About us

The Anatolian Cat (Anadolu Kedisi) is a campaign to increase the awareness for natural Anatolian cats. 

The Anatolian Cat Project promotes the critical thinking and aims to improve lives of the natural cats through science and evidence based welfare.

Why research about cats matters?

Cats are one of the few animals that have a very close relationship with humans.
Many people regard cats as family members and believe cats deserve the best veterinary care, that cat welfare should be respected and science should help cats to live better, healthier and happier lives.

Millions of websites, books and other media sources write about the cats every single day. Since cats play an important role in many people's lives, cat owners are in need for a trusted and scientific information that would help them to make better decisions, like what cat they should adopt, which veterinarian should they trust, what medical treatments are really proven to work (and which are not), and what is the cat welfare, and what need to be done to improve it etc.

Why is the Anatolian Cat project different from others?

    * We care about the natural cats - not only about those cats living in Anatolia. Natural cats are the cats living freely outside, not owned by humans, and known as "community", "random-bred" or "street cats". Majority of cats around the world are natural cats, not breeds. However there are not many organizations defending these cats interests.

    * We do not sell the idea of the cat "breed", expecting to gain a profit from it.
The Anatolian cat project is against racism and segregation of cats based on color of fur and fictional "breed" identities.

    * We are investigating the pseudoscience and false beliefs concerning the domestic catWe believe that teaching about the cats from scientific and unbiased point of view, we may help to people to think more critically. This could be beneficial for society on a whole.

    * We think, that the welfare policies should be based on evidence. We care about the well-being of freely living cats: improving their lives through medicine, reducing stress and pain, proposing solutions to human activities which negatively affect cat lives etc. 

    * We are concerned about the unethical and harmful practices of the cat breeders. We oppose any kind of breeding of cats with disabilities, caused by mutations and inherited diseases. 

The Anatolian Cat project research topics:

    * Evolutionary biology and feline genetics.
    * Cat domestication
    * Cats in Ancient Anatolia (archeology and history)
    * Pseudoscience
    * Ethics and cat welfare
    * Feline behavior

Aims of the Anatolian Cat project:

* The Anatolian cat project is dedicated to conduct academic research on Anatolian cat’s history, genetics, health and welfare.

* Represent the Anatolian cats correctly.

Fight against the white cat racism in Turkey and breeding cats with congenital deafness.

Discourage the breeding of cats with disabilities caused by mutations and inherited diseases.

Use cat research as a tool teaching science and critical thinking for general public, through various publications in media, documentaries, conferences and so on.

Evidence based welfare. We believe that the welfare of cats should rely on scientific solutions, not personal beliefs or emotions.

Campaign for compassion. Teaching respect for natural cats and encourage communities to be responsible for their cats. Note: The campaign may not be possible without the involvement of other welfare organizations and animal lovers.

Critical look at the cat fancy and its impact on natural cats and their welfare.

* We attempt to inform and educate the general public as well as policymakers, offering them the solutions to the problems affecting Anatolian cats.

We want to inspire academic researchers and help provide them with valuable insights into the Anatolian cat related issues.

Photo credits: Ken Safranek and Andrea Gingerich.

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