Monday, January 30, 2012

Bertus, the world-famous cat in Utrecht

During the Christmas holidays Dutchman and I strolled down Catharijnesingel in Utrecht. Catharijnesingel is a canal that rims the south western part of Utrecht’s old centrum.

We both love walking, and of course as part of this activity we have to stop by at a café to grab something warm to drink. Café de Poort was a very convenient choice as it is located on the corner of Catharijnesingel and Oudegracht.

In Café de Poort we met ‘Bertus’. The regulars in the cafe told us that he is very famous in Utrecht. He is a male ginger cat and he is the house cat of the café. His favourite spot in the café is sitting on the top back ridge of the second and third seats facing the Oudegracht. We were also told that sometimes he can be spotted at the other café across the road.

Bertus is a very picky and arrogant cat as well. He has this kingly posture that says—‘Who are you? What do you want? I am the boss here and do not mess with me, stay away from me!’ 

He actually gets peeved when people pats him longer than a minute. Interestingly, he doesn’t like women. How did I know? Well, firstly, he doesn’t like me (ouch, that severely injured my ego), and all the female specie that came around to pat him, he sneered and clawed at them. He does allow a few regular male guys to stroke his back, including the Dutchman, for longer than a minute, and repeatedly as well. UNFAIR. Why is that?!  

I don’t know why but cats always fall under the charm of the Dutchman. He has this magical magnetic animalistic aura in him that cats cannot say no. I’m envious.


Visit Period: December 2011
Destination: Utrecht Centrum (Utrecht), The Netherlands

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