Travel Stories

A travel blog for a long-term expat, backpacker, traveler, ESL teacher, and photographer. 

The Homeless Cats of Turkey


There are so many cats in Istanbul. They are everywhere. Old, young, handicapped (yeah, you heard me, cats without eyes I've seen!) all kinds of cats. These animals live in the city center and don't have any way of getting their food. So, the people of Turkey adopt the street cats and carry around bags of food and cups of water to make sure they're okay.My friend once told me that there are so many cats in Turkey because during the time of the plague, it was assumed that all diseases came from the mice so the Sultans brought in shipments of cats from Egypt to fight the plague. Today, they are descendants of these.This blog post is dedicated to the cats of Turkey. I hope they find love from someone or I'll have to become a crazy cat lady!