Feral Cat Colonies of Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, California - Atlas Obscura

Feral Cat Colonies of Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Dozens of feral felines rule a segment of Hollywood's only graveyard. 


Visitors come to Hollywood Forever Cemetery to see the final resting places and eclectic graves of dead Hollywood stars, but in certain corners of the graveyard they’ll find attractions that are very much alive. 

The cemetery manages five feral cat colonies. The felines can often be seen sunning themselves on the flat gravestones near the front wall. The graveyard has set out shelters, food, and water for the cats, which don’t seem at all rattled about prowling above the decaying bones buried beneath their paws.

Although they congregate near the front boundary where they can easily grab a bite to eat, hide in their shelters, or run up trees to escape the cemetery, some cats do wander farther into Hollywood’s land of the dead. Observant visitors can sometimes spot the upright tail of a curious cat poking above the headstones or catch one taking a catnap near a mausoleum.

Peacocks and peahens also strut around the cemetery. The grounds are home swans, geese, ducks, turtles, and koi, too.

Know Before You Go

Hollywood Forever Cemetery is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Turn left after entering from Santa Monica Blvd to see the peacock pens. To the left of the pens is the corner of the cemetery frequented by feral cats.

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