Best known for their gleaming white coat and jewel-like blue and amber eyes, the Turkish Angora is one of the most ancient natural breeds. With so much time to work on personality, the Turkish Angora has developed into a fun-loving, out-going, and people-oriented cat. They adapt well to a variety of lifestyles, keeping up with an exuberant family or bringing life to an otherwise quiet household. This isn’t the cat for you if you demand a strict adherence to the rules, however: the Turkish Angora can be whimsical and mischievous and you may find yourself frustrated if you can’t laugh along.
Despite their lengthy existence, the Turkish Angora breed is relatively small in numbers and they can be hard to find. They were instrumental in the creation of the Persian breed to the point that the pure Turkish Angora almost disappeared. Recognized as a national treasure by their native land, the Ankara Zoo of Turkey began efforts to restore the breed to their former glory.
Appearance / health:
The Turkish Angora is medium sized cat known for its long, flowing white coat. The body is long and slender, but well-proportioned with long legs and a long, tapering tail. The feet are small and may have tufts of hair between the toes. The tail is fully plumed. The Turkish Angora is surprisingly muscular for their fine-boned frame! Atop their slim, graceful neck sits a proportionate, small to medium sized head of modified wedge type. The top of the Turkish Angora’s head forms a flat plane which meets at an angle with the flat plane of nose from just above the eyes. The nose is medium in length, and the rounded chin forms a perpendicular line with the nose. The ears are large and tufted, set high on the head. Large, almond shaped eyes slant slightly upward and come in various hues of blues and greens, gold, including gold with a greenish cast, and amber. The Turkish Angora is also well known for being odd-eyed, with one blue and the other amber.
Perhaps best known for their long, silken white coat, the Turkish Angora can actually come in most variety of colors, including the a more unusual black with a chocolate undercoat and smoke shades. The Turkish Angora may have tabby patterning, but may not be pointed. You will also not find the Turkish Angora in shades of lavender or chocolate. The coat itself has a silky, fine texture that rarely mats.
As with many cats with blue eyes and a white coat, this variety of Turkish Angora may have problems with deafness. Odd-eyed cats may have deafness in only the ear on their blue-eyed side. These Turkish Angoras are still generally healthy cats who can live long and happy lives, though they should be kept indoors for their safety.
Turkish Angoras may also suffer from a hereditary ataxia, which causes kittens to shake and be unsteady on their feet. Unfortunately, these kittens rarely survive to adulthood.
Behavior / temperament:
The Turkish Angora may look regal and refined, but this cat holds onto kittenhood throughout its life. Sometimes nicknamed “The Turkey”, the Turkish Angora can be mischievous and intelligent, playful and curious. They’re good at problem-solving and manipulating their environment, so make sure the treats are well secured: the Turkish Angora may have no trouble with doors and cupboards. They particularly love to explore vertical spaces and will find their own private hideouts on high closet shelves and bookcases. Fortunately for all their boisterousness, the Turkish Angora is a graceful cat who can probably get its exploring done without too much damage to the contents of your shelves.
It’s good to have a sense of humor when living with a Turkish Angora – they certainly have one. They’re also incredibly social cats and they’ll try to get your attention however they can, whether that’s darting out from beneath the bed to tag your ankle before running off, or batting all the pens off your desk. They love it when company arrives so they can impress new people with their humorous antics. They get lonely if left alone, and will be happiest with another feline friend, or even cat friendly-dog, to keep them company while you’re gone.
The Turkish Angora is also an affectionate cat, though they may have trouble sitting still long enough to show it often. Rather than lazy cuddling, they’ll prefer to find other ways to spend time with you, even if it’s digging all the paperclips out of the holder while you surf the internet. They tend to enjoy the company of children who have the same enthusiasm for play as they do.
