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Cats In 'Nam

The Cats I Capture on My Morning Walks

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished about a year ago 3 min read

I do not have a pet but have been a dog person in the past but lots of my friends and neighbours have cats.

When Covid hit I started working from home, but before that often used to walk to work.

Walking through urban areas, fields and parklands bring me into fairly close contact with a lot of wild ( and domestic) animal life.

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I often meet up with cattle on Nunsmoor , and the reality is that any one of these animals is well capable of doing me serious damage even to the point of killing me , but I always make sure I have a decent escape route. I have always been at ease with most animals , apart from horses and ponies that have a penchant for biting me My daughter Juliet is completely opposite in that she is totally at ease with horses and ponies but very scared of cattle.


The number of times that I have been warned about vicious scary dogs , after playing with them for an age , I have lost count. I may have the odd graze from a play bite but I have never been attacked by a dog , and find all of the cute and lovely.

Now to the crux of this piece #CatsInNam . My mate Andy refers to my home suburb of Fenham as 'Nam , obviously confusing world readers as to where we are talking about. My friend Yen wondered what I was doing in VietNam , but to be honest , with Instagram you can put your location ass anywhere , even the moon!!


On my walks I often see cats , and to be honest these are animals that have drawn blood from me. I visited a friend and her cat jumped across me and I fell a slight scarch, nothing major. When got home and stopped ready for bed my upper thigh was lacerated , lightly but noticeably.

When I walk and see cats, I try to photograph them . Sometimes they sit and pose , sometimes they just run off , sometimes they think I have food for them. I get a lot around Fenham and share the images and a few videos on Instagram with the #CatsinNam hashtag .

Cats only tolerate humans because they don't have opposable thumbs …. yet.


Dogs love humans , cats tolerate them


Whenever I catch one on my phone it does put me in a good mood for the workday, and when I go out for my morning walk I always hope to see a cat and get a decent picture .


Cats are so independent that's why I see them in so many places , some expected some unexpected which is why some times I get multiple pictures or videos of the same cat. I usually post in batches , to vary the group and make it more interesting.

The way cats move and pose make them perfect for photographing. I have tried with birds , dogs , cattle , and more but cats do make the best subjects.

I am not a cat or a dog person , but like both animals though I could not give them the attention they would need. I don't know if that makes me an evil person, I'm probably just selfish and lazy.

Since working from home, I connect with co-workers on Teams calls , and very often I see them with their pets , dogs, barking and wanting attention , cats sitting on keyboards and filling the screens, these are people who love and give attention to their pets and provide a little entertainment for everyone on calls.

I am happy with my #CatsinNam and we will include "Lucifer Sam" by Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd.



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  • Naomi Goldabout a year ago

    I really like how you add music to your posts… never heard this song before, but now I’m adding it to my Spotify

  • Julia Schulzabout a year ago

    Great piece,,can relate..really a dog person but don't have the apartment and funds for a big dog. The neighborhood cat takes refuge from the cold under my lawn chair..and tears apart the bunnies in the yard. Grrr!

  • Novel Allenabout a year ago

    Wonderful as always.

  • Heather Hublerabout a year ago

    I love that you share your stories of seeing all these furry friends! Great new picture :)

  • Cathy holmesabout a year ago

    I swear I saw this before, but now I can comment.

  • I thought Nam was Vietnam at first too! 🤣

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