Turkish Angora is one of the oldest native breeds in the world. This is a graceful and sociable cat with long silky fur.
Snow white Angora cats with blue or bicolor (one blue, the other yellow) eyes are especially appreciated.
Angora cats are smart and easy to train.
Beautiful and elegant, the Turkish Angora can surprise the unsuspecting with their athleticism and intelligence.
Turkish Angora have a developed intellect, easily opening bags, cabinets, and doors if desired. Also, these animals can learn to bring objects and turn on and off the light.
The Angora cat has an independent, wayward character. Usually it behaves calmly, but sometimes he likes to run around, knocking over everything in his path, so it is advisable to provide sufficient space for playing.
These cats love mouse toys, although it does not refuse other types of toys. If during a game you take away her toy, she will not calm down until she takes it back.
The Turkish Angora is very persistent and purposeful. He passionately loves walking and enjoys climbing somewhere. This cat does not like to sit on its owners lap for a long time, but strives to capture the attention of others, while it "talks" with the help of uterine purring sounds.
The Turkish Angora gets along well with pets, family members, but considers only one person to be the owner.
Cats of this breed have a developed hunting instinct, so they are happy to master various toys and arrange ambushes. If the owner gets a the kitten used to water, the adult cat will insist on bathing.
The Angora treats strangers with caution, until she gets used to the new faces. The pet is obedient, easily accustomed to the scratching post, the litter box, and the rules of conduct in the house. If for some reason the animal is offended by the owner, it will intentionally violate the rules as revenge.
This is a sociable breed, best suited in a home that will have another cat or dog to keep them company if someone is not home all day. They are known to follow commands, stay by their owner's side and sleep snuggled in their bed. They get along with others, including pets, and are comfortable with older kids.
Felinologists never managed to find out exactly when and how this breed originated. The Angora cats have lived next to man for many centuries. Presumably, their Caucasian grandfather, who lived in Turkey in the Middle Ages, was their ancestor.
The breed appeared and developed in the territory of this state, and received its name in honor of the city of Ankara, which since 1923 has been the capital.
The first time wayward fluffy pets were mentioned in local legends was in the 15th century. Only noble persons could afford to keep cats of white color with bicolor eyes, although other colors were natural.
It was believed that the ruler of Turkey should be a man who is bitten by such an animal.
Another legend explaining the veneration of Angora cats is that one of the national saints had eyes of different colors.
An interesting fact: modern Turkish Angora do not look like their "great-grandparents": for a long time they underwent changes, but they still had unusual fur, grace and sophistication.
In Europe, the Turkish Angora appeared at the beginning of the XVII century thanks to an Italian aristocrat. Traveling in Turkey, Persia and India, he became interested in the unusual white cats with long hair. The Italian took a pair of fluffy beauties with him.
Turkish Angora immediately became very popular, especially at the French court. It is known that one of the first owners of the Angora cat in Europe was none other than the omnipotent Cardinal de Richelieu. Later, pets of this breed were chosen by no less famous French: Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette, Victor Hugo, Teofil Gautier. Angora cat was the favorite of the Russian Empress Catherine the Great. However, despite its popularity, no one was engaged in its systematic selection.
At the beginning of the XIX century, the breed came to the United States, but quickly became auxiliary, serving for breeding Persian cats. At home in 1917-1930 Turkish Angora was recognized as a national treasure. The government founded a program to restore the breed that began to fade away in the nursery of the Ankara Zoo.
In the 1950's, American servicemen found the exquisite cats in the Ankara Zoo and carried news of them home. In 1962, the Ankara Zoo allowed Colonel and Mrs. Walter Grant to have an odd-eyed white male named Yildiz and an amber-eyed white female named Yildizcek. These cats became the foundation of a new breeding program in the USA. On the founding of TICA in 1979, the Turkish Angora was one of the original breeds in championship competition.
Today the breed has champion status in all world felinological organizations. To preserve the gene pool since 1996, the Turkish government closed the export of white Angora from the country, but left the possibility of exporting cats of other colors, which are considered equivalent. Interestingly, in Turkey, white Angora cats with multi-colored eyes are allowed into mosques.
Turkish Angora need minimal care. In a healthy animal, silky hair does not tangled, so it is enough to comb it 2 times a week.
During the summer period, strong molting can bring a lot of trouble.
Take care of the animal’s leisure so that your pet doesn’t spoil the furniture: buy a multi-level “cat tree”, a scratching post, a set of toys. Get a house for the cat - personal space will become a reliable shelter for angora, will allow her to hide her favorite toys and just relax. If you have accustomed a pet to a claw point, it is not necessary to trim the claws.
Snow-white Angora cats with blue or bicolor (one blue, the other yellow) eyes are especially appreciated.
White individuals with blue eyes are often born deaf, although their character does not change from this. It is better to completely transfer such animals to home keeping and walking on a harness. In bicolor cats, deafness can affect only one ear (from the side of the blue eye).
In the homeland of Angora cats, it is generally accepted in Turkey that it is the snow-white coat color that is characteristic and original for this breed. In this case, the nose of the nose and paw pads of the animal should be pink.
The admirers of Angora cats were many famous people. The French writer and poet Victor Hugo lived an Angora cat, who was called as one of the characters in the novel “Les Miserables” - Gavrosh. The poet Theophile Gauthier loved his many cats so much that he sat them at the table with him. At dinner, Angora Zizi occupied a place of honor. The Queen of France, Marie Antoinette, anticipating her tragic death during the French Revolution, intended to flee to America. With her on the ship, she was going to take only the most valuable, including six Angora cats.