Here a Cat; There a Cat
20 Oct 2008
Italian street cats are like those the world over. They sleep, stalk, eat, and mate. They're territorial. Some invite the human touch. Others begrudgingly allow it. Some say clearly, "Don't mess with me". And a few willingly engage in play with humans.
As cat lovers whose nomadic lifestyle makes owning one difficult at best, my husband Fred and I enjoy observing and interacting with street cats. I love photographing them. My favorite shots are those that show at least one personality trait of a cat or cats and say something about where the shot was taken. I especially love cat images that include Fred, where his love for these delightful creatures shines through.
We've happily discovered the backstreets of medieval Italian villages not only offer sensual pleasures in the form of light, colors, textures, smells, and flavors, but a variety of street cats. With them there's no language barrier or cultural differences. Through them we not only feel a connection with the town we're in, but other places we've lived or visited around the world.