No doubt about it, Istanbul is the city of cats!
They are at every corner: in the middle of Istiklal street, eating in packs on narrow streets, sleeping on top of cars, in shop windows, inside pubs, in the gardens of Sultanahmet. People love them, feed them and they make even special pet houses to keep them warm in the cold season.
It’s like the Turkish people understood the great philosophy of these pets: you never really own a cat. You can enjoy having them around, their playfulness, you can feed them and get lucky if they show you affection. But these animals are completely free and the residents of Istanbul seem to be very aware of it.
So here are a few examples of the carelessness and cuteness of cats in Istanbul: