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Thursday, July 31, 2014

I Know Where Your Cat Is: Tracking San Francisco Cats

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Because cats and the internet were made for each other, there's a new site devoted to all things cats: I Know Where Your Cat Lives. Equal parts creepy and amazing, this site allows you to see public pictures of feline friends from around the world. 

We were wondering which cats may live near our office and found the cats in our neighborhood were more likely passing through than lounging in a sun spot — we found a cat on a leash and yet another cat on a leash. As we scrolled over San Francisco there were definitely dead zones, apparently those in Pacific Heights and the Marina are dog people (or they're just not snapping photos of their cats).

Some cat photographers have also started removing photos of Fluffy and Felix due to the fact they didn't (apparently) realize the images were public in the first place. The site's FAQ notes they take the cat images from public sites and apps such as Flickr, Instagram, and Twitpic, among others. They also note if a user doesn't want the pictures on the site to mark it private on the given site/app and it'll fall off their map. But currently there are thousands of cat pictures to scroll through, and no matter if it's a Parisian feline or a suburban alley cat, all the cats seem to share an international cat-lifestyle code: sleep, eat, play with random string, sleep, eat, ignore my human, eat, allow human to pet me, sleep. 

If you're interested in checking out the cats of San Francisco (and the world!), here's the map. And if you want to help fund their site, they have a Kickstarter too. 
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