History of the breed origin
For the first time this breed was noticed in the 16th century. The native land of the Persian Angora is Asia Minor (now Turkey and Iran). It is believed that the “snow queens” came from crossing a Caucasian and ordinary cat, not thoroughbred. The name came from the main Turkish city – Ankara.
The popularity of Persian Angora breed was gained due to the national Turkish hero Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Firstly, the eyes of the Father of the Turks (tour Atatürk) were of different colors.
And secondly, the hero once made a prophecy that he will be replaced by a man who will be bitten by a leg of a white Angor cat. Since those times in the East, Angors have been treated very respectfully and are waiting for a wise political decision in their choice of heroic feet.
In Europe, Angora cat brought waves of popularity in the 17th century. Traveling in the East, the Italian Pietro della Valle saw long-haired cats and was struck by their beauty because all European cats were exceptionally short-haired! The traveler brought several cats to Europe and Nicola-Claude Fabry de Perez started breeding the breed there.
Today, the Angora cat is already a stable breed, which is not threatened with extinction. Heterochromia kittens consistently take prizes at exhibitions, imposingly posing for the photo and pleasing their owners. There is one more breed in Turkey – the Turkish van.
Description of Turkish Angora breed
Turkish Angora is similar to the eastern beauty from the ancient picture. And the best ornament of the beauty is a peacock feather. This is what the tail of Persian Angora looks like. But besides the tail they have something to charm the Sultan and at the same time the owner.
1. The head of the Turkish Angora is a flat wedge. The head can be from small to medium sizes.
According to the breed standard, cheeks are sometimes included:
- The nose is long and straight, tapering towards the lobe;
- The ears are large and broad at the base, but end with sharp tips. The ears seem transparent;
- Eyes are large, slightly obliquely set, expressive. The color of the eyes can be anything. Blue, gray, gold, red eye color is acceptable, and heterochromia is also possible. Felinologists do not find the relationship between the color of the eyes and the main color of the animal;
- The neck of the Angora cat is thin, graceful, the length of the neck is medium.
2. Kittens of the Turkish Angora breed rarely grow to large sizes. Dry constitution is characteristic of the whole breed. The muscles of angora are well developed, and the body itself is slender and stretched.
The description of the limbs is similar to the description of the legs of the catwalk model – legs are slender and endless, however, the hind legs are longer than the forelegs. Paws are miniature, oval. Bundles of the fur are between the fingers on the paws.
Features of Angora cats are a natural charm and the ability to perform “belly dancing”. The Turkish Angora cannot be called a very well-fed cat, but you cannot take away their charms.
The length of this charm sometimes reaches the shoulders and looks like a white peacock’s feather. This, of course, is the tail. It is much longer than other breeds’ tails. The tail is thin without defects.
A “belly dance” in their performance is unlikely to be a spectacular performance. The weight of the cat is 2.5 – 3 kg, the tomcats weigh 3 – 5 kg.
3. The fur of the Turkish Angora has its own distinctive features. So, they do not have undercoat. The fur is silky and very soft. These cats wear a shirt-front on the neck, and on their hind legs are oriental trousers. The fur on the abdomen can be wavy, and it is the longest and crumbly on the tail.
The Turkish Angora is always concerned about how it looks from the outside, so nature has made it so that its fur does not get lost in the coils. The responses of the owners of this breed are unanimous in that the Turkish Angora surprisingly little fades and this is an obvious plus to karma!
4. You will be surprised, but the Turkish Angora became white-white quite recently – only in the 20th century and only thanks to the fact that the breeders bet on this color. Before, the solid white color of this breed was extremely rare.
5. Today, the white Angora is found everywhere, but there can also be Angora black, tortoiseshell, cream, marble and so on.
6. The kitten of the Turkish Angora, according to the standard, cannot be chocolate, lilac and Himalayan color.
The owners’ comments say that these cats are not very playful. Not talkative. Not frivolous.
But they are very faithful and cautious. They will look attentively for a long time to the stranger in the house, sniff and eventually will not come up.
Phlegmatic by nature, Turkish Angors love to hide in secluded places – whether it’s a chest of drawers, a fabulous place under sofa or a box of toys.
In general, the breed will suit not to very active people who appreciate the quiet and measured lifestyle.
Veterinarians deem the Turkish Angora as a healthy breed. But, alas, it is not without a few ‘spoons of tar’. The Turkish Angora may suffer (but not necessarily) from a characteristic disease:
- Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Or the explanation is a “fat big heart”. How to determine the onset of the disease and prevent its development? Pay attention to such symptoms as shortness of breath, associated with activity, a special cough, similar to vomiting. If the disease is detected in time, it is easy to cure and the disease will not affect the vital activity of the pet;
- Ataxia of the Angora cat, a disease which is inherent exclusively to this breed. Symptoms such as impaired coordination of movements indicate this diagnosis unerringly. The animal is immobilized and, alas, perishes;
- Finally, well-known fact – white Angoras often suffer from congenital deafness. The study shows that the absence of hearing is most often observed in white blue-eyed Turkish cats, on the second place – white Angora with eyes of different colors, the least common is deafness in white Turkish. Angora with the same eyes of a non-blue tone.
The life span of the cat of the Turkish Angora breed is 12-15 years, but with proper care, they become long-lived and can spend 20 years with the owner.
Care and maintenance
The price of oriental hospitality is the fine white fur of a pet. It is enough to comb the kitty weekly.
But we must remember that fur can turn, say, from snow-white into yellowish. To avoid this, Turkish Angoras need a special diet (below is detailed) and never smear the fur with compounds with the addition of mink oil – this will give the fur a nasty yellowness.
The eyes of Turkish cat also need special care – they must be wiped with a special lotion.
Often washing is not recommended, sometimes clean their ears. And they do not like it!
The Turkish Angora is a delicate creation. So is its stomach. It is not recommended to give food from your dinner table.
As already mentioned, in order the fur remains white, exclude the liver, heart and all food additives containing sea kale.
It is your choice – to feed your pet with ready-made food or prepare the first-second-third-and-compote yourself, most importantly, that the food must be balanced.
Remember that your long-haired beauty needs grass, to remove excess fur from the stomach.
It is claimed that cats with different eyes bring wealth and prosperity to their owners, and the Turkish people say that yellow-eyed Angoras are peace in the house, and blue-eyed ones are sinless.
Turkish Angora Price
A good price is from $30-$40. Specialized nurseries of the Turkish Angora expose the price depending on the class of the animal.