Exerpt from: The Newbie Guide To Sweden
The urban myth of summer kittens
Sommarkatt – summer cat, is a term to describe a never officially confirmed phenomenon of buying a kitten at the start of summer, only to leave it alone at the summer house when it is time to go back to school and work. It is a dark narrative of treating a lonely child to a sweet and loyal friend that will be abandoned – or more humanely, drowned, when the owner returns to town and school in August.
Always head news when summer comes to and end, this reflects something deeper and more important than reality. The summer cat has come to symbolise ourselves, and the identity we find during the short but intense few weeks of sunshine and eternal daylight. Somehow, we wish to bring this person back to our ordinary lives in town, but never really dare.