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Turkish Van

TurkishVan

An Active Cat

Agile, Inquisitive, Sociable

Turkish Vans are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Turkish Vans , their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Turkish Van 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:Moderately long, sturdy, broad, muscular Coat:Semi-long, cashmere texture

Length of fur
4

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
5

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 Vans 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 Vans 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 Vans are affectionate and love to cuddle up next to you for a nap after exhausting their energy.

Positive Traits:

  • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

  • Social, enjoys the company of other cats and people

  • May meow to communicate with you!

  • Loves to play games, especially chase

  • Affectionate; forms strong bonds with family

  • Energetic, active, and athletic

Negative Traits:

  • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

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

  • Fearless and can get into trouble if not properly supervised

  • May resist being picked up and carried

  • May be easily startled by loud or strange sounds

  • Needs a lot of exercise

Whether you are considering adding a new Turkish Van 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 Van 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 Van 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 Van could encounter:

Heart Disease

Congenital Vertebral Malformations

Blood Type

Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

The Turkish Van originated in Eastern Turkey near Lake Van and was first exported to England in 1955. Van is a term describing the color pattern of a white body and colored markings on the head and tail. The Turkish Van has a soft, cashmere like, semi-long haired water resistant coat. Turkish Vans often like water and can be found swimming or playing with running water, earning them the nickname, “the Swimming Cat.” They are also highly intelligent and dexterous; able to open doors and turn on faucets. Turkish Vans love to climb and lounge in high places. Many Vans have dog-like traits; they can be trained to leash walk and love to play fetch. Turkish Vans are sweet, friendly, and curious.

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

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


  • Care

    Routine Care: Turkish Vans 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 Vans 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 Vans are affectionate and love to cuddle up next to you for a nap after exhausting their energy.

    Positive Traits:

    • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

    • Social, enjoys the company of other cats and people

    • May meow to communicate with you!

    • Loves to play games, especially chase

    • Affectionate; forms strong bonds with family

    • Energetic, active, and athletic

    Negative Traits:

    • May want to constantly be involved in your activities

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

    • Fearless and can get into trouble if not properly supervised

    • May resist being picked up and carried

    • May be easily startled by loud or strange sounds

    • Needs a lot of exercise

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Turkish Van 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 Van 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 Van 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 Van could encounter:

    Heart Disease

    Congenital Vertebral Malformations

    Blood Type

    Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

  • History

    The Turkish Van originated in Eastern Turkey near Lake Van and was first exported to England in 1955. Van is a term describing the color pattern of a white body and colored markings on the head and tail. The Turkish Van has a soft, cashmere like, semi-long haired water resistant coat. Turkish Vans often like water and can be found swimming or playing with running water, earning them the nickname, “the Swimming Cat.” They are also highly intelligent and dexterous; able to open doors and turn on faucets. Turkish Vans love to climb and lounge in high places. Many Vans have dog-like traits; they can be trained to leash walk and love to play fetch. Turkish Vans are sweet, friendly, and curious.

  • Watch Out For

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

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


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