There were so many cats in Jordan that I couldn’t help but take a few photos of them. Before I returned home I was planning a blog post of just cats. Here it is. You’re welcome.
Most of these are strays, living off who knows what. They congregate in tourist areas and I assume it’s because the odds of food getting dropped or handed out increases in those areas. There are dogs, too. But so many cats.
I’m a sucker for cats, but Margaret is not as much of a fan as me. I kept teasing her by saying, “Remember how you said I could bring this cat into our room with us tonight?” “Oh no, no, no,” she’d counter, “I did not say that!” ha ha
Well, Racecar was glad to see me get home. She wasn’t jealous of all those other cats because she knows that she is my queen of cats. I made the correct choice and rejected all those other cats and came home to the right one.
33 thoughts on “Cats of Jordan”
An excellent set. The marmalade ct blends particularly well with its backcloth.
Marmalade cat! I haven’t heard that before and it’s a great description of the colour.
The video is funny. Is this who you were referring to? I think Marmalade is a perfect name for an orange cat, and orange cats in general. This kitten is particularly silly. I wish Racecar wasn’t such a prima donna and would allow other cats into her house. But the good thing is that with her around, I’ll never have more than one cat and thus will never be a Crazy Cat Lady. (Maybe a Crazy Chicken Lady though)
It is a usual term over here for such colouring. I just picked out the video as an example. 🙂
The greeter kitten was quite pretty.
(I too have an old friend called Mads. From Senior High, can you imagine? He’s Swedish, how come “your” Mads has a Swedish name?)
Ha ha!! I’ll tell him he’s got a Swedish name. 🙂 My friend is Sri Lankan, and his name is Madhawa – Mads for short. Yes, the greeter kitten was my favourite cat of the bunch. Other than Racecar, of course.
LOL. Madhawa isn’t exactly Swedish.
I had a tabby cat very similar to the greeter kitten. 🙂
Racecar is yours, right?
Yep, Racecar is my girl. The greeter kitten is super pretty.
When I saw your post title, all I could think of was Pete Seeger’s “Michael, row the boat ashore…”
Ha ha ha!!! Excellent reference. Did you think of it when you read the one titled Dead Sea Mud and Jesus Stuff, because I actually have photos of the Jordan River!
Just the “Cats of Jordan” title. Off to the other.
I’d seen your other post before, but listened to the “michael row the boat ashore” song on youtube later, as I was researching on Pete Seeger. (refreshing my memory really)
A lovely collection of cats,Crystal. I have the same passion that you do for photographing the stray cats and dogs when I travel overseas. One of my favorite blogs I follow is Animal Couriers that transports pets throughout Europe. I am amazed by the number of people who adopt strays on their journeys and then jump through all the hoops and expense of transporting them back to their homes. –Curt
Wow, I’ve never heard of that and Wow, I can’t imagine going to the trouble. I got close once: a super sweet flea-infested dog on the Trinity River adopted me when I climbed off an innertube onto the beach. But I decided that a Humboldt-to-Portland move was too much. I can’t imagine bringing a pet back that needs customs and quarantine and a flight. People are really amazing sometimes.
That they are, Crystal. And I would add special.
Lovely post. 🙂 The cat disapproving of the dog gave me a chuckle. I’m on dogs’ side though. 😀
Ha ha ha!! I’m glad I was able to capture that little story.
I also tend to notice the cats when I travel, Crystal. There are a lot of strays in the UAE, and our little Midnight was adopted after we had to put our first one down after a long illness. After two years of her being alone, we thought it would help her not being so lonely, if we adopt another one, especially during those two weeks we often spend away from home. Our house is now in turmoil with Lily trying to stake a spot for herself, and Midnight feeling threatened in the process. They do have their moments of sleeping peacefully in the same room, or racing around and playing, but unfortunately there are also so hissy fits that come at the most unexpected of times. Clearly Racecar was very clear that your house should be a one cat ‘slave’hold. 😉
I remember more cats than dogs in Turkey, as well, and there were a lot of cats (and dogs) in Egypt. Of course there are stray animals everywhere, but for some reason these desert tourist spots filled with cats catch my attention. I’m glad I’m not the only one! You and Curt also mention it. I KNOW exactly the turmoil you are describing at your home, because as you guessed, Racecar has no tolerance for any other cat in the world – ever. On multiple occasions during her 13-year life, we have needed to bring other cats into the house, and the result is nightly catfights and torn ears and sometimes visits to the vet. One time it was for a year, and one time for 5 months – on both occasions the fighting got worse rather than better over time. I have learned my lesson. Racecar is indeed the sole cat master of her slave hold. 🙂 I honestly hope yours will find a way to work it out, as many cats do apparently.
Wow! Racecar sounds very territorial. I hope our two girls will learn to love one another – at least they manage to live in peace most of the time, but only time will tell what the outcome will be.
How lovely.. So nice of you for dedicating a post to cats.. 🙂
Ha ha ha! I love cats so much. ❤
Glad to know that.. Even I love cats 😊
I love the photo of the cat in the way to the monastery. Perfect blend of nature and animal.
Aww, thank you. I like that photo too. It made him look a little more respectable, as other photos of him showed how raggedy and hungry he was.
Perfectly surprised. Who would have thought! Great to read this, and lovely photos
Thank you so much! Yes, it’s unexpected to see so many, and that’s probably why they catch my attention.
Lovely cats you have in Jordan!
I agree! There were such lovely cats in Jordan. Thank you for stopping by. 🙂