Classy cat steals the show during the orchestral performance

The city of Istanbul has long been a friend of cats. Its residents often go about their business among the thousands of cats that call the city streets home. And this symbiotic relationship between humans and cats has existed for centuries, as kittens have ruled the city since the Ottomans conquered Turkey long ago.

But why are there so many cats in Istanbul?

Were the Ottoman Turks cat lovers?

The Ottomans conquered Istanbul in the 14th century and with their rule came the rule of the city cats. Cats were valued for their cleanliness and hunting skills. Vermin populations were almost non-existent and people lived better lives thanks to cat appetite. Surely these early residents of Istanbul were also fascinated by the majestic nature of the cats as they were fascinated by art and culture.

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Which the cats seemed to appreciate. During their long history with humans, the cats of Istanbul have refined their already fine sensitivity through cultivated conversation. Take, for example, the case of a cat with a penchant for classical music.

It seems that this particular cat decided that a performance by the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra was meant just for him. He had no qualms about going on stage to visit the cast while they were playing. The audience might be there to see the performance, but they also got the treat of a cat show.

Fortunately, one of the participants captured the entire cat’s cape on video!

A star Is Born

The classic cat wore its finest white fur with gray stripes and light orange spots and was not afraid of the spotlight as it went straight to searching for a specific cellist and her instrument. She offered the cat a nice pat and a smile, but the boy in love decided that the cello should carry his scent. When the cellist tried to keep the cat from rubbing, the lively cat gave her long skirt a slap, much to the delight of the audience. Her laughter at the cat’s antics rang loudly and gave the cat more fuel for its attention fire.

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From there the cat visited the violinists, where one of them tried to pick him up. But the cat twisted slightly from the arms of its kidnapper. When a stage worker came on the scene to catch the cat, the moody cat had other ideas and jumped free from searching hands.

When he finally leaves the stage, we think the kitten’s performance is over, but no, he starts rubbing the lip of the stage, claiming territory and the full attention of the audience.

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As soon as the music started, the cat finally settled down to listen from the front of the stage while his eyes moved the audience. After all, they were all there in his mind to testify!

The black cat / YouTube

This kitten isn’t the only one that gets attention on the streets of Istanbul. Check out this feral cat who owned the catwalk at a Turkish fashion show.

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