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The city of Iasi (pronounced Yash), the capital of the Romanian part of Moldova is slowly getting taken over by the statues of cats. They are all different but all are close to the real size. Some of them are within reach and you can touch them, like this one:



Some of them have wings and are high up like these nice blue ones. I like that couple of pigeons watching them. Seeing these two plunged me into a long daydreaming session about the world where cats could fly.

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Taking these was inspired by "Frida" (see here), posting them was inspired by [livejournal.com profile] bunn's cat in the hat.

This is Veverita (which means "Squirrel" in Romanian and is pronounced "veh-veh-ree-tsah"). She is always the first to appear at the slightest hint of food.



This is her again:



See more of her here.

This is Chacha (Chah-chah):



And this is the "Frida" guy who was the inspiration behind us dropping flowers on the poor village cats' heads for five minutes. He was the trickiest to get because unlike the girls, the boys here do not let humans touch them almost at all.



More village cats here.
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This was in Istanbul. There are many skins of big cats in this photo but can you see the small one with his skin still on?

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He (on the right) likes her.
But Rasica apparently fancies only one boy.
His name is Tigric.

Fancy cat

Sep. 12th, 2016 12:50 am
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This fancy cat came to our hosts' neighbours garden from somewhere about a week ago and just stayed. He was very hungry and they think that his owners just drove him into the woods and abandoned him there. He obviously found his way into the village and is now feeling very comfortable here.
They still call him different names until one of them sticks for good. Only the lady of the house can touch him, he doesn't trust anyone else yet.

Cat yawn

Jul. 29th, 2016 09:48 pm
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This is one of the village cats. Her name is Veverita, which means Squirrel.

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I asked our neighbours and it's a girl. Her name is Rasica, which means something like "Lynxy". [livejournal.com profile] beautesauvage13 was the only one who got it right, the rest of us thought it was a boy.

Rasica is very independent and does not let humans pet or touch her although she can sleep just next to you and will take food from your hand. She is known for being faithful to only one boy, Haiduc, a European wildcat and domestic cat crossbreed who lives in the village and the neighbouring forest. He is bigger and more independent than all other village cats. She fights all other cats if they try to court her and only accepts attention from Haiduc.

Here she is again:

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This is one of our neighbours' cats. Is it a boy or a girl? What do you think?



I will ask them later tonight.
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Mugurel, our hosts' male cat brought a little kitten from somewhere. He carries the kitten around the garden, licks him, brings him food and sleeps next to him as if he is the kitten's mother.

Mugurel is a fierce fighter, a prolific lover and never lets people touch him. The kitten also does not let humans approach him but seems really attached to Mugurel. Wherever the kitten goes Mugurel follows him. The kitten is very skinny but eats well.

I don't have any experience with cats, especially the ones that roam free. Is it something that happens every now and then? Our hosts have never seen something like this before.

Frida?

Feb. 2nd, 2016 11:13 pm
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This stray cat I saw sleeping under the flower pot reminded me of Frida Kahlo.

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