International Cat Day: the art of photographing Larry, the beloved Downing Street cat | AFP

Ahead of International Cat Day, photographer Justin Ng explains his obsession with Larry, the beloved Downing Street cat. Justin, an Australian native, is popular on social media for sharing his pictures of the thirteen-year-old brown and white tabby, that has been a permanent fixture of the British Prime Minister’s residence since 2011.

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Paws for thought on International Cat Day | AFP

Videos of frolicking felines and gifs of purring pussies will be how most animal enthusiasts mark International Cat Day on Saturday. But for owners who believe their pets are scratchy, aggressive and mean, the problem is probably you, according to a Hong Kong-based cat consultant who has owned 50 in her lifetime, “a lot of the time it has more to do with the pet owners than the cats.”

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International Cat Day: Meet the princes of Istanbul

On International Cat Day, take a stroll with the true princes of Istanbul or the felines of Taiwan’s very own cat village. In Malaysia, cats are given the royal treatment at a chain of luxury cat hotels.

Hong Kong bookstore cares for your reads… and feline needs

In a tiny basement bookstore in Hong Kong, around 40 stray cats walk freely across stacks of titles or among browsing customers. Bookstore owner and cat lover Caroline Chan has been taking care of stray cats since 1978 when she started out as a junior clerk at the shop. International Cat Day, a worldwide celebration created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, falls on August 8.

Cat snap: Tokyo ‘lucky cat’ temple draws Instagrammers

International Cat Day, a worldwide celebration created in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, falls on August 8. We take a look at Tokyo’s Gotokuji temple which has long attracted visitors with its thousands of figurines of beckoning white cats, thought to bring good luck. But of late it has brought in another breed: Instagrammers.