Sunday, August 18, 2013

Meow! On the hunt for Kitty Cat Street Art

Chinese cat procession at the Cheah Kongsi, on Beach Street across from China House

A new litter of cat-themed murals cropped up this summer as the latest addition to Penang's growing street art scene. This series of 12 pieces is collectively called 101 Lost Kittens and was painted by Artists for Stray Animals to raise public awareness about the numerous stray dogs and cats that roam the city. Other artists have been joining in the fun by adding the 102nd and 103rd lost kittens as well as one large rat hiding from Skippy, the orange tabby cat.

Some of the 101 Lost Kittens on Gat Lebuh Armenian and Lorong Soo Hong.

When we were down in George Town last weekend, my girl happened to be wearing her own Bon Jour! Cat Shirt. She decided that when a French cat comes to Penang, she'd want to see some cat murals. So off we went, on our own little hunt for felines around the heritage district.

Searching for street art in George Town has become a very popular tourist attraction. You'll see people on foot or on rented bikes making their way around with a map in hand looking for these lost kittens, the steel rod sculptures, or Ernest Zacharevic's very popular murals incorporating 3D objects.

As for me, I like to take it nice and slow, depending on kismet to lead the way. No map for me. I just stumble across these murals as I wander around the UNESCO World heritage zone.


Are you interested in helping out some of the stray animals in Penang and Langkawi? Perhaps you're an expat who had to leave your own furry babies in your home country during your expat assignment and crave a little petting time with four-footed friends. Check out these excellent organizations:
If you have your own little pup in Penang, be sure to visit the Dog Friendly Penang blog.

Related Post:
Kids on Bikes Street Art

This post is part of Travel Photo Mondays on Travel Photo Discovery. Be sure to visit it for more ways to discover the world via photography.


  1. Love this post - what an incredible find (of course, I am a cat lover - any size, shape as long as they have fur and meow!)

  2. This sounds like such a fun way to see/discover the city! I love street art of any variety but I love that there is a cat-themed murals popping up all over Penang. How fun!

  3. Wow very cute, you guys found some good cat murals...sweet, thanks for sharing

  4. I visited this last trip. Love it!

  5. This is such a creative way to raise awareness. Thanks for sharing the names of the organizations as they may offer some short term volunteer opportunities for visiting tourists.

  6. I love street art - particularly when it has a purpose.
    It was great to hear that I inspired you to visit Singapore to see some of the new attractions. I guess it is just a hop over the water for you. I hope you have a wonderful trip and that my recommendations live up to my post. Don't forget to take your bathers to have fun at the waterpark at Sentosa. You can try the Claypot chicken at the hawkers food hall afterwards. Also try Makansutra Glutton's Bay for some great hawker food.
    Have a great week, and thankyou for stopping by my blog today.

  7. Walls are beautifully painted with those cats.

  8. Wow that is really cool! I haven't been to Penang in Years now. Wish I had seen some of this street art as I love street art.

  9. The new mural is very nice, shame it wasn't there yet when we went to the China House, we'd loved to see it. Next time! :)

  10. awesome the walls are full of cats

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