Check out these hilarious cat butt coasters from Amazon.
During my time in Europe I have seen my fair share of dogs, way too many pigeons (way to close to my head), and of course stray cats. The first cat I encountered was in the Boboli Gardens in Florence, and I mentioned in a previous post that we named him Goliath. He was very regal sitting in the shade below one of the buildings in the gardens, and he came to say hi multiple times while we were there. The one time that I went for a fake run/walk in Florence I saw a fabulous black cat sitting in the shade of the one tree in the courtyard of a gated apartment building, he was very majestic.
In Burano there were so many cats hanging out in the streets, and in people’s yards. I definitely saw more cats than people on the entire island. Seeing that we are creative writers abroad in Europe, we even toyed with the idea of the zombie apocalypse starting in Burano and having to do with the cats, in the most loving way possible of course. Based on all of the cats I have seen on this trip I can deduce that stray Italian cats are just as stuck up as American house cats, but not as high maintenance.
New York Times just ran an article titled 'Gentrification's Latest Victims: New York's Feral Cats.' Click here to read, and watch the video below.
You can never have too many marshmallows, especially when they look like cats. In addition to an earlier post we made, I’d like to present these chocolate-filled cats from the Japanese company Felissimo! The marshmallows come in 12 unique designs, and can be ordered here if you’re interested!
NOTE: The image above is from Felissimo’s website, and is not our own.
I'm lactose intolerant, so I'm super excited about the vegan, dairy-free Ben and Jerry's ice cream options, but kittens should be able to celebrate too. Here's a recipe for easy cat (and dog) safe ice cream that only takes two ingredients, and doesn't take long. Pretty soon kittens everywhere can rejoice in their new ice cream options, just like me.
When I discovered there was a cat cafe in Rome, I knew I had to visit it. The Romeow Cat Bistrot, or Romeow for short, is described by Romeing (a website dedicated to all things Rome),
“Visitors dine in the company of the six adorable cats wandering freely on-site, usually napping on armrests or purring past your legs. The atmosphere is relaxed and well attuned to the needs of its human visitors and non-human residents. The bistro offers an entirely vegan menu, artisan beers and organic wines. Many of the items on the menu are also raw and gluten free, and so this is the perfect place to come for anyone with dietary requirements.” (Read more here).
Romeow is everything I could ever want in a cafe; it had very quirky decor and laidback vibe, filled with cats (six to be exact), and had delicious food (vegan and gluten free). I ordered a Latte di cocco mango e vaniglia (cocoa milk, mango, and vanilla) smoothie and tiramisu, which were both excellent.
My only complaint would be that the food and drinks were a little more pricey than your average cafe, but still well worth the extra cost as they catered to specific dietary needs. I highly suggest it for a quick meal between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner.
You can check out Romeow’s website here and make sure you like them on Facebook too!
The Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary is located near the spot where Julius Caesar was killed in the Largo di Torre Argentina. There are currently 160 cats living in the sanctuary, which is staffed by 20 or so volunteers who work tirelessly to care for the felines.
Free of charge, you can visit the shelter and its furry residents. You can support the shelter by purchasing mugs, shirts, and other handmade products made by the volunteers. You can also symbolically adopt one of the cats.
According to their website,
“As you probably know Roman cats have always found shelter amongst the ancient ruins in our city. The numerous postcards here of cats sitting on stumps of old Roman columns, cat napping on the foot of an emperor's statue, or just lounging near the Colosseum testify to the deep rooted image cats have in our city.”
You can visit the shelter for a quick stop to pet the cats, volunteer, or walk around the ruins and see where Julius Caesar was killed. It’s quick and easy, and a must-see for any cat lover visiting Rome.
The Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary is located on the corner of Via Florida and Via di Torre Argentina. You can read more about the Sanctuary here.