Spot the Kitty is on the Move! Today’s Kitties Spotted in St. Petersburg, Russia

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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?

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.

This kitty scampered off before I could zoom in on him, but here is a tiny close-up.

Can you spot the St. Petersburg kitty?

Can you spot this St. Petersburg kitty?

This beautiful little fuzzball of a tabby seems content in her home in St. Petersburg

This beautiful little fuzzball of a tabby seems content in her home in St. Petersburg

Spot the Kitty is on the Move: Today’s Kitty Cats Spotted in Siem Reap, Cambodia!

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We didn’t spot many kitties in Siem Reap. We were too busy exploring Angkor Wat, the Eighth Wonder of the World, which was strangely devoid of kitties. But we were lucky to spot this kitty at our hostel, the Amigo Villa Hostel.

This little kitty was very friendly and not hard to spot at all!

This little kitty was very friendly and not hard to spot at all!

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Then this kitty introduced us to her family:

These adorable kittens couldn't have been more than a couple of weeks old! The hostel proudly kept them where the little mama cat put them, in the cupboard under the reception desk.

These adorable kittens couldn’t have been more than a couple of weeks old! The hostel proudly kept them where the little mama cat put them, in the cupboard under the reception desk.

She didn't seem big enough to be a mother, but she took good care of her babies.

She didn’t seem big enough to be a mother, but she took good care of her babies.

 

We are sad to be finishing our exciting trip, but what a great way to end it — meeting these sweet little kittens! Next time you travel to Cambodia, these little guys will be all grown up and ready to play Spot the Kitty with you!

by KI Borrowman

 

 

 

Spot the Kitty is on the Move: Today’s Kitty Cats Spotted in a Vietnamese Fishing Village

He isn't actually giving me a high-five; I am giving him a peanut. These monkeys were cheeky!

On our way to Can Gio Ecological Reserve, aka Monkey Island near Saigon, Vietnam, we stopped at a seafood market. We were supposed to buy and eat seafood, but instead we spotted kitties.

Can you spot the lucky little kitty who gets to live in cat paradise: a seafood market in Vietnam?

Can you spot the lucky little kitty who gets to live in cat paradise: a seafood market in Vietnam?

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She was a nervous little girl but she popped her head out from behind the sugar canes long enough for me to get a snap of her.

She was a nervous little girl but she popped her head out from behind the sugar canes long enough for me to get a snap of her.

 

If you read the trip-advisor link attached, it seems that Monkey Island is not everyone’s idea of a good time. I don’t know if it is because it is currently low season, or if they also read the reviews on Trip Advisor, but we felt the place had cleaned up a bit. There was no crocodile fishing and someone had cleaned up the garbage, but the monkeys were still very naughty and cheeky! One tried to make off with my hat! Our tour guide told us to hold on to our hats, and he meant it!

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Spot the Kitty is on the Move: Today’s Kitty Cats Spotted in Phnom Penh, Cambodia!

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Phnom Penh seems to be a city of kitties. Some of the cats we met were skittish, but most came right up to us for cuddles and scritches. Can you spot the cat in each of the following Phnom Penh locations?

The first and second Phnom Penh kitties we spotted were a bit nervous. Can you spot them?

The first and second Phnom Penh kitties we spotted were a bit nervous. Can you spot them?

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She hid under the car, but not so far under that I couldn't get a picture of this cute tabby mother-to-be!

She hid under the car, but not so far under that I couldn’t get a picture of this cute tabby mother-to-be!

Perhaps this is Papa? He is under the same car.

Perhaps this is Papa? He is under the same car.

Can you spot the third Phnom Penh kitty?

Can you spot the third Phnom Penh kitty?

This sweetheart wouldn't come out, but I managed to get close enough to snap a photo of Phnom Penh kitty number three!

This sweetheart wouldn’t come out, but I managed to get close enough to snap a photo of Phnom Penh kitty number three!

Can you spot the fourth Phnom Penh kitty?

Can you spot the fourth Phnom Penh kitty?

The fourth Phnom Penh kitty came mewing right over for some scritches!

The fourth Phnom Penh kitty came mewing right over for some scritches!

Can you spot the affectionate fifth Phnom Penh kitty?

Can you spot the affectionate fifth Phnom Penh kitty?

