- Low Maintenance: Occasional grooming is advised to keep its coat in good shape. Though we see cats regularly lick their coats to clean themselves, some regular grooming can be good; it removes hair, prevents matting, and stimulates circulation. Frequency should be once a week.
- Moderate Shedding: Expect this cat to shed moderately. By providing it proper nutrition, regular grooming, and keeping the shedding contained to a small area, like a pet bed, will minimize shedding and make it more manageable.
- Generally Healthy: It doesn’t have as many known illnesses and conditions as other cats. Best for owners who do not want to worry about long-term medical costs.
- Moderate Vocalization: Its vocal behavior can be tolerable. Eliminating stimuli that cause the vocalization or modifying the cat’s behavior, such as keeping it occupied and content, can reduce vocalization.
- Attention Seeking: This breed needs lots of attention. Owners who are home often or are able to participate in activities with this cat breed will be delighted. Time alone spent can be 4 to 8 hours per day.
- Very Active: It likes to engage in activities. Try to spend 10-15 minutes actively involved with this breed several times a day. Daily exercise will help maintain its body weight and keep its muscles toned and strong.
- Good With Others: It is usually good with adults, children (6+), and seniors and can be very affectionate towards them.
The origins of the Turkish Angora remain a mystery, although longhaired cats have been seen in parts of the Middle East for centuries. Formerly known as “Ankara Cats,” in honor of the city of Ankara in Turkey, the name for a particular strain of these longhaired felines was changed to Turkish Angora when the name of the city was changed from Ankara to Angora.
Turkish Angoras and other longhaired cats where first introduced to Europe in the late 1500s. The breed came to the United States in the 1700s. Subsequent crossbreeding to other longhaired cats nearly destroyed the breed until in the 1900s, the Turkish government began a breeding program to save the all-white Angora. A pair of cats from this program were imported into the United States, and the breed experienced a resurgence.
Although still somewhat rare, the Turkish Angora is growing steadily in popularity. The breed is recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association, The International Cat Association and the American Cat Fanciers Association.
The Look of a Turkish Angora
Turkish Angoras are most known for being all white, with blue eyes, or one-blue and one-amber eye. The breed also comes in many other cats colors, although these colors are less common than white.
The coat of the Angora is long and silky. The tail is full and brushy, and the body is long and lean.
Talk About Turkish Angoras
My favorite breed is the Turkish Angora. The reason I love them is because they have so much energy – they like to show off in front of people and they are really smart. It is great to live with them because you don’t know what they are going to do next. They love constant attention and they are a very loving breed. I recommend this breed because they are good for all types of people. Turkish Angoras would be a great breed for pet therapy, because the Turkish Angora is a very social cat and gets along with all types of people.
~Hope C., owner of a Turkish Angora
Shy with strangers, affectionate with family
I have had my Turkish Angoran for 10 years, and I can’t imagine a better cat. She bonded with my husband, who thought he hated cats, and now they are best buds.
She has the sweetest temperament, and loves to play. She is shy around strangers, but affectionate with her family. I can’t imagine life without her.
~elizabeth, owner of a Turkish Angora
A loving, intelligent companion
My female Angora, Calypso, is a very loving and intelligent companion. She is all white with amber eyes and is now 17 years old. She says “GO OWW” to go outside, gives me ‘kitty bites” on the hand when asked to do so. She also loves to kiss me on the chin and nose and will do it if I ask her. She used to run and play a lot, but has recently slowed down. She lost interest in hide ‘n seek when my daughter moved out in 2006. She loves attention and will lie on my lap for hours. She likes to be brushed! I love her and her sweet ways.
~Dennis G., owner of a Turkish Angora
A wonderful, playful cat
My husband gave me my dear Turkish Angora for our first anniversary! Since then we both look forward to getting home to see him and play! He makes us laugh, he loves water, sometimes he goes in the shower with us, or he just plays in the sink! It’s awesome! He does things you never think a cat would do! Sometimes my friends’ kids come over and he plays with them and treats them nicely. He is very friendly and will always want to be with you!
~Mirela J., owner of a Turkish Angora
The PURRFECT breed 🙂
What’s NOT to love about Turkish Angoras? Mine is unlike any breed I’ve owned. She is intensely loyal and forms unbreakable bonds with any/all familiar faces. She is soooo warm and affectionate, even to strangers. You can pet her for hours without irritating her (she’s NEVER scratched or bitten) –. she can’t get enough lovin’!
And she’s superplayful. She jumps 3 to 4.5 feet in the air when we play; she fetches, scales the tallest of furniture with ease, and is constantly “hunting” us, hiding under drapes or behind furniture and jumping out to scare you when you walk by!
She’s quite adventurous, too. She loves water; she rolls around in the sink with the faucet on, and even hops in the bath/shower with us. And she LOVES taking trips in the car!!! She gets mad if I run to the store and DON’T bring her along. 🙂
My little cutie turns the most mundane of tasks into a fun game for all of us. She’s really the light of our life! And for a longhaired cat, she doesn’t shed much and requires very little grooming.
The only minor downside with this breed is their stubbornness/determination, that makes them harder to train than other breeds. She doesn’t take “no” for an answer and will argue for hours. And she shamelessly manipulates the other people in the house (i.e: I feed her, then she runs to dad crying like she’s STARVING so he feeds her… and so on).
~Dallas, owner of a Turkish Angora
Playful and sweet
I got my Turkish Angora, King Boo, last year. I love having him around. He is not like some other cats in that all they want is to be the center of attention and don’t give you any back. He cuddles my feet every night and gives me little bites.
He also follows me all around the house when I am going to do anything, just like a dog. He loves to play and no matter what he will sleep with the kids or us at night.
Turkish Angoras are so smart. They figure things out in no time and they are very friendly with other pets (he has never been mean to our hamster, he just lets her be).
~Gladys M., owner of a Turkish Angora
A cat who demands a bath
Diesel got his name because as a kitten he purred like a tractor. Now 6 years old, he has every attribute of the breed. He’s intelligent, loyal, and demands a bath when cleaning himself becomes a mega task (we live in a farming village in Turkey, so he does get very dirty at times).
He has two blue eyes and is stone deaf. We felt sorry for him at first, but having never heard a sound, he lives in a beautifully quiet world full of everything a cat would want without the fear of loud noises. His other senses are heightened as a result. and he is aware of our presence when we arrive home wherever he is in his territory.
He has trained my wife to feed him early in the morning by selectively knocking items off the dressing table — yes, he just loves breaking things. I’ve loved all the cats I’ve had, but Diesel really is something special.
~Cliff F, owner of a Turkish Angora