Cat meat is eaten in China and Vietnam. However, in difficult times, cats were eaten in other countries. For example, during the famine in besieged Leningrad. In 1996, the Argentine press wrote about the use of cat meat for food in the slums of the city of Rosario, but in fact such information was in the Buenos Aires media.
In 2008, it was reported that cat food is a major part of the diet of Guangdong people in China. Cats were brought there from the northern part of China, and one company supplied up to 10, 000 cats a day from different parts of China.
Protests in many provinces in China have led local authorities in Guangzhou to take drastic action against cat dealers and restaurants offering cat food. Although a law prohibiting the consumption of cat meat was never passed. Restaurants use barbaric methods of torturing animals. They are brought to a state close to death and immersed in boiling water. It is believed that due to the huge amount of adrenaline in the blood of the animal before death, the meat is made more tender and tasty.
The freshened carcass of a cat is often passed off as a rabbit, since without skin, tail, head and legs, their carcasses look very similar. In this case, you can distinguish them only by their paws (which is why, when selling a cut rabbit, paws covered with wool are left). In Spanish-speaking countries there is an expression "Dar gato por liebre", which means "to slip a cat instead of a hare." And in Portugal, the expression "Comprar gato por lebre" means "to buy a cat instead of a hare." In particular, in Brazil, cat meat is considered disgusting and residents are often afraid to buy barbecues in public places, fearing that it is made from cat meat. Since in such establishments hygiene standards are not observed and it is almost impossible to establish the origin of meat, in Brazil their products are often jokingly called "churrasco de gato" - cat's barbecue (in Russia there is a joke about this "buy three shawarmas - collect a cat", and (See also the expression "kitten pies").
But the Vietnamese use cat meat for the purpose of health improvement, believing that this meat helps with asthma, tuberculosis, heart and other diseases. In the backyard of Vietnamese restaurants, you can often see cages with mismatched cats - a clear sign that you should not order meat from this establishment.
It is believed that the inhabitants of the city of Vicenza in Northern Italy eat cats, although the last fact took place several decades ago. In February 2010, the famous Italian foodie was criticized on a television show for talking about recent incidents of eating cat stew in the Italian region of Tuscany.
During the famine in the First and Second World War, in Europe, cat meat was often passed off for the meat of Australian rabbits. In some Vietnamese restaurants, the potted cat dish is called "little tiger", and inside these establishments you can often find cages with cats.