Most people who know me whether closely, or not so closely, will know. I am a “cat lady”. While this must sound a little derogatory and, to be quite frank, I can’t deal with battles between cat vs dog lovers. I also love dogs. But I use the term “cat lady” to say that I love cats and quite identify myself with them. This doesn’t mean I’m a scheming human being, waiting to control humans and conquer the world (cats do have very unfair connotations) but because like them I am independent, I like to keep to myself, and of yeah, I will show you claws if you try to do anything I dislike – such as touch me without my permission. I can quite literally hiss at you.
Cats happen to be considered Dubrovnik’s oldest citizens. The cats we see within the City Walls are numerous and direct descendants of the felines brought in the 13th century to help to fight the plague. Cats would hunt the rats, responsible for carrying the disease (I wish cats were able to fight Covid as well…). The same way Dubvroniks population take care of their pigeons nowadays (see article here), they also really take care of these street cats – while they may look sweet, it best to leave them alone. They are wild and way and, if feeling threatened, they may attack you and you may have to go to the hospital for a rabies shot. Still, it was heartwarming to see how Dubrovnik’s locals take care of these cats. Throughout town, you’ll find bowls with food and water and I’ve been witness to locals cuddling the cats who already know them so well.
What also surprised me is that cats and pigeons live together in such peace. At the sight of any bird, my cat becomes a hunter. Yet, diplomacy has been the language of choice in Dubrovnik for many centuries now!
As per usual, I can’t stop myself from photographing cats. So please enjoy the selection of my favourite shots of Dubrovnik’s cats.
Hope you enjoyed this different view of Dubrovnik. If you’re allergic to cats, I do advise you to take some meds to alleviate any symptoms, and these creatures are unavoidable!