Russian Cat Professionals: In the Home and at the Library

Russian Cat Professionals: In the Home and at the Library

Here on the MIR blog, we have been discussing cats in Russia, specifically in St. Petersburg. Previous entries have highlighted the hard-working “Hermitage Cats” who protect the world-famous museum from mice and other intruders, and the first cat cafe in Russia, the St. Petersburg “Cats' Republic” cafe, where visitors can commune with over two dozen cats for an hour at a time. Now our examination of cat culture in Russia takes us further afield, to Moscow, the Black Sea port city of Novorossiysk, and beyond to discover Russia's growing class of proletarian cats. Read More


From rags to riches in Russia: St. Petersburg’s “Hermitage Cats”

From rags to riches in Russia: St. Petersburg’s “Hermitage Cats”

People go to the Hermitage to admire the vast collection of art and artifacts from all over the world dating from prehistoric times all the way to the present day. But as they wander the halls of the stately Winter Palace on St. Petersburg's Neva River, most visitors don't know that a separate Hermitage collection exists in the basement – a collection of cats. Read More


Russia’s first cat café: Cats’ Republic in St. Petersburg

Russia’s first cat café: Cats’ Republic in St. Petersburg

Feline-obsessed visitors to St. Petersburg now have one more stop to add to their itinerary: Russia's first cat cafe. The cat cafe concept is spreading all over the world. With origins in crowded Asian cities like Taipei and Tokyo, the “cat rental” business idea has taken root in smaller urban centers like Boston and Budapest. Read More