Photos: The Cats of Istanbul

“Without the cat, Istanbul would lose a part of its soul.” from Kedi

One thing you notice when you arrive in Istanbul is the abundance of stray cats and dogs. This might sound a little off putting, but in fact these are some of the friendliest animals you will meet.

Locals feed and look after the strays, sometimes creating little homes for collections of cats in the neighbourhoods.

These are just a few of my snaps of cats in the city.

If you love cats – and Istanbul – you’ll love these stories too:

In Istanbul the Cats are King:

Cats of Istanbul on Instagram

Crazy cute photos of the adventures of felines in the city. And hey, Istanbul, what a background!

Kedi – documentary about 9 cats living in Istanbul