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The cats of Thailand

Unfortunately, I could have taken better cat photos.

What can I say? I love cats! I’m a huge cat lover and have dedicated much of my time photographing these felines and spending some of my free time at cat cafes here in Vancouver. I guess you could call me the Crazy Cat Lady, or guy in this case. Anyways, seeing as I’m bored out of my mind during the pandemic, I’ve decided this is the best opportunity to take a short break from posting pedantic criticisms of some of your favorite art pieces. It’s time to see the softer side of my character! Plus, it’s always nice to branch out from the norm.

So, what is it that draws individuals like me to their creatures, other than the fact that they’re so darn adorable they trigger your endorphins instantaneously upon coming in contact with one? Well, if you take it from me, I’d say that one of the reasons I’m so mesmerized by their existence is due to how crafty and independent they are as animals. I also feel they’re a very good judge of character; kind of explains why I just get this warm and fuzzy feeling when a cat accepts me as a friend. Plus, they look absolutely delectable in their appearances and mannerisms.

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One of the main tourist attractions in Thailand I feel is just the vast numbers of stray cats that exist within the national parks and temples in the country. And strays for the most part over there, are often very friendly. Beckon them to approach you and they’d answer, meowing constantly while brushing their head against your ankle. This means they’ve marked you as a territory and could kind of be interpreted as an act of bonding. This cat now trusts you as an ally and a friend. If you ever have some beef jerky on you – you can purchase these at the nearest 7 eleven – you can even feed them to strengthen that bond even tighter.

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These strays come in various varieties from Calicos to Bombays to even European Shorthairs. The condo I live in even has its own cat; a stray adopted by one of the security guards that now considers the lobby as its own personal home. He’s a joy to have around and often will approach tenants and strangers alike asking for some company from time to time. That’s the secret about cats; people often expect them to be introverted, while in actuality they will seek companionship when they most feel like it. Cats are social creatures after all, just like human beings, our own ancestors, and the vast majority of the animal kingdom.

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If you’re a cat lover and thinking of visiting Thailand one day, visit the parks and shrines, and you’ll find yourself enveloped by a family of adorable feline companions. Some of the bigger national parks like Benjakiti (the one by the pyramid-shaped cultural center) and Benjasiri (the one by Emquartier and Emporium) are filled with them, but don’t expect them to turn up on every single day – some are actually owned by the people living nearby. If you can’t find them within those areas, there are also cat cafes over here – one of the most popular and best-reviewed cafes is called Caturday and its located right smack dab in the middle of downtown Bangkok. The location is pretty convenient too, positioned not too far away from Ratchathewi station. Give it a visit next time you’re there!

4 thoughts on “The cats of Thailand

  1. The kitties everywhere reminds me of when I went to Grand Cayman of the Cayman Islands. Lots of places I went had at least a cat or two sunbathing. I kept thinking, “How the heck can they stand this heat?!” XD

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  2. There used to be a lot of stray dogs but we don’t see them often now. Having said that, there are more cats roaming around instead!

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