Feels like a bunny, thinks like a Border Collie: the Turkish Angora is some cat. These kitties are kind of dog-ish, honestly. Some can be taught voice commands; others enjoy playing fetch with you. Graceful and elegant, this furry friend is completely devoted to her chosen people.
This breed is ancient; it's said that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) loved his white Angora. And France's sixteenth Louis let his Turkish Angoras have the run of state meetings, or so the story goes. His queen, Marie Antoinette, supposedly saved this breed by sending hers to America during the French Revolution.
Turkish Angoras can grow to between 5-10 pounds and live an average of 15-20 years.
Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
I looooove being with you
I talk when necessary
You can SEE me thinking
I mostly groom myself
I'm a cat and proud of it
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE TURKISH ANGORA'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Turkish Angoras are the life of any party. They are outgoing, curious, delighted to talk to strangers, and usually happy to have the company of other furry friends.
WHAT IS TURKISH ANGORA BEHAVIOR LIKE?
The Turkish Angora is very active. She'll climb to the highest points in your house to survey her domain, or gladly ride on your shoulders. She might even try to join you in the bathtub or the swimming pool out back! A trickster at heart, don't be surprised if she turns her silly sense of humor on you, leaping out and catching you unawares. She's also very chatty, so expect her to gloat if she's gotten the best of you.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY TURKISH ANGORA ENTERTAINED?
That Border Collie comparison is no joke. Turkish Angoras are very clever and extremely athletic, and will enjoy learning tricks and commands. Yours will thrive on lots to keep that brilliant brain active: consider kitty shelves and perches at sunny window ledges. If you're somewhere where it's possible, she'd probably especially love a Catio. And don't forget multiple short play sessions each day.
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO TURKISH ANGORAS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Turkish Angoras have silky fine-haired coats in a variety of colors. Plan to comb yours a few times a week to prevent mats and tangles.
Your cat's coat and skin can tell you a lot about her health and wellbeing. Healthy cats have coats that are smooth and shiny; they should have supple, clear skin. Nutrition and wellness factor heavily into the texture and luster of your kitty's coat, but you can help keep her looking and feeling her best with regular skin care and grooming. Most healthy, grownup cats won't need regular baths in addition to their own grooming routines—though if your cat is older, you might want to do some research on helping her keep up appearances.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO TURKISH ANGORAS HAVE?
Turkish Angoras are a generally healthy breed. Some are susceptible to heart disease. Blue-eyed white Turkish Angoras are sometimes deaf; white Turkish Angoras with different colored eyes might only be deaf on one side. Fortunately, deafness doesn't detract from life at all for the typical indoor cat.
Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
ARE TURKISH ANGORAS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
Turkish Angoras aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with daily brushings. This will reduce pet dander and loose hair floating through the air you breathe and landing on your clothes and furniture. Bonus: think of the money you'll save on lint rollers. If your pet allergies are mild, a regular grooming session could have a big impact on your quality of life with your pet.
WHAT IS MY TURKISH ANGORA'S BEST DAY?
Try opening cabinet doors for her to root through them and turning on the faucet so she can splash in the sink. Interactive play is this cat's pajamas. You might think about putting in a motion-sensor activated drinking fountain——that could keep your Turkish Angora busy for hours.
SHOULD I ADOPT A TURKISH ANGORA?
Turkish Angoras like just about everyone, and fit well into households with children, senior citizens, and everybody in between. They're affectionate, adaptable, social, and smart. If you're up for living with a furry little genius and can keep that beautiful brain busy, this cool kitty could be for you.
Have you decided that a Turkish Angora is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.