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Turkey: where pampered cats are top dog

A nation split along fault lines of national identity, religion and ethnicity is united by one thing: a love of felines
A man strokes a cat at Imam Aziz Mahmud Hudayi mosque in Istanbul. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Selim can often be spotted surveying his neighbourhood, a stone’s throw away from the Galata tower and down the hill from bustling İstiklal avenue. He looks content, his expanding belly and long orange hair neatly combed.

A resident of historic Istanbul, he endures with mild distaste the tourists who every day photograph him as he mills about in his shop, a handmade leather store called Moria.

Selim is a cat, and of course he thinks he owns the neighbourhood. All of

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