I’m a Crazy Cat Lady

Posted on 18. Jan, 2012 by in Europe Travel, Photo Posts

Hello, my name is Marie and I’m a crazy cat lady.

I don’t speak about it very often, but for me, one of the hardest part of traveling is being away from pets. I’ve always been surrounded with cats and dogs ever since I was born, and leaving them behind is never easy. So I usually tend to go a tiny bit crazy whenever I see a furry feline on my travels.

And boy, do I indulge.

That was taken a few days after I moved to London in 2008. I decided to walk around my new neighborhood, Camden, and on one of the residential streets near Camden Street, I met this napping kitty. I couldn’t help it, I started petting him! In exchange, I was spoiled with all sorts of purrs and dirty moves only cats can do.

While my family and I were in Évian-les-Bains in western France, my dad went wine shopping in the store next door and I decided to wander around, but only got this far when I spotted this lovely thing begging to be petted. How was I supposed to refuse him?

If you’ve read my Loire Valley Castles posts, you know I fell for him. He looks exactly like my 19 year-old cat (you read that right!) I have at my parents home, and I just completely phased out the guided visit to play with him. So what do I remember from Azay-le-Rideau? Yeah, something about a mirrored castle, cute living room, oh and KITTEH!

I know Morocco isn’t in Europe, but I couldn’t help but notice the humongous quantities of cats in that country. I’ve renamed it Crazy Cat Lady Paradise, and wrote an entire post about it.

Although this cat I found at the Alhambra in Granada probably couldn’t understand a thing I said to him (maybe it was the high-pitched voice, too), he certainly understood the body language. I only leaned towards him and he immediately started purring like crazy. I must have spent a good 15 minutes there!

And last but not least, while I do admit that I’m borderline obsessed with cats, I also have a thing for dogs. Still in Granada, this time on the Mirador de San Nicolas, this dog was just playing around with a plastic bottle, which ended up on my feet. The dog arrived in no time, super excited at the idea of playing the insanely cool, amazing fetch game. I guess that, in the end, as long as I don’t end up like her, I’ll be okay.

Are you also a crazy cat lady? Or man, that’s okay too! Do you often photograph pets when you travel?

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33 Responses to “I’m a Crazy Cat Lady”

  1. JoAnna

    18. Jan, 2012

    I’m with you on this one ~ I’m definitely a crazy cat lady! I have a particular soft spot for those who are older or have special needs.

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    • Marie

      25. Jan, 2012

      I have a soft spot for cats in general - big, skinny, furry or sleepy, I just can’t help myself!

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  2. melodie

    18. Jan, 2012

    Je suis comme toi! J’adore et je prends plein de photos, mais à Sintra, au Portugal, ce qui semblait être de beaux petits chatons noirs étaient plutôt de petits chatons noirs enragés et me suis fait mordre… Depuis, je fais plus attention :-)

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    • Marie

      25. Jan, 2012

      Oh non, méchants chats! :( Je te raconterai bientôt le jour où je me suis fait mordre… par un écureuil !

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  3. Abby

    18. Jan, 2012

    I thought the stray cats in Turkey were so beautiful! But look at the DOG — I’m such a sucker and brought two strays home with me from Costa Rica.

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    • Marie

      25. Jan, 2012

      You brought cats back home? Wow, what a commitment! It must be amazing to be with them though :)

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  4. Andrew

    18. Jan, 2012

    I admit to enjoying seeing cats around as I travel. Far less to seeing dogs, but ok every often one is ok. I don’t really pet even the cats. The last few places I was at with lots of them, the cats were pretty feral and didn’t look necessarily petable.

    I do have a lovely photo of a cat in Greece sitting in a square. He seemed so happy and stable that I got down on my belly to get a picture at his level. Great.

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    • Marie

      25. Jan, 2012

      Dogs can indeed be tricky, and less trustworthy than a cat. When I see a dog I want to pet, I usually just go in front of him, assess his mood (tail up, ears down) and let him smell my hand before I touch him, so he isn’t startled. The things we would do to get good animal photos!

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  5. Laurence

    19. Jan, 2012

    Hmm.. this is the third cat related post I’ve seen this week. I’m starting to think there is a global cat driven conspiracy to take over the travel blogosphere. To what end… I’m yet to work out. Cute cats though ;)

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    • Marie

      25. Jan, 2012

      Yup, cats are definitely conspiring to take over the world, that’s no secret - and I am just too smitten to argue!

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  6. Angela

    19. Jan, 2012

    The dog in the last picture is gorgeous! His/her eyes are so sweet, I’m sure she just wanted a cuddle :)

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    • Marie

      25. Jan, 2012

      Yup, he wanted to cuddle, and play, and cuddle again, and play again. Dog stuff :P

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  7. Nomadic Samuel

    20. Jan, 2012

    LOL, lots of love for cats this week - my blog included. I suppose you could say I’m a crazy cat man :P

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  8. Nothing wrong with being a crazy cat lady :-)

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  9. Jade - OurOyster.com

    21. Jan, 2012

    I love cats so much - my mood instantly improves when I see a kitty :P

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    • Marie

      25. Jan, 2012

      Same here - traveling can sometimes be exhausting but whenever I see a cat, my mood skyrockets everytime :)

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  10. cheryl

    22. Jan, 2012

    So cute! I published two cat related posts on my blog recently too. =-)

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  11. Laura

    23. Jan, 2012

    I love cats! I have two at home and always miss them when I travel. I take pictures of cats everywhere I see them. I tend to run up and pet them all the time too. It makes my day to meet a sweet, friendly purring kitty!

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    • Marie

      25. Jan, 2012

      I pet them all the time too, and I have gained quite a reputation amongst my travel friends. They know better than to argue when I see a cat :-P

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  12. Michelle

    04. Feb, 2012

    It was 18 months before my kitty could join me in London, boy was I happy the day I went to Heathrow to pick her up! London felt more like home once she arrived.

    If you ever head to Amsterdam be sure to stop by the Cat Boat, a cat sanctuary on a canal boat (just posted about it), and in Rome there is a cat sanctuary called, Torre Argentina, in among some ruins. As the ruins are 1000′s of years old they are about 6ft below the modern city so you stand at street level looking down at them amongst the 2000 year old columns and other ruins owning the place as cats do.

    Lucky for me my boyfriend is a cat lover as well and so he stops to say hi to kitties we see on the road just as much as I do.

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  13. Julie McNamee

    07. Feb, 2012

    Yup - I’m a crazy cat lady too - here are the some of the ones we’ve met on holiday (as well as owned) over the years http://www.flickr.com/photos/14650923@N05/sets/72157603427323930/

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  14. Laura

    13. Feb, 2012

    Oh, yeah! 100% crazy cat lady here! I’m planning a post about the Botanical Garden from Valencia, where the best flowers are the friendly cats! (about 80 of them!)

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    • admin

      14. Mar, 2012

      Sooo fun! I noticed that Spanish cats are especially friendly. Not sure why though!

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  15. We have to agree with you, leaving our beloved dog Huckleberry behind when we travel often makes us sad. Fortunately, Huckleberry has a doggy brother with a large fenced in yard who he can visit while we’re away. Regardless, we still find ourselves loving on any animals we find wherever we go.

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  16. Amanda

    05. May, 2012

    I thought I was the only one with this problem! I have animal pictures from all over the world! Venezuela, Australia, England, France, Czech Republic - everywhere I go I’m looking for a kitty cat to pet!

    I had to leave my beloved cat, Vega, back home in Canada when I moved to England and have subsequently been slowly luring neighbours cats towards my house to fill the small, furry void. Is that weird…..? Maybe I have a problem!

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