About the Turkish Angora
The Turkish angora is as wonderful as it is beautiful. A majestic feline companion for any loving family. The Turkish angora is one breed of cat who never fails to impress.
She is loving, affectionate and family friendly. She is stunning to look at and makes a fantastic host to guest. Originating from Turkey this cat is a national treasure and quite rightly too.
Turkish Angora History
The history of the Turkish Angora dates back as far as the 15th century. One of very few cat breeds who has a long, long history which has been documented.
French writer made reference to them with the earliest known documents being around late 15th century. The cat originates from Ankara, Turkey. Ankara was once known as Angora. Primarily a mountain region.
Angoras are a natural breed, they weren’t cross bred or the result of a breeding program. They are a beautiful gift from nature. It is thought the Angora is the descendant of the Manul cats which were domesticated by the Tatars.
Turkish Angoras are known as the first long haired breed of cat to arrive in Europe. Their fluffy tail and petite physique made them the envy of many cat breeders. Fast forward to the earliest noted cat shows and the Angora is, again, referenced too.
At that time the Angora was cross bred with the Persians which eventually led to them losing their sole identity. Thankfully, the Ankara zoo recognized this national treasure and began their own breeding program to preserve this loving cat.
In the mid 1900’s American soldiers stationed around Turkey would come across the cats often, telling people back home about them. At the time the Ankara zoo did not want to release any of the cats due to the past history of them losing their identity.
But, around 1962 the Zoo gave a paid or Turkish Angoras to Colonel Walter Grant and his wife. An odd colored eyed male and an amber colored eyed female. These two cats became the building blocks of the Angora breeding program in the USA.
Following this, more cats were released by the Zoo and by the 1970’s they were being imported fully.
Turkish Angora Cat Appearance
It is certainly not hard to know where to start when discussing the Turkish Angoras appearance. Her tail is a fluffy plump shape, which looks almost like a duster. The fur on her tail spreads outwards.
She has a lovely, silky texture and is known to glimmer and shine as she walks by. The Turkish angora is known to come in many different solid colors as well as tabby, tortoise shelled, calico and a number of other colors and patterns.
Underneath her smooth, shiny exterior this pretty little cat has a body which is strong and firm. Her legs are long and muscular, and her hind legs are slightly longer than her front. She has petite round paws and tufts of fur in between her toes.
The Angora has a small, wedges shaped head with high cheek bones and larger ears which are position high on her head. Her eyes can be blue, green, amber, gold or odd.
Turkish Angora Size
The Angora is a small – medium sized cat and can weigh between 7 – 10 lbs.
Females can weigh from 5 – 8 lbs.
Turkish Angora Personality and characteristics
If you are looking for a super fun, energetic and family friendly breed of cat, then the Turkish angora is for you. Often dubbed the Ballerina of the feline world.
Angoras love attention and they love to rule. She will be in charge from day one and has no problem asserting her dominance over dogs and other pets. Don’t worry though, inside she is as soft as cotton. She loves and adores attention from all members of the family.
She is known for her inquisitive nature and picks up tricks easily. Watch her from forming bad habits though as she is as stubborn as she is pretty. She is a highly intelligent breed of cat and loves to be challenged. Give her puzzles which reward her with a treat.
These felines love to climb, she intently stares down across her kingdom like Mufasa over the pride land. Having a cat tree for her will keep her entertained and stop her climbing on top of your furniture and refrigerator. You will often find her in the highest spot she can get too.
She has tonnes of energy and will love playing with fishing pole toys or peacock feathers.
She is great with families with young children, as long as they are taught not to poke or pull. Always make sure she has a route back to her safe space.
The Angora is also known to be a bit boisterous and cause some mischief, she will do whatever she can do to draw your attention. Whilst your working on your computer or reading or watching, don’t be surprised if she drapes across your shoulders.
The Turkish angora is charming, loving, gentle and affectionate cat but she does have a short attention span and a desire to be played with. Keep this in mind if you aren’t home a lot or if she will be left alone a lot.
Turkish Angora Life Span
The angora has an average life span of 12 – 18 years
Turkish Angora Health
The Angora is generally considered a healthy breed of cat. White angoras with blue eyes are sometimes born deaf, or may develop hearing issues in one or both ears.
The only other issues which have been associated with the angora are;
- Ataxia – A neuromuscular disorder which usually affect kittens around 2 – 4 weeks.
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – Enlarging of the heart muscle.
It is best to leave Turkish angora kittens until around four months before bringing them home. Most defects can be tested for and the breeder should be able to tell you about any health issues in the family or the litter.
Don’t forget your cat insurance, for minimal monthly payments your feline friend will be protected for what could be expensive treatments or surgeries.
Turkish Angora Grooming
The angora cat has a short, soft and silky coat. She needs minimal grooming. Once weekly is enough to help keep her coat shiny and remove any dead skin cells or knotted fur.
During shedding season though it may be advisable to undergo a twice grooming to disburse skin oils and remove dead skin.
Remember to visit your vet for regular check-ups and regularly check your cats’ ears and eyes.
Adopting a Turkish Angora Cat or Kitten
If you adopt an angora cat be sure to give her plenty of space and time to adjust to her new surroundings. Don’t over crowd her and you will soon see her loving side emerge. Angora breeders will be able to give you advice on how to welcome them into your home.
If you buy an Angora kitten then always ask about the parents and any diseases or illnesses in the litter and family genes.
Generally Turkish Angora cats or kittens for sale should come from loving homes who can provide you with advice on caring for you cat and any family history of illnesses.