Kitty spotting in the desert is never easy. Smart desert kitties find somewhere cool to hide out during the day and sneak around stalking prey during the cooler nights. Here at the Eastern Mangroves Marina, somebody was thoughtful enough to put out a pile of delicious kibble for the local kitties.
Travel Kitty Spotting in Abu Dhabi East Mangroves Marina
Can you spot two kitties having an afternoon snack in Abu Dhabi East Mangroves Marina?
Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, and it is the second most populated city in the UAE after Dubai. That’s human population; we don’t know the statistics on kitties. It is a nice place to live for both humans and kitties, especially in the area around the East Mangroves Marina, where we spotted these two.
This kitty had a few words to say. Don’t worry, kitty; we’re not here for the kibble!
Abu Dhabi Kitty Spotted
Did you have any trouble spotting this kitty? The second Abu Dhabi kitty spotted us first, and came over for a little bit of a scritch.
It’s nice to meet you, kitty!
This kitty wanted to take a selfie with me!
Cat Life in the UAE
In the United Arab Emirates, the official language is Arabic, but there are so many foreigners here for work and travel that everyone speaks English. The Emirates are officially Islamic, which is great news for kitties, because Muslims follow the Prophet’s teaching to take great care of and lovingly look after pets, especially cats.
Every now and then, kitties appear in the most unlikely places. As we parked to collect our entry stamps at the Oman border near Hatta, UAE, lo and behold, an adorable kitty came to greet us!
She did not hide at all, so you don’t get to play Spot the Oman Kitty today. Just take a moment to appreciate how sweet this little girl is:
“Greetings, and welcome to Oman. I’ll be your guide. Feel free to look around and give me any tuna or other treats you may have with you.”
This Eid holiday, Spot the Kitty took a kitty-spotting trip to Sri Lanka.
Kitty spotting is not easy in Sri Lanka, as there are so many places for a kitty to hide in this lushly forested country.
Our first kitty was spotted in the town of Kegalle, home of the Kurulu-Kele Bird Sanctuary. Can you find him in this picture?
Can you spot the Kegalle kitty?
If you had difficulty finding this kitty, here’s a close-up:
Kegalle kitty spotted!!
The next kitty we spotted was in Pinnawala, home of the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. She actually spotted us before we spotted her, and she joined us for lunch, so I wasn’t able to get a photo of her hiding. Here’s a shot of me holding the sweet little Pinnawala kitty:
This kitty in Pinnawala likes egg sandwich and broiled fish.
Cat in Sinhalese is බළලා, pronounced baḷalā.
Spot Kitties in Sharjah with Spot the Kitty!
Spot the Kitty HQ recently moved to Sharjah, UAE. Baker and Lance are excited to return to the land of sand (they were both desert cats before they joined the Spot the Kitty team.)
Our first Sharjah kitty was spotted in the hedge in this picture. Can you find him?
Can you spot this Sharjah kitty?
Sharjah kitty spotted!
In Arabic, you say “qot” or “qota” for cat, and it is written like this: قط or قطة
Here is ‘cat’ written in stylized Arabic calligraphy:
Arabic calligraphy cat
Featured Image photo credit: Sharjah During The Dusk via photopin (license)
Kitty Spotting in Costa Rica
Every traveler knows that the best hostel is a hostel with a kitty. That’s why the staff of Spot the Kitty HQ were so delighted to find this sweet girl residing at Hostel Casa del Parque in San Jose.
Can you spot this kitty, at the front door of Hostel Casa del Parque in San Jose?
This kitty’s name is Cleo, and she is ten years old. She is a torbie (tortoiseshell-tabbie) with a white bib. She has been with the hostel since it opened, when she was just a little kitten.
Cleo loves hiding, and she also loves stalking prey like the insects and geckos that live in the hostel patio. Her other activities include getting petted by hostelers and sitting close to the table during mealtimes, hoping for tidbits of whatever anyone’s eating.
Can you spot Cleo in the hostel’s patio garden?
Kitty spotted! The fountain is a good place to look for bugs.
Kitty spotting in Mexico is never easy. With the year-round warm climate, the abundance of flora ensures that there are always many places for a kitty to hide. But occasionally the lure of the toasty Mexican sun is enough to get a kitty out of hiding long enough to catch some rays.
Can you spot the kitty in Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos?
Turn on your kitty detectors… bleep, bleep, bleep, BOOP! Kitty spotted!
Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos is a small town of about 10, 000 people (and I don’t know how many kitties) in the southern part of Jalisco province. It is about 40 minutes’ drive south of Guadalajara, Mexico’s second biggest city after Mexico City.
Kitty spotted in Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, Jalisco, Mexico
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Kitty-spotting in Mexico is not easy. There are so many wonderful places for a kitty to hide! Today we were fortunate enough to spot a lovely kitty in the town of Ajijic. Ajijic is a small, colourful community on the edge of Lake Chapala, just south of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
Cat is “gato” in Spanish, and kitty is “gatito.”
Can you spot the gatito in this picture? Click on the picture to see it full-sized for easier kitty spotting!
Can you spot the kitty in this property in Ajijic, Mexico?
Spot the Kitty is in the process of moving HQ from China to Mexico, and along the way we have stopped to visit friends and family in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Baker and Lance enjoy visiting very much and wasted no time in finding great places to hide.
Lance is ready to go in his cat carrier.
Spot naughty Lance!
Spot naughty Lance!
Spot Baker! Is this a kitty or a box of macaroni and cheese? Hmm…
Baker is hiding very stealthily. Can you spot him?
Spot Baker! Also Lance, but he’s not hiding, he’s spotting birds outside.
Baker found! This is his favourite hiding place.
Baker found! He’s hiding in the cat cave; it’s not too difficult to spot him here.
Lance found! He knows he’s being naughty on top of the kitchen cabinets.
Not a lot of kitties to spot in Moscow. It has been rainy for most of our visit, which might explain why the kitties are hiding. Or maybe Moskovites just prefer to keep their kitties indoors.
However, walking past a field on our way to our hostel, we did see one intrepid little cat stalking some prey in the grass. Can you spot her?
Can you spot the Moscow kitty?
Here she is, stalking prey in the grass!
She also stalked a scritch behind the ear after she spotted us spotting her!
Spot the Kitty is out kitty-spotting again, this time in Russia! Our first stop on our Russian kitty tour: St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg is a beautiful city, but there don’t seem to be many cats out and about. People, yes; cats, no. We did manage to spot a couple of nice kitties during our explorations:
Can you spot the St. Petersburg kitty?
This kitty scampered off before I could zoom in on him, but here is a tiny close-up.
Can you spot this St. Petersburg kitty?
This beautiful little fuzzball of a tabby seems content in her home in St. Petersburg