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.
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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..
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