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Turkish Angora Cat

Turkish Angora Cat photo

Turkish Angora Cat
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The Turkish Angora cat is one of the most elegant, graceful and well proportioned domestic cat breeds. Angoras are finely boned, yet muscular cats. Their legs are long with the hind legs being longer than the front. Their paws are small, rounded and tufted between the toes while their tails are long and well furnished. Turkish Angora cats have wedged shaped heads with large, pointed ears that are well furnished and placed close to each other. They have large, almond shaped eyes; these may be blue, green or amber although it is quite common for Angoras to have one blue and one green or amber eye. The body coat is of medium length, while it lengthens at the frill and tail. It is very fine, soft and feels silky to the touch.

Size

Female Angoras are medium sized and males a little larger.

Colours

The breed comes in all colors, the most common being white, black, blue, cream, red and various tabby markings.

Temperament

The Turkish Angora is one of the most outgoing and affectionate cat breeds. An Angora cat will rush to the front door to greet the guests and interact with them like a dog. These cats are highly adaptable, intelligent and playful and get along with children and other pets. They do however have assertive personalities and they will usually be the alpha pets of the household.

Suitable for

They make good family pets as they are good natured and are loyal and extroverted like dogs. This breed can live in an apartment or house so it is equally suitable for couples and individuals with smaller flats.

Care

Despite their elegant appearance, Turkish Angoras are not as high maintenance as one would expect. Their coats require minimal grooming and they can thrive on the commercially available cat food; they do enjoy an occasional meat treat every now and again however. Two breed specific diseases are ataxia and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, but if the cat was obtained from a responsible breeder then it would most likely be healthy.

History

Originating in Western Turkey near Ankara, the breed has been around since the 1400's, however by the 1950's very few individuals remained due to cross breeding with other longhaired cats. The breed became almost extinct outside Turkey and was only saved by a breeding program that started at Ankara zoo. The Turkish Ankara breed is now protected in Turkey. The breed was accepted for championship status by the CFA in 1973.


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Turkish Angora Cat photo

Turkish Angora (different colored eyes - one blue eye and one brown eye)
Photograph by Karatas. License: Public Domain.

Turkish Angora Cat photo

Sleeping cat, white long-hair Turkish Angora
Photograph by Roo72. Some rights reserved.