So, I'm almost 90% sure that I'd like to go teach over in Turkey. I've applied for a passport, I'm looking for jobs, I have friends over there looking for jobs for me, and now all I have to do is finish this last semester of my Master's in English...
Wait a minute, what do they mean, I shouldn't bring my cat?
A couple of my friends who are native to Turkey (and especially Istanbul) said that bringing my cat, Mr. Mister
isn't a good idea. They said it would cost too much to fly him there and it would be almost impossible for me to find any kind of housing that would accept pets -- at least in the price range that I can afford (starving grad student here, just starting out there with not much). They also said that keeping cats isn't really "done" in Turkey... unless one lives in the country.
I'm quite fond of Mr. Mister and he's been shuttled around quite bit in his life, I don't want to foist him off on yet another owner. My roommate said that if push comes to shove, and I know I'm coming back then she'll keep him for a year or two (not the best option, but...). She also said that if I do decide to take him, she'll help me out with the health check up, the micro-chipping and the shots (we have a vet school here where she's a resident).
So, what's a person to do? Is it really that unfeasible to bring my cat to Istanbul? Has anyone else on a burger budget (just above a shoestring) done it? Or should I kiss Mr. Mister good-bye and hope I see him again soon?
I tried looking for the answer in Google, but all I got was "how" to move a cat to Turkey. Those answers assumed that the person already had accommodations and money to do this. Not quite what I'm looking for.
Any insight would be helpful.