iPhone Photoessay: Cats of Istanbul

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Istanbul is huge: it covers three separate land masses and is filled with a seriously diverse bunch of people. Each neighborhood has a distinct feel and you could easily stay for a lifetime and keep it interesting. But there’s one thing that all areas have in common: street cats. A lot of them.

They are well fed by restaurant and store owners that set out food and take care of them. Many are friendly. Most just want to sit near the heat lamps you have set up near your table and eat the scraps that fall off your plate. Some are particularly adorable and many can be found in the most surprising of places. Enjoy the photographs.

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I’m not the first to publish a photoessay of Istanbul’s cats. (Who doesn’t come home with way more cat pictures than anticipated?) So if you’re itching for more kitty photos, then hop over to these blogs:

World Meets Girl: The Cats of Istanbul
Istanbul for 91 Days: The Cats of Istanbul
That Backpacker: Istanbul’s Stray Cats in Photos
The Gallivanting Explorer: In Turkey, Seeing Cats

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9 thoughts on “iPhone Photoessay: Cats of Istanbul”

  1. They all look so cute and so calm! I think I would have trouble not wanting to scoop one up and take it home with me.

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