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Turkish Angora

Turkish Angora

The origins of this cat with mid-length fur date back more than 2000 years in East Asia. Their graceful gait and vaporous fur even charmed the French monarchy at the time of the sun king. Lively, curious and mischievous, they also enjoy moments of tenderness with members of the family. The Turkish Angora has a rather strong character; they know what they like and dislike, and anyone who goes against the will of Turkish Angora, beware!

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Key facts about the Turkish Angora

  • Life expectancy : Between 15 and 18 years
  • Temperament : Affectionate, Playful, Intelligent
  • Type of coat : Long
  • Price : Between £150 and £200

Physical characteristics of the Turkish Angora

Adult size

Female cat Between 12 and 13 in
Male cat Between 12 and 13 in

This cat usually reaches its adult size at around 10 to 12 months.

Weight

Female cat Between 4 and 11 lb
Male cat Between 4 and 11 lb

Coat colour

Black / seal, blue / grey-slate, ginger, white

All colours are recognised by the GCCF except chocolate, lilac, cinnamon et fawn.

Coat patterns

Solid / plain, tabby / striped, bicolour

Type of coat

Mid-length

Eye colour

Blue, aquamarine, green, golden yellow, walleyed

Description

The Turkish Angora is an average sized cat with a slim and athletic build. It has a fluid and gracious gait. Its head is triangular, with quite large ears, both wide and tall. It has a long, slender and muscular body. Silky and fine, its mid-length fur has little undercoat. Its hairs are longer around the collar, chest, stomach and tail. Its slender legs are slightly longer at the back. Its eyes are almond shaped or sometimes round.

Temperament

Affectionate

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This cat is extremely affectionate. It will happily lie on the sofa or bed with its owners to get its daily dose of caresses. Hug lovers, you will be satisfied.

Playful

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The great curiosity of this cat means that it will play with everything that it comes across, especially water. It loves climbing, even sometimes on your shoulders.

Calm

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While cuddly, this cat is still lively and curious and will bring the house alive with its playfulness and tricks.

Intelligent

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This small feline is intelligent and loves exploring its surroundings. It is prone to regularly practicing its tricks which will stimulate it a lot.

Fearful / wary of strangers

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Due to its curiosity this cat will be drawn to all things new, but some cats that were more sheltered as kittens might be a little more shy.

Independent

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This cat loves the company of humans and is fascinated by what they do, even if they are sometimes very clingy. It is also nicknamed the "cat-dog" by many. It nevertheless has a strong personality and is a real cat!

Behaviour of the Turkish Angora

Chatty

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This cat is quite chatty and makes an array of soft and expressive sounds to get the attention of its owners.

Need for exercise / Sporty

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Lively and playful, this cat needs a stimulating environment to use up its energy.

Tendency to run away

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This rather resourceful cat likes to have its freedom, even if it does not always make the most of it by sticking with the family.

Greedy / Gluttony

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Its liveliness and need for activity means it uses up a lot of energy. It is important to calculate the amount of food based on the weight and size of the cat. Using an interactive bowl will stop it from over-eating.

Compatibility

Turkish Angora and cats

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As with all cats, the Turkish Angora is solitary and prefers to be the only animal in the house. He can however cohabit and even sometimes get on with other cats if the introduction is well managed.

Turkish Angora and dogs

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They can get on well with dogs as long as the introduction of the two is careful and respectful and the cat can have access to high places when it wants to escape and rest.

Turkish Angora and children

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This is a social cat that tolerates children (they love that children have more time to play than adults!) but it is important to teach children to respect cats and understand their body language.

Turkish Angora and the elderly

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This cat could also suit a calm person, as long as it has a sufficiently stimulating environment to satisfy its curiosity and can interact through play at least twice per day.

Price

On average the price of a Turkish Angora kitten is between £150 and £200, the price varies depending on lineage, age, provenance and even gender. It costs on average £30/month to provide for its needs, to offer a quality diet and ensure it is healthy.

Grooming

The Turkish Angora does not have an undercoat, its fur does not have any particular grooming requirements, other than a weekly brush.

Hair loss

Brushing should be more regular during the summer moult. This cat can lose a large amount of hair at that time but regular brushing will maintain a beautiful coat.

Nutrition of the Turkish Angora

The Turkish Angora can eat dry or wet food, as long as it is of good quality. It requires a diet that is rich in fibre to avoid any digestion problems caused by ingesting hair whilst grooming.

Health of the Turkish Angora

Life expectancy

This cat can live for 15 to 18 years. Because this is such an active cat, some can even live a few years longer.

Strong / robust

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The Turkish Angora is a robust cat with a mid-length fur and little undercoat, which is thicker around the neck and stomach, helping him resist the cold and the heat.

Tendency to put on weight

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This cat does not have a specific tendency to put on weight, but as with most cats, it requires activity and stimulation to use up its energy and maintain a healthy weight. Adapting its diet depending on age and activity levels will also help avoid him becoming overweight.

Common illnesses

Its robustness makes him subject to no particular disease. However, an annual checkup with the vet is advised; he may, despite everything, develop the same illnesses as any other cat such as oral diseases.

Reproduction

Young Turkish Angora’s reach sexual maturity around 8 to 12 months. Pregnancy usually lasts 56 to 71 days with litters of between 3 and 5 kittens. 

Mating two white Turkish Angoras usually leads to deaf kittens.

Good to know

The Turkish Angora is an excellent life companion that loves being stroked and playing games. It does however have a strong temperament that must be treated with respect and kindness.

Origins and history

As its name suggests, the Turkish Angora originates from ancient Ankara, also called Angora, more than 2000 years ago. Imported to Europe in the 17th century by Pietro della Valle and Nicolas de Peiresc, this elegant cat with silky, mid-length fur quickly became the muse of artists and great European monarchs, who later discovered long-haired cats. Unfortunately, some dangerous cross-breeding led to the loss of its basic characteristics. The Second World War and the Turkish export ban almost got the better of this cat, but nobody was counting on the tenacity of an American couple, Mr. and Mrs. Grant, who are the originators of the modern Turkish Angora. It was not until the 1970s that this breed was officially recognised.

Names

Good names for a Turkish Angora: Cricket, Ova, Simon, Wish