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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Qatar Cats

A street cat lies on a step in Qatar.

Eid Mubarrak!

It is Eid today in Qatar, the end of the month of fasting, and like much of the population we have been out visiting friends.

While out I spotted some of Qatar's many cats, and snapped the pictures above and. Many of these are feral, and are normally tolerated by the local population. While disliking dogs, which they see as dirty, many Muslims like cats, perhaps because Mohammed himself was supposed to have been fond of them.

Liking doesn't always extend to taking care of them, and many scrounge a living from dustbins and occasional handouts.

Cats can breed fast. According to Feralcat.com, two breeding cats can, in theory at least, lead to an increase of 420,000 in the cat population. Fortunately, the Qatar government, in conjunction with the Qatar Cat Coalition, has a programme of capturing, neuturing and releasing them.

There are lots of abandoned pets in Qatar. If you are an animal lover you might want to check out the Qatar Animal Welfare Society, also known as QAWS.

Also see Qatar Pets: Essential Information for people looking to bring pets to Qatar

Doha street scene.

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