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Best Destinations for Cat Lovers: Ypres, Belgium
One of the longest-running celebrations of cats, Kattenstoet (Cat Festival) is held every three years and draws in hundreds of tourists. Dress up as your favourite kitty companion and watch as toy cats are hurled from the Belfry Tower in Cloth Hall into the Town Qquare, representing an old Ypres tradition. Want a dose of history while in town? Stay at the B&B Ter Vesten, a former weaving mill, and enjoy the beautiful gardens and homemade jams.
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Best Destinations for Cat Lovers: Kuching, Malaysia
Is it possible for an entire city to be obsessed with cats? In Kuching (which literally means “cat” in Malay), it sure is! Not only will you find cat statues scattered across town, you’ll also see cat souvenirs, cat fountains, and cat cafes. Step inside the Cat Museum to peruse over 4,000 feline artifacts, including a mummified cat from ancient Egypt. Enjoy the finer things Kuching has to offer and spend the night at The Ranee Boutique, where you can dine and people watch from your personal balcony.
Best Destinations for Cat Lovers: Rome, Italy
Want to see the ancient world but worried about experiencing cat withdrawal? The Largo Di Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary is the answer. Built where Julius Caesar was killed in 44 BCE, the Theater of Pompey is now home to over 250 cats that are cared for by volunteers. Many of the cats here are special needs and visitors are encouraged to adopt them. (Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new best friend). Need a place to stay with your new companion? The Portrait Roma offers beautiful suites that are luxurious as well as pet friendly.