Turkish Angora Cat Breed

If a Turkish Angora gets an idea into their brilliant head, it can be challenging to change their curious mind about how they should behave. But to most breed owners, they are so attractive and charming that they do not care.

Gorgeous and sophisticated, the Turkish Angora can surprise the unsuspicious looker with their strength and intelligence. The active Turkish Angora will greet guests at the door and entertain them. They are very agile and can be seen in high places, like the top of the furniture or refrigerator. These affectionate felines are interested in everything their human companion does and would want to help. They are very clever and can open cupboards, cabinets, and doors and get into things.

This cat breed is sociable and best suited in an environment where another cat or dog will keep them company, especially if their human companion is not home all day. Also, they are known to follow commands, stay by their human companion’s side and sleep cuddled in bed. They get along well with other pets and are comfortable with older children.

Adored and cherished in their native land, Turkey, Turkish Angoras are perhaps the only domestic cat kept, bred and raised in a zoo. For a time, these beautiful, intelligent, majestic cats were all believed to be deaf and were used so massively in crossbreeding cats to create the Persian cat breed. Because of this, Turkish Angoras were almost driven to extinction. While still a rare cat breed today, Turkish Angoras have a loyal following worldwide among cat lovers who want a soft, visually captivating long-haired cat.

With their high intelligence and stunning white fur, it is easy to see why Turkish Angoras are a national treasure in their country. 

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Breed Information

Size:
Medium
Height:
20-25 cm
Weight:
2.5-5 kg
Life Span:
12-18 years
Temperament:
Active, Playful, Intelligent, Social, Fun-loving
Coat:
Long
Colours:
Variety
Energy Level:
High
Registration:
GCCF, TICA, CFA, FIFe
Country of Origin:
Turkey
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  • Grooming: Twice a Week 6/10
  • Shedding: Medium 6/10
  • Hypoallergenic: Low 2/10
  • Activity Level: High 10/10
  • Playfulness: High 10/10
  • Friendliness to other pets: High 10/10
  • Friendliness to children: High 10/10
  • Affection towards it’s owners: High 10/10
  • Vocality: Low 2/10
  • Intelligence: High 10/10
  • Independence: Low 2/10

History

The longhaired Turkish Angora is not the source of the angora sweaters, though their fur is really just as soft and gorgeous. This natural cat breed takes its name from the city of Ankara in Turkey, which was previously known as Angora. For many centuries, the Turkish Angoras have been nice-looking souvenirs for intruders or visitors to Turkey. This may have been the reason the first longhaired cats arrive in Europe.

A theory suggests that the Vikings carried them from Turkey more than a thousand years ago.

These cats eventually became rare and were saved only by a breeding program started at the Ankara Zoo. In 1962, the Turkish Angoras were first brought to the United States. Cat breeders took an interest in this cat breed, but it was not until the mid-1960s that the cat breed's recognition was desired from the Cat Fanciers Association. The CFA started registering the Turkish Angoras in 1968, and in 1972, they granted full recognition to white Turkish Angoras. The coloured Turkish Angoras were recognized in 1978. Today, the cat breed is recognized by most international cat registries. 

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Appearance

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Turkish Angoras are famous for their long, fine, smooth coat, which appears to shimmer when they move. Their coat's length varies, with their longest hair typically seen in the ruff around their neck, their “britches” on their upper hind legs and their plumed tail. You may probably think of this cat breed as being solid white, but their coat can also be other solid colours as well as tortoiseshell, calico, tabby, or other patterns. During summer, their coat is shorter with britches and a fluffy tail. In winter, their coat has medium length, fine, smooth hair with a stunning mane, britches and a fully plumed tail.

Underneath their coat is a body that is long, well-built, and muscular. Their legs are long, with their hind legs being longer than their front legs, and their small paws are round and delicate, often with tufts of fur between their toes. Their long tail tapers from a broad base to a slender end.

Adding to the cat’s appeal is their small to medium-size wedge-shaped head with big ears high on their head and tufted with fur. Their large walnut-shaped eyes slant somewhat upward. Their eyes can be of colour green, blue, amber, gold, or can be odd like amber eye, one blue eye and one green, green-gold.

While the colour white is still very popular, Turkish Angora breeders have shifted their focus to coloured cats. More and more cat lovers and enthusiasts realise how beautiful these agile, sophisticated cats look in other colours. At a Cat Fancy Association show today, you may see Turkish Angoras in different solid colours, such as blue, black, cream and red; in tortoiseshell or blue-cream; in classic, spotted tabbies of many colours and mackerel; and bi-coloured cats in any of these colours with white.

In the recent years, many cat breeders have started working with smoke and shaded colours. Any shade and pattern, except those representing hybridization such as chocolate, lavender or the pointed pattern, is accepted for CFA registration. 

