One of the most majestic, delicate and elegant breeds that exist in the feline world is undoubtedly the Turkish angora cat. It is believed that this breed is one of the oldest domestic cats that exist, and are also considered as the first long hair in history. Its origin is in the Ankara region, located in Turkey, from where it is named. Although it is not clear the time or the way in which the race appeared as such.
One of the theories suggests that these cats appeared from other wild cats bred in China. Or that they could develop from native cats naturally, when they began to adapt to the cold medium in which they lived and to show off a long, dense fur. In this theory, the first specimens similar to the Turkish angora would have appeared in Russia, and from there they would have expanded to other territories to give rise to the Turkish angora cat itself, the Maine coon or the Norwegian forest.
What is clear is that the development of the breed as such occurred in Turkey, and that there these animals took on a great prominence in a short time. Its unique physical features in the feline world were striking enough that the Turkish angora could be regarded as an almost sacred animal. Its their white color throughout the fur, and its usual characteristic of heterochromia, or an eye of each color, were considered as symbols of purity. Becoming one of Turkey’s national treasures. There are even popular legends around this animal that claim that one day the founder of Turkey will return to the world as a reincarnation in this animal.
The beauty of these animals, their elegance and their temperamental characteristics, caused them to gradually reach other countries. First, from Europe, where they were given as gifts from the Turkish Sultan to the nobility, according to some documents of the sixteenth century. Thus, Turkish angora cats entered the English court, and then in the French court, where they were also highly valued by the people of the highest position.
To speak of the Turkish angora cat as an official breed, you have to advance in time until the 70s. First it was the CFA and then the FIFE the feline organizations that recognized the Turkish angora cat as a breed. Despite this and all its qualities, it is not one of the breeds with more specimens in the whole world.
Features of the Turkish Angora
The Turkish angora cat can be described as an animal of elegant and sophisticated movements, characterized by great beauty and delicacy in a physique that does not always correspond to its active and playful temperament. The most striking thing without a doubt among all its features is that silky and fluffy fur that sometimes resembles the feathers of birds. But it is not the only thing that makes this feline unique, so you have to know the rest of the characteristics of the Turkish angora.
The turkish angora is a medium-sized cat compared to other similar felines, although it can sometimes appear larger due to its fur. Its average weight is around 7 pounds (4 kilos), a normal weight for most domestic cats.
Its body is elongated and athletic, very stylized. It keeps the proportions perfectly throughout its body, although its head is rather small compared to the rest of its anatomy. It is striking that its hind legs are taller than the front legs, but this is not a problem for the animal. It stands out a long and very fluffy tail with a long and soft fur, and almond and large eyes for the size of its head. Another of the striking rarities of this breed is that it usually show heterochromia in its eyes, this means,that its eyes differ in color from one to the other. Most commonly, it has a yellow or yellow eye and another blue or green eye, but combinations may vary.
On the color of its fur, originally only the white Turkish angora cat was accepted completely, but over time other colors appeared, so now you can see shades such as orange, blue, creamy, brown, etc. Although it is not common to find a black Turkish angora cat.
Turkish Angora Behavior
The character of the Turkish angora is playful without becoming hyperactive. He knows how to be calm when the situation requires it, and active in the play moments. He likes to carry out all kinds of activities that develop his physique and his mind, but he also enjoys rest and moments of tranquility.
He is a rather sociable cat who loves to spend time with his human family, even adopting canine behaviors such as following his owner throughout the house. However, it may be unsure in dealing with children or strangers if it is not used to them since it is a kitten.
They are obedient and docile animals, who learn fast thanks as they are very smart, so it is a cat that can be taught various tricks quite easily.
They also easily adapt to life anywhere as long as its owners give them the attention they need, especially when it comes to affection and activity sessions.
Main diseases of the Turkish Angora
One of the most advantageous characteristics of the Turkish angora cat is that it does not suffer from congenital diseases that do affect other cats. The only problem to which they are more likely to suffer than other breeds is to deafness, which often appears in white specimens with both eyes of the same color. Apart from that, there are diseases common to all cats, such as hairballs in the stomach, and others of contagious origin that can be avoided following some basic patterns of habits and hygiene. And, of course, going to the vet at least twice a year to carry their vaccinations and deworming.
Basic care of the Turkish Angora
Among the care needed by the Turkish angora cat stands out the need to brush its fur several times a week to remove dead hair. In this way, in addition to keeping its fur in the best possible condition, it prevents them from swallowing too much soil hair, which will become hairballs in its digestive system that can lead to different problems. With these frequent brushing the fur will remain in good condition, but do not forget the complete baths once every 6 or 8 weeks with a shampoo that enhances the tone of its hair and that is a specific product for cats.
Another thing to keep in mind as part of the care of this breed is the food, which must be balanced and always in the right amounts for its level of activity and size. Like most cats, it will tend to put on weight if it is offered too much food, so be aware of this point to protect its health and get you always in the best condition.
Finally, we must not forget the exercise and education within the care that the Turkish angora cat needs. Exercise is essential for its physical health, just as education is essential for its mental health. In this way, you will have a balanced and healthy cat as an adult, to enjoy with it an unique relationship for many years.