This summer my husband and I ended up in Kotor in Montenegro for a few hours. This town has a huge amount of history along with beautiful natural scenery. However, I of course ended up in the cat museum.
Kotor’s cat museum is a tiny little place and entrance costs only one euro so it didn’t use up much of our time or budget. Inside you can see cat related artwork and photos. The gift shop is a particular treat if you need to bring things home for fellow cat lovers.
While we were in Kotor, I asked our guide about the locals’ opinion of cats, since in Ireland, where I’m from they’re not that popular. In contrast to my home, Kotor has plenty of shops and signposts adorned with cat cartoons and there’s even a statue of a stretching feline hiding in plain sight above an archway. The guide confirmed that people generally don’t have a negative opinion of cats in Montenegro, explaining that they were useful for keeping rodents under control in historical times. You can read more on Kathmandu and Beyond, Kirsty’s post also has some great photos.
Unfortunately we also saw a lot of stray cats on the streets of Kotor’s old town. Although they looked well fed and were getting a lot of attention from cat lady tourists (myself included), it’s always sad to think about how they fare in winter when high season is over.