Turkish Angora Cat and Kitten Information

The Turkish Angora is a medium, muscular and fine boned cat. Their large almond eyes range from green, gold, blue and copper. They mainly have white coats which are silky and medium long. Even though white is the dominate color, other colors are desirable. Parti, solids and tabbies are becoming more popular. Blues, blacks and a variety of other colors are acceptable for show purposes though the breed standard does note several exceptions.

The Turkish Angora displays a graceful manner that compliments its intelligence and curiosity. They are affectionate and devoted companion cats.

Brief History of the Turkish Angora Cat

As the names implies, the Turkish Angora is thought to have originated in Turkey. Some of the earliest references appeared in Europe around the Sixteenth Century. Uncontrolled breeding during the early Twentieth Century nearly rendered the Turkish Angora extinct. A program that originated in Turkey helped to reestablish the breed and the first Turkish Angora are said to have appeared in the United States in the mid 1950s. The breed gained recognition by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1968 and was given championship registration in 1972.

The ancestor of all domestic cats is the African Wildcat, the genus Felis Lybica. This genus is comprised of smaller cats. Cats are thought to have been domesticated with the advent of farming and the storage of grain. The grain attracted rats and other vermin which naturally attracted wild cats. As time evolved, certain of these cats were domesticated for the mutual benefit of both cat and man. The African Wildcat has certain features, which are obvious in the housecat of today.

Health

Cats who reside in the house should generally visit the veterinarian yearly, unless health problems are evident. Cats who enjoy the outdoors may need to see the vet as many as four times a year. When you take your cat to the vet, be sure to bring along a fresh stool sample so the vet can do a fecal exam to check for internal parasites such as tapeworm, round worm, whip worms and hook worms. The vet will also check for external parasites such as fleas, ticks and ear mites.

Any vet check should include a dental examination and a cleaning if necessary. Cats who are eight years of age or older are considered geriatric and additional blood and urine tests may be necessary to screen for any health problems. At about six months of age, the kitten should also be examined for sexual maturity and decisions about birth control should be made.

Behavioral Traits

Are said to be good swimmers They are considered highly intelligent They are very devoted to favored humans

Turkish Angora Cat Registries and Clubs

Turkish Angora Breeders Union Turkish Cat Society Cat Fanciers Association CFA International Cat Association The Traditional Cat Association TCA Canadian Cat Association CCA The Australian Cat Federation The American Association of Cat Enthusiasts AACE American Cat Fanciers Association United Feline Organization UFO Cats United International

Kitten Care

Kittens are generally available and the price depends upon bloodlines color and markings. Unlike puppies, kittens should not be separated from their mother until twelve to sixteen weeks of age. Some very important developmental stages occur during this period including emotional, mental and health. Curtailing this development may lead to any number of medical and behavioral problems.

Kittens that are separated from their mother at too young an age often fail to gain weight fast enough, have immune system problems because they have not had enough mothers milk. The may also develop eating and eliminating problems, and can have problems socializing with other cats and with people.

Every cat and kitten is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your cat or kitten. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.

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