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Published on: 08/29/14 8:19 AM

Photo Feature: Cats of Turkey

             Cats of Turkiye, a pictorial representation

All pics by Sheila Kumar. All images subject to copyright.


A short note on Istanbulli felines:

Locals call Istanbul Catstanbul at times; many hundreds of felines — 1,25,000 at last count — roam the streets in complete and confident freedom and have done so many centuries, also entering homes and mosques with impunity. The Ottomans of old kept cats to drive away vermin and the felines really pulled their weight. The cats also took care of mice that destroyed books, which is why cats are often depicted in artworks. Cats therefore had and continue to have an important niche in Turkish culture. They will oftentimes find water bowls and even small shelters on the streets.


Miss Istanbul, at the Topkapi Palace.

Busy Lizzie crossing an Istanbul street.

  Ginger, near the Blue Mosque.



 Tawny Eyes, playing on a Sultanahmet kerb.




Missy, inside the Hagia Sophiya.



 Snoozums. At Ephesus.



Cappadocia’s PP: Pugnacious Poll. You don’t mess with this one.



 Mit. Protector of the Tombs. At Ephesus.




 Ghost-Rider. Amongst the ruins at Aphrodisias.  



This `un be Blanca in Mustafapasa village.

Gertrude a.k.a Gertie, at Heybeli island, off Turkey.

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Sheila Kumar • August 29, 2014

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