The beauty of this cat has captivated many societies throughout history, it was a cat that was a symbol of nobility and for being a national treasure for its origin country, it is recognized for being part of the group of the oldest cats in the world. The Turkish Angora Cat has a beloved personality, is very calm, affectionate, who likes to have his moments to have fun and share a good time with his owner. If you want to know more about this cat breed, I invite you to keep reading.
The presence of the ancestors of this cat is recognized for being one of the oldest cats in the world, with stories that go back to the 7th century, but they are officially recognized since the 16th century. His name as it says comes from Turkey and takes its name from the capital city of Ankara, where it was previously called Angora. There are many ancient stories about the existence of the White Turkish Angora but nothing assures that they are exactly them, but one of the most known due to their description is that it is believed that the cat of the Prophet Mohammad (SAW) called Muezza was of this breed since it is described as a white cat with odd eyes, it was a cat very loved by him. Also, this natural breed can be officially found through historical writings from France and Italy of the 16th century, where approximately by the year 1520, several angora cats were brought from Turkey by Pietro Della Valle in Italy and by Nicolas Claude Fabri de Piersic in France, and these were the first Longhaired cat introduced in Europe. These cats were also used as gift offerings by the sultans of the Ottoman Empire to the courts of France and England, so they were categorized as valuable cats, representing nobility or belonging to high society.
Due to the beauty, this cat had because of its coat and its elegant body, in England for its fame it was used as part of many breeding programs to create new breeds, giving, as a result, the Persian Cat, so it started a great boom of this new cat leaving behind the Turkish Angora for a long time reaching the point of almost extinction, until the beginning of the 20th century when the Turkish government together with the Ankara Zoo decided to start a breeding program with the few remaining Angora cats to restore this magnificent breed, so with much dedication and love they managed to save this breed that is considered a national treasure. As the government had a hand in protecting this breed, laws were imposed to protect them to the point of completely prohibiting their export to any other country. Years later many breed fanciers in North America, UK, and Sweden started to take interest in the Turkish Angora breeding program system at the zoo and dedicated themselves to learning how this system worked.
In the ‘50s an American citizen followed all the regulations, permissions granted by the country and managed to make the first import of this breed in the United States. But in 1962 the zoo allowed an American couple to take a pair of Turkish Angoras to the U.S. and became the foundation of the American breeding program. These cats became more famous and began to increase their population, so they began to gain recognition by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA). It was until then that in 1968 the White Turkish Angora was registered for the first time and since 1970 it was able to start participating in breed competitions. Until now, other colors of this breed were not accepted but in 1978 the CFA decided to accept to add new colors and patterns in the championships.
Despite the fact that this breed has been rescued and its population has increased, it is considered a rare breed in the United States and Canada, it is a little more known and appreciated in Europe, but equally, its fame continues to grow and there are more and more participants in the CFA competitions. Also now if you want you can continue to see these cats that are still under the care of the Ankara Zoo. A curious fact is that the Turkish Angoras share lineage with the Turkish Van but each of them is a genetically different breed.
This cat has a beauty that makes it striking and attractive to many cat lovers. They have an average life expectancy of 9 to 15 years, it is a medium-sized cat that has an elegant bearing but with a long and muscular body with fine bones so maintaining an adequate weight is the best thing for this cat. The size of the Turkish angora varies between 9 to 14 inches and its weight varies according to the sex, the male cat gets to weigh about 12lbs and the female gets to weigh between 8 and 12lb. Its head is triangular in shape, with large, pointed ears. Its eyes draw a lot of attention when you look at them since they captivate you with their look, they are almond-shaped and are slightly slanted, different eye colors are accepted in this cat, it is not limited to one eye color they can be blue, copper, green, gold or they can also have different colors in each eye, for example, it can have a blue eye and the other one can be a green eye. His neck is thin and elegant. It has long legs with its hind legs higher than the front ones and it has rounded small paws. It has a long tail that has a wide base and is extended to be thinner covered with a lot of furs.
Normally the Turkish Angora is identified as a white cat, since they are the most common and were recognized at first in this way, but also can be accepted as a colored cat and these can be tones white, red, black, blue, cream, silver, among others and may have different coat patterns such as solid color, tabby, bicolor, tricolor, smoke, and Tortoiseshell, however except those that denote hybridization (such as lavender, chocolate or the pointed pattern) are not allowed by CFA. They have a longhaired and silky coat as the Maine coon, have a single layer of hair so it is easy to care, their coat should be shiny with a fluid movement to the touch, also the length of their coat varies depending on the season that is, as it comes from cold areas has developed to have a long coat in winter seasons to protect it and a short coat in the summer.
The Turkish Angora’s temperament is known to be very calm, intelligent, playful, and loving. It is the perfect companion for families, are very sociable cats and get along very well with people whether adults or children, is very affectionate with family members but often choose their favorite to give an extra bit of love and have a unique bond with it, also get along with other pets even dogs, but it is always advisable to socialize from kitten to get used to and develop a good relationship. Due to their calm and sociable personality, you should be very careful with your Turkish cat outdoors since they get along very well with anyone even if they are strangers and can accept cuddles or walks with strangers, so it is recommended that they have a chip for their identification and can be returned to their owner in an incident that may happen.
