If you haven’t had a chance to get away this summer, why not plan a vacation that involves cat? From large sanctuaries to ancient temples, islands, and museum exhibitions devoted to cats, there are a lot of exciting locations around the world with cats as the focal point. Bustle has rounded up nine of these destinations for you. Time dream and plan!

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we told you about an exciting project that identified 22 new microorganisms with the help of poop from Lil BUB and 500 other cats, on Tuesday, we featured the new Go Bag from Sleepypod, on Wednesday, we addressed the difficult topic of dealing with feelings of guilt after euthanasia, and we informed you about an expanded recall of Radcat cat food, and on Friday, we reviewed Writers and Their Cats. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a Gone Fishin’ Cat Tent from Triple T Studios.

I can’t stop watching today’s video – it just cracks me up. I knew there was a good reason for Google Earth!

Have a great weekend!

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6 Comments on Mews and Nips: 9 Cat-Centric Vacation Destinations

  1. There were actually two articles, one with 9 places, the other with 15.

    I am not a fan of the fad “Cat Cafes”, but according to the article some are associated with shelters who are trying to find homes for the cats. Those I could approve of! I understand many people cannot have cats for various reasons, so these “cafes” have cropped up (started in Japan?) as a way to “connect” with cats. However, as I said my other post, you can “hang out” with cats in shelters – they might appreciate the extra attention, and you can donate that “coffee” money instead to the shelters who really need it!

    Also, there were two islands in Japan listed as “cat islands” between the two articles. Watch Kitten Lady’s video on the one she visited – cats are not spayed/neutered, many are ill and most likely none have ever heard of a vet, much less had a visit! There are many “cat colonies” here in the states where they are monitored, cared for, spayed/neutered, get vet treatment, but are left in their habitat (unless they can be socialized, especially the kittens – there are some success stories!) Support them instead!

    On a lighter note, early in the video for Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary I saw “Ingrid’s Garden” (however, the write up says “”…150 cats roam freely through marble and open space…” While there were many cats “roaming”, there were also a good number locked up in small cages. Many of the roaming cats looked to be in rough shape – quite a few were likely strays/feral, as they had a clipped ear.)

    I have not yet watched Maggie’s record of her visit, but the video the article posted was anything but a video for the cats – I saw ONE, and a lot of useless blah blah from the “girls” (whatever Maggie posted has to be better!) Pretty poor video for them to post as an encouragement to see this cat place…

  2. A lot of these appear to be just tourist traps. Save your money and visit your local cat/animal shelter – often, and donate what you saved to help them out! Many of the kitties will love the extra attention and perhaps one or two will adopt you!

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