There is a parallel, almost perfectly silent world existing in every Dalmatian town. It is the world of cats.
Despite the popular Dalmatian dog, Dalmatia has always been the land of cats. You simply cannot imagine a Dalmatian town or village without cats scratching their sides of the ancient walls, moving between legs of tourists eating at the restaurants, lazily stretching in the sun… and, of course, there is no February without them waking us up in the middle of the night!
In the old days, they were kept as the perfect weapon against the rats and mice in the old towns or in villages but with the decline of Dalmatia’s historic centers, they are also disappearing. All those beauties of different colors are slowly vanishing from our streets. Or just hiding till summer comes?
One detail in historic Sibenik tells a lovely story of Dalmatia’s connection with animals. There are two stone bowls located just after the big piazza when going to the cathedral. One says “Per Amor di Cani” (For the love of dogs) and another is for cats!
I am not sure that the animals knew where to go but still a nice detail! 🙂