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Turkish Angora

Turkish Angora Cats, Turkish Cat

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The Turkish Angora is a rare cat breed and a valued treasure in the cat fancy community!

The Turkish Angora is just about the perfect breed for anyone who wants a pet cat. It is a great pick for cat owners that love long-haired cats, but don't want the commitment of daily grooming. This cat breed has a beautiful, lush, silky coat. Although its coat is long, it requires infrequent grooming since it has no wooly undercoat.

This is an out-going, intelligent, and social cat. The Turkish Angora is very affectionate and loving toward people and other animals. A loving and playful cat breed, it enjoys being in the middle of family activities and it loves interaction. It will dance around and pounce on all sorts of small toys, as well as its owner's toes. It is also a well-behaved breed and can be taught to retrieve and perform tricks. The Turkish Angora makes a wonderful companion for families, couples, or individual cat owners. It is also graceful and adaptable, making it a good companion for children.

This Turkish cat is an ancient natural breed cat originating from the Ankara region, previously Angora, of central western Turkey. This is a distant cousin to the Turkish Van Cat. It is a medium-sized, finely boned breed with a long slender body and neck. The head is small, contrasted with long ears that are pointed and tufted. This cat breed was originally favored for its shimmering white coat, but today there are more than 20 different color and color pattern varieties.The eyes can be several colors like blue, green or amber, or there can be odd eyes, having one that's blue and the other that's amber. It has also been crossed with other natural breed cats to create other stunning varieties, one possibility are the Balinese or Long Haired Siamese Cats.

With their shimmering white coats, the Turkish Angora Cats are considered a prized breed and a national treasure in Turkey, especially those that have the "odd eyes". The Ankara Zoo, founded in Turkey in 1933, began a dedicated breeding program to protect and preserve this valued Turkish cat. In the 1950's this zoo also imported a few to the United States for breeding programs. Today it is found in America and Europe, but less so in Britain since it is not recognized by their main cat fancy association, the GCCF.

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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Felidae
  • Genus: Felis
  • Species: domesticus

Background The Turkish Angora originates from the central western region of Turkey, near Ankara, formally named Angora, Angora is the city this breed was named after. These cats are believed to be descendents of longhair cats brought to Europe by the Vikings in the 10th century.

By the 1900's, this breed was used in Persian breeding programs. The Persian Cat became widely popular, while the Turkish Angora almost vanished. These cats are a considered a national treasure in Turkey. They were prized for their shimmering white coats, and especially favored if they had odd eyes, with one being blue and the other being amber. The Ankara Zoo, founded in Turkey in 1933, began a dedicated breeding program to protect and preserve this valued Turkish cat.

In the 1950's, a few of the remaining Turkish Angoras were imported to the United States from the Ankara Zoo, and new breeding programs were begun. This white version of this breed was first registered in 1968 by the Cat Fancier's Association (CFA), (the leading American cat breed organization. Colored varieties were accepted ten years later in 1978. The Turkish Angora is currently not recognized by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), which is the leading British cat breed organization, but is recognized by other associations in Europe.

Description The Turkish Angora is a medium-sized, finely boned breed. It has a long, slender torso and neck. The head is small to medium-sized and tapers toward the chin. The ears are large, pointed, and tufted, and the eyes are large and almond-shaped. The tail is long and tapering. They have a long average life span of 15 or more years.This breed ranges from 6 to 11 pounds.

The Turkish Angora's coat is medium-long in length, fine, and silky. It develops a thick coat in the winter, but sheds it in the summer, causing it to look like a short haired breed. Turkish Angoras were originally only accepted in competition if they were white with blue eyes, but they are now accepted in a variety of colors. They are accepted in many colors, excluding the color patterns that indicate hybridization, which are chocolate, lilac, cinnamon, fawn, color point, or Burmese color patterns.

Care and Feeding This breed requires no special diet. It prefers meat, but is not finicky.

Housing Your Cat This breed can live in an apartment or house. It would enjoy a yard, but does not require one. It should be provided with toys and a scratching post indoors.

Maintenance Unlike most long hair breeds, the Turkish Angora only needs weekly brushing and combing. It does shed in the warm season,

Social Behaviors The Turkish Angora cat is a social breed that gets along with people and other animals, including dogs. They enjoy interaction and being part of whatever activities are going on. This is a good cat for families, couples, or active cat loving individuals.

Activities This is an active breed that enjoys playing. It should be provided with toys and room to run. It loves to play with and pounce on a sorts of small toys, almost seeming to dance. Some even refer to it as the "dancing cat". Turkish Angoras are known for their prowess for swimming. Some are known to truly enjoy the water, yet there are others that don't, suggesting that it is the independent preference of an individual cat.

Breeding/Reproduction Turkish Angora kittens become active and begin playing early, but they do not develop the full angora coat until age two.

Common Health Problems This is a strong, healthy breed, save one genetic tendency. White Turkish Angoras with blue eyes are often deaf, and those with only one blue eye, are often deaf on the side with the blue eye. However, this is a tendency related to the coat and eye color of the cat. It is found in most breeds that produce white cats with blue eyes, not only the Turkish Angora.

Availability This is a rare breed, but breeders can be located on the internet. Prices range from $150 for a pet quality adult to $400 for a pet quality kitten to $700 for a show quality kitten to over $1000 for a show quality white kitten with blue eyes and no hearing problems.

