Trabzon is a good place to be a cat for a couple of reasons.
First, there are lots of cats around. We’ve seen at least ten for every dog. There were similar proportions in Iran and we gather it is likely because dogs have historically been deemed unclean in Islam.
Secondly, it’s a big fishing town. There were lots of cats roaming around in the fish market. We followed our noses to understand why. Fishmongers leave plates of discarded fish heads and other fish junk out for local cats to enjoy. There are literally as many fish heads as they can eat. Despite the oversupply they still seem to have wee scraps with one another over particular bits. Economists might call this irrational. I suspect cats would just call it fun.