THESE ARE NOT PETS! They are wild or semi-wild, like the numerous cats that roam around the island. They are let free to reproduce themselves , but they have to fend for themselves, once the tourists have gone! They tend to take pity on them and feed them, but it's probably more difficult afterwards!
This cat family had made their homes on the terraces of the little rented houses among the olive trees of my post 69! The large garden full of exotic trees was their playground, but they lacked no hunting ground I suppose, in the surrounding hills!
As we are cat lovers (see my group themes: cats everywhere!), it made us feel at home finding a cat family at our doorstep, when we came back from our days out, but I repeat they are not pets, as this photo which had already been critiqued by 15 members (Thank you to all of them) was desactivated unfairly last week. I then received an e-mail asking me to defend my cause, in order to have it reactivated, which I did; but the administrators seem to have ignored it!
Anyway , I hope some other people will enjoy it, and I will be able to add it to my theme!
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mlmurray (229) 2007-11-19 21:48
Marie Louise I am so glad this photo is back as it really deserves to be appreciated. Your information is really quite informative and instructive, as always. Besides being a charming and well taken photo.
Partha_c (2029) 2007-11-19 21:54
Hi Marie. I liked the shot. Liked the theme. Liked the details narrated. But couldn't make out the deactivate and reactivate syndrome! That apart, a good thematic shot indeed. TFS.
UnTrained (0) 2007-11-19 22:15
Salut Marie Louise,
like the previous posting for sure something from the world with "wild" cats living there. I had once the same that such a mail was never responded.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
broken_nail (190) 2007-11-19 23:15
Hi Marie Louise!
I am with you!!!
TGULUMSER (13252) 2007-11-19 23:26
I believe in you. After the summer, there are many lonely, hungry and pity cats and dogs around. I feel so sad for them. This photo is very meaningful,I respect all the animal lovers,
ARGI (3456) 2007-11-19 23:29
Hello Marie Louise
Excellent and so alive shot.Fantastic colors and sensitive frame I like it very much
Bravo Best regards Argyris
meltemi (0) 2007-11-20 0:16
Salut Marie Louise,
lovely daily life scene, so usual in that part of the world (in mine too), nice small details, a great note and of course the main subjects the cats. You've captured this scene very well.
(Hope the best for your previous photo, sometimes there are misunderstanding here).
bracasha75 (24585) 2007-11-20 0:30
This is beautiful scene where mother feed her childern and i,m glad to see a new work from you
All best from Serbia,Bratislav
Merline (0) 2007-11-20 4:02
As a cat lover I am all with you! Makes me always so sad to think about the life of these wild, homeless cats, apart from the freedom. Well done, it's a good pic showing them agglutinated together and with a nice note. Hope it stays here now!
Mondaychild (378) 2007-11-20 6:04
I´m happy that this photo got reactivated because it´s so wonderful but also very emotional!
A straying cat who obviously isn´t fed regularly has 5 kitties who are exhausting all her reserves! I hope she can bring up all of them without suffering too much!
And I think there is also a quite interesting family tree: all of them look different - but noone looks like their mom!
maltese (22853) 2007-11-20 8:10
Salut Marie Louise
Je me doute que comme toute bonne Bretonne tu es tétue ;0))
Une amusante sur ces sympathique (et beaux ) compagnons et une note qui peut donner un peu de remords à ceux qui suppriment quelques fois un peu légèrement des photos.
Du bon boulot!!
Glint (6171) 2007-11-23 10:28
hello Marie Louise,
Crete and cats go together,Corfu and cats go together, Kefalonia and cats go together.... I like this one because there is something endearing and comical about this mother still nursing such big babies!A very Greek image.
JCG (35129) 2007-11-24 10:16
Ah ! La revoilà cette photo attendrissante sur cette petite famille. Tu as bien raison de persister, en bonne bretonne que tu es comme le souligne Hervé. Effectivement ces chats errants et quasi sauvages ne peuvent pas être considérés comme des animaux domestiques.
