They roam the toughest streets of Cairo without fear, beg for food, get into fights, run from tear gas shells, and if you stare at them, they stare right back. No, we’re not just talking about Egypt’s youthful protesters, we’re talking about the country’s feral cats. There’s thousands of these urban felines wandering around the city and like everyone else, they hustle to survive. Here’s a photo tribute to these furry badasses below and more in the gallery above. They’re everywhere!

(Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)