22 March 2011

Istanbul: Cats

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
This cat was hanging out on a raised platform where the altar would have been inside the Haggia Sofia
I made a friend
Sultan (that was what the waiter called him) joined us at our table for lunch
This guy...
Cat hopping around Troy
Pretty cat

23 comments

  1. Awww! Kitties! They're all so clean and nice looking. There were a crapton of stray cats in Rome, but they seemed rather dirty from lying around in ruins all day. Silly!

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  2. Oh and re that top, I just wore a lacy black camisole underneath it! Keeps it cute but also not totally slutty. :P

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  3. HA! I need to go there..I love cats! How interesting that they are everywhere..
    xx

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  4. hehe it was like this when i went to south east asia recently, mostly in thailand but really everywhere we went there were just cats in random places, i didn't mind cos im a crazy cat lady and like you i just wanted to be friends with them and take their photo's hehe! its funny how friendly some of them are too, love it

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  5. That second cat has the best expression ever!!
    I love how people feed them. There are stray dogs everywhere in Thailand and some of them made me feel so sad :(

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  6. I love cats. They have such a regal air. I had two (Cat Mama and Moozy) from birth to death (16 years) and miss them terribly.

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  7. Aww! That's so cute. We don't get a lot of stray cats where I'm from.

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  8. At least they look pretty healthy I hate going overseas and seeing sick looking animals I want to save them all.

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  9. awww such cuties! I'm glad that people in Istanbul look out for cats like that, I couldn't bear to let one starve. Lovely pics as always x

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  10. When I was in Italy and Greece the saddest thing was the masses of skinny and homeless street cats - these ones look much healthier and robust!


    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  11. Ahh there's a Crazy Cat Lady in all of us it seems! :)

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  12. Hahah,I love that you took photos of all these cats. I totally would too. I love Sultan just chilling there with you guys for lunch.

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  13. aww i love them all! So cute!

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  14. Aw, I love cats. Puebla (Mexico, where I used to live) was full of stray dogs, which were a lot less cute. I kind of felt like all the people studying biology should be put on summer fieldwork to go around neutering them or whatever.

    That white cat is especially precious. ; )

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  15. Kitties! Oh how cute. I love cats.

    -Ana

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  16. a lot of posting with cat i have seen today
    am allergic to cats
    : - (

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  17. KITTIES! They all are so adorable and healthy looking! The second shot is my fave, he looks like he's winking. ^_^

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  18. wow. we see strays pretty often here but to have one sitting down when you were going to eat even? that's insane how many strays you got to see.

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  19. wow. we see strays pretty often here but to have one sitting down when you were going to eat even? that's insane how many strays you got to see.

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  20. aww i love them all! So cute!

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  21. At least they look pretty healthy I hate going overseas and seeing sick looking animals I want to save them all.

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  22. wow. we see strays pretty often here but to have one sitting down when you were going to eat even? that's insane how many strays you got to see.

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