The Many Cats Of Greece

the many cats of greece

I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a cat person. At all. I’m actually extremely allergic to cats, but that doesn’t deter me. I have my own cat living with me now in Jersey City and I love love love going to my friends’ apartments who have cats to cuddle (as long as I have allergy medicine nearby). Needless to say when I was in Greece, I fell in love with more than just the Greek culture and history. There are so many cats hanging out in the streets, in stores, on apartment patios, you name it.

Now, I know that Europe overall has a different way of handling their pets as compared to America. I’ll never forget my first trip to Ireland, when I told one of my tour guides that I was concerned so many dogs were running around without leashes on. Where are their owners? What if they get cold? Will they find their way home? What if something happens? (I like to add unnecessary worry to my life).

The tour guide responded telling me that everyone in town keeps their dogs off leashes. They let them roam free and they always stay close and come back for supper. He said, “That’s why in America, your dogs bite people. We let our dogs get familiar with the area, with people coming up to them. They don’t startle as easy.”

Okay, that trip was ten years ago so it might not be an exact quote, but that was the gist of what he told me and it always stuck. Now, it might also be dramatic – obviously not all dogs in America bite people. But it is still interesting to compare the way dogs and cats are treated and cared for in Europe as compared to America.

You have to understand, however that most of the cats in Greece you’ll see aren’t house cats. It’s no secret that Greece’s economy is not doing well. I asked my Greek tour guide why there are so many more cats in Greece than their was in Italy, and she told me simply because people in Greece didn’t get their cats spayed and neutered, so there are a lot of feral cats in the streets.

Regardless of why they are there, you still can’t help but smile when you see a Greek cat unapologetically hanging out in the city like they own the place. So I hope you enjoy this post full of the many cats of Greece.

The Many Cats Of Greece

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What do you think of the many cats of Greece? Are you a cat person? 

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  • One of your best posts yet! I’ve heard about how cats are just about everywhere in Greece, and some of these look like they could use a little more loving care. A particular breed, the Aegean, originated from Greece; many of the cats you see that are mistakenly called calicos are actually descendant Aegeans. Immigrants from Greece brought their cats with them. I see that a few Bombay cats have adapted there as well. 🙂

    I discovered that my cat, Amelia, not only had the Aegean characteristics, but also had a particular liking for fish and chicken and did well with that diet. One thing you might find good is that these cats have less of the allergen proteins in their saliva that become part of their dander. I did great with Amelia. Unfortunately, Amelia crossed the Bridge too soon after being a Saturday night hit-and-run casualty. But I never forgot how Amelia fit into the family so well, especially being good buddies with my dog. Thanks for sharing this story, as it helps take the sting out of missing her.


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