Let’s face it, cats do stay anywhere that is comfortable and the cats of The Forbidden City are no exception. The Forbidden City is located in the centre of Beijing, China. It was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty but is now the Palace Museum.
There are 32 departments in the Imperial palace and 20 of those areas have resident stray cats. The Palace Museum management has made an effort to control the cats because of the rapid increase in cat population for the past 5 years. According to the ShanghaiList, They have spent 18,410 yuan on sterilization campaigns and around 180 cats that live there have been neutered or spayed.
Cats of The Forbidden City
According to Ma Guoqing, a museum official at The Forbidden City, some of the cats that live there are direct descendants of the original palace cats. The rest are strays and because they get looked after so well, sometimes people from Beijing come and drop unwanted cats there.
Ma also warned, don’t expect to see cats of The Forbidden City when visiting the museum as the cats are rarely seen in the visitor areas. Quite surprising, I thought, because most tourist cats, dogs, monkey and even deer known where there are tourists, there is food. Perhaps they really do get plenty of food and the cats of The Forbidden City do not need to scrounge more food from tourists.
“The palace treats stray cats very well and a lot of people know that,” said Ma
This lucky kitty apparently frolics in the museum’s office.
Also he added although there are a lot of cats at The Forbidden City, there are absolutely no issues there with mice or rats. The Forbidden City/Palace Museum is definitely somewhere I would like to visit in the future. But I guess we’ll have to make a real effort to get the see the royal and stray cats of The Forbidden City.
Sherry @ Pause