Phnom Penh kitty number five sat under our table all through lunch, despite the restaurant owner shooing her out at first, and then accepted a cuddle before we left.

Phnom Penh kitty number five sat under our table all through lunch, despite the restaurant owner shooing her out at first, and then accepted a cuddle before we left.

 

By K.I. Borrowman

Spot the Kitty is on the Move: Today’s Kitties Spotted in Saigon, Vietnam!

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We have gone several days without seeing a single kitty, but at last upon reaching Saigon, we met a couple of very affectionate small cats.

Can you spot this Saigon kitty?

Can you spot this Saigon kitty?

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This little Saigon kitty did not particularly want to be picked up, but how could I resist?

This little Saigon kitty did not particularly want to be picked up, but how could I resist?

Can you spot this Saigon kitty?

Can you spot this Saigon kitty?

We heard this Saigon kitty meowing from around the corner long before we spotted her.

We heard this Saigon kitty meowing from around the corner long before we spotted her.

This Saigon kitty was so excited to be spotted! She wanted love, love, and more love!

This Saigon kitty was so excited to be spotted! She wanted love, love, and more love! She actually looks a lot like Baker, the inventor of Spot the Kitty, right down to the slightly bobbed, crooked tail!

 

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Spot the Kitty is on the Move: Today’s Kitties Spotted on Cat Ba Island, Vietnam!

Cat Ba Island - click to find out more about this exciting travel location!

You would think with a name like Cat Ba, the place would be filled with kitties! But in Cat Ba town itself, we unfortunately did not spot any kitties at all. Still, the town was a lovely place to spend the day, kitties or no kitties.

Next day we took a long jungle trek in Cat Ba Island’s national park, and stopped in Hien Hao village for lunch. I guess everyone in Hien Hao is a proper cat lover, because we spotted kitties at almost every house! Below are some of the highlights of our Hien Hao kitty spotting:

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Can you spot Cat Ba Kitty #1?

Can you spot Cat Ba Kitty #1?

Here he is, the first kitty we spotted on Cat Ba. He looks like a bit of a derp, but I guess he was spotted in the middle of licking himself.

Here he is, the first kitty we spotted on Cat Ba. He looks like a bit of a derp, but I guess he was spotted in the middle of licking himself.

Can you spot Cat Ba kitty #2?

Can you spot Cat Ba kitty #2?

Here he is, still angry about that dog that was sniffing at him. Look at that angry face!

Here he is, still angry about that dog that was sniffing at him. Look at that angry face!

Can you spot Cat Ba kitty #3?

Can you spot Cat Ba kitty #3?

Cat Ba kitty 3 spotted! A very pretty tortoise shell doing her best catloaf.

Cat Ba kitty 3 spotted! A very pretty tortoise shell doing her best catloaf.

Of course you can spot Cat Ba kitty #4. This kitty actually became best friends with the moment she spotted us. She petted me a lot and stuck with us all through lunch.

Of course you can spot Cat Ba kitty #4. This kitty actually became best friends with us the moment she spotted us. She head-butted me a lot and stuck with us all through lunch.

Here is Cat Ba kitty 4 requesting another bite of lunch. But it wasn't just the food; this kitty seriously loved love!

Here is Cat Ba kitty 4 requesting another bite of lunch. But it wasn’t just the food; this kitty seriously loved love!

Can you spot Cat Ba kitty #5?

Can you spot Cat Ba kitty #5?

Here she is, a pretty calico resting on a warm brick wall - Cat Ba kitty 5 spotted!

Here she is, a pretty calico resting on a warm brick wall – Cat Ba kitty 5 spotted!

Can you spot Cat Ba kitty #6?

Can you spot Cat Ba kitty #6?

Cat Ba kitty 6 had no problems with her dog. In fact, she was in the middle of an intense lick-fest when we spotted her.

Cat Ba kitty 6 had no problems with her dog. In fact, she was in the middle of an intense lick-fest when we spotted her.

Can you spot Cat Ba kitty #7?

Can you spot Cat Ba kitty #7?

Cat Ba kitty 7, our last kitty from Cat Ba, was a little difficult to spot. This little black kitty was having a nice nap with her little footies all stretched out! Don't you just want to tickle that little puddy paw?

