Türkiye’de çok kedi var

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Cat sunbathing at Ephesus

In Turkey, cats are king.  It’s no wonder that the first sentence I learned in Turkish was Ankara’da çok kedi var (There are many cats in Ankara), though after much observation, I’ve learned that the hordes of Turkish cats are not limited to Ankara’s borders.  They can be found literally anywhere:  inside a grocery store, in restaurants, in the streets, in classrooms, under your bed…  They are everywhere.  

I happen to adore cats…the bigger and fluffier the better.  They are so soft and loving, but also mischievous and independent, which is the perfect combo in my opinion.  I think it’s so fun to live in a place that seems to share my love of the feline kind.  Here are some snapshots of some of Turkey’s finest residents:

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Hanging out by the boats in Eskisehir

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Surprise!  A cat napping in my chair before class.

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The most epic picture ever of a cat at an art shop (The “chat noir” looking at a “chat noir”)

So here’s the thing…my husband and I have been giving a lot of consideration to adopting a cat in Turkey.  There is a huge need for cats to be adopted here and we would love to give one a loving home.  The caveat is the fact that we will be going home every summer and also travel quite frequently throughout the year.  Are there any expat cat owners out there who could give us some advice?  How difficult is it to pack a cat on a plane for a long international flight once a year?  If we get a cat, it will be a commitment for the length of that cat’s life (we don’t believe in adopting it for a couple of years and letting it go if we move), so we want to make sure it’s something we can handle.

Any feedback is much appreciated!

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