TRAITS

Height

Male: 20- 25 cm
Female: 20- 25 cm
 

Weight

Male: 2- 5 kg
Female: 2- 5 kg
 

Life Expectancy

 

12- 18 years
 

Appearance

  • Long-haired
  • Social
  • Playful
  • Athletic
  • Chatty
 

General Character
 

 
Low
Moderate
Very
Compassion towards the family
 
 
X
Communication with children
 
X
 
Communication with other cats
 
X
 
Shedding rate
 
 
X
Aggression
 
X
 
Playfulness
 
 
X
Independence
 
 
X
Docility
X
 
 
Level of intelligence
 
 
X
Energy level
 
 
X
Tendency to meow
 
 
X
Mental preoccupation
 
 
X
Care
 
 
X
Activity
 
 
X

 


The Turkish Angora cat is a world-renowned natural breed of cat with roots from Anatolia. Its most notable features are its eyes, each of which can have different colors like the Van Cat, and its long and pure white fur. In fact, Turkish Angora cats are considered the ancestors of all long-haired cats. Turkish Angora have long, slender, and well-balanced bodies. They are lively, playful, and have an affable nature towards both humans and other pets. Being one of the most intelligent creatures in the world, the Turkish Angora cat also forms a deep bond with its owner and is known for its loyalty.
 

History

 

The Turkish Angora cat is a natural breed that originated in Turkey in the 15th century. It is believed to be descended from the African wildcat, and the long, dense, and silky fur of the Ankara cat is thought to be the result of an evolutionary process that has taken place in the cold climate of Ankara for years. Turkish Angora were first brought to Europe from Anatolia by sailors in the 17th century and quickly became the favored pets of nobles and French kings. 

In the late 15th century, they were recognized in England, and written sources dating back to the 17th century indicate their presence in France, suggesting that the history of the Ankara cat can be traced back to the early days of Islam. Although its popularity declined for a while with the recognition of the Persian cat, which is another long-haired breed, the Turkish Angora cat, known by its former name "Angora," remains one of the most precious breeds belonging to Turkey.
 

Personality and Character Traits



Thanks to their athletic physique, Turkish Angora cats are highly active cats that stand out with their playful, curious, and affectionate nature. Their tendency to chase anything that flies, moves, or jumps stems from their developed hunting instincts as a natural breed.
Turkish Angora cats can effectively utilize their sharp intelligence when it comes to training and educating themselves in the presence of owners who want to engage with them. When they receive regular training from a young age, Turkish Angora can continue to develop throughout their lives and become enjoyable companions with their warm, friendly, and playful personalities.

They get along very well with humans, to the extent that their high empathy and heightened senses make them adapt their behavior according to the moods of the people they live with. Their tendency to show possessiveness towards their loved ones is also highly developed for a cat breed, so they may have high expectations for attention. As one of the most talkative cat breeds, Turkish Angora cats can frequently engage in conversations with you.
 

Appearance
 

In asymmetric eye colors, one being different from the other, you can find shades of green, blue, emerald, and sapphire. However, blue and green are commonly seen together. While white is the predominant color, Turkish Angora come in various colors and patterns.

Turkish Angora have agile bodies, long legs, and a slender yet athletic structure. Although their bone and skeletal structure is thinner compared to other breeds, their body is muscular and robust. Turkish Angora have long and slender necks, oval faces, and almond-shaped eyes. They are famous for their long, thin, full, and shiny coats.
 

General Care

Turkish Angora require regular check-ups and care to maintain their health and majestic appearance. Their most important feature is their long, thin, and silky coats. The fur of an Ankara cat tends to tangle quickly, and if the tangled fur is not properly dealt with, it can lead to a dull or lifeless appearance over time. Regular grooming, including daily brushing, prevents matting of the long fur and avoids potential skin sensitivity.  

For cats that don't have the opportunity to naturally file their claws by going outdoors or having appropriate surfaces indoors, their nails should be regularly checked and trimmed. A routine can be established, or the nails can be trimmed when it is noticed that they have grown longer, especially for breeds like Turkish Angora that enjoy physical contact.

For Turkish Angora, which are known among curious cat families and have a highly active nature that can turn the house upside down, it is important to create areas that allow them to release their energy, such as toys and climbing posts, as well as comfortable and secure environments. Furthermore, intensive precautions should be taken to prevent them from harming themselves during exploration tours and to prevent potential accidents at home:
  • Make sure that doors and windows without protective screens, such as mosquito nets, are closed.
  • Secure all items that are likely to tip over during movement.
  • Keep areas that may pose sterilization issues, such as trash cans and toilets, closed.

 
 

Health
 

Turkish Angora, being natural breeds, are considered healthy breeds. However, it is still important to be aware of and monitor certain diseases that are specific to the breed and commonly observed, in order to ensure early diagnosis and prompt treatment. For Turkish Angora, especially in urban environments, it is necessary to brush their teeth at least three times a week, regularly check and clean their ears. They should have access to clean water at any time they desire. Turkish Angora may prefer drinking from a fountain if they refuse to drink from a bowl. For those living in the city, it is important to ensure that the water flowing from the faucet is clean and suitable for drinking. Turkish Angora are active animals, so if they are properly nourished, they are not expected to experience obesity issues.
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Ataxia
  • Panleukopenia calicivirus
  • Rhinotracheitis
  • Rabies

The basic rule for Turkish Angora, who are at risk of contracting these diseases, is vaccination. In addition to that, a regular vaccination routine provides significant protection against other potential dangerous diseases such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV). Whether cats have a pedigree or not, it is not possible to predict in advance which health problems they may develop. For Turkish Angora to lead a healthy life, regular feeding, exercise, and veterinary check-ups are sufficient.
 

Nutrition


It is important to ensure that Turkish Angora are fed with high-quality cat food and have access to clean drinking water. Being skilled hunters and carnivores, it is important for Turkish Angora to be fed with quality cat food that is primarily based on chicken and meat.

Did you know?
 

  • Turkish Angora, one of the oldest cat breeds that emerged approximately 2000 years ago in Ankara, Turkey.
  • Their long-haired coats were traditionally used in textile and garment production.
  • Warner Bros and Walt Disney have featured Turkish Angora in some of their films.
  • Turkish Angora were also featured in the animated musical film "Gay Purr-ee," with a cat named Mewsette. 
  • An Ankara Cat was among the main characters in the animated film "The Aristocats."