The Cats of Istanbul They run wild and you see them everywhere. These are photos from a single walk of about an hour in length. I saw several more cats than these. This one is licking some ice cream I gave him–and waiting for more. I like the cat houses I see outside some businesses. Playing in the sunshine. These cats are often well fed–you see cat food on the street, usually just poured in a pile on the sidewalk. There are also water bowls. When you see a stray dog, it will have a tag in it’s ear, indicating it’s been spayed/neutered. There isn’t a program for cats. Love the calicoes. Most are surprisingly healthy looking, though this one was a bit rough. It’s a cat house! I can’t read all the Turkish, but “ev hayvanlar” means “animal’s home.” Burak, my Turkish friend who has been so good to me. My friend and fellow teacher, Alex. I’ve learned that a red license plate means a government car.