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Turkish Cats

October 1st, 2012 by Fitz, Travel Adventures & Places, 0 Comments

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I was a bit taken aback by the sheer number of stray cats thoughout Turkey. They were everywere. Alleys, streets, and climbing all over the popular ruins. Every outside dinning area had a least one who would beg for scraps. In Istanbul there were a good number of cats who hung outside locked shop doors in the morning till the shop owners came around. I don’t know if they were quite pets as we have them in the States or “semi-strays” that the shopkeeper accomdated and sometimes fed.

My favorite was a one-eyed cat named Pirate from Selcuk. He had recently lost his eye chasing a dog he didn’t like off the street and the story went that even after the dog inflicted such grevious wound the cat still kept attacking till he’d driven the dog off. Pirate’s eye was still healing when I first met him at a outside dinner and I ended up slipping him scraps for several nights. He and I got along well and he even came over to me when I was in a nearby park and curled up near my feet for a nap. If I could have smuggled him home in a suitcase I would have.