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MUST-GET CAT SOUVENIRS

If you are an ailurophile like me, chances are the when you travel you’re always on the hunt for cat-centric merchandise to take home for yourself or as gifts for your kitty-loving friends. I’ve put together a shopping guide for some fun feline souvenirs you can’t leave without.

ON WITH THE SHOW!

There’s no shortage of fabulous cat shows to attend across America and around the world. Th advantage of working a cat show into your travel schedule is that tickets are always sold at the door, so you don’t have to book in advance in case your plans change.

THE CAT LOVERS’ TRAVEL BUCKET LIST 

If you’re a cat lover, chances are you love anything and everything feline — from cat-centric clothes and jewelry to fuzzy cat slippers. Your coffee mug probably has a cat on it too. And when you travel, you seek out fun feline places and events around the world. We’ve compiled the ultimate  bucket list of fabulous feline attractions — and armchair travelers will appreciate them too.

PINTS AND PUSSYCATS

There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of a typical English pub. Lately, British pubs have been in the news  not for their handcrafted ales or delicious grub but for their resident cats. So next time you visit Britain and want to enjoy a pint, be sure to seek out a feline-friendly establishment where a cat will greet you at the door, sit on your lap by a log fire or sprawl out on the bar counter eavesdropping on your conversation while soliciting pats and chin scratches. Check out these furry favorites.

BOAT LOAD OF KITTIES 

For tourists visiting Amsterdam, this canal city conjures up images of tulips, bicycles, locals in clogs, stroop waffels, matjes herring and museums filled with artworks from Dutch masters. But if you are a cat lover, its important to add a visit to the unique floating cat sanctuary called De Poezenboot to your list of Dutch delights.

GET YOUR FUR-FIX AT A CAT CAFE 

I believe that the ultimate endorsement that a place is a bona fide tourist attraction is when it’s included in the pages of a reputable travel guide, such as the popular Lonely Planet series.

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL’S FELINE LEGACY – JOCK OF CHARTWELL HOUSE

Sir Winston Churchill was prime minister of the United Kingdom twice. Here’s a lesser-known fact about this truly great man, which, in my opinion, unequivocally endorses the accolade that he was “the greatest Briton of all time”: Sir Winston loved cats.

THE CATS OF SALEM

The colorful past of the quaint New England town of Salem is a rich tapestry interwoven with tales of pirates and maritime explorers and their ubiquitous cats along with famed witches and their feline sidekicks etched into history by the notorious witch trials of the 1600s. Fast forward to the popular TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch that featured a black cat named Salem, and you have a popular tourist destination that continues to celebrate felines, drawing cat centric visitors year round hoping to encounter feline ghosts of the past and take home fun souvenirs that celebrate the city’s continuing cat obsession.

GET YOUR FUR FIX AT THE ERNEST HEMINGWAY HOME AND MUSEUM

If you’re heading to south Florida — to Key West, specifically — and are in need of a fur fix, you’ll be happy to know that the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, the one-time residence of the great American novel-ist who was equally famous for his love of polydactyl cats, is open 365 days a year.

GIVE YOUR MEAL A FELINE TWIST AT THESE CAT-THEMED RESTAURANTS

Cat cafes are trending around the world. But what about cat-themed restaurants for cat lovers ? Yes, they exist. Be sure to include these establishments on your itinerary when you visit these destinations.

AMSTERDAM: A BOAT FULL OF KITTIES 

For tourists visiting Amsterdam, this canal city conjures up images of tulips, bicycles, locals in clogs, stroopwaffels, matjes herring, and museums filled with artworks from Dutch masters. But if you’re a cat lover, don’t forget to add a visit to the unique floating cat sanctuary called De Poezenboot to your list of Dutch delights.