Thursday, February 23, 2017

Getting To Know The Turkish Angora Cat

Getting To Know The Turkish Angora Cat 

If you like the luxurious look of the Persian Cat but prefer a more oriental looking feline friend, this breed is going to be the perfect breed for you. After all, the very first Persians were indeed bred from them.

The Turkish Angora Cat

Also known as Ankara Cat, because they are native to the Ankara Region of Turkey. Although the earliest documentation of a Turkish Angora Cat was dated the 17th century, the importing of long Haired Cats to Britain and France were as early as the 16th century. The Turkish Angora Cat came close to extinction from the excessive usage of them to improve the quality of the Persian Cat’s coat through breeding.

White Turkish Angora Cat
Angora Cats were recognised in Europe during the 17th century, and were often confused with Persian Cats. The process of breeding these two breeds together was very common back then, but the increased number of “Flat-faced” Persian Cats soon divided the two as separate breeds. Turkish Angoras were also known to be priced possessions of Marie Antoinette, as were the giant Cat breed Maine Coon. The Ankara Zoo in Turkey started a breeding program to preserve pure-bred white Turkish Angoras and they particularly favoured odd-eyed Angoras.

Turkish Angora vs PersianTurkish Angora vs Persian Cat
Left Persian Cat - Source
Right Turkish Angora Cat Source

The first Turkish Angora was brought to Canada in 1963 and recognised by the CFA only a decade later as a Pedigree Breed. Until 1978, only White Angora Cats were accepted in Show rings, but today, Angora Cats in all colours and patterns are permitted to participate. Still, Turkish breeders believe that the common Angoras now do not carry similar standards to a pure-bred with sturdier built from Turkey.


The Turkish Angoras sport unmistakable long, silky, luxurious looking coats on elegant bodies, mush like a lady in fine clothing. They are best known for their coats that “shimmer” in the light, in colours such as Tabby White, Black with Brown undercoat, Tabby, and also the Smoke variants.

Turkish Angora Tabby
A Turkish Angora’s eyes are almond shaped, they are usually Blue, Green, Amber, Yellow or Heterochromatic (Odd-eyed). They also have large pointed ears and a plumed tail, which sits upright. This is a medium sized breed, an adult Turkish Angora weighs from 2 kilograms to 4 kilograms.

Turkish Angora Odd Eyed

Fun Fact : Blue Eyes are caused by a gene which may indicate that the Angora Cat is deaf, but this does not inflict any other health problems. Most Angoras that are deaf still lead a normal life, due to their intelligence and love of human interaction.


You are looking at a playful, intelligent, and active Cat that loves human attention. Turkish Angoras are known for their desire to please and willingness to “help” their human counterparts. Although they are sociable creatures with family and other pets, they can be rather selective on their one favourite human companion and become protective of them.

White Turkish Angora Cat
There is no furniture too high for a Turkish Angora to act as a “watch tower”, some owners have also reported that their Angora Cats favours sitting on their shoulders. They are adaptable to a noisy, busy household too!

Grooming And Housing

Unlike most Long Haired Cat breeds, the long coat of a Turkish Angora is surprisingly easy to groom. This is because they only have a single coat of silky fur that rarely mats or tangle up. But brushing them at least twice a week and a bath once in two months is still necessary in maintaining their luscious fur. Practice good oral hygiene and keep their ears and eyes clean and dry. Nails should be clipped when they get too long.

Turkish Angora Pair
A Happy Angora Cat should be given plenty of high perches, like Cat Shelves and Cat Condos, if you want them to avoid your furniture. An elegant Cat like the Turkish Angora should also be housed indoors, and windows should be meshed, especially with their tendency to jump and rest on high grounds. You could walk them on a leash for some outdoor activities. Provide toys to keep your Cat entertained when you are unavailable.  

Personality Of The Turkish Angora

This is a perfect Cat if you are into felines but would love some Dog like characteristics. Spending time with them appeases their love for human bonding, and in turn you are able to train them easily. It requires a bit of patience to own a Cat like the Turkish Angora, because of their playful nature and short attention span, they could be rather stubborn for some people. Nevertheless it is a wonderful breed that would fit in with family and other pets, and as always, copious amount of research and preparations need to be done before owning any pet.

Adopting A Turkish Angora

Pet abandonment in Singapore is ongoing every single day, even exotic and beautiful Cats are victims of this issue. Before you purchase a pet, always check with our local Animal Shelters for available options. Perhaps you may not find the exact breed you’d hope for, and perhaps you might, but who’s to say your hearts won’t be won over by another feline friend at the shelters? J

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