Street cats of Tel Aviv

In 2013, there were an estimate of 40,000 stray cats living in Israel’s biggest city. It represents one feral cat for every ten inhabitants. According to the city’s chief veterinarian officer, Zvi Galin, about 5000 families feed the cats every day, and even make arrangements for food to be put out during their holidays.

Cats have been in the region since the days of Ancient Egypt, when they were considered a sacred animal. But Israel’s cats began to invade the streets after more were brought in under the British mandate during the 1930s to kill off the rat population.

Tel-Aviv - Jafa, Israel - 2012