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Purr-fectly Qatar: Uncovering the Country’s Cat Culture

by Paola Bertoni
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Qatar may be known more for its oil wealth and futuristic cityscapes, but the country has a softer feline side, too, as you can meet a lot of cats everywhere. From stray cats roaming the streets to pampered pets in luxurious homes, felines are an integral part of Qatar’s landscape and lifestyle.

From Strays to Snuggles: Where to Meet Cats in Doha

In Doha, street cats are an essential part of the city’s culture. Their remarkable hunting skills make cats crucial in controlling the local rodent population. With two to three times more cats than humans in Qatar, you can find them everywhere, from luxurious villas to the city streets.

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Street cats in Doha have become a beloved sight for locals and tourists alike. You can spot them wandering the city’s streets, alleys, and parks or lazily lounging on the stones of the fishing pier near the Corniche. 

Usually, cats come out when the temperature drops and the sun sets. However, you can see them relaxing in the shadow of Souq Waqif alleys, waiting for a stroke from locals and tourists. You can meet cats everywhere in Qatar, not just in Doha. I also met some friendly street cats on the beach at Al Wakrah.

Cat on the beach of Al Wakrah, Qatar
Cat on the beach of Al Wakrah, Qatar

Purrfectly Qatar: a Celebration of Love for Cats

In Qatar, cats hold a special place in people’s hearts due to their significant role in the Muslim faith. In Islam, the predominant religion in Qatar, cats are highly respected, thanks to historical references to Prophet Mohammed’s love for cats. 

Interestingly, many of the Islamic faithful not only keep domestic cats as pets but also go out of their way to leave food and water out for the street cats. Many residents and business owners in Doha feel their responsibility is to care for all the stray cats on the streets, as I noticed walking around the city. Even my hotel had its own stray cat asking for cuddles and attention.

Street cat in Doha, Qatar
Street cat in Doha, Qatar

Helping Homeless Cats: Shelters and Associations in Qatar

In Qatar, residents love and do their best to care for street cats. Still, they face many challenges in Doha due to the city’s rapid development and urbanization. Many cats are still abandoned, lost, or born on the streets.

The primary Qatar cat welfare associations are the Qatar Animal Welfare Society and Paws Rescue Qatar, which help manage the feline population and provide care for injured cats. These organizations implement a trap-neuter-release program that involves neutering and vaccinating cats before releasing them back into their colony. Furthermore, these organizations care about adoptions and work to find homes for cats in need.

Where to stay in Doha

Doha boasts a wide range of beautiful hotels with swimming pools and fitness centers to choose from. DoubleTree by Hilton Doha Old Town is a great modern accommodation in the heart of Doha. For a sea view option, you can choose the Wyndham Grand Doha West Bay Beach. If you prefer to stay in a hotel with an Arabian touch, I can recommend La Maison Hotel Doha, or for a luxurious experience, the incredible Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

If you’re a cat lover, Doha’s cats will surely capture your heart. Qatar’s cat culture may not be as well-known as its skyscrapers and sports stadiums, but it’s a fascinating and heartwarming aspect of the country’s identity. Feel free to leave comments about this amazing aspect of Qatar.

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