Why are there so many cats in Turkey?

Cats have played an important role in Turkish society and culture for centuries. They are highly valued for their ability to control rodents, which historically have been a significant problem in Turkey. Additionally, Islam, which is the predominant religion in Turkey, considers cats to be clean and pure animals, and therefore, they are treated with respect and kindness.

Istanbul community cats. Image: Wikipedia.

Furthermore, there is a long-standing belief in Turkey that cats bring good luck and fortune, and so many people feed and care for them. This cultural attitude towards cats has contributed to their population growth in Turkey, as well as the fact that there are relatively few restrictions on outdoor cats, which has allowed them to thrive in urban areas.

In recent years, there has been a movement in Turkey to spay and neuter cats to control their population and improve their health. However, cats continue to be an important part of Turkish culture and society, and their presence is unlikely to diminish anytime soon.


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