Street Cat Who Sought Shelter in Turkish Parliament Becomes Deputy

For the past week or so, the new constitutional reform package has been keeping deputies at the General Assembly in Ankara, Turkey, very busy.
That has made the assembly’s adorable, bi-color cat named “Kulis” — a name referring to the “Parliament’s lobby” — a very sweet and welcome break. Similar to the rest of the country, cold weather has hit the Turkish capital of Ankara and this street cat seems to have found a cozy and warm place for shelter.

Everyone has been feeding the cat, giving it food and milk at the assembly. Kulis has already brought a great deal of cheer to the atmosphere of the Turkish Parliament, where the rigorous schedule is putting a strain on the deputies’ nerves.

Now, living in the assembly’s lobby, Kulis plays with the deputies, skirting around their chairs and demanding love and attention. Many of the deputies have taken to the cat, showing their affection whenever they see it, and bringing Kulis food and milk each and every day.

Metin Külünk, who is a deputy from the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), is among those who have become attached to Kulis. With its friendly manner and very easy-going nature, Kulis has quickly become a favorite at Parliament.

“Kulis understands we love it very much and is always ready for more. Many deputies offer Kulis milk whenever they see it,” Külünk stated.

“Kulis is also a Beşiktaş supporter,” he added as he laughed.

The feral cat population in bigger cities is extremely large and Parliament is no exception when it comes to looking after them. Street cats can freely enter shops, restaurants and even into a house and just as easily walk out again. During the winter months, many unclaimed animals are looked after with the utmost care at shelters, rehabilitation centers or even malls where locals do offer them a warm place to stay.


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