Four legs good, two legs better (and sometimes three)
For years, North America has slowly separated itself from the rest of the world. We are different in mannerism, our way of living, and, it turns out, our pets.
The animals were one of the first things I noticed when we got into Panama City. Boasting a population that comes close to Calgary's, the amount of animals running around make it look like there's enough for one per person. There's dogs, cats, and even sometimes chickens wandering the streets. Even just off the fancy hotel we stayed in, you could see all sorts of animals just lounging around.
The biggest population of animals in the city definitely appeared to be the cats. What really surprised me about them was how they look, however.
Unlike North American cats, these felines are not big. They're skinny and sleek, and probably two put together would equal the size of the cats I'm used to. On a slightly different not, the colour variance really wasn't big- many were orange tabbies.
None were pampered, and none of them wanted anything to do with us. But it wasn't just us. These cats were truly feral. Chances were, none of them had a home other than the street. It was cool to see that, despite this, they were all pretty healthy.
I don't think that North American cats could ever live like that.
Maybe it's all the snow.