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Turkish Van
Recognized Breed

Turkish Van Energy Level 9
Playfulness 8
Dislikes Alone Time 8
Affection Level 8>
Vocality 7
Teachability 4
Intelligence 8
Autonomy 5
General Health 7
Grooming Needs 5
Ok with Kids 7
Ok with Other Pets 7
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OVERVIEW

Turkish Vans are unusual cats—these “Swimming Cats” love the water, and don't particularly care for naps. Many Turkish Vans sport unusual markings on their backs, which are thought to be a sign of divine favor. And they're certainly exceptionally soft: petting this breed feels like running your hand over a cashmere sweater.

This breed can grow to between 10-13 pounds and lives an average of 15-17 years.

FAST FACTS
Size: Large
Energy Level: High
Playfulness: Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
Affection Level: I looooove being with you
Vocality: I'm a chatty catty
Intelligence: You can SEE me thinking
Grooming Needs: Average
Dog-Like?: I'm a cat and proud of it

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS THE TURKISH VAN'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

This is a very affectionate breed, but on her own terms. Turkish Vans will happily rub against your ankles, but don't pick them up, thank you. These kitties prefer to feel all four paws on something solid.

WHAT IS TURKISH VAN'S BEHAVIOR LIKE?

Turkish Vans are pretty chatty but not particularly cuddly. This is a very active and highly energetic breed. Also, their love for water means you should definitely keep the lid down on your toilet unless you want your Turkish Van splashing around in there. You might just want to close the bathroom door entirely—otherwise she might figure out how to flush the toilet repeatedly or decide it's fun to “plop” various household items in. Of course, if you need a good reason to keep your plumber on speed dial…

HOW CAN I KEEP MY TURKISH VAN ENTERTAINED?

Turkish Vans love to play and perform tricks for you. Yours will also probably enjoy outsmarting the treats from puzzle toys, chasing feathered wand toys, or eviscerating stuffed toys. This cat is tough, so be prepared to replace toys often—it's another good way to keep her entertained, anyway. Semi-outdoor enclosures, like Catios, could be an especially big hit with this breed and give her hours of entertainment when you're not home.


CARE & HEALTH

WHAT DO TURKISH VANS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

This breed is particularly recognizable for her red markings, though these cats come in many color varieties. Plan to brush your Turkish Van a few times a week to stay on top of 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 VANS HAVE?

As a breed, Turkish Vans are typically healthy, strong, and vigorous.

Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.


IDEAL FAMILY

ARE TURKISH VANS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?

Turkish Vans aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers, though they are infrequent shedders. But shedding less doesn't make these breeds hypoallergenic. Dander found in urine, dead skin, and saliva (not pet hair) is what sets off allergy sufferers. Lighter-shedding cats will distribute fewer allergens around your home, though.

Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.

WHAT IS MY TURKISH VAN'S BEST DAY?

Offer this cat a Catio with a kiddie pool to splash around in, then bust out some brand-new catnip-infused toys that she can bat in. She'll be in kitty heaven.

SHOULD I ADOPT A TURKISH VAN?

Turkish Vans are constantly on the move, so if you're looking for a quiet, laid-back feline companion, you might want to keep looking. But if you can appreciate this odd duck for who she is, the Turkish Van will be an affectionate and amusing (if sometimes klutzy and wet) furry friend.

Have you decided that a Turkish Van 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.

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