Cats and Dogs in Istanbul

In Turkey, people adore animals and have a strong love for hospitality. This combination reflects a culture where both furry friends and welcoming guests.

Updated Date : 10.12.2023


In the story of Istanbul, you can see how cats and dogs are just like part of the city's everyday life. In Istanbul, cats and dogs are everywhere you look. People make sure to feed them every day, showing kindness to these animals in various corners of the city.

 Tourists are drawn to the cats and dogs of Istanbul. The city has a lot of cats, and even though the exact number isn't known, it's more than 130 thousand. These adorable animals can be spotted in mosques, on windowsills, at restaurants, bus stops, and even inside buildings. The cats of Istanbul create a unique and memorable experience for tourists exploring the vibrant city.

Cats and Dogs at Touristic Places in Istanbul

It is possible to see all stray animals on Istanbul’s touristic corner. Firstly, you can find cats at Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. These mosques’ cats are famous. The cats in these mosques attract people's attention. The cats here also endear themselves to people. You can take photo and you can pet them from close to you.  Grand Bazaar is the another one of favourite place of stray animals. The shopkeepers there provide them with food and water. You can also find them in front of restaurants waiting for food.

While it's often said that cats have nine lives, there are some feline legends that seem to defy time altogether. Take Tombili, for example, the renowned cat honored with a statue in Istanbul, ensuring its enduring presence in the city's tales. Tombili, just like many other stray cats in Istanbul, had a special charm. The way this cat sat brought smiles to everyone who saw it. Tombili, a favorite among tourists, is now an internet sensation with funny pictures circulating widely. Its charming poses have brought joy to people worldwide.

In conclusion, Istanbul stands out as a pet-friendly city, embodying a unique blend of hospitality and affection towards its numerous stray cats and dogs. The coexistence of these animals within the city's iconic landmarks and touristic spots not only adds to the cultural richness but also captures the hearts of both locals and tourists alike. From the famous cats at Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque to the heartwarming tales of beloved Tombili, Istanbul's furry residents have become an integral part of the city's narrative, creating lasting memories and bringing smiles to those who encounter them. The compassion shown towards these animals reflects a broader culture of kindness and warmth, making Istanbul a truly special destination for animal lovers worldwide. With an Istanbul E-pass you can explore Istanbul with it's details. 

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