‘Cat Towns’ In Turkey Have Tiny Apartments, Hotels Just For Homeless Felines
By Mikelle Leow, 15 Sep 2021
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Not counting ancient Egypt, there’s probably no other country in the world that treats its cats as well as Turkey does. Across cities, there are miniature “towns” and “villages” dedicated to stray felines, many of whom have become accustomed to living among humans.
As a result, Turkish feral cats are said to be generally friendlier, and if they could talk, they’d probably say “thank you” for all the villas built just for them.
In the northern province of Samsun, there’s Kedi Kasabası (Cat Town), a 20-acre shelter with individual wooden cabins and ladders leading up to them. Daily Sabah reports that the municipality oversees this town and ensures that they’re well taken care of with playgrounds, a “cat café,” obstacle courses, and classical music to entertain them during all three meals of the day.
The residents are surrounded by a forest, which makes Cat Town look like a peaceful retreat. About 150 neutered or spayed cats live here.
There’s also a special corner for sick or wounded cats, and they’re treated by the vets that staff the town. When they’re all well, the patients return to the town to rejoin the community.
Over at the city of Antalya, some 100 street felines reside in a colorful cat village with villa-style houses, hammocks, tiny benches, and playgrounds.
Opened by Street Animals Protection Association founder Mehmet Orhan, his wife Müjgan, and volunteers, the village even has central heating to keep tenants cozy during cold weather.
Istanbul also has some dwellings for kitties, though many of the houses seem to be scattered in public places instead.
Cat houses of Istanbul: I like these little boxes people put out for the cats to shelter inside (as well of course as putting out food & water for them) pic.twitter.com/8erCTd7qcO— Paul Duane (@MrPaulDuane) August 2, 2019
Ar-kit-tecture is officially our favorite style.
In Turkey, they build these houses so that stray cats don't get cold at night.Posted by Drakken DeMarco on Sunday, September 12, 2021
[via The Meaw, Daily Sabah, The Outline, images via various sources]
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