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A Beautiful, Long-Haired, Affectionate Cat with a Docile, Child-Friendly, Dog-Like Personality

Turkish Angora Kittens For Sale

If ever there were a cat with both a beautiful persona and an exquisite appearance, the Turkish Angora could be such a cat. These beautiful and loving cats are also playful, very intelligent, and completely cooperative. Also known as the "Turk" among enthusiasts and infatuated owners everywhere, this elegant and graceful cat can live happily in just about any situation. Whether within a family of energetic children or the solitude of a senior living complex, the Turkish Angora will accept its circumstances. While also accommodating to other animals (exclusive of rodents or birds), this cat usually prefers to be the dominant pet exhibiting an "alpha" personality among any other animals in your household.

History
Coming from the city of Ankara in Turkey, the Turkish Angora, also called the "Ankara" or the "Turk," takes its name from Ankara's original name, Angora. Originating in the 16th century, if not earlier, this is a natural breed considered to be a national treasure in Turkey. Perhaps the first long-haired cats to make their way to Europe, these beautiful and engaging cats have been attractive to visitors and invaders alike, coveted by all. Some have suggested that the Vikings were responsible for taking the Turkish Angora from Turkey more than a millennium ago.

Eventually, the Turkish Angora became nearly extinct and was only saved because the Ankara Zoo established a breeding program. The cats were first brought to the United States in 1954, and breeders instantly were intrigued by them. However, enthusiasts did not succeed in receiving attention by the Cat Fanciers’ Association until the mid-1960s. Turkish Angoras were first registered by the CFA in 1968, which gave full recognition to white cats in 1972. Colored Turkish Angoras were accepted in 1978. Most North American cat registries today recognize the Turkish Angora.

Appearance
With its long, fine, silky coat, the Turkish Angora is most often thought of as a white cat with blue eyes, but the breed actually comes in many colors. Tabby-white, tabby, smoke, and just about any other color or color combination is acceptable with a few exceptions: Lavender, cinnamon, chocolate, or points may indicate crossbreeding and therefore not purebred status.

Characterized by a long, muscular and firm body, it has long, fine-boned legs with hind legs longer than its front legs. Small, dainty, round paws often have tufts of fur between the toes, and the tail tapers from a wide base to a narrow end. The wedge-shaped head is small to medium in size, with large ears that sit high. Almond-shaped with a slight upward slant, this cat’s large eyes can be green, blue, gold, amber, or "odd," meaning eyes of two different colors including one green and one blue eye, one blue and one green-golden eye, or (generally) one blue and one amber eye.

(Note: Turkish Angoras with blue eyes are often deaf, a condition which is almost imperceptible since the cats show no signs of deficiency as a result. In fact, many owners report that their deaf cats have a unique sweetness and serenity perhaps as a consequence of