Tucked away in the Montreal Domestic Animal Control By-Laws is a provision that allows the city to designate "community cats" — animals "living in a semi-wild state" that are under the care of "at least one person who acts as their guardian."\nI thought this was a really sweet, formal way to recognize the role that cats play in the city. Often, feral and domesticated cats, alike, come under communal ownership as they wander through the city streets each day.\nTo celebrate Montreal cats, I've compiled below the places where, in my experience, cats are often out and about, waiting for a generous pedestrian to offer a snack or pets.\nThis list is obviously not comprehensive. I would love to hear what your favourite cat-spotting places are!\nSaint-Henri, south-west of the train tracks\nGoogle Maps\nThe western portion of St-Henri, between the Lachine Canal and the train tracks that run through the neighbourhood, is quieter than the areas closer to avenue Atwater and Lionel-Groulx metro station.\nAmple green space and numerous alleys make this area purrfect for felines.\nView this post on Instagram profitez bien du férié et du beau temps aujourd’hui, 𝕞𝕒𝕚𝕤 𝕒𝕥𝕥𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟: il y aura des feux d’artifice 🎇 ce soir un peu partout au pays, qui pourraient surprendre/effrayer vos animaux de compagnie! 🙇🏼♀️ Plusieurs animaux sont perdus ou frappés par une voiture 😿 lors de ces soirées festives, laissez-les en sécurité à la maison ou au minimum, attachez-les! # enjoy the day off and the great weather today #CanadaDay 𝕓𝕦𝕥, 𝕓𝕖 𝕔𝕒𝕣𝕖𝕗𝕦𝕝: tonight, there will be fireworks 💥 everywhere in the country that your pets could be scared of. 😱 A lot of dogs and cats are lost or hit by a car 🚘 during the festivities, leave them at home where they are safe or at least, make sure they are on a leash! #bistouri #chatsduQuébec #lesbeauxchats #Montrealcats #catofMontreal #catcare #Montrealdogs #dogofMontreal #MYMTLDOG #dogcare A post shared by Dr Rebecca De Arburn Parent (@_bistouri) on Jul 1, 2019 at 5:44am PDT\nThe streets surrounding Laurier Park\nGoogle Maps\nThe residential streets between ave. du Mont-Royal and Laurier Park in the Plateau Mont-Royal are free of the heavy traffic that characterizes the lower Plateau.\nThe old buildings in this area create hundreds of secret nooks and crannies that cats seem to adore. A density of apartments also means that your chances of spotting a cat multiply.\nQuiet streets in Lachine\nGoogle Maps\nLachine is a borough of the city of Montreal but feels more like a nice suburb. In my limited experience, cats avoid the lakefront, but populate the green lawns, porches, and balconies further into the idyllic arrondissement.\nView this post on Instagram Boss. 🐈 . #montreal #montrealphotography #mtl #mtlmoments #boss #bosscat #cat #montrealstreets #plateau #leplateau #plateaumontroyal #aftertherain #catsofmontreal #catsofinstagram #cats #cats_of_instagram #catlife #streets #streetsofmontreal #chat #orangecat #catsoftheday #catlover #montrealliving #montrealvibe #mtlstreets #instacat #streetcat #montrealcats #animalkingdom A post shared by Clementine Stephanie (@clementine.stephanie) on Jun 29, 2019 at 9:54pm PDT\nView this post on Instagram Just hangin’ out in the garden. #ottawacats #montrealcats #gardencat #summerfun A post shared by eggytheinfluencer (@eggytheinfluencer) on Jun 24, 2019 at 4:00pm PDT\nThe Village between rue Ste-Catherine and rue Sherbrooke\nGoogle Maps\nThese few blocks in the Village feature some strange gated garages where cats often creep in the shade. Look closely at the pavement and you may even find little pawprints from irreverent kitties.\nREAD ALSO: You Can Get Giant 'Fishbowl Cocktails' In Montreal This Summer\nPointe St-Charles\nGoogle Maps\nThis neighbourhood in the Sud-Ouest borough is almost entirely residential, lacking the kind of busy commerical thoroughfare that marks its neighbour, St-Henri.\nYou're likely to spot a furry friend in any one of the narrow streets in the area.\nThat concludes my list! Do you have any additions?