Cat got your town? It's more likely than you think, if you're living in a place whose name frightens mice and makes dogs shiver with anticipation.
10) Catsburg, NC
The Catsburg Country Store sits at the junction of Old Oxford Highway and Hamlin Road in Durham County, North Carolina. The store – a favorite subject for photographers and painters – was built in the 1920s by the local sheriff, Eugene “Cat” Belvin, and features a prominent black cat painted on its front facade.
9) Cat Hill, Ascension Island
It's not known whether any cats roam the slopes and summit of Cat Hill but if there are, they'd better have their papers in order. In the late 1950s, The U.S. Air Force leased land on the extremely isolated British Overseas Territory of Ascension Island. In 1960, the Target Tracking Radar Station (known as the “golf ball”) began monitoring test flights of Air Force ICBMs.
These days, Cat Hill is even more hush-hush as it's the location of a joint NSA-Composite Signals Organisation facility. Onsite MPs and security officers likely have Russian Blue cats on their radar. (cat town image via Wikipedia/Jerrye & Roy Klotz, MD)
8) Los Gatos, CA
Los Gatos (“The Cats”, in Spanish) is a city of roughly 30,000 located just southwest of San Jose, California and south of San Francisco Bay. The town was officially incorporated in 1887 but its history stretches back to 1839 when the Alta California land grant referred to La Rinconada de Los Gatos (“Cat's Corner”), after the many bobcats and mountain lions that roamed the nearby hills.
Today Los Gatos is considered part of Silicon Valley and is home to a number of high-technology companies including Netflix, ImageShack, and Roku. (cat town image via Daniel Hartwig)
7) Catford, UK
Catford, a district in southeastern London, is is one of 35 major centers in the UK capitol. Its population stood at roughly 15,000 as per the 2011 census. Most sources state that Catford's name is derived from a cattle crossing over the River Ravensbourne (a tributary stream of the Thames River) in use before the Norman Conquest.
A more cat-related – though darker – explanation refers to black cats being thrown into the river during witch hunts. No word if those witch hunts were rigged and/or orchestrated by Angry Democrats. (cat town image via akaitori)
6) Pussy Cat Flats, Australia
Pussycat Flats (or “Pussy Cat Flats”, depending on the source) is a caravan campground (aka trailer park) located just off the Kakadu Highway near Pine Creek in Australia's Northern Territory.
The campground features hot & cold running water, flush toilets, electric power and is host to an annual rodeo. Pussycat Flats used to have a dirt race track and a 9-hole golf course but those appear to have been closed. Just as well: should cut down on the number of flattened pussycats. (cat town image via Paula's Wandering Australia)
5) Cat Spring, TX
Less than 100 people (and an unknown number of cats) live in Cat Spring, an unincorporated community situated in southern Austin County, Texas. Small as it is, Cat Spring can still boast a post office whose ZIP code is 78933.
Cat Spring dates back to the year 1834 when German immigrants from the states of Oldenburg and Westphalia settled near a natural spring. Legend has it one of the newly-arrived settlers killed a puma at the spring, thus giving the tiny burg its name. (cat town image via Richard Childress)
4) Cat Cat Village, Vietnam
Cat Cat Village is a traditional ethnic village located in Sa Pa district, close to the Chinese border in Vietnam's Lao Cai province. The village has been promoted as a tourist destination since the early 1990s, and visitors can browse the many market stalls to buy traditional foods and handicrafts.
Surrounded by rolling hills and terraced rice paddies, Cat Cat Village also features the scenic Cat Cat Waterfall – fear not, cats don't fall into the water and visitors are discouraged from throwing them in. (cat town image via Flip Nomad)
3) Cat Hill, London
Cat Hill is a neighborhood in East Barnet, a district in (since 1965) the northern London borough of Barnet.
The name “Cat Hill” was the name of a long-lost inn at the bottom of a hill in the old Village of East Barnet, and which itself was named for a small bridge called “Katebrygge” that existed in the 15th century. (cat town image via John Keogh)
2) Cat Island, Bahamas
Cat Island is a long and sinuous, 150 square mile island located in the central Bahamas. The first settlers of European heritage were Loyalists who left the newly-born United States for the British colony in 1783. Cat Island features the highest point in the Bahamas: Mount Alvernia, which stands a majestic 206 feet tall.
Cat Island may have got its name from a notorious pirate named Arthur Catt – there is an “Arthur's Town” on the island. Conversely, rumor has it the island was awash with feral cats when the first colonists arrived. Nowadays, many residents would like for there to be more cats on the island, as a means of boosting tourism. (cat town image via Jerry “Woody”)
1) Pussy, France
Last but definitely not least, we have the village of Pussy. Located in the southeastern French departement of Savoie, Pussy is home to 300-odd people. We're guessing that road sign has been stolen 300-odd times, but we digress.
Oddly enough, the village wasn't named after a cat or cats, or... er, for some other smirk-worthy reason. Instead, a Roman gent by the name of Pussius was said to have built and ruled the settlement almost 2,000 years ago. Heh, “Pussius”. (cat town image via velodenz)