This weekend, we visit the cats of my recently concluded trip to China.
Suzhou is renowned for its silk. The climate is particularly suited to silkworm cultivation (though one would not think so given the freezing temperatures during this trip), and the city has long been a center for both production and craft. Cats are a common motif on the “two-sided” embroidered silk paintings of Suzhou:
Outside the Suzhou Number One Silk Factory, I encountered this stray cat running through the parking lot.
In Shanghai, I saw this cat in a clothing shop on Dingxi Road:
Dingxi Road is a commercial street in an outer neighborhood, not far from Zhongshan Park and completely devoid of foreigners. The shops that line the street cater to local residents, and the clothing shop where I encountered the cat was no exception. I think the shop’s owner was surprised and delighted to encounter a foreigner – and more surprisingly, a scruffy “white guy” – who was interested in cats. On the other hand, I think the cat was a bit annoyed by the attention and would prefer to sleep:
Some things are the same everywhere.
In the far away state of Florida, Pet and the Bengal Brats host the Bad Kitty Cats Festival of Chaos.
The Carnival of the Cats will be hosted this weekend by the House Panthers (of which Luna is a member).
And of course the Friday Ark is at the modulator.