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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.


Author: Ruth Bratcher
Lastest Animal Stories on Turkish Angora Cats

Mimi - 2017-03-06
I had a male TA about almost 7 years ago. Reading other people's stories about their pet TAs bring back memories and I'm still heartbroken over my loss. Well, actually my roommates then neglectfully left the balcony door open and my TA, named Edward must have climbed up over, probably slipped and fell and did not know how to get back to our apartment. He was an indoor cat. I missed him everyday it hurts like the hurt I feel remembering my grandmother. They are the two creatures I ever loved so much it hurts. Edward was a big beautiful white cat, with soft blue eyes, pink nosed and pink pawed. I had named him after the main character in Twilight at that time when it was a thing. I was his favorite human I could tell, no doubt about it. He always liked to bump and brush his head up against my face when I tell him to “kiss mommy!” Never fails. He plays throw and fetch with me with his favorite toy, which was a pink nemo stuffie I got him. When I get tired of throwing it at him, I'd hide it and he’d looked around perplexed, wondering perhaps as to where it might have gone. He'd come up to bed with me to sleep beside me and on me for as long as I'm still lying down sleeping, I'd wake up even before he does. Even if I tell him off, he'd back away for a short while but shortly after, will slowly walk back up to me again when I'm not looking. I guess he just wants to be where I am. I miss him climbing up to our kitchen chair just to watch me make my morning coffee everyday when I get ready for work. He is a very funny cat. One time when he was smaller, he was playing with my other two cats about the same age as he was then, they were running around and trying to see who can get to the tiny cat sleeping bag first. When he got his turn and was able to jump in, after a few seconds of playing paw fight with the other two kittens I had he fell asleep almost immediately and was basically dangling head back because the bag was hanging up in a hook, not too high, just almost to the ground. I remember that moment, I was so amused by him, my heart felt genuinely happy just watching him like that. I have had conversations with him, he will keep talking back to me as long as I keep talking to him, even as he was falling asleep, eyes half closed, he'd still managed a meow while already lying on his head ready to snooze. Like how it is having a conversation with my husband at night, we can talk until one of us gets tired first, and before we know it, one of us has already fallen asleep straight to Neverland. Edward was that. I am inlove with him, my Edward. I have had cats after him but no one else has come close to his sweet adorable nature. I consider myself lucky to have had the wonderful chance to have shared special times with my TA. And the fact that no other cat has ever loved me as much as the way he did.

Louise&Jay Gerringer - 2016-12-20
We have a handsome male angora named Casper, he is very loving, and has become a lap kitty. He gets along with our female tabby named Gray. He loves to sit in the window and watch our local Pennsylvania Blue Jays, chipmunks and squrells. He has a hard time making up his mind whose lap to fall asleep on in the evening.

maja - 2016-01-20
Hy, I had beautifull TUA male Unkas, born 08.10.2009., He was 6 y and 3 m old when he passed away this Sunday, 17.01.2016. .He was purchased from the famous catery in Prague with all papers, healthy ,adorable,always so acive, playfull.Then,suddenly this Sunday morning he fell in the kitchen and was instantly dead.It was horrible, we were all completely shocked as he was only 6 years old and in perefect health, or so we thought,but certainly there was not a sign that something was wrong.So why he collapsed without any prior symptom leaving us in such pain and sorrow, I just could not comprehend. Does anyone has any clue to this,I would say, mystery. Desperate owner

Linda Allen - 2015-03-31
I am searching for a black or dar grey turkish angora kitten. I had a beautiful Black Male Angora who passed about a year ago. I am ready to love another. Thank you.

  • mansoor khan - 2015-11-11
    i have black a turkish angora kitten...
Linda Allen - 2015-03-31
I am searching for a black or dar grey turkish angora kitten. I had a beautiful Black Male Angora who passed about a year ago. I am ready to love another. Thank you.

  • mansoor khan - 2015-11-11
    i have black a turkish angora kitten...
Scott Lincoln - 2015-10-10
Hi, Recently my Turkish Angora passed away, he was eleven years old. To fill the void I am missing I'm in search of a new companion. I request that my cat/kitten be a male, and all white. I don't have a prefence to eye color. I will NOT declaw my cat. I don't have any other animals in my home and my ten year old boy was raised to love and respect all living creatures. I am located in Milwaukee Wisconsin and will drive to meet/pickup my new member of our family. I am not a breeder or will have my cat in any "cat" shows. I appreciate the beauty and personality of the Angoras and that is why I'm in search of a pure breed. Please contact me if anyone has any information regarding a kitten/ cat that is ready for adoption.

girish borkar - 2015-08-08
dreamed of taking a turkish angora.

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.