Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Nov 11, 2014
An Aegean cat moved in with me during my three years in Alaminos, Cyprus. The streets of Larnaca and much of Cyprus are home to thousands upon thousands of stray cats, which is why many locals tend to look at you as if you’re crazy when you tell them you’ve adopted one!
Sisyphus strolled in through the open back door of my flat one February afternoon, and decided to stay from that point onwards. Dusty and a little bit worse for wear, he quickly made himself at home, sleeping in the flat every night and eating plenty of leftovers (cat food is extortionate in Cyprus due to the low demand!) He was very compassionate like all of the stray Aegean cats who would often stop by, and seemed to know when a person was stressed and gave them more affection. He had a habit of sleeping on guests, though they never complained!
While in my experience Aegean cats enjoy a lot of love and attention, they also relish their independence and disappear for hours into the backstreets, so you won’t be bound by them if you’re particularly busy. Sisyphus also very rarely cried, and seemed to take pride in this, though he did get into the odd fight which is bound to happen with so many other strays about. He’s still alive and well in Cyprus, living with friends and is some of the best company a person can keep.