What country loves their cats the most? Japan might seem like a popular place for cat lovers, given the way the Japanese pamper their cats. however, another country is also known for loving cats and that country is Turkey.

Strangely, nobody knows the origins of Turkey’s affinity for cats. Most stores, pubs, government offices and cafes have their own feline mascots and bowls of water and dry cat food line the sidewalks everywhere.

Animal abuse is met with swift condemnation by all quarters and can even trigger protests. A video of an apparently inebriated soldier torturing a cat led to protests in the province of Erzincan, the man’s detention, and a pledge of a full investigation by the country’s interior minister.

So which country do you think loves their cats the most? To read more about Turkey’s love for cats, click here.