Cambodia: Street Woman With Her Cat

By Rudolph.A.Furtado (posted 23rd Dec. 2013)

Cambodian street woman and her cat
Photo copyright Rudolph A Furtado
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“During my tour of Phnom Penh, I came across this lady on the street with a kitten tied to her body and a package of clothes. Was she a homeless lady with a pet? It was amazing to see this lady with her pet cat and a load of luggage. I observed her roaming around the street near my hotel. Could also be a source of tourist attraction.” (Rudolph Furtado commenting on his photo)

Comment from Michael: not everyone in the world is participating in the usual Christmas festivities as most people do in the West. This lady seems to be a “tramp” – homeless, and she has a small tabby or calico cat with a short tail as a friend. It seems to me that a higher than usual percentage of cats in Asia have shorter tails or kinked tails. It is not that uncommon for Siamese cats in Thailand to have tail “abnormalities”. It looks rather crude to put string around the cat’s neck as a lead of some sort. This string also seems to prevent the cat escaping. This looks cruel to people in the West. I suppose this reflects a different relationship with the cat in parts of Asia compared to the West.

Rudolph

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21 thoughts on “Cambodia: Street Woman With Her Cat”

    • I like this pic a lot. The cat is beautiful and looks very healthy.
      What really strikes me are the items on the mat on the ground, They say “all about my cat”.
      It makes me sad, though, that a woman her age is living on the streets.
      Is this Italy?

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      • Yes, the lady has all the usual cat foods laid out as if she is at home in the kitchen. It does speak: I know and like cats. It could be Italy. The building reflected in the window looks nice but is a bit Eastern European for me. Prague maybe. Who knows?

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