If you’re a cat and you have to be a stray, you’d be lucky to live in a neighborhood like Moda in Istanbul, Turkey, where one-third of the people live with a cat, and the cats without homes also have comfortable lives, thanks to a dedicated group of cat lovers who care for them.
A photographer from Canada named Algis Kemezys has created a beautiful gallery of street kitties on Salon, which was graciously passed on to me by Cats Working reader Adele. All the cats look very well-fed, well-groomed, and content, and they seem to rule the streets.
Kemezys followed up with another video/still homage to the cats. The accordion soundtrack was supplied by a traveling Romanian.
The only weird thing I noticed was an apparent lack of any pure white cat, and that there seemed to be few black cats or proper tuxedos. They were mostly variations of tabby and calico, but maybe that’s because they all come from the same gene pool.
I bet the citizens of Moda can leave cheese and peanut butter lying out on the counter all day without giving a thought to mice.
And Bubonic Plague? Fuggeddaboudit! What rat with half a brain would dare show its face in that neighborhood?