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
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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
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's but especially a cat's digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 57 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