softest coat, affectionate cat, Beautiful cat, wonderful family members, devoted companion
frequent brushings, dormant genetic condition, hairballs
semi longhair, double coats, Safari brush, fountain water dish, Alpha pet position
My very odd cat
My cat is very odd. He is fat, lazy, and very vocal about what he wants, and yet I still adore him. When he was a kitten, he grew very attached to my grandmother, seeing her as his mother figure, and he sees me as many cats see their humans- the slave that gives them food and lovings. While I am happy with my cat, I have to say that I'm not always sure why. He will be lovable at times, yet can be so temperamental that I've learned it's best to just leave him alone at times. I say he is rather plain looking because, being that my grandmother is not as...attentive as she used to be, he is often given too many treats thus making him fat. He also tends to get very matted hair. This results in at least a bi-monthly shaving of his lower half (shoulders back) to make sure that he not only stays cool in the summer months, but does not have the pain that knots in his hair may cause him. He is decent with dogs, but is all around unsocial. He gets along with my current dog because he has taught her to be afraid of messing with him (in a playful sibling sort of way). He often sleeps away the day, as many cats do, but his snoring is often enchanting and finding him stuck between the wall and the piano or hutch is more than entertaining. He meows quite often, and has even managed to "speak" a few English words, such as the names in my household, "treats", "come", "yes", "no", and a few other basic remedial phrases. This makes for a sometimes all too willing conversationalist when he decides it's time to get up...at 4 in the morning. He is brachiocephalic and overweight, which lends to a lack of health, but mostly it's the fact that he's fat that would lead me to believe it would be best to monitor a Turkish Angora's conditions. As I said, he often needs to be shaved, being that he refuses to be brushed (which he would need at least daily), so he's often a handful to groom.After the recent installment of a walk-in shower, however, I do find him often trying to lead us to bathe. He has found that if he stands behind you while you shower, he won't get wet, but he can wash his paws and lick water off your calves. Not the best of ways to shower, but it does keep him from smelling like cat food all day. I adore this cat, and yet find myself fed up with his sarcastic nature at times. No matter what, I do still love him. Let's just say that he lives up to his name..
From PanDemiC Jul 23 2015 9:55PM
Great diet to prevent and treat bladder stones
I highly recommend Hill's Prescription Diet c/d wet food for treatment and prevention of bladder stones. Bladder stones in cats are predominantly composed of either struvite or oxalate minerals. They can be very irritating and lead to pain while urinating, obstruction, blood in the urine, and infection. The c/d diet is formulated to alter the bladder environment to make it unfavorable for stone formation. C/d also comes as a dry kibble. The wet version is recommended because the extra moisture helps to dilute the urine, which reduces inflammation and pain. Oxalate stones always require surgical removal. After surgery, Hill's c/d diet can be used to prevent recurrence. Struvite stones may also be surgically removed, but can also be dissolved without surgery if the cat is placed on a strict c/d diet. Once the stone is dissolved, the c/d diet should be continued to prevent recurrence. The c/d diet is very safe. If you have multiple cats, it is usually okay for all cats to eat this diet. It is only available with a prescription from a vet and is somewhat expensive. In the end it will save money by greatly reducing the chance of bladder stone recurrence. .
From M Teiber DVM 117 days ago
I would think twice about TAs.
I've had 4 TAs in the past 8 yrs. and currently have an 8 yr. old female. The females are very independent and not very affectionate. They also do not like to be held. They are intelligent, active and beautiful to look at, but tend toward being neurotic. Two of the 4 I have had liked to eat things not normally eaten; the female I have likes to eat plastic bags, which she barfs up, but a gorgeous silver classic tabby male I had ate fabric. He loved to eat the ribbed tops of cotton athletic socks and micro fiber fabrics. When he started chewing the arm of my micro fiber upholstered sofa, I returned him to the breeder. She felt I had something to do with his behavior, but my vet did not agree. He was a sweet and affectionate cat and it broke my heart to give him up, but he was impossible to live with. I have spoken to several breeders who said this breed has a penchant for eating plastic bags. If you are considering getting a TA, ask the breeder if his or her cats eat plastic.
The litter mate sister to the cat I currently have was a really nervous cat and stopped being housebroken at the age of 5 yrs. when I had to travel for work quite a bit. My neighbors, cat lovers to the max, came over to cat sit, but she could not deal with the change in her routine. She did not like to be held and was occasionally affectionate, but on her terms. The breeder took her back and found a home for her with a retired, single woman. I always felt both she and her sister would be happier as an only cat and that has proven to be accurate.
The 4th TA I had was an odd eyed white (OEW) male kitten who got sick right after he arrived and after spending $1,800 on vet bills and a diagnosis of chronic bowel syndrome, I sent him back to the breeder. He was not very affectionate and did not like to be held either.
All in all, I am through with TAs after the one I presently have dies. I feed her a home made raw diet, so she will probably live to be 20. They are beautiful cats, friendly and outgoing and welcome visitors like a dog would, but most are not very loving or affectionate.
From electric319 Dec 19 2009 8:54PM