All About Turkish Angora Cats and Kittens
The Turkish Angora, as known today, is one of the most outgoing, affectionate, intelligent breeds known. This cat tends to attach itself strongly to one person, but is also very loving and playful with the whole family, as well as with strangers. Therefore, it is a fabulous family pet, as well a great pet for older or single people living alone. The males are the better pets, being even more intensely loving than the females. Turkish Angoras love to jump and play. They often learn to fetch and do tricks. However, what they enjoy best is sitting on the lap of their owner to love and cuddle.
Turkish Angora Care
The Turkish Angora has a very silky, single coat, which does not mat. Grooming is a matter of a twice weekly combing with a rather fine-toothed grooming comb, or a slicker brush to remove the dead hair. However, during the spring molting season, more frequent grooming is essential to prevent hairballs.
Turkish Angora History:
The Turkish Angora is a natural breed of cat originating in Turkey. The Turkish Angora was the first known longhaired cat. They are highly regarded in Turkey as part of their national heritage. A few of these lovely cats were taken to Europe in the 16th century by travelers to Turkey. Some were given as gifts to the French royal family. The ladies of the court adored them which popularized them in Europe.
During the 1940’s, the Turkish government created a breeding program in several of their zoos to protect and propagate their breed. Although the Turkish Zoos breed only the white cats due to a cultural idiosyncrasy, the kittens produced are of many colors, as white is not a color, but rather a mask for the true genetic color. The Turkish Angora as known today did not come to the United States until 1962.
Turkish Angora Style:
The Turkish Angora is a medium-sized cat with a graceful, elegant style. They are long, slender having a muscular body with long legs and tail. The head is a smooth, rather pointed wedge with large, striking ears and eyes. Although the Turkish zoos only breed white, American breeders realized that that is a bad practice resulting in occasional deafness in the blue-eyed or odd-eyed whites. A deaf white cat is still a fabulous pet, as they do not use language and do not miss the sounds that they have never heard.
It is extremely hard to tell if a cat is deaf, as they compensate for their hearing lack so well with their other faculties. The Turkish Angora is accepted in all colors for show, except pointed or colors indicating hybrization with pointed cats. Cat lovers are learning the beauty and excitement of this wonderful breed in all its many colors.