fluffy cat norway

Travel Often Means No Pets...

John and I always talk about getting a couple of dogs and a cat someday, but our nomadic lifestyles have kept us pet-free for years.

Thank goodness our neighbours have them!

mr whiskers fluffy cat

We LOVE animals. And apparently the Norwegians do too - there is no dearth of dogs, cats and pet shops in Stavanger. But we mostly come in contact with the neighbourhood kitties, who all seem to live outdoors and have the fluffiest bodies we've ever seen.

Meet Mrs. Whiskers (or just 'W' as we've come to know her)

fluffy cat norwayShe lives right next door. We've sort of 'adopted' her since the Easter holidays when her family was out of town and she hung out in our yard for awhile. She's very friendly for a cat and loves attention. Apparently the crawlspace under our deck is her hideout place when it rains or hails and she can't get back to her own front porch.

Do you have or want a pet? How have your travels affected this?


  1. Ali 30 April, 2012 at 20:54 Reply

    My friend Amanda also travels a lot and decided against getting a dog because of that. But she will sometimes petshare (like timeshare…) her friends’ dogs so she can have a pet for a few days.

    • inspiringtravellers 1 May, 2012 at 12:44

      Petshare – that’s so cute! Wish we had friends nearby with pets we could furbaby-sit =)

  2. Lisa 25 April, 2012 at 18:53 Reply

    I love it that you have already made a pet friend. That is a pretty nice sized cat, and you’re right it has a lot of fur. I’m sure it was enjoying the extra love.

    • inspiringtravellers 25 April, 2012 at 19:59

      We think so too – he always hangs around now. I just have to open the door and he’ll come darting around the corner to say hello. John likes having an extra creature to greet him when he comes home from work too, haha. Best cat ever!

  3. VetTechMel 20 April, 2012 at 14:22 Reply

    This is the same reason we don’t have any pets yet either. We often spend entire years away from home, and travelling with a pet would be extremely difficult and not fair to the pet. I’ve managed to get my dose of cuteness though by volunteering at humane societies if I’m in one location for long enough. Otherwise, it’s all about meeting the local cats! Oh and a donkey once in Italy!

    • inspiringtravellers 20 April, 2012 at 16:16

      That’s a great idea, Mel! I never even thought of that – didn’t know they accept volunteers, actually. We once visited the open day of a society that trains the seeing-eye labradors in Melbourne – darling! If I ever had a year where I could be a “puppy-raiser” for them I would have loved it – they’re so cute…

    • VetTechMel 22 April, 2012 at 14:16

      Being a puppy raiser would be so fun! They are very cute. Yes, a lot of humane societies accept volunteers. In fact, some are in desperate need of people who are willing to give their time to help out and plan with the animals. It’s really hard not to get attached, though! I’ve been lucky to see a lot of them adopted.

  4. Alexa Meisler 18 April, 2012 at 23:10 Reply

    He’s one of the fluffiest cats I have ever seen! I believe that Norwegians love everything that is good in this world so I am not surprised how they care for animals as well.

  5. Shanna Schultz 18 April, 2012 at 19:25 Reply

    We have two kitties. They miss us when we go (and we miss them) but we have a trusted pet sitter who stops by once a day for play time and to check up on them. This gives us great peace of mind while we are gone, both for the fact that we know that the cats are well cared for and for the fact that someone is there to check on our house once a day.

    • inspiringtravellers 19 April, 2012 at 17:08

      I agree, Shanna – it’s really great to have someone keeping an eye on your house while you’re away, especially if they can also be good to your pets =)

  6. Sophie 18 April, 2012 at 10:26 Reply

    I adore both cats and dogs, but having pets really isn´t very compatible with travelling. Luckily, like you, we have plenty of cats in the neighbourhood who stops by, whether they´re invited or not :)

    • inspiringtravellers 18 April, 2012 at 15:44

      Ha, ha – they all do that, do they? We have mostly our one favourite cat but I see plenty of others. It seems the cats stay outdoors and the dogs indoors in Norway!

  7. A Montrealer Abroad 17 April, 2012 at 23:23 Reply

    Such a cutie! I am definitely a crazy cat lady. No shame there!

    I had a cat when I lived in Montreal. I left it to a friend when I left last year, but brought it with me over the Atlantic when I got back to France after the Christmas holidays. I just couldn’t live without her, since I spend pretty much all my time at home when I’m not traveling. Best decision ever!

    • inspiringtravellers 18 April, 2012 at 06:56

      Aww – it is too hard to give up a pet. I’m actually more of a dog person – I had a boxer once from a puppy but it was too hard to take care of her properly with my school schedule so I gave her to my mother who had recently lost her own dog. I still got to see her during visits but it was never the same.

