Cats of Bangkok, Thailand | Photo Essay

Bangkok is infamously regarded as a whirlpool of a city that chaotically sucks up anything in its path. I absolute love the gritty aspect this city has to offer.

Anybody who has spent significant time roaming about the streets and back-alleys likely would have noticed a few furry little feline friends wandering around Bangkok whichย is simply littered with cats.

Some are cared for, adored and exalted at a level often only seen in certain cultures; yet, many are feral and left to scrounge for leftover scraps dodging human activity and a plethora of vehicles whizzing on by. It’s survival of the fittest for the ones left to fend for themselves.

I’m personally a sucker for cats and I hold a soft spot for them. They’re also one of my favourite subjects for photography – whether they’re leaping and bounding for scraps of food or comfortably stretched out in the sun dozing off in a state of bliss.

The following is a photo essay of the cats of Bangkok:

I love candid shots of people and that extends to animals as well.  Here I've captured this skittish cat just as it notices me.

I love candid shots of people and that extends to animals as well. Here I’ve captured this skittish cat just as it notices me.” alt=”I love candid shots of people and that extends to animals as well. Here I’ve captured this skittish cat just as it notices me.

A closer up shot of the same cat having looking a lot more relaxed in its demeanour.

A closer up shot of the same cat having looking a lot more relaxed in its demeanour.

I often envy how comfortable cats look when they're resting/sleeping.  This cat is completely stretched out on top of a table.

I often envy how comfortable cats look when they’re resting/sleeping. This cat is completely stretched out on top of a table.

This is a close-up shot of the cat from the previous photo.  Did I wake you?  Sorry, you can go back to sleep now :)

This is a close-up shot of the cat from the previous photo. Did I wake you? Sorry, you can go back to sleep now ๐Ÿ™‚

A close-up shot of a well cared for domestic cat with big eyes and an inquisitive looking face - Bangkok, Thailand.

A close-up shot of a well cared for domestic cat with big eyes and an inquisitive looking face – Bangkok, Thailand.

I think I smell fish! :P

I think I smell fish! ๐Ÿ˜›

This kitty is enjoying an opportunistic moment to grab some fish while they're being left unattended by a shop owner at a local market - Bangkok, Thailand.

This kitty is enjoying an opportunistic moment to grab some fish while they’re being left unattended by a shop owner at a local market – Bangkok, Thailand.

A black and white shot of the same kitty losing it's grip as it slides back down.

A black and white shot of the same kitty losing it’s grip as it slides back down.

This street cat wonders if I have a nice can of tuna in my hand.  I'm sorry.  I've got nothing but my camera.

This street cat wonders if I have a nice can of tuna in my hand. I’m sorry. I’ve got nothing but my camera.

This cat is blissfully asleep on the ground under a table.

This cat is blissfully asleep on the ground under a table.

A close-up shot of its face.

A close-up shot of its face.

Late at night, this cat with lovely eyes, takes a moment to pose for me before scrounging in the plastic bag for leftover scraps of food - Bangkok, Thailand.

Late at night, this cat with lovely eyes, takes a moment to pose for me before scrounging in the plastic bag for leftover scraps of food – Bangkok, Thailand.

This is an example of a mangy looking feral cat on the streets of Khao San road.  You can tell from it's coat of fur and lanky frame that it just barely gets by day to day.

This is an example of a mangy looking feral cat on the streets of Khao San road. You can tell from it’s coat of fur and lanky frame that it just barely gets by day to day.

This multicoloured cat is lying on top of a restaurant table.  I love how the Thai people are so relaxed about things and permit something like this to happen quite often.

This multicoloured cat is lying on top of a restaurant table. I love how the Thai people are so relaxed about things and permit something like this to happen quite often.

This kitten is just relaxing as it looks around.

This kitten is just relaxing as it looks around.

This scrawny looking cat pauses briefly before suddenly dashing off under the bicycle.

This scrawny looking cat pauses briefly before suddenly dashing off under the bicycle.


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  10. says: Nancie

    There are so many beautiful cats in Thailand…nice captures.

    I’ve just arrived back in Korea via Thailand and Spain. The first thing I did was pick up Indy (my cat)!

  11. says: Maria

    There are a lot of stray cats in the city I live in. The photos of the cats are similar to what the cats I usually see. Often when I eat in the streets these cats are waiting eagerly to share what I have. I already have four cats and I can’t afford to adopt anymore.

  12. says: Sharon

    It is hard to see these cute creatures to have no home or owner. As pets, they are used to just lying around, staying clean and waiting to be fed. It is amazing how they are fit for survival even without anyone to care for them.

    1. Sharon, I agree with! I think of the spoiled cat back home with parents. It actually rejects certain cat food to hold out for something better ๐Ÿ˜› Some of these cats would eat just about anything.

      1. says: Laurence

        The only pictures I have are of various cats I’ve owned, and I always seem to get the flash wrong so they have giant glowing eyes. So unless the post is titled “Vampire Cats from the Netherworlds”.. it seems unlikely ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. says: Shanna Schultz

    While I don’t share your fondness for Bangkok, I do love cats. These are excellent pictures! We saw quite a few cats while wandering around Thailand ourselves!

  14. says: Candice

    Thanks to you I just want to book it to Thailand now to cuddle cats. Lots of cats. Is that weird? Think my favourite shot was the “late at night” cat.

  15. says: Andrea

    Do you ever try to pet them? We’ve found the cats in some countries to be really friendly (like in Jordan) and others will claw you to death if you touch them (like in Turkey).