The Cats of Greece

Hi, Eva here. In this blog, I will be writing about an animal we’ve seen a lot of in Greece: cats.

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Every place we have been in Greece we were greeted by cats. When we ate in a restaurant by the sea, there was a group of cats below us hoping for food. A few came up to us, though always hid under our chairs. When we finished, we threw fish heads to them. Our second experience with crowds of cats was a day later in Monemvasia. Sometimes they would come up to us, other times they’d be nervous, but always they were hoping we’d throw food at them.

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Waiting for the restaurant to open in Monemvasia

 

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Feeding time, after the restaurants have closed

 

We can barely go a day without seeing lots of cats. They even hang around the ancient ruins. When we were in the ruins of Delphi, a cat followed us almost the whole way.

My Delphi kitty

My Delphi kitty

At the Acropolis museum in Athens

At the Acropolis museum in Athens

Olympia kitty with her mom

Olympia kitty with her mom

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All the cats seem to live half wild, but some of them are well fed and cuddly, and others look hungry and scruffy.

A hungry kitty in Dimitsana

A hungry kitty in Dimitsana

Aran's new best friend

Aran’s new best friend

We learned that while many of the cats are free to roam the streets, people will feed them scraps and take care of them. Others look for scraps in garbage cans.

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Rhodes sanctuary And, a little while ago, when we visited a hot spring place on the island of Rhodes, we met a friendly black and white cat. He and many others lived at a cat shelter next door.  There we met Heidi, who looks after about 50 cats  in the Rhodes Animal Welfare Society.  They get lots of cats in the winter after the restaurants have closed for the season.

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Rhodes sanctuary (1)

That’s all for this blog, except for a few more cat photos. Bye!

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Rhodes kitty Rhodes (12) Rhodes (7)

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