Avec toutes mes amitiés et un très bon WE,
gunbud (34066) 2007-11-27 12:05
Very compelling image of these wild cats gathering together to catch the warmth of the afternoon sun. It is obvious that these are not pets because only wild cats would reach this level of cooperation. I too have run afoul of the Trek rules against family pets by taking photo of dogs working together in a communal setting.
evanrizo (456) 2007-11-30 10:45
-:)))) Yeeees waht a great lovely scene, what a lovely cats daily life scene! they found the best place, two of them look like my cats.
josepmarin (57837) 2007-12-06 8:07
Hola Marie Louise,
pocas palabras para comentar esta foto, es muy tierna y encantadora. Los gatitos con su madre están adorables.
Me alegro que puedas volver a tener la foto aquí, a pesar de la incomprensión que a veces tienen los que administran este site.
Y está claro, no son mascotas, simplemente es una familia de gatos en la entrada de una casa!
siolaw (38292) 2008-02-02 20:55
Salut Marie Louise,
Je n'avais pas vu cet episode des aventures de TE! Ils l'ont donc reactivee.../ Etant moi meme un ami des chats, je les trouve tres jolis, de belles couleurs et leur gloutonnerie est bien evidente ici... J'ai des chats aussi, ils sont Indiens, puisque je vis la bas... malheureusement je ne pense pas en mettre d'images! Peut etre sur TL!
Un bonjour depuis Bangkok
cfreire (11741) 2008-02-04 14:22
Hi Marie Louise,
This picture is splendid and you've captured well this moment. I liked a lot to see these cats with their mamy. Beautiful. Regards, Consuelo
testmaniac (13508) 2008-02-06 20:50
Hi Marie Louise,
Csilla (1782) 2008-04-01 20:35
Hi Marie Louise!
I like your photo of these cute cats and your note too, which is interesting and informative.
I hope you do not mind, I am adding my two cat photos to your cat theme.
paololg (31448) 2008-06-12 14:27
sapendo che ti piacciono i gatti ho cercato questa bellissima foto nella tua gallery. E' una immagine piena di tenerezza e morbidezza, e mi verrebbe voglia di abbracciarli tutti. Bellissima la posa di mamma gatta. Credo che le gatte siano tra le migliori mamme al mondo. Mi ha fatto molto piacere vedere questa bella foto. Bravissima.
woozbman (366) 2008-06-19 20:18
The cats stand out well against the background. One mother cat and five kitties feeding... each one different from the others. It gives the sense of a close-knit family.
francio64 (39439) 2008-07-12 13:08
una bella ammucchiata di gattini!
fanni (14381) 2008-09-07 2:03
I love cats. I love pets and wild and semi-wild creatures! I myself have a cat.. Well, what can I say here? Very good note and very good photo! Just because it's a very nice photo which evokes very warm feelings, but also very sad, at the same time.
Vasa (16778) 2008-10-27 18:49
mes derniers sourires de cette journnee j'attribue aux adorables chatons et je profite l'occasion de remercier le photographe genereux. Moi, qui suis aussi faible en face de ces divines creations et comme je suis moi aussi entre dans une serie de photos "felines". Et heureusemnet que dans la famille nous on ne garde pas les vaches commes les ames divines... Merci MarieLouise de ta sensibilite,
danos (88913) 2010-09-19 0:25
Good morning Marie Louise,
nice the snapshot with the loose cats that were gathered all together in this door-mat. Really what they made there,which decision they took?
Have a nice Sunday,Danos
Kielia (23993) 2011-05-20 2:12
Bonjour Marie Louise,
as a cat lover I appreciate this fantastic image a lot, it is showing the family life of these creatures from a very well working POV. And as already mentioned by Bev, it is astonishing that mother cat is still nursing such big babies.
My compliments – also for the touching note!
mcmtanyel (14989) 2013-07-23 20:12
Hi Marie Louise,
That is adorable! Poor Momma, she has to feed so many! Besides, aren't those kitties a bit old to be nursing?
We recently had a similar sight in our house. Friends of ours adopted a stray who turned out to be pregnant. While they were on vacation, we took the mommy and the two surviving kittens (one of their siblings was stillborn, another died a few days after birth). When our friends got back from vacation, the mommy was ported back to them, but the kittens stayed.
- Copyright: MarieLouise Davies (maloutim) (9637)
- Genre: Places
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- Date Taken: 2003-10-29
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- Date Submitted: 2007-11-19 20:59
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