In Istanbul and other cities in Turkey there are stray cats everywhere, and I mean everywhere. At first I noticed a few here and there but by the second day of my trip it became clear that if I didn't stop taking pictures of all of them I'd need to buy another memory card just for cats. I've heard a few theories about the reason for all the strays, the most likely one nowadays is that no one feels they can kill a litter of kittens. Another story of why the cats are left alone is that prophet Muhammed not disturbing a sleeping cat on his vest, and rather than bother the animal he cut off the piece of fabric. If you look closely around certain parts of the city there are small dishes of water and food left out for them by concerned people who don't want them to starve. Some are pretty mangy looking, but near where we stayed they were well fed by delighted tourists who didn't mind sharing their food or breaking up a catfight.
We met this cat outside Topkapi Palace