Котор, Црна Гора
December 27th 2022
Stray animals are nothing unique in the Balkans, but the old town in Kotor (also known as Cattaro) has distinguished itself for having a particular affinity for stray cats. They are tolerated lounging in cafes and hostel kitchens, and get constant attention from tourists. There is always a danger with using animals as a tourist attraction, especially when it comes to stray animals - e.g. Japan's cat island, Japan's rabbit island, Japan's deer islna,d and Japan's fox village, what the hell Japan - but relatively speaking, these cats were all quite healthy. I'm sure there's lots of sad stories behind the scenes that I didn't see, but the work of the Kotor Kitties organisation and local people seem to be maintaining the cats, for now. Sadly, the cat museum was closed for renovations.
(Also a handful of polite dogs).