Personality and Temperament
Also known as the Ankara cat, the Turkish Angora has a marvelous personality to match its stunning appearance. Highly intelligent, just a little bit talkative, and beloved for their tendency to develop complete devotion for their favorite person, these cats like to be in the middle of everything, often watching the action without actually joining in.
Of course, Turkish Angora cats do have a playful streak, curiously investigating cupboards, drawers, empty boxes, and everything else they can find their way into. They love games of chase, and can even learn to play fetch. The more you praise a Turkish Angora and applaud their antics, the happier they'll be and the stronger your bond will become.
The Turkish Angora is one of a few breeds that enjoy water. These cats have a fondness for faucets, and given the opportunity, will happily accompany their people into the shower or sit on the side of the bathtub, perhaps dipping a paw to create mesmerizing ripples. Some individuals have even been known to swim!
Although the Turkish Angora cat enjoys attention, members of this breed are a bit less demanding than some other breeds like the Siamese and Oriental Shorthair. As long as Turkish Angoras have plenty of toys to keep them entertained throughout the day, they're fine with spending time on their own and will greet you with great enthusiasm when you return from a long day at work.
Turkish Angora cats don't have any special nutritional needs, however it's best to offer a high-quality food that contains real meat or real fish as the number one ingredient. You might want to look for a brand that incorporates additional omega fatty acids to support skin and coat health.
Despite having a medium-long coat, the Turkish Angora does a fairly good job of keeping itself groomed. Since Turkish Angora cats have single coats with no heavy undercoat, they are not prone to developing mats. Of course, you're welcome to offer a daily brushing, which your cat will appreciate. Not only is this a great opportunity to bond with your cat, you'll catch any small tangles.
Turkish Angora cats love to play, particularly when others get involved. These cats love to chase balls and catnip mice, and they're fond of teaser wands, too. You'll want to treat your Turkish Angora to a cat tree that satisfies their instinctual need to climb, and they'll certainly appreciate other cat furniture, such as scratching posts and window seats. A well-stocked basket of toys will keep your Turkish Angora entertained.
As a natural cat breed, the Turkish Angora is generally healthy. A few rare conditions can affect Turkish Angoras, including ataxia, an inherited condition that is autosomal recessive. Affected kittens display tremors and typically do not survive to adulthood.
Some Turkish Angora cats (usually male) develop a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) at middle age. In addition, some Turkish Angoras, particularly those with white coats and blue eyes or odd-colored eyes, are born deaf, or with deafness in the ear on the same side as the blue eye.
The Turkish Angora cat evolved naturally in the mountains of Turkey many hundreds of years ago. The earliest written records of the breed trace back to France in the 1500s. Long-haired cats made their way to Britain and France as early as the late 1500s, coming from Russia, Persia, and Turkey. It's likely that some of these were Turkish Angoras.
In the early 20th century, European cat fanciers and breeders bred Angora cats to other long-haired breeds, including Persians. Before long, so much interbreeding had taken place that purebred Turkish Angora cats nearly became extinct. The cats were impossible to find outside of Turkey, where the breed is considered to be a national treasure.
In the early 1900s, Turkey's government and the Ankara Zoo developed a breeding program aimed at preserving the Angora cat breed. White Angora cats with blue eyes, gold eyes, or odd eyes (one blue eye and one eye in green, green-gold, or amber) were a main focus of the breeding program.
In 1962, a U.S. Army colonel named Walter Grant was stationed in Turkey. He and his wife exported a pair of Turkish Angora cats to the United States. These cats came with pedigrees and interest in the breed grew rapidly. Even though it was difficult to import Angora cats, more breeders joined the effort and these beautiful cats once again proliferated in the West.
The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) accepted Turkish Angora cats for registration in 1968, and in 1970, allowed provisional competition. In 1972, CFA granted the Turkish Angora championship status; however, this only applied to white Angoras. In 1978, CFA accepted all Turkish Angora cat colors for championship. All CFA Angora cats must have lineage that can be traced back to Turkey. Today, the Turkish Angora is recognized by major cat registries worldwide.
Did You Know?
The Turkish Angora cat is believed to be one of the first cat breeds to develop long hair.
Many Turkish Angoras are pure white, but the breed comes in many different colors and patterns.
Turkish Angora cats get along very well with other pets, however they have a dominant streak.
The Breed Standard
Legs & Paws
Where To Find a Turkish Angora Cat or Kitten
The Turkish Angora is quite rare, but it’s possible to find adults in need of adoption, either at a local animal shelter or cat rescue groups. A great way to search for an adoptable Turkish Angora is via Petfinder. It’s possible to find cats that look a lot like Turkish Angoras, or Turkish Angora mixes.
Finding a Turkish Angora kitten might take some time as there are not as many Turkish Angora breeders as breeders of more popular breeds. Before buying a kitten from a breeder, research their practices and ethics to ensure they are reputable and breeding healthy kittens. To start your search, visit the breeder referral pages of the Cat Fanciers’ Association and The International Cat Association. As with any rare cat breed, know that it’s common to get on a waiting list for a kitten.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do Turkish Angora cats cost?
A pet-quality Turkish Angora kitten usually costs anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500.
Why are Turkish Angora cats so expensive?
Turkish Angora kittens are more expensive than non-pedigreed kittens because responsible breeders spend a lot of time and money caring for their adult breeding Turkish Angora cats to ensure they are healthy, temperamentally sound, and good representations of the breed.
They might conduct specific health testing on the adult cats before breeding, and study pedigrees to ensure potential mates are a good combination. Adult Turkish Angora cats are sometimes available for adoption through local shelters and rescue groups for a modest adoption fee.
Are Turkish Angora cats good pets?
Turkish Angora cats are wonderful pets. They are affectionate with their favorite humans, but not clingy or overly demanding. Turkish Angora cats are curious, playful, and love to observe everything that goes on around them. This breed generally gets along with other pets, but might act a bit dominant.
Are Turkish Angora cats cuddly?
Turkish Angora cats do enjoy a snuggle, but on the whole they are not overly clingy. Some Turkish Angora cats like to hang out close by but not necessarily in your lap. All cats are individuals, regardless of breed, and some might enjoy cuddling more than others.