Turkish Angora cats are intelligent and playful. They are very protective and connected to a selected family member in whom they recognized lifelong companions. Naturally, Angoras want to interact with people, love humans and constantly seek a way to be helpful to them. These graceful and elegant cats like to stand at the top house positions to observe all house activities and seize the moment when to act. Turkish Angora cats are a scarce domestic breed, especially if you search for a cat of pure Turkish origin, although extroverts can be quick-tempered.

Breed Overview

WEIGHT: 7 to 15 pounds (3– 7 kg)

LENGTH: About 9 to 14 inches (23-36cm)

COAT: Long 

COAT COLOR: white, black, chocolate brown, smoke, silver, red-orange,bi-colored,  tabby, patterned

EYE COLOR: blue, green, yellow, amber, odd-eyed, heterochromatic

GOOD WITH: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families

LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12 to 18 years

OTHER TRAITS: easy to train, easy to groom, requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies

Breed Characteristics

Temperament

Turkish Angora cats are playful, intelligent, and involved in everyday life.  They are social and like to interact. Angoras are devoted and affectionate, full of energy and vocal. These cats are charming and desirable as their compassionate nature will not allow any house member to feel lonely near them.

Physical characteristic: the body is elegant with a silky white coat, but the breed is also possible in black, chocolate brown, tabby, or smoke shade tone. Eyes color may vary as blue, amber, green, yellow, heterochromatic, or odd-colored.

These cats are small to medium-sized cats with long and soft coats. Their eyes are large almond-shaped on small and round heads. 

Health

Angora cats usually have a deaf white cat gene, and it's not rare to have deaf Turkish Angora. In some Angora cats, owners can find kittens with hereditary ataxia when kittens show shaky movements. If you notice hereditary ataxia in your Angora kitten, it's good to know many of them do not live long. Cardiac condition, HCM, can be found in cats between the second and sixth life years, but it's not so common in this breed. 

Care

These cats have a single-layer coat and are very easy for grooming. Cats need weekly grooming, less than Persian cats because Persians have an undercoat. Regular brushing with monthly baths keeps these cats healthy and tidy with silky, shiny, and soft fur. Wipe their eyes daily and provide regular dental hygiene to them. Trim their nails regularly. Angoras do not shed as other long-haired cats. As very active cats, this breed needs a variety of toys for a happy and healthy life.

Facts

-Turkish Angora is also called Ankara cat, or just Angora
-animated Disney film The Aristocats from 1970 has the protagonist cat Duchess, which is Angora
-protagonist from the animated film Gay Purr-WW, Mewsette, is also an Angora cat.
-Genetically, Angoras from Turkey are different from the American Angora breed
-Turkish Angora cats are the only domestic cat breed kept and raised in the zoo as an attraction.

History

Turkish Angora cat descended from the African wildcat and was among the first domesticated breeds. The origin of Angoras was Fertile Crescent, a region in the Middle East.  Cat came in Europe during the 16th century and breeders recognized it in the 17th century. One book from the 18th century links Angora cats with Persian cats as different names for the same species. Cat connoisseurs claim The Persian cat breed developed from Turkish Angora mutations by American and British breeders. There is a slight difference immediately visible between these breeds:  Persian cats set flat faces.  Ataturk Forest Farm and Zoo, the farming area in Ankara, breeds pure white Ankara cats with odd eyes and attention to preserve and protect the original breed. Turkish Angoras in America can have many colors and patterns and minimal aesthetics and physical connection with pure white Angoras from Ataturk Forest Farm.

Children And Other Pets

Angora cats are friendly to children, but they have tendencies to choose a favorite human owner. They can be familiar with other pets, but they will show who the boss is in the pets community. Angora cats like to stand out and receive attention evenly.

Choosing the Best Food for Angora cat

Food for Angora cats should be rich in proteins and fibers and low in fat as these cats tend to gain weight. The recommendation is to provide dry and wet food and food that is optimal for their silky coat. 

Choosing the Best Food for Angora Kittens

Kittens should get complete and balanced food, which will allow them to grow and develop in their first year. Kitten food nutritionists adjusted to kittens' way of chewing, and for kittens, you should not replace food with adults food

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