Little did I realise that I would visit Morocco, one of the most photogenic countries in the world, and some of my absolute favourite photos would be of the cats of Morocco!
I’m not even usually much of a cat person. Don’t get me wrong, I love all animals. But loyal dogs with waggy tails have always been my preference over aloof, independent felines.
But there was something about the cats of Morocco. Little tiny fluffy kittens hidden in handwoven baskets or families of cats snuggled up amongst Berber carpets caught my eye and just begged to be photographed.
Some cats in Morocco looked healthy and well-fed, befriended by locals. Others were skinny and riddled with disease, which broke my heart.
But why so many cats in Morocco?
Most of these cats are strays. Cats are generally not neutered in Morocco. In part, this is due to it not being a financial priority. Partly it’s due to the belief that no animal should have its right to procreate removed.
But these Morocco street cats are running stray on the streets and breeding like crazy. I’ve read reports that in some places, there are as many cats as humans!
Fortunately, there are now agencies such as SPANA in Marrakech trying to help the problem and look after any sick felines. But the problem for the street cats of Morocco is still huge.
If you want to find out how you can help these cats in Morocco, visit Spana.org
In the meantime here are some of the huge collection of photos of Morocco street cats for all you cat lovers to enjoy…
16 of my favourite pictures of the cats of Morroco
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