The city of cats

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:

Love and vintage furniture

Love and vintage furniture

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The cats and the sea

The cats and the sea

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Long way up!

Long way up!

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Oh look! A bug!

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Little houses for cats in every neighbourhood

Sometimes I take the dog’s room

Probably the most comfortable position for sleeping!

Probably the most comfortable position for sleeping!

Little ball of black fur!

Little ball of black fur!

So what if you wanna sit here and have coffee? this is my spot!

So what if you wanna sit here and have coffee? this is my spot!

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Romance in the city

It's not easy to live like a thug

It’s not easy to live like a thug

Bad ass cat with a bad ass bike!

Bad ass cat with a bad ass bike!

Oh so you want to sit while you wait in queue? Too bad...

Oh so you want to sit while you wait in queue? Too bad…

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Stop throwing nuts at me, people! I’m not a squirrel!

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