Personality

Gorgeous and elegant, the Turkish Angoras can surprise an unsuspicious cat owner with their athleticism and cleverness. No furniture is too high for them to reach the top, and no closed door is safe from them from being opened by these curious cats. While they certainly can have pleasant manners, the Turkeys, as they are sometimes nicknamed, have an active, energetic side to their nature, with a quickness that makes them endlessly enjoyable. They like to play and will do whatever is needed to get and keep the attention of their human companion.

The Turkish Angoras keep their kittenlike playfulness well as they grow old. They are friendly toward visitors but adores their own family best. This is a sociable cat breed that best fits an environment where they will have another cat or a dog to keep them company, especially if they will be left during the day. At home, the Turkish Angoras may drape their selves across someone’s shoulders or settle happily into someone’s lap. They are likely to be next to their human companion at night with their head resting on a pillow.

The Turkish Angora is known to be the race-car of the feline world because they are always on the go and keen to play. Do not let their exquisiteness and sophisticated look trick you; underneath that sophisticated exterior is a feisty cat with a great sense of humour. Turkish Angora may look lean and delicate, but this energetic, athletic cat breed has a body of solid muscle under its smooth coat.

Turkish Angoras are excellent swimmers. These active cats enjoy playing in the water and are known to be excellent swimmers in the cat world. It is notable to know that some of these cats will even plunge into the bathtub, shower or swimming pool with their human companions and their families..

They maintain their kitten-like playfulness well into their adulthood and stay fit by playing through the house in chase of toys. They are hardly bored as they will always find ways to do to keep them entertained. It could be daydreaming perch in a windowpane or playing hide-and-go-seek with their human or other pet companions. They shine in the feline sport of agility because of their remarkable intelligence and litheness. Lastly, they enjoy playing fetch and learning new tricks. 

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Trainability

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It’s vital to give mental stimulation to all breeds of cats, but with Turkish Angora, you must take extra effort as they are full of energy and highly intelligent.

Turkish Angoras are brilliant and need lots of enrichment, exercise and activities. Cat breeders recommend doing clicker training to help keep this cat breed mentally and physically stimulated. Challenge their intelligent minds and keep them alert by teaching them commands, tricks and games. Give them a lot of puzzle toys that will reward them with treats or kibbles when they learn how to operate them.

When a Turkish Angora is properly socialized and trained during their kittenhood, they will grow to be a well-mannered and well-rounded feline companion. 

Coat & Care

Turkish Angoras are semi-longhaired cat with a smooth texture that does not matt or tangle easily. They are recognized to have either a thin undercoat or no undercoat at all. This makes their coat easier to groom and maintain. Daily maintenance is suggested but not required.

Many Turkish Angoras have an attraction to water which makes the bathing session very easy and very entertaining. Because of their hassle-free coat, there is no need to devote time and money to professional groomers. Most cat breeders train their Turkish Angora kittens to be familiarized and accept regular cleaning, so professional grooming is no longer necessary.

Start training your Turkish Angora kittens by using a very soft brush to get used to regular brushing. This way, the soft brush won’t pull their fine hair or hurt their very young skin. Give them a small treat every after grooming session to encourage them to behave while they are being groomed. If your daily, regular coat care is not causing any issues, upgrade your brush or comb to a more suitable fit for their coat needs.

Weekly brushing is encouraged to keep your Turkish Angora’s teeth healthy and away from any tooth and gum diseases. Trim their nails twice a month or when needed. To keep their eyes clean, wipe the corners with a clean, soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Remember to use a different part of the damp cloth for each eye to prevent the risk of any eye infection.

Check their ears for dirt, wax or any kind of debris. You can wipe them out using a cotton ball or soft damp cloth and a vet-approved ear cleaner. If there is a foul odour coming out of their ears, immediately contact your vet for treatment.

Make sure to regularly check their litter boxes if they are clean as they are very particular about their bathroom hygiene. If it is left dirty, they tend to use other places in the house for their business. 

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Health

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Turkish Angora cats are generally a healthy cat breed. However, solid white cats with one or two blue eyes have the tendency to deafness in one or both of their ears. Other health problems that have been seen in the cat breed are hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and ataxia.

  • Ataxia – is a neuromuscular disorder that affects very young kittens, commonly at two to four weeks of age. Careful screening must be done to significantly reduced the incidences of the disease.
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – is a form of heart disease that causes their heart muscle to enlarge. Turkish Angora cats are one of the cat breeds that may be affected by this health condition. 

    Children & Other Pets

    Turkish Angora cats are brilliant cats. They are extremely social cats who develop solid bonds with their families; however, they may select one specifically to bond closest with. This cat breed can go well with other cats too.

    Several toys and a high place to sit or perch will be vital for the Turkish Angora cats. The cat breed can get along well with children if they are correctly socialized to them. Keep in mind, though, that young children should be alerted about pulling their long hair or tugging on their tails.

    Turkish Angora cats enjoy the companionship of other animals and endure dogs well. But as always, it is best to introduce pets gradually and in controlled environments to ensure that they learn to get along well together.

    It is important to note though that they tend to do just as well on their own and do not exhibit many stress behaviours if they are left alone. 

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