Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

Love for stray cats

Posted on 4 May 2019

The large number of stray cats that have their home in the neighborhoods of Istanbul is remarkable. They are well fed and look great for stray cats. How is that possible? Keeping pets is a foreign concept in Islamic culture, and dogs are considered unclean animals by pious Muslims. Cats, however, can expect care and… Read more »

Dogwalkers in Istanbul too

Posted on 8 April 2019

The first time I saw professional dog walkers was when I was posted in New York City as a foreign correspondent in 1999. Here in Istanbul I mostly saw stray dogs. Not surprisingly as many pious Muslims consider dogs to be ritually unclean. The last couple of years I see an increasing number of young… Read more »

House cat of Tünel

Posted on 1 September 2015

Istanbul has many feral cats. Most of them are born in the wild and have never been socialized. But on the streets of this town you will also find feral cats that have been socialized to a degree as neighbors feed them regularly. You see them lying on books of book sellers, on chairs, on… Read more »