Some have homes, some don't, some have a relaxing life as beach bums around the beach restaurants, some prefer the local villages.
Cats of Gili Islands have funny tails: short, long, bended, curly... there's no limit to the tail models here! And the cats are born with their weird tails, it's a genetic weirdness they have. So no worries: no-one is doing anything to the tails to make them look so strange!
But if you see cats with tipped ears, that has been done by us. We mark all the cats that have been to our clinic for spay/neuter by cutting a small piece off their ears. This way we avoid bringing the same cats to the next clinic we have, and the mark in the ear can be easily spotted without the need to spend time catching the cats. This is a common procedure all over the world where this kind of spay/neuter projects are done. Cats do not suffer from the ear marking, they are sleeping when it's done.
There are also lots of different colour combinations, but most commonly cats are ginger or tabby. Did you know all 3-coloured cats (that have black-white-ginger in their fur) are females? If there was a 3-coloured male cat, the locals have a belief it is a king cat, ruler of the feline world, and considered very special (and expensive!). So far, we have never seen a 3-coloured male here, but females are around.
Most cats of the islands are healthy, happy and fat, begging food from tourists or even stealing if you look the other way, taking a nap in the shade when the sun is too hot, climbing trees, playing with other cats and chasing small crabs on the beach.
But as there are thousands of cats, we also do see sick cats and cats that are hurt. Cidomos, the horse carts of the islands, go way too fast and sometimes cats get run over. Recently people have started to buy electronic motorbikes, that are silent and dangerous, and we've seen many cats die from injuries they got when ran over by these nasty vehicles. There are several serious diseases and viruses going around: feline panleukopenia, for example, that gets very active as soon as the rainy season starts. Due to inbreeding the cats have possibly other genetic weirdnesses than just the tails. Lots of the kittens that are born, die very young. We have no idea why, but it might be there is something wrong inside. There's also eye infections, ear infections, fungal skin infections, worms, cat flu, etc. You name it, our cats have it, for sure.
Except rabies! That we do not have here, so no need to freak out about that!