Kedi: A Cat Lover’s Dream Film

If you love cats, you might like to see the Turkish movie, Kedi, probably more than once. Honestly, I can’t wait to watch it again. I just viewed the trailer to get another little taste of the euphoria I experienced the other night at Cinema 21.

This is a documentary, but it’s really a series of stories about particular cats with lots of personality who wander the streets of Istanbul. All varieties of cats are featured—feisty terrors protecting their territory, gentle lovers rubbing against the legs of passersby for pats, limber climbers leaping from rooftop to rooftop, fierce hunters attacking rodents, and adorable kittens meowing for their dinner.

The people of Istanbul are almost as interesting as the cats. A fisherman beams as he kisses the cat who saved his life by leading him to a wallet stuffed with money. Another man feeds homeless cats every day as his therapy. Medication didn’t lift his depression, but caring for cats cured him. A woman cooks vats of nurturing food which she takes to the the cats who live on the streets, making sure to dole out enough on sheets of newspaper for each gathering of cats and kittens. At the market, fish vendors pile up the leftover fish heads and entrails for their friends, the cats, to come and feast.

When the movie ended there was a round of applause, and I was delighted to know that I am not alone in my love for cats. I once saw an entire outbuilding in a garden dedicated to cats, with shelves throughout covered with soft bedding. I have not gone that far (yet). I have only two indoor-only cats at home. But I look forward to the warmer months when an assortment of neighborhood cats will come visiting. Cats and gardens seem to go together, and with so many places to roam, lounge and nap, my garden seems to be a cat magnet. Of course, it could be the occasional treat that lures them. No, of course not, they just know how much I love them!

mancat     4kittens

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It’s easy for me to get too serious about gardening, worrying about having the most perfect garden and cutting-edge plants. Cats are the perfect cure for fretting and obsessing; they know how to luxuriate in the garden without doing a stitch of work. They know how to look beautiful without any effort.

Love Letters to My Garden

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