Turkey- Cat Country: The Felines of Ephesus

There are all kinds of things that pop up when you start researching a country online/ offline before you travel there. Some things you don’t find out until you actually get to your destination. The fact that we saw cats almost everywhere in Turkey was one such discovery. It didn’t take long for us to spot them. Our first day of sightseeing took us to the old Roman town of Ephesus (which merits several posts by itself) and within 10 minutes of getting there our cat radars were being pinged by numerous felines that were sprawling on the walls, climbing the trees and so on. We even noticed a large number of bowls with stickers on them that said “Water for the cats”. The cats didn’t seem famished (of course some cats did seem thinner than others) but apparently they are being fed and looked after in a kind of way. Even the very macho looking security guards were beset by a mob of cats and of course they were sneaking out bits of food to those felines. From then on, everywhere we went we noticed cats in Turkey. As ardent cat lovers we got a cat fix everywhere we went.

The First Cat I Ran Up Against at Ephesus- It was dozing calmly on the Ancient Ruins
The First Cat I Ran Up Against at Ephesus- It was dozing calmly on the Ancient Ruins
This cat wasn't happy that I was distracting it from its actual job of guarding the famous Roman columns
This cat wasn’t happy that I was distracting it from its actual job of guarding the famous Roman columns
Diva Cat- Must have been a supermodel in its past life- would only pose with human men (had to surreptitiously photograph her)
Diva Cat- Must have been a supermodel in its past life- would only pose with human men (had to surreptitiously photograph her)
This cat was pondering over its next steps about how to put together some of the old ruins that were recently unearthed.
This cat was pondering over its next steps about how to put together some of the old ruins that were recently unearthed.
My favourite flowerpot baby kittens
My favourite flowerpot baby kittens

The mama cat of the flowerpot kittens was just sitting on the ledge above where her babies were- keeping a watchful eye on them. When one of the babies got out of its comfy bed, went to the corner to do its business, and walked back weekly to the flower pot- mama cat was all full of pride. Epitome of motherly love.

Mama cat on the ledge above adoringly gazing at her baby (below- gray) walking back to its flowerpot bed after a bathroom break
Mama cat on the ledge above adoringly gazing at her baby (below- gray) walking back to its flowerpot bed after a bathroom break
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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Lav says:

    Cutie pies.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Cutest pies!

  2. Nirmala says:

    I love them all!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Me too!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks đŸ™‚

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      OMG! Didga is amazing- I spent the last one hour watching Didga videos

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