Istanbul — city of cats

In Istanbul’s narrow backstreets, cats perch on rooftops and window sills, crouch on doorsteps and rest on nearly every corner. Whether lounging in sunlight, grooming themselves or scampering into shops in search of food, cats have become an inseparable part of neighborhood life in Europe’s biggest city. (Reuters)

Photography by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

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<p>A cat after being fed by a local resident on Jan. 11, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) </p>
David Bowie cat

A cat after being fed by a local resident on Jan. 11, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

<p>A cat sits on the lap of a street singer on Jan. 2, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) </p>
Banjo cat

A cat sits on the lap of a street singer on Jan. 2, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

<p>A cat peers out from behind a tree on Jan. 15, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) </p>
Peek-a-boo kitty

A cat peers out from behind a tree on Jan. 15, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

<p>Cats play in a residential street on Jan. 15, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) </p>
Feline street play

Cats play in a residential street on Jan. 15, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

<p>Cats nap atop a classic car on Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) </p>
Convertible bed for a snooze

Cats nap atop a classic car on Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

<p>A cat takes a moment to groom on Jan. 15, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) </p>
Cat takes bath in alley

A cat takes a moment to groom on Jan. 15, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

<p>A cat eats next to a shelter on Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) </p>
Cat house on the street

A cat eats next to a shelter on Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

<p>A cat plays in a greenspace on Jan. 15, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) </p>
Back scratch

A cat plays in a greenspace on Jan. 15, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

<p>A cat takes a moment in a shelter made from a water bottle on Jan. 2, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) </p>
Cat tube

A cat takes a moment in a shelter made from a water bottle on Jan. 2, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

<p>A cat prepares for takeoff on Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) </p>
Not supposed to be on counter

A cat prepares for takeoff on Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

<p>A cat sits in the sun on Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) </p>
Cat out of the shadows

A cat sits in the sun on Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

<p>A man pauses to pet a cat on a street on Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) </p>
Happy hour with cats

A man pauses to pet a cat on a street on Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

<p>A cat appears ready to check out a cat shelter on Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) </p>
Walking the streets of Istanbul

A cat appears ready to check out a cat shelter on Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

<p>A cat sits inside a shop on Jan. 17, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) </p>
Shopping with cats

A cat sits inside a shop on Jan. 17, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

<p>A man sits with cats on a street on Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) </p>
Enjoying the company of cats

A man sits with cats on a street on Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

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