she would record where she saw the cat, give it a name, and add it to her running tally. It reminded me of her counting perros in Spain. This was serious scientific study.

By the time we got to Capri, the Capri Cats decorative pillow that adorns my mother-in-law’s couch suddenly started to make a lot of sense.

I finally got in on the picture and started snapping cameos of the cats we would meet along our walks through Capri.Since I’ve had a crazy week between travel, snow and a sick child, I thought I’d change things up a bit and share a photo essay of the cats of Italy as a part of Photo Friday. Enjoy!


For more photos to inspire your travels, check out Friday Postcards on Walking on Travels.

Do your kids like to look at cats or dogs on your travels?

Roeselien Raimond, an avid photographer who is also a huge cat lover, enjoys her pastime taking photographs of feral cats. She has made friends with many feral kitties including some in various places such as Greece.

An orphan tabby baby kitten was given to her and her boyfriend by a cleaning lady while they were on their summer vacation. The kitten was crying and Roeselien felt she had to do something about it. They took the kitten to two different veterinarians and both advised them to bottle feed the kitten every 3 hours, bring her back to the vet monthly and not to take her on a plane because the kitten might not be able to handle it in that condition. Roeselien tried to feed the kitten around the clock, but the little one rejected it every time. They were extremely desperate. [Also see story: Mel's beloved kittens]

They were not able to find anyone to adopt the kitten nor could they locate any animal shelter, Roeselien suddenly remembered seeing a mother cat who just gave birth to a litter of kittens near her apartment. She decided to give it a try and see if the cat would accept this orphan baby. She laid the baby down in front of the cat mother, then she saw the cat gently pick up the kitten, grabbing her like the way any mother cat does to their children, and quickly she ran home. Knowing the kitten finally had somebody to look after her, Roeselien felt a sigh of relief [see the orphan kitten pictures below].

The photos below are images of some of the feral cats Roeselien met in the past. You can see more photos by Roselien Raimond on her flickr site or her website.

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