Philosopher Albert Schweitzer  famously noted “there are two means of refuge from the misery of life—music and cats.” Well, Pickathon is over, but luckily Portland is home to the world’s most photogenic cats. In honor of International Cat Day, here are some of our favorite local feline feeds.

 

#catmapper Delilah the cat and friend

A photo posted by Maxwell Ogden (@catmapper) on

@catmapper

Who are the people in your neighborhood? Self-proclaimed data geek Max Ogden turned an ambitious data set into a daily photo project when he started mapping, meeting, and photographing all the cats in his SE Portland neighborhood. Lately, he’s gone international, photographing cats as far as Reykjavik and Tapei, but his heart (and his camera) is in Portland, "a world class location for cat photography."

 

Can you guess which one of us wasn't afraid of the LOUD noise we just heard!?! Lol 😸❤️ #TheCatGod #TheCatRapper #MoGang

A photo posted by MSHO™🌟(The Cat Rapper😼) (@iammoshow) on

@Iammoshow

Come for Portland’s #1 feminist cat rapper’s own small herd of sphinxes, stay for his hyper-enthusiastic and emoji-rich shout-outs to single moms, cuddling, and authentic communication. Bonus: his cats sometimes wear little sweaters.

@Snorrithecat

Famous kleptomaniac Snorri was the best instagram game in town until he became an indoor cat, but you can still visit his archives, which mostly inventoried stolen goods so that his neighbors could get their stuff back. Expect shots of this handsome orange beast posing proudly over his nighttime hauls. Snorri DGAF.

@Catadoptpdx

The best thing about the photo stream from this A+ Sherwood-based cat-only shelter is that each of these beauties is available for adoption. The visuals are low-key, but imagine how beautifully bunny-tailed Curly or zaftig Ziva will photograph in the natural light of your own home! 

@foster_kittens_pdx 

Do you like kittens? Probably not. Never mind. 

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