Animals,  Greece

Cats of the Cyclades

Thought I’d dedicate a post to our little feline friends around the Cyclades islands. We’re the type of travellers who notice animals and birds in a place first before anything else and love to spend some time around them. On our trip to the Greek islands, we came across these stray kitties. The islands are their home and they are seen chilling around, minding their own business.

The first kitty pal, along with some others were found near our first place of stay by Krios beach on Paros Island. This one was quite sleepy at first but came around when he got some attention. Cute but with sharp claws.

cats of the cyclades
cats of the cyclades

Another one followed us to our room and waited in front of the door for a while, begging for some snacks (we didn’t have anything except bread so she went away):

cats of the cyclades

This next cutie pie was living in the yoga retreat, where we stayed in Paros. She’d give us company for brunch everyday and mostly sleep during the afternoons.

Caldera kitty is a grey-white furball who stays by the caldera walking route in Fira, Santorini. It seems to be his territory and we didn’t see other cats around. Usually seen perched on this scooter or chasing some imaginary toy on the ground. He completely ignores passer-bys. Surely he is fed up with all the tourists coming up and taking photos. But he’s a non-aggressive calm kitty (please don’t use a flash. I saw someone doing this and it probably annoys).

Caldera kitty spotted basking in the sun during the day.
A black cat of Fira, Santorini.

The cats seemed well-off and I believe they can fend for themselves. Humans also give them attention and food. In the summer, I only hope they find good shelter, shade and enough water. There are a few non-profits looking after the stray cat population (also spay/neutering because many cats are considered a nuisance). Overall, there were not that many cats as some claim and I see no problem as long as they are safe and healthy – they are not homeless, this is their home. I am not aware of the whole situation or how things used to be but I have heard of people rescuing/adopting cats from Greece. Not only cats – there’s also some stray dogs around. We didn’t interact with any, they were mostly sleeping during the heat of the day. Check out these 3 seen at Akrotiri, in Santorini.

Cats of the Cyclades

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