Turkish Angora Cat: Facts & Trivia

The Turkish Angora cat is a beautiful, longhair from the Ankara region of Turkey. This is a natural and ancient breed with references dating it back to the 14th century.

Turkish Angora Appearance: 

Turkish Angora cats are fine boned, lithe, smaller cats weighing 5-9 pounds (2.3-4.1 kg). These cats are best known for their long silky, fine coat, plumed tail and brilliant blue eyes. Commonly, they are white with blue eyes, however they can come in a variety of colors and patterns. They are often said to look like snow weasels. 

Turkish Angora cats can have eye colors other than blue. Those with blue eyes have an increased risk of being born deaf as the gene that gives the Turkish Angor its brilliant white coat and blue eyes also selects for deafness. Some Turkish Angora cats are odd eyed, with one eye a different color than the other eye. If one these eyes is blue then there is increased chance that the cat will be deaf on that side. 

In full winter coat the Turkish Angora has a mane, a fully plumed tail, and britches on their hind legs. 

Turkish Angora cats have a lifespan of 12-18 years.

Turkish Angora Temperament: 

Turkish Angora cats are constantly in motion and known as a bit of a prankster. They seek constant attention and will pounce or your toes or push your favorite item off a shelf to get your attention.

These are very social and affectionate cats. Commonly they bond strongly to one person in the family and follow them around the house or sit on your shoulders as you move about. Turkish Angoracats do not like to be confined and will struggle free if you try to hold them for a long period of time. These cats are known to play in water, even jumping into a pool for a swim.

Turkish Angoracats get depressed if left alone for long periods of time. If you are going to leave them alone for a long time another cat or even dog is a good idea. They do very well with kids and other animals including dogs. 

Other: This breed is recognized by CFA, FIFe, CAA, TICA and other organizations.
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