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.
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
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:
Congenital Vertebral Malformations
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: