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Netflix Films the Cats of Syros Island

The cats of the Greek island of Syros will be featured in a documentary produced by US technology and media services provider Netflix.

A popular Aegean island and capital of the Cyclades complex, Syros hosts a large population of cats.

Aegean cats are a naturally occurring landrace of domestic cat originating from the Cycladic islands of Greece. They are usually medium-sized, muscular, semi-longhaired, while their coat is bicolor or tricolor with one of the colors being almost always white*.

The Netflix TV crew visited the island during October 21-27, to film in various locations including some of its main attractons.

Syros Island, Photo Source:

Syros Island, Photo Source:

According to an announcement, the 14-member production team was accompanied by a doctor and maintained all health protocols related to Covid-19.

“It is probably the first time that a global TV network visits Syros for filming and we expect that this will offer added value to the island’s tourism product,” the Municipality of Syros -Ermoupolis said in an announcement.

Netflix is a popular online entertainment worldwide service, with at least 170 million subscriptions in over 190 countries.

The idea of the documentary belongs to Richard and Joan Bowell, residents of Syros, who run a cat rescue and adoption center on the island.

*With information from Wikipedia.

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Eleftheria has worked for several financial newspapers, magazines and websites during the past 19 years. Between 2004 and 2014 she worked as a radio producer, reporter and presenter for the Greek and English language program of “Athina 9.84 FM”. She also has hands-on experience in the MICE industry.
  1. Pamela Pierson Reply

    I lived on Syros for 6 months and loved it there. I had between 10 and 15 cats that came daily to be fed; 4 that arrived when they could barely get up the steps to my apartment. I could only stay for 3 months at a time and the day I left was very sad for me and at the time I did not know that in a week Covid 19 would be the focus of the worlds attention and I would not make it back to Syros. I still miss all of the cats that came to visit daily waiting outside my door in the morning. And once the door opened they would all rush in meowing loudly. Good thing there was a pet store and a vet about a block down the hill.

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