Cat Ba kitty 7, our last kitty from Cat Ba, was a little difficult to spot. This little black kitty was having a nice nap with her little footies all stretched out! Don’t you just want to tickle that little puddy paw?

 

And that is it for our Cat Ba, Haiphong, Vietnam kitty spotting adventure. Thanks for playing, and join us next time as we take a trip down the Vietnam coast, spotting more kitties as we go! by K.I. Borrowman

And that is it for our Cat Ba, Haiphong, Vietnam kitty spotting adventure. Thanks for playing, and join us next time as we take a trip down the Vietnam coast, spotting more kitties as we go!
by K.I. Borrowman

 

 

 

 

 

The Spot-the-Kitty Cat Travel Guide

This is Pixie in his carrier for traveling in the cabin. This carrier is small enough to fit under the seat in front of Pixie's humans. A soft carrier can also be used for cabin travel.

This post will help you if your humans are considering a move – by K.I. Borrowman

A letter regarding moving:

Dear Baker,
My humans recently decided to move to China. I have never traveled before, and I have no idea what to expect. My dilemma is, do I move with them, or insist that they find some kindly elderly human to “foster” me while I await their return?
Yours,
Torn Between Two Humans

 

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Dear Torn,

Well, this is an unusual dilemma that most cats will never face! But my friends and I at Spot the Kitty HQ have all moved a time or two, and we can assure you that it is, while unpleasant, doable for most cats.

First, your humans have to determine whether you are hardy enough to endure a long flight. For example, our colleague, Scribbles, took to drooling every time she was put in her cat carrier. Her humans realized that if she was in the carrier for too long, i.e. long enough to get to China or other random far-off place, she might drool herself to death. They decided on the elderly-person-foster-care option instead. But our other colleague, Pixie, has just made a move to China and is more than happy to share his experience with you.

This is Pixie at Toronto Pearson Airport. As you can see, he is not scratching anybody's eyes out. Nor does he look especially thrilled about the trip ahead of him.

This is Pixie at Toronto Pearson Airport. As you can see, he is not scratching anybody’s eyes out. Nor does he look especially thrilled about the trip ahead of him.

  1. Regulations:

Have your humans check and double-check the regulations for moving you to a foreign country. Nine times out of ten, you will need all kinds of paperwork, such as a rabies certificate from your vet stating that you are up-to-date on your rabies shots, a certificate of health, a chip, and an import certificate for your new country. Some countries have additional requirements. For example, to move to Hong Kong, you must travel as “cargo”. If you move to Beijing or Shanghai, you will be quarantined for up to 30 days in your carrier at the airport! If you think the country you are moving to has difficult regulations, I’d recommend having your humans hire a relocation company. Make sure you check the company’s customer feedback, as some companies are more reliable than others.

  1. Airlines:

Some allow pets to travel in the cabin and others do not. Some airplanes have small heated and pressurised areas in the hold for a few pets to travel in comfort. Make sure your humans check and, yes, double-check the airline’s method of pet transport and notify the airline several days before your flight that you will be traveling with them.

  1. Carrier:

If you are travelling in the cabin, you will be expected to stay in your carrier under the seat in front of your human for the entire flight. Make sure your humans have a soft carrier that can fit under the seat. You will need to check the airline’s size restrictions. If you plan to travel in the hold, international airline regulations require you to be in a sturdy hard-sided, leak-proof carrier with ventilation holes on all sides. Collapsible wire carriers cannot be used. You must be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably in your carrier. Have your humans pick up stickers at your vet that say “live animal” and arrows pointing up, or write and draw these important tips on your carrier with a big permanent marker. You don’t want any disgruntled airline employee tossing you around or putting you upside down! Finally, make sure you have a comfortable, warm blanket in your carrier. Even the heated area of the hold can be chilly during a long flight.

This is Pixie's carrier for travelling in the hold. On this flight, Pixie was told he had to travel as checked luggage due to the airplane's space restraints.

This is Pixie’s carrier for travelling in the hold. On this flight, Pixie was told he had to travel as checked luggage due to the airplane’s space restraints.

This is Pixie in his carrier for traveling in the cabin. This carrier is small enough to fit under the seat in front of Pixie's humans. A soft carrier can also be used for cabin travel.