They are playful and like to stay active, you can buy them many toys that are suitable for your pet and take advantage of the great intelligence of this feline with games that stimulate it more, that entertain it and can learn good things, although they are sociable and active these cats are independent and can tolerate being alone a lot of time but that doesn’t mean that you neglect it, but make sure that it has as entertainment to its way and can be distracted, also you can leave him a feline companion so that it doesn’t remain alone and both can accompany each other. You can also provide him with scratchers, different level shelves on the wall for climbing, a hammock, a good environment adapted for cats. They like to express themselves so you will hear their meowing when they want something, many Turkish cats usually have some deafness so they can not modulate the volume of their voice and usually meow in high tones.
Care and Feeding
Due to the single-layer coat that the Turkish Angora cat has, its care is very simple, many cat breeders of this breed recommend brushing once or twice a week to remove their dead coat, also to help them not to have knots and to stimulate their skin to maintain its natural shine, keep in mind that in the summertime, I recommend you to brush it more often to avoid it from making hairballs and you can facilitate the work of molting, you can bathe them every 3 months or only when you see it very dirty, try to use shampoos with natural ingredients and free of chemicals that can harm it. Keep their eyes and ears clean by using special cat products or a slightly wet gauze applied very gently to avoid discomfort or injury. Always check their teeth to maintain good oral hygiene using a special cat toothbrush and toothpaste, this way you can prevent any type of dental disease. Always leave a clean litter box within reach if he spends a lot of time indoors, changing it regularly to avoid bad smells.
Keep in mind that stimulating your cat to be active is very important, like any other cat that has a lot of energy-giving her a sedentary life that is just eating, slacking off, and no motivation can cause depression, stress, and develop overweight to the point of being a diabetic cat.
Do not forget to visit your vet every 6 months for a check-up and rule out any diseases. Be up to date with all their vaccinations, perform the de-worming and care recommended by the vet.
Turkish angora under good care are usually in good health but like many cats, they suffer from certain inherent diseases that could affect your pet. One of the diseases that they usually present from a kitten is hereditary ataxia that is a fatal neuromuscular disorder that affects very young turkish angora kittens at 2 to 4 weeks of age and is presented through shaking movements and must of the time they don’t survive to adulthood, but under tremendous care about Turkish Angora, this disease can be reduced. Another disease that is very rare and appears in newborn kittens with different breast blood type and puts their life in danger is called neonatal isoerythrolysis, and this occurs when the mother’s antibodies attack the kittens’ red blood cells, and the newborn kittens can die, this could occur when there is not correct breeding and the cat is in bad condition and do not have the care they deserve. Some kittens can survive if they are treated in time and can consume milk from another cat of the same blood type, the best way to prevent this disease is to make the corresponding tests before dedicating yourself to the breeding of this breed, if you notice that a newborn kitten is having problems eating, take them at once to the vet so that he can take all the necessary measures in case he presents this condition.
Also as I mentioned before deafness is present in this cat breed, it is another hereditary disease and it has been seen to affect mainly the White Angora with blue eyes in one or both ears, where it can go losing the hearing partially or suffer from complete deafness.
They are also susceptible to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a disease that causes the enlargement of the heart. It’s an Inherited disease of many cat breeds so you should never miss appointments with your vet, and make sure they always check their heart. If your cat has this heart disease, your veterinarian will be able to advise you on how to make its life easier by following a suitable diet and the right medication. If you see that your cat is showing any symptoms of discomfort or you see that something is happening to it that is not common, go directly to a veterinarian so that it can be checked and discard any diseases that can be common in cats such as hepatic lipidosis, lower urinary tract disease, ear infection, a dental disease that could lead to a respiratory problem, kidney disease, and many others.
As this breed is prone to many diseases, many pet owners decide to buy Pet health insurance, which helps them with future expenses and avoids large payments on possible surgeries. You can investigate which insurance is the most useful for you and covers all your needs.
If you decide to have a domestic cat and in this case, an Turkish Angora cat breed, find it through a reputable breeder, although they are not very well known they have been noticed and maybe you can get a breeder near to you. Getting a cat from a Turkish Angora breeder assures you that it is a purebred cat with its respective documents, and has been raised in good conditions, and has been raised correctly with its mother, and has been fed in the right way. Also taking into account that they have not been separated from their mother after 12 weeks so that they have learned the correct way of living and being a good cat. Also, when you get a cat through an honest breeder you can know if they were crossed responsibly, or if they have some genetic disease or not, and more in these cats since they tend to be predisposed to inherit diseases.
Turkish Angora cats are perfect to keep as pets and more in familiar environments, they are loving, intelligent, playful, and many more. Besides their beauty is something that captivates and attracts a lot of attention, their silky coat, their colors, their eyes, everything that this cat represents, if you decide to have a Turkish Angora kitten it will be a tremendous option that you will not regret. If you have any questions or if you think I’ve missed anything please let me know in the comment section down below.