Cats have been our companions for at least 9,500 years, and are currently the most popular pet in the world. Cats are a beloved member of many households around the world.
But a cat is so much more than a companion animal. Studies show that interactions with cats may improve health and reduce physical responses to stress. Having a cat in the household may also improve psychological health by providing emotional support to people suffering from depression, anxiety and loneliness.
What greater gift than the love of a cat? — Charles Dickens
This ability to provide companionship and friendship is one of the reasons why we celebrate our feline friends.
Directed by Ceyda Torun.
Hundreds of thousands of cats have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people’s lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves.
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