Cat Licking The Plate On The Table

Cat licking a plate
Shot in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The cat was licking a plate that was on a roadside table

There was a table out on the side of the road. Plates, ketchup containers, and coffee containers were scattered on top, and pots and pans could be seen stacked next to the plates. At first glance, it looked like the inside of a dirty eating place, but this was a roadside in a residential area in Jakarta. There were pots and pans on the table, but the kitchen was nowhere to be seen. It's not an eating place, but someone's home.

The table seemed a little too messy and dirty to eat. However, the leftover coffee in the plastic container suggested that someone has been eating here just a few minutes ago. There was also leftover food on the plate, and a cat has come out of nowhere to lick the plate deliciously. I guessed the food that humans eat tastes good for cats, too.

By the way, Jakarta is a city with many cats. It is said that Muslims prefer cats to dogs. The Prophet Muhammad was a cat lover, apparently. There seems to be a tradition that says, "Love for cats is an aspect of faith". In fact, even in Morocco, another Muslim country, I saw many cats in an alleyway, so I am inclined to agree that the reason for the many cats in this town is partly due to Islam.

But even on the Christian-majority Greek islands, I saw many cats, so maybe there is not much of a relationship between the abundance of cats and human religion. Perhaps there are many people who like cats, no matter what religion they believe in.


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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

November 28, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography





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