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Turkish Angora

turkish-angora

An Entertaining Cat

Active, Eager to please, Playful

Turkish Angoras are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Turkish Angoras, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Turkish Angora and some can be quite irritating! Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Body:Medium-sized, graceful Coat:Single-coated, length varies, full, fine

Length of fur
3

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Turkish Angoras need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from their bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: They have a low maintenance single layer coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

Dental: Turkish Angoras can have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Turkish Angora are not lazy lap cats, but they are affectionate and thrive on human contact. They can be demanding of attention and will be your faithful shadow.

Positive Traits:

  • An excellent playmate and source of entertainment

  • Even-tempered; adapts to a wide variety of environments

  • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

  • Devoted and loyal

  • Playful and energetic

  • Low matting tendency

Negative Traits:

  • Very talkative, has an opinion about everything

  • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

  • Strong hunting instinct – will chase anything flying or scampering

  • Tends to be the alpha cat in multi-cat households

  • May be mischievous if not given enough attention

  • May resist being picked up and carried

Whether you are considering adding a new Turkish Angora to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Turkish Angora will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Turkish Angora you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Turkish Angora could encounter:

Heart Disease

FLUTD

Renal Failure

Hyperthyroidism

Diabetes Mellitus

Allergies/Atopy

The Turkish Angora originated in Turkey and was first brought to the United States in the mid 1900’s. The Turkish Angora was widely used in Persian breeding programs during the 1900’s to improve the Persian coat and because of this, almost became extinct as a separate breed. They have long bodies, wedge shaped heads, and a medium length coat with a slight wave that is most commonly white, although many colors are accepted. They are graceful and athletic cats that love to jump and lounge in high places; be sure to provide them with tall cat trees. The Turkish Angora is outgoing and friendly; they will often be the first to welcome guests into the home.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Turkish Angora shows signs of the following:

  • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

  • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

  • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

  • Care

    Routine Care: Turkish Angoras need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from their bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: They have a low maintenance single layer coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

    Dental: Turkish Angoras can have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Turkish Angora are not lazy lap cats, but they are affectionate and thrive on human contact. They can be demanding of attention and will be your faithful shadow.

    Positive Traits:

    • An excellent playmate and source of entertainment

    • Even-tempered; adapts to a wide variety of environments

    • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

    • Devoted and loyal

    • Playful and energetic

    • Low matting tendency

    Negative Traits:

    • Very talkative, has an opinion about everything

    • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

    • Strong hunting instinct – will chase anything flying or scampering

    • Tends to be the alpha cat in multi-cat households

    • May be mischievous if not given enough attention

    • May resist being picked up and carried

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Turkish Angora to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Turkish Angora will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Turkish Angora you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Turkish Angora could encounter:

    Heart Disease

    FLUTD

    Renal Failure

    Hyperthyroidism

    Diabetes Mellitus

    Allergies/Atopy

  • History

    The Turkish Angora originated in Turkey and was first brought to the United States in the mid 1900’s. The Turkish Angora was widely used in Persian breeding programs during the 1900’s to improve the Persian coat and because of this, almost became extinct as a separate breed. They have long bodies, wedge shaped heads, and a medium length coat with a slight wave that is most commonly white, although many colors are accepted. They are graceful and athletic cats that love to jump and lounge in high places; be sure to provide them with tall cat trees. The Turkish Angora is outgoing and friendly; they will often be the first to welcome guests into the home.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Turkish Angora shows signs of the following:

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

    • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

    • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

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