International Pictures of Cats

My thanks to Dorothy Wandruff – dw – for telling me about these pictures of cats. There is one amongst this group that encouraged me to create the title that I did. Also dw made the point. This is the picture:

South American child and cat.

South American child and cat. DW says this child is from one of the South American countries. I wish we could hear about the domestic cat from these countries. The cat is a red (ginger) and white tabby.

It must be a chilly climate (is that snow in the background?) and the setting might, therefore, be the Andes mountain range and the country could be Chile as that country has the Andes running through part of it. It is a totally charming picture of a cat and child. It is very natural and I love naturalness. I wonder if this is normal for a child or adult; to carry a domestic cat around like this. I would be pretty certain that domestic cats in South America are often semi-domestic according Western culture.

If it is the Andes, they are part of the area of distribution of a small wild cat species, the Andean Mountain cat. This is an endangered and rather tame wild cat that looks like a domestic cat.

Here is a selection of some more international pictures of cats, which includes a thumbnail of the picture above. If you click on them you’ll see the picture in large format.

This is a particularly nice collection with a mountain and international theme. The picture of the soldier feeding the kitten is very touching and sad.

A totally overlooked aspect of the Middle Eastern wars over the past 15 years or so is the suffering that they have caused to companion animals. Some of the American troops have in the past rescued cats and dogs and on occasion had them shipped home. This is fantastically dedicated work.

I’d like people to remember the loss of animals as well as people in these wars. And the fact that we started them. This is human war. The animals are innocent victims as usual.


Note: I have decided that the pictures are in the public domain but I do not have the names of the authors. If you are the author and/or If I am incorrect please tell me and I will take immediate steps to rectify the problem. Thank you.

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International Pictures of Cats — 6 Comments

  1. Now this is just brilliant! I’ll look around and see if I can find some of the domestic cats of the world pix I’ve found over the years. There is one from a woman in Taiwan who’s cat-blog I followed for years. It’s of a cat in front of a McDonald’s in RUSSIA! lol She took has a whole series of them from her work related travels all over Asia. I’ll look for a link and share it. Got my nephews now. Got to keep it short.

    I’ll ask my friend’s in South America about pix like this they may know of. BTW: Chile is also the home of one of my all time favorite cats, the Kodkod. The female’s are quite small, just under a kilo (around 2 lbs.)! They are quite adorable. The holy grail of naturalists (in South America at least) is a photo/film of a Kodkod nest with mum and kittens. Love the Andean Mtn Cats. Look like little bear cats.

  2. The cat on the mountaintop picture I believe could be in Switzerland. I spent a good part of 3 years living in the Himalayas in India and it is very unusual to find cows fenced in over there, as can be seen in the background (possibly). Furthermore the steepness of the mountains and closeness of the opposing slopes suggest the Alps. Also the size of the trees. Along with the fact that the building looks typivcal of a swiss barn/toolshed for farmers. An old one! Also there is a big plastic gutter. Albeit that the houses in the Himalayas are similar (infact all mountain people seem to live pretty similarly if you go back in time just a short ways) –
    I don’t remember such a building with a big plastic gutter like that so far up a moountain on such a style of building. Of course this is very rough, and there are many other mountain ranges which it could be including the Andes, where I have only been once for a short time. It could very well be there too.

  3. Gosh, I just looked again and it looks like the kitten in the very sad B&W war photo is wearing a collar. It’s hard to tell but it looks like it.

    • Yes, I saw that too. It is a loose collar in the wrong position (too high). Why hasn’t it slid downwards? It seems that the soldier is giving water from his canteen.

  4. I find these easily on the web without trying much.I just forward to Michael because I know he doesn’t have time! And after all, this is Pictures-Of-Cats, so the more the merry! Lots of folks share their pictures publicly and I assume they are for sharing.

    Maybe the collar on that small beautiful cat was like that from getting a nice petting from the soldier before he drank. That small gesture did as much for the soldier as it did the kitten. It is too horrific to think about these innocent creatures as victims of war. When will it end?

    dw

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