When it comes to American pet owners, there seems to be a pretty clear line drawn between two camps: dog and cat. Both animals are adorable and have standout traits. Sometimes it does seem like dog owners tend to dominate — think dog parks, and that little saying that implies they're "man's best friend."
But in other parts of the world, cats may just have the edge.
As it turns out, one country that seems to admire the feline set is Turkey. A very chubby cat stole the hearts of everyone in Istanbul's Ziverbey neighborhood, and sadly, he passed away recently. But what locals did to honor their deceased friend is totally heartwarming — and hilarious.
It's hard to find a more enthusiastic crowd that pet lovers.
But that doesn't mean we don't have our favorites.
Sometimes it seems like dogs really are man's best friend.
The one thing a dog can't do is be a cat.
Still, cats mystify some of us.
And while Americans love their cats, Turkey may just take first prize in that arena.
via: TwitterThere's cat love, and then there's cat devotion. A neighborhood in Istanbul, Ziverbey, has recently shown that it indulges in the latter. This is a photo of Tombili, a local cat who Ziverbey residents thought of as one of their own. Cats are highly respected in Turkey, and Tombili's easygoing attitude gained him love and affection from everyone who met him.
Unfortunately, the beloved cat recently passed away.
The statue did not disappoint.
Tombili: https://t.co/LRIjICok4w https://t.co/yrwZpAQC0T— petsandanimalsweb (@petsandanimalsweb)1510343161.0
But, sometimes, people can't leave a good thing alone.
Thankfully, someone did the right thing.
Welcome back home Tombili!: The stolen sculpture of famous Istanbul cat is re-erected in its rightful place https://t.co/yypVXZwi3B— DAILY SABAH (@DAILY SABAH)1478967096.0