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Cats + Kitty Kats

Ummm cat lovers like me don’t really like this subject, but the fact is, Vietnamese are known to eat cat meat.  Another thing to get over; and a great reason for me to get a dose of culture shock.

Cat seller, cats sold for meat - his man was worried I might let his cats out, these moggies are sold for meat. This really pushes many culture shock buttons when I see this, my heart goes out to these cats but this is their culture and something I cannot judge. Hanoi, Vietnam.
Cat seller, cats sold for meat – his man was worried I might let his cats out, these moggies are sold for meat. This really pushes many culture shock buttons when I see this, my heart goes out to these cats but this is their culture and something I cannot judge.

It is only our emotional connection to cats that goes against the grain when we think of people eating cats.  We think this because we have domesticated cats, they live in our houses, they sleep in our beds, but for people who don’t do this, it is ok to eat a cat.

Cats chained up at the neighbors house - not ideal. Not sure why they chain the cats up, other than stopping them from running away. Again this pains me to see this, but I cannot do anything about a culture that is not my own. When living in Hanoi, culture shock is part of us adjusting to our new culture and environment.
Cats chained up at the neighbors house – not ideal. Not sure why they chain the cats up, other than stopping them from running away. Again this pains me to see this, but I cannot do anything about a culture that is not my own. When living in Hanoi, culture shock is part of us adjusting to our new culture and environment.

Like when people eat beef, if we treated cows the same way as we treat cats we probably would have the same feeling.  It could be tricky sleeping with a cow on our bed, but that is just a minor detail compared to the idea that I am trying to get across.

Pet Cat on a roof in Hanoi - this is the way we clean ourselves early in the morning.
Pet Cat on a roof in Hanoi – this is the way we clean ourselves early in the morning.

Saying this, if you are moving to Hanoi as an expatriate, you might reconsider taking your Fluffy with you, as if Fluffy gets out, he might find himself on someone’s dinner table !!

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