Photo Essay

Here a Cat; There a Cat

Come Play With Me

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.

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4 responses

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (20 Oct 2008):

    Nice story and photos! I'll vote yes. Do the locals ever "adopt" any of the street cats?

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (21 Oct 2008):

    Thanks, Catherine. Yes, it's obvious locals often adopt street cats. Common to see bowls of food put out for them.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (28 Jan 2009):

    A lovely tribute to the street cats. Nice photos of them too.

  • D. Smetana

    D. Smetana gave props (3 May 2010):

    love this essays...I have 2 kitties here who are happy to have a home since they once did not.....

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