Cats of Phnom Penh - Aaron Northcott

Cats of Phnom Penh

I was really surprised last time I was in Phnom Penh by the amount of stray and feral cats in the streets.

It was almost impossible to look along a pavement, pathway or side-street without spotting one eyeing-up food scraps, playing with something shiny (or small and furry), or locked eye-to-eye with another feline.

I’m definitely not complaining, I am very fond of cats and they make great photographic subjects – during the same trip I would often grab something to eat in a fantastic diner on the outskirts of Siem Reap, and without fail I’d always have the same, rather scraggly-looking black and white stray pawing my legs for food.

Mottled Ginger Feral Cat in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Today I wanted to share with you a few previously unseen images that I shot of these cats whilst in Phnom Penh...In particular, there was a spot besides a Wat not far from the riverfront where you could always find swathes of cats lazing on the sidewalk or playing with one another – one of the attendants seemed to be putting food out for them throughout each day.

There were cats of all sizes and colours, perched on ledges, behind trees and on the roof of the temple . . . my personal favourite was a rather scrappy looking individual with a beautiful sand-coloured tortoiseshell coat and piercing yellow eyes (above).

  • A Black and White Cat Peering from the Rooftop of Temple in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Light Brown and Grey Striped Cat Laying Down on the Streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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