Two years ago, Turkish pianist Sarper Duman rescued a horribly abused cat from the cruel streets of Istanbul. Duman tweets:
His name is Fevzi. He couldn’t walk because he was kicked on the streets, his rear legs didn’t work. He went under cortisone and laser treatment for a long time. Then he healed and started walking again. Now he’s this cute, lovebug of a cat.
And unlike some humans who repay kindness with indifference or punishment, Fevzi the cat repays Duman’s kindness with gratitude and love.
According to Animal Channel in February 2018, Duman lives with nine cats in Istanbul, a city “famous for having a huge stray cat population” estimated to number 125,000.
All his cats are rescues from the streets whom, like Fevzi, Duman had found injured. One of the cats is a blind ginger named Veysel. Veysel and the other cats love to listen to Duman play the piano. As he put it:
I always play piano at my home almost every night and whenever I sit to play, all my cats come around, they hang out with me and they love to sleep around the piano. They are my life, they are my heart, they are my peace.