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Author: Ruth Bratcher
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erica guy - 2008-02-05
nice cats
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  • Luc - 2011-01-22
    Here is a picture of my cat which I rescued at four months old. I believe that the closest feline he resembles would be the "Turkish Angora." I would like to report some behavior that I would have not expected, having being raised by a couple of cats and dogs as I grew up. This feline, opens up cupboards and turns off lights, loves the water and even enjoys canine company. I challenge anybody to tell me that this isn't the cat that I think it in the photo. Anyways, would love to have more advice on this obscure breed- lucgreen
  • Imiseannie - 2014-10-09
    Sound to me like you got the Turkish part right, but I think you might have a turkish van. If all white; then a Turkish vankedisi. I have two and they have exactly the same behaviour. They are rare and I call mine my precious little gems. They are super intelligent and are so loyal to their human. Congrats, a special little one you have there!
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Kelly Curtis Spangler - 2013-05-21
I adopted a 5 yr old Turkish Angora. She is white with one blue and one gold eye. They say on here (the video) that they don't need much grooming, however, my Lilly sheds like crazy leaving the chair she claimed as her 'throne' white. Also I find balls of fur everywhere lol. Well I also have two black British Bombay cats and one Black and White long hair cat and they shed a lot less. Other than that, she is the best kitty ever. She licks you and hugs you and she loves to what I call 'Happy Paw' for confort. She def. took charge over the other cats as the Alpha cat. LOVE this breed, just wish the fur would stop flying. ahhahah!

  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-21
    She sounds adorable, but then... I'm partial to long-haired gorgeous cats too:)
  • Kelly Curtis Spangler - 2013-06-05
    She is !! :)
  • Jase - 2014-02-26
    I have a bombay and he is the coolest little kitten. My daughters talked me into him after years of hating cats and never wanting one, I have to say I am glad we adopted him. I have READ that the Angora breed does not get its full coat till around 2 years old which might be when it stops shedding so bad. I also read that they will shed a lot more in hotter climates. If that helps I don't know.
  • Leela - 2014-07-01
    You should get furgopet comb, it helps A LOT. I tried many different brushes and mitts. This one works so well and even my other short hair cat likes it. I found two angora kittens so I have a lot of brushing to do ^.*
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ranamaria - 2014-04-19
I own a sweet and adorable Angora :) Her name is Beauty. Today is her birthday. Beauty turns one :D

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jessica - 2009-12-27
hi i have a black angora and he is a rescued cat. someone threw him into a snow bank, two police found him and brought him to a shleter, and on christmas eve my mom got him for me, so he got a good home. my question is he dosent use the letter box and i have had him for 3 days, what can i do to get him to use it and not use my room as one. he is loving,gets along with everyone. but if there are a few tips could anyone let me know.

  • Anonymous - 2010-09-01
    Build a really big cage and line it with plastic.
  • Terri - 2013-09-30
    Keep the cat in the bathroom with the door closed along with a litter box. Make sure there is no clothing, or carpet for it to urinate on, it should start using the litter box while being confined to the room. *Once the cat gets used to using the litter box you can now put the litter box in an area where you would prefer it to be. Then show the cat where it's new location is by putting the cat in the box. If the cat still urinates in an area other than the box in the new location. Then... Repeat step 1. You just need to work with this confinement method until it clicks with the cat as to where it should be urinating. Lastly, you must know that once a cat urinates on something you almost always need to throw it out or replace it. Otherwise the cat will smell it and repeat the behavior again.
  • PJ - 2013-10-12
    Residual odors from 'accidents' prompt pets to reuse those areas for that purpose. I use white grain-based vinegar to *NEUTRALIZE* residual odors with. On a tile floor, I would mop it on & dry it off after a few minutes. On carpeting, I would spray it good, and *after* allowing it to set for a few minutes, try to dry it with an absorbant, non-lint cloth. Cleaning does NOT neutralize odors! Residual scent left from urination &/or defecation *MUST* be neutralized away, after cleaning the area as thoroughly as possible, first.
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Jacquie - 2011-10-19
My 6 yo white turkish angoian died 10/16 and I have been heart broken ever since. I got him when he was 5 weeks old and spoiled him to no end. I bathed him brushed him slept with him, played in the yard with him while he was on his leash. He loved going out on his leash and would get it for me. He loved the snow and would sit and watch the rain outside his favorite window. I truly miss him. I was surprised to read of how many are deaf. Amadeus (aka Buttons/Gato Loco) was definitely not deaf and would appear from where ever if he was called. If anyone knows of a kitten available please feel free to contact me.

  • Karen - 2012-01-12
    Jacquie, I wanted to express my condolences on the loss of your Angora. I too had a Turkish Angora as white as a newly fallen snow. He had one amber and one blue eye. His name was Cutimus Maximus because he was cute to the max! Oddly enough he too died in the early morning hours of October 16th, 2011. I found his body in one of his favorite resting spots. My heart is broken over his passing just as yours is over Amadeus. I wanted to let you know there is a heart defect that can cause sudden death in Angoras between the ages of 2 and 6 that is what I suspect took my Maximus. I hope you find a new companion even if it is not a Turkish Angora. - Karen
  • Brooke - 2012-08-01
    I am so sorry! I know how it feels to lose a pet. I was so heartbroken when my 7 month old cat managed to get outside and he got hit by a car.
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