Sea cats around the Bay of Naples, Italy

By the old fishing harbour in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy

By the old fishing harbour in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy

Last week a bonny, blond portrait painter came to stay.  We took her to see the sights: old fishing harbours; castles; artworks; views; and we fended off the men … but it was the cats that caught her eye.

I looked where she looked – this is for her.

The old fishing harbour in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy

The old fishing harbour in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy

Across the old harbour in Pozzuoli fishermen sorted their nets.  We stood on the far side and watched and waited.  So did this cat.

Waiting for the fishermen to come home by the old harbour in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy

Waiting for the fishermen to come home by the old harbour in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy

I’d seen the cats here the year before.

By the old fishing harbour in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy

By the old fishing harbour in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy

They showed no fear, just feline awareness …

By the old fishing harbour in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy

By the old fishing harbour in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy

… ownership without the housework.  They knew where they belonged, and they knew from which direction the fish would come.

From Pozzuoli we took a short ferry trip across the Tyrrhenian Sea to the island of Procida.

The island of Procida in the Bay of Naples, Italy

The island of Procida in the Bay of Naples, Italy

The cats were there again.

On the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples, Italy

On the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples, Italy

In the centre of the old town they patrolled and watched.

On the island of Procida in Naples, Italy

On the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples, Italy

They knew their streets – they knew the trespassers.

On the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples, Italy

On the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples, Italy

Their inland lives looked edgy.

On the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples, Italy

On the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples, Italy

There were scooters, there was noise, and there were rivals … there was no place for an old cat to relax.

On the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples, Italy

On the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples, Italy

By the harbour the mood changed.  We walked steeps stairs to get there and when we arrived it was quiet.

The island of Procida, in the Bay of Naples, Italy

The island of Procida, in the Bay of Naples, Italy

Perhaps that’s the key to a good life for a sea cat – location … not just the fish.  The more awkward the access to the seafront the less traffic and noise there will be.

Positano on the Amalfi Coast, for example, shows great promise for cats.

Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Italy - still wrapped up for winter

Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Italy – still wrapped up for winter

It’s steep, exclusive even … perfect.

In Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Italy

In Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Italy

This cat was between the sea and a restaurant.  Why go anywhere if your ship has come in?

Winter sun in a quiet Positano on the Amalfi Coast, in Italy

Winter sun in a quiet Positano on the Amalfi Coast, in Italy

In Naples it’s more complicated.  The seafront there is a wide smile, a welcome for everyone, which means there’s more challenge for a sea cat.

The Lungomare in Naples, Italy on a busy weekend

The Lungomare in Naples, Italy on a busy weekend

There is life, there is noise, and there are dogs …

Dog keeping an eye on everything in the marina in Naples, Italy

Dog keeping an eye on everything in the marina in Naples, Italy

Cats must choose their territories with care.

Along the seafront in Naples, Italy

Along the seafront in Naples, Italy

This kitten was by Castel dell’Ovo, between the sea and a wall. He’d found his hiding-place, all he needed was time to learn.

I hope he found it, and a friend, because even Jerry, the master of all cat-trickery, needed help in Naples.

Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2016

10 thoughts on “Sea cats around the Bay of Naples, Italy

  1. Reblogged this on The Phraser and commented:

    I published this post on The Phraser at the end of February 2016. February is a grand time to be on the Bay of Naples. The sun might not always be there, and it might be chilly, but there’s always coffee and plenty to explore … plus, of course, you’re bound to bump into a cat.

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