  8. Annie-FootTracker 17 April, 2012 at 22:15 Reply

    My boyfriend’s family has a cat, dog, 2 birds and couple fishes. Every time they travel they have to pay someone to stay in the house to watch the animals. They also tend to take shorter trips because they miss their pets… =( too bad it is a hassle to bring animals abroad to another country,.

    • inspiringtravellers 18 April, 2012 at 06:57

      That’s the problem – and good housesitters aren’t always easy to come by! I could never leave a dog in a kennel, but cats do seem to adapt alright to the catteries.

  9. Nate 17 April, 2012 at 16:46 Reply

    What a great cat! Travel and pets, is a really difficult combination. I love it when the local cats take a shining to me, and just hang out for a while, then carry on their merry way. They can be quite the social butterflies!

    • inspiringtravellers 18 April, 2012 at 06:58

      I was surprised, actually – usually the cats we encounter on our travels are scaredy cats (or very aggressive street cats).

  10. Erin 17 April, 2012 at 16:26 Reply

    I brought my dog with me to Costa Rica. She was 9 when we moved and I’d had her since she was 5 weeks old. I couldn’t imagine leaving her behind. Recently, I became lucky enough to find roommates who enjoy caring for her while I’m off gallivanting around Central America.

    • inspiringtravellers 18 April, 2012 at 06:59

      How wonderful that your roommates will look after her – I’d be afraid to leave my dog behind. That strapped my travel-loving mother to our house for many years when I was growing up. Makes me think twice about pets now.

    • Erin 18 April, 2012 at 16:23

      I was afraid and always worried before. These are the 1st people I can absolutely trust. THey even walk her when I can’t so she gets to go on walks twice a day. We’re really really lucky to have found roommates that care like that!!!

    • Erin 18 April, 2012 at 16:23

      I was afraid and always worried before. These are the 1st people I can absolutely trust. THey even walk her when I can’t so she gets to go on walks twice a day. We’re really really lucky to have found roommates that care like that!!!

    • inspiringtravellers 18 April, 2012 at 07:00

      Is Lucas a cat person? So is John! I never was (but I love dogs), though John has gotten me liking them much more now.

  11. Christy @ Technosyncratic 17 April, 2012 at 13:47 Reply

    I can only imagine how much that cat sheds….

    We miss our dog like whoa, but we get to see him in less than a month!! I hope he remembers us, lol.

    • inspiringtravellers 18 April, 2012 at 07:02

      Oh yeah – he always wants to rub against my leg and the amount of fur that comes off is ridiculous. No wonder he’s an outdoor kitty!

      I’m sure your dog will remember you! I gave my dog to my mother many years ago and I remember that I would go like two years without visiting them and my pup always remembered me and would just follow me around the house =) Enjoy!

    • inspiringtravellers 18 April, 2012 at 07:03

      It’s great when you can have fun with pets and then hand them back at the end, isn’t it? I feel that way about kids that aren’t mine =)

  12. Ian [EagerExistence] 17 April, 2012 at 12:26 Reply

    Yeah, it sucks having no pets and travelling. I had to give up my doggy before I left on my epic year-long adventure… but at least he went to a good home.

    • inspiringtravellers 18 April, 2012 at 15:46

      Thank goodness for that but how sad! I still miss the dog I had to give away…

  13. Jill 16 April, 2012 at 18:59 Reply

    I LOVE this cat! Orange cats are my favorite… and that fluff!!!

    There are so many stray cats in Abu Dhabi and I’ve always wanted to adopt one. Unfortunately, my building doesn’t allow it. And I suppose it really doesn’t make sense to have a pet when I leave for trips every so often and spend entire summers away. But one day!

    • inspiringtravellers 18 April, 2012 at 07:06

      If they have a cattery you might be ok. Friends of ours always leave their cat at one when they travel – I saw the website once and it looks like a cat palace! But not sure if they have anything like that in the Middle East?

  14. Laura 16 April, 2012 at 21:19 Reply

    Due to the same reasons, we are also pet-free. Unfortunately. So we are always looking for friends with pets. LOL. Ah, when I say pets, I mean cats.
    I love the cat of your neighbor. Soooo fluffy! Another great detail about Norway. We can hardly wait to get there.

    • inspiringtravellers 18 April, 2012 at 07:04

      You’ll love it! Such a unique place…lots of fluffy kitties in our neighbourhood =)

    • inspiringtravellers 18 April, 2012 at 07:05

      I could NOT leave Lola behind without serious heartache if she were mine – I haven’t met her yet but from photos she looks like such a darling!

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