The couple spent 18 years shooting cats on the road of travel

On their journey, Tuul and Bruno Morandi were unknowingly drawn to cats on the streets of the world.

For 18 years, Tuul and Bruno Morandi photographed people, cities and landscapes around the world. On their journey, they accidentally accumulate more photos on another topic - the cats on the street.
In different cities, the two photographers realized that wandering cats from childhood were often unfriendly to humans, while strayed or bred cats were more friendly.

The cat lay on the ruins of a 2,000 year old Ephesus archaeological site. This is a port city from ancient Rome, in the territory of Turkey today.

A cat stretches under the sun on a 2,000-year-old ruin in Turkey.
People's attitudes to feral cats are heavily influenced by indigenous culture, religion, history and legends. Many believe that the old prophet Muhammad preached while holding his beloved cat Muezza on his lap. When Muezza was discovered to be sleeping, he was even willing to cut off one side of his lap to prevent Muezza from falling asleep. "In most Muslim countries like Morocco and Turkey, they have a special relationship with cats because their prophet loves this creature," Tuul explained.

Flock of cats on an island in Japan. This is the country that impressed the two photographers with the life of cats. Tuul and Bruno recalled that cats were lucky symbols for Japanese people: "They even have temples to worship them." Cats are also what attracts tourists to Japan when the country has 11 cat islands.

The black cat is located between maneki-neko - the genius cat inside a temple of this animal in Japan.

A cat on the island of Aoshima in Japan, where there are 10 times more cats. “In Japan, most of the cats we meet are not afraid of people. Perhaps they know that people are very kind and have a close relationship with them, ”Tuul said.

In Tokyo, there are several temples dedicated to cats. In these areas, the pair of photographers suggest visitors can spot rock cats and real cats next to each other.

A cat peeks out from behind a blue wall in the city of Chefchaouen in northern Morocco. The green paint of the buildings is believed to have been brought by the Jews, when they fled to the city in 1492 after a Spanish search.

The city in northwestern Morocco was built in 1471 with every corner covered in green paint.

Cat on the street of Lamu town, Kenya. There are an estimated 10,000 cats on all 4 main islands of the Lamu archipelago. Wild cats are part of indigenous cultures.

In addition to the dense population of feral cats, Lamu is also home to thousands of donkeys.

However, not everyone likes feral cats. Most feral cats are considered a threat to local wildlife and the source of disease spread. In 2013, a study published in Nature Communications reported that wild cats killed 1.3 to 4 billion birds and between 6.3 to 22.3 billion mammals a year in the United States. However, this research was immediately questioned by the public because estimating such exact numbers is almost impossible.

Despite the controversy over the benefits and influence of cats, most people around the world do not feel any problem with this animal. In Greece, cats are protected by law for their right to live.

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