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Visiting 10 Famous Cat Statues Around the World

Let’s talk about the cat! Yes, I’m celebrating the Lunar New Year in Vietnam – The Year of the Cat. So I think of a bucket list related to the cat to finish this year, the cat statues around the world. Indeed, many parts of the world have carved cat statues to honor its dedication and bring good luck. They are so much interesting to know and visit while we are exploring the world, especially this year.

Mrs. Chippy Cat Statue in Wellington, New Zealand

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Mrs. Chippy cat statue. Image source: History Group on Flickr.

Chippy the cat lives aboard the Endurance, a ship piloted by explorer Ernest Shackleton. However, this cat may belong to Harry McNish, the ship’s carpenter. When he learned that Chippy and the pets living on the ship needed legal action, Shackleton killed them. In honor of this kitten, the New Zealand Antarctic Society created a bronze statue of the cat Chippy to place on McNish’s grave.

Read more: Things to Do in Wellington: 25 Amazing Activities for an Unforgettable Trip

Trim the Cat Statue in Sydney, Australia

Trim the cat statue
Trim the cat statue.

It’s Trim a sea cat. He traveled the world with British navigator Matthew Flinders. Especially, this biracial cat has very dexterous legs with the ability to walk easily on a boat. Even, he could swim back to the ship despite falling as a kitten. When Flinders was imprisoned in Mauritius, Trim disappeared. In memory of this impressive cat, sculptor John Cornwell erected a bronze statue of Trim in 1996 and placed it near the statue of Flinders.

Monument to the Cat Panteleimon in Kyiv, Ukraine

The Monument Of Panteleymon
The Monument of Panteleymon the Persian Cat.

This is a beloved gray Persian cat and the mascot of a popular local restaurant. Unfortunately, a fire burned down the restaurant and killed the kitten. In honor of Panteleimon, a statue of this cat was erected in the park. Locals believe that stroking its tail can bring good luck.

Hamish McHamish Cat Statue in St. Andrews Town, Scotland

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Hamish McHamish the cat statue.

This is a tabby cat who loves to go places, to homes and businesses, and to meet people all over the city. Therefore, the city loves this cat so much that they have started fundraising to erect a small monument in his honor. Designed by Scottish sculptor, David Annand, Hamish’s statue was completed in 2014. Unfortunately, that year, Hamish also passed away.

Read more: Visit St Andrews: The Ultimate Guide to Scotland’s Historic and Charming Town

Towser the Mouser in Perthshire, Scotland

Towser cat statue at Glenturret Distillery
Towser cat statue at Glenturret Distillery. Source of image: rippinro on Imgur.

Of the cat statues, this is possibly the most impressive. In fact, Scotland’s oldest working distillery is home to a mighty cat named Towser. This cat protected all the grain by killing 28,889 mice and lived to be 24 years old.

Monument to the Cat Totti in Roshchino, Russia

The monument to cat Totti in Roshchino, Russia
The monument to cat Totti in Roshchino, Russia.

Totti is one of the most loyal cats when many people talk about it. This kitten belongs to Edith Irene Södergran, a Finnish poet. After the poet died, Totti refused to eat and drink and went to his master’s grave every day. Later, sculptor Nina Terno erected a statue in honor of this faithful cat.

Colorful Cat Statue in Sliema Town, Malta

The colorful cat statue in the Independence Gardens Cat Park in Sliema, Malta
The colorful cat statue in the Independence Gardens Cat Park in Sliema, Malta.

The clear blue water here creates a beautiful contrast to this colorful cat statue. In fact, the statue is carved to represent all the lovely and friendly local cats that roam the park. Matthew Pandolfino is the artist behind this cat statue.

Katzenbalgen – Statue of Homeless Cats in Braunschweig, Germany

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Katzenbalgen Braunschweig. The monument to homeless cats.

German sculptor Siegfried Neuenhausen erected this statue in honor of all the feral cats in the city. They are all bronze cat statues in different poses. Truly, you may see this statue’s incredible realism at the first glance.

Statue of Hodge the Cat in London, England

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Monument to Hodge the cat in London. Image source: David Skinner on Flickr.

This is a much-loved cat of British writer Samuel Johnson. In 1997, the city erected a bronze statue of Hodge in Gough Square for the writer and his cat to be forever remembered.

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Maneki-neko in Gotokuji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

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Gotokuji cat temple in Tokyo. Image credit to Hotel Kaesong on Flickr.

Gotokuji is a Buddhist temple. In particular, it is most likely the birthplace of the lucky cat statue. Indeed, this temple contains a lot of these figurines. All of the cat statues there are said to be symbols of good luck.

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Khoi Nguyen builds The Broad Life with a desire to inspire people go exploring the world and live a more interesting, experience, and adventurous life. This blog shares the stories, pictures, and experiences at destinations where he has traveled to.


  • Ntensibe Edgar

    Wow…I am seeing all these statues for my very first time. I loved the Katzenbalgen – Statue of Homeless Cats in Braunschweig in Germany, the most.

  • Lani Lyutz

    so cute! i would love to visit any of these and see them myself 🙂 take a pic too

  • Debbie

    This is so cool. I love the pictures and cat statues. Great information.

  • Not So Crafty Momma

    These cat statues are so pretty! I love cats and would love to see some of these works of art in person!

  • Julie Maloney

    You had me at “cat statue”! I love the kitty in the Ukraine!

  • Healing Oils

    I had no idea there were so many cat statues in the world. They’re all so beautiful!

  • Fransic verso

    Wow, these look so amazing and would be cool for cat lovers. It looks cool to visit these places.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yeah, I think this bucket list will be meaningful to cat lovers and for the Year of the Cat.

  • Cindy

    I love cats and these statues are so fun! I think Towser deserved a medal for catching that many mice!

  • Bedabrata Chakraborty

    What an interesting topic to write about! I am more of a dog person yet love the sculptures. Katzenbalgen Braunschweig – The monument to homeless cats is the showstopper!!

  • Life With Sonia | Women Empowerment Blogger (@lifewithsonia)

    Ha, i didn’t even there was a Famous Cat statue in Scotland. Perthshire is not too far from me.

  • brianmayroam

    Hi Khoi. This is an interesting list. Thought about rock star statues many years ago, but never cats!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Rock star statues are a good idea for a bucket list. Perhaps I should make one.

  • Afaq Ishtiaq

    This is Amazing! I had no idea there were so many cat statues in the world. They are so pretty!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yes, they are. You can also have a great journey visiting all of them.

  • Max Ethan

    What an interesting topic to write about! I am more of a dog person yet love the sculptures..The monument to homeless cats is the showstopper!! Thanks for sharing.

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