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The cat who owns a metro station

What is the story behind viral video of the cat, sitting in front of the escalator and not bothered by people passing it through? 

The clip, which is only 8 seconds, shows how careful people are not to cause any harm to the cat as they step out of the escalator. The video which was taken in one of the Istanbul’s metro stations Taksim received millions of views on social media.

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Photo credit: Gizem Aydın (left)

Brandon Thompson who took a video commented: “Taksim metro cat really doesn’t care about you”. Indeed, a cat appears to be indifferent to everyone around it. This mischievous calico has absolutely no fear of people. 

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Photo credit: bzzt_624

And why should it? Turkish people are apparently very kind and caring to animals hence the relaxed behaviour of this metro cat. Imagine how many people this cat faces on everyday basis, yet nobody kicks or hurts a cat in any way. 

metro station cat, anadolu kedisi

Photo credit: Mehlika Baş

This calico cat did not end up in a metro station by accident.: It was her choice. Not out of homelessness – cats normally live outside in this country – but because this cat preferred to stay in the metro station over other places. It has been living in there for three years already. 

metro station cat, anadolu kedisi

She never goes hungry: shop owners feed her daily, and many other people who used Taksim station. Obviously, sometimes there is more food than she can eat as in a photo above. Photo credit: William Armstrong


She is like other Anatolian cats, who chose to hang around shops, restaurants, museums or mosques in Istanbul and elsewhere in Turkey. You do not hear people complaining about these cats.

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Any complaints? Photo credit: Chris Healy.

Cats have a right to choose where they like to stay and who they want to interact with and when. People have to respect this. Period.

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Metro cat does not like to share the station with other cats. Photo credit: Özgür Yavuz


Here are some more photographs of the metro cat. Notice her love for excavators. She thinks that it is a fantastic place to sleep!

metro station cat, anadolu kedisi

Photo credit: Mehlika Baş

metro station cat, anadolu kedisi

Author: unknown

metro station cat, anadolu kedisi

Photo credit: Laylaylom Dutturudunya

The metro cat will probably block the escalator exits for more years to come. Who are we to tell her not to? 


The metro station is hers and we better watch out where we step onto.

Here is a video that made a metro cat famous:




Author: Anadolu Kedisi

Cover photo:  Cats of Cihangir by Tugce

In Turkish:

Tüm Dünya Taksim Metrosu’ndaki Anadolu Kedisini Konuşuyor!

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