Caturday: Winkelpoes Edition

My photo on Wednesday of the mask and sewing machine was from a window display of a tailoring shop on Voorstraat. In the past, I’ve noticed their window display more for the cat that is sometimes in the window. When I passed by recently, it was the mask that caught my eye, but soon enough, the cat suddenly appeared, although this time outside the shop.
Voorstraat Tailor's Cat
He seemed ready for the shop to open and wasn’t happy about the closed door. Perhaps he had some faulty stitches he needed to pick out from a garment. Regardless, he seemed a bit exasperated that no one was opening the door for him. You could practically hear the frustrated sigh.
Voorstraat Tailor's CatMany shops and restaurants throughout the Netherlands have their own winkelpoes (shop cat) and photographer Robert van Willigenburg has photographed many of them for his series of books called Kat in de Stad. He originally started with the cats here in Utrecht, including a few I know and have photographed myself. He’s now moved on to some of the many cats to be found in Amsterdam in his latest edition of the book that is hot off the presses.

I don’t usually promote Amsterdam stuff, as many of you know. After all, the city gets plenty of attention already. But when it comes to cats and books, I can’t resist. Particularly as I edited the English language version of the book. πŸ˜‰
Kat in de Stad (Amsterdam)
Today is Dierendag, AKA World Animal Day, so give your own animals a bit of extra love and attention and maybe order a copy of Kat in de Stad. Trust me, it’s a beautiful book (in either language) full of entertaining cats.

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3 thoughts on “Caturday: Winkelpoes Edition

  1. What a cute idea for a book! I love the winkelpoesjes in the Netherlands – in Canada I think they would just be seen as health code violations πŸ˜›

    • Yeah, I don’t think it would go over well in the US, either, unfortunately. Oddly enough, cats are ok, but dogs aren’t. Seems like cats are much more likely to get into things they shouldn’t. πŸ˜‰

      • Cats are also much more likley to catch mice and rats than a dog is. And when it comes down to it, that is wht the winkelpeos exists. Because the buildings of those shops and bars are OLD and have lot s of mice and stuff… cats help with keeping that down πŸ˜‰

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