This is Pixie in his carrier for traveling in the cabin. This carrier is small enough to fit under the seat in front of Pixie’s humans. A soft carrier can also be used for cabin travel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Pre-flight Preparations:

You shouldn’t eat or drink just before a long flight, as you might get a tummy-ache, but do have a drink of water about an hour before your flight. You won’t be able to eat, drink, or use the litter during your flight. If you have never travelled before, have your humans drive you around in your pet carrier as often as possible in the weeks leading up to the flight so you will be used to the sensation of being on the move. Pixie’s human got some herbal wipes at his vet that, when used to wipe down the inside of the carrier, produced a nice calming scent. Lance was hesitant to use his carrier, so his humans tossed a handful of yummy cat treats in there every day leading up to the flight until he associated cat carrier with treats.

However, despite preparations, you may still dread the actual flight. No matter how nervous you feel, I highly recommend that you DO NOT use any sedatives. The airline flight attendant on Pixie’s flight told our humans a horrifying story about a cat who died during a flight because of ingesting too high a dose of sedatives. But don’t worry; if you have prepared properly for your flight, you will be relaxed and likely sleep through the entire ordeal.

To make your transition to your new home more tolerable, make sure your humans pack absolutely all of your favourite toy mice, food, dishes, placemat, blanket, bed, kitty castle, empty boxes, paper balls, litter of choice, rubber balls, and other things from home to help  you settle in once you reach your destination. Tell them they can leave the dog and the cat clothing behind, though.

  1. Settling in:

Once you reach your new home, you will want to have a bowl of your favourite food, some fresh water, and a box of your regular litter available to you immediately. You will want to spend several minutes exploring and sniffing your new home before you are expected to cuddle. In fact, you may feel angry at your humans for putting you through the entire ordeal and may not want to cuddle for several minutes, until you forget all about it and feel comfortable in your new surroundings. This is entirely normal. Don’t feel bad if you feel the urge to bite and scratch for the first few hours. Take advantage of the situation to get a lot of yummy treats as your humans will most likely feel guilty for what they have done.

Spot the Kitty is on the Move: Today’s Kitties Spotted in Hanoi, Vietnam!

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by K.I. Borrowman

When we first arrived in Hanoi and started exploring, it seemed to be sadly lacking in kitties. However, to our surprise and delight, we discovered a sweet little ginger kitty living in the hostel where we stayed, Especen Hostel.

Can you spot the Hanoi kitties?

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Can you spot the kitty at Especen Hostel in Hanoi, Vietnam?

Can you spot the kitty at Especen Hostel in Hanoi, Vietnam?

This kitty didn't like being picked up, but he did like being petted and I'm sure he  liked getting all the scraps from the hostel kitchen!

This kitty didn’t like being picked up, but he did like being petted and I’m sure he liked getting all the scraps from the hostel kitchen!

How do you say “cat” in Vietnamese? mèo

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Can you spot the kitty in Hanoi? I didn't get a close-up of this kitty, but if you need a hint, the dog has already spotted him.

Can you spot the kitty in Hanoi? I didn’t get a close-up of this kitty, but if you need a hint, the dog has already spotted him.

Spot the Kitty is On the Move: Today’s Kitties Spotted in Guangzhou, China

First kitty spotted in YueXiu Park, Guangzhou, China

Spot the Kitty is doing a two-week South-East Asia tour, bringing you kitties spotted in various far-flung locations of the mystical Orient. Today’s kitties were spotted in the ancient city of Guangzhou (aka Canton) in southern China. Nihao!

by K.I. Borrowman

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Can you spot the kitty in this picture from Guangzhou, China?

Can you spot the kitty?

Can you spot this kitty in Guangzhou?

First kitty spotted in YueXiu Park, Guangzhou, China

This is the first kitty we spotted in Guangzhou. Her humans must be very proud of her, as calico cats are considered to be the most beautiful and most lucky in Asia!

 

This little kitty was enjoying some birdwatching in her home in Yue Xiu park, which is also the home to the Five Rams Statue, the emblem of Guangzhou

This little kitty was enjoying some birdwatching in her home in Yue Xiu park, which is also the home to the Five Rams Statue, the emblem of Guangzhou

 

Chinese symbol for cat

 

Chinese character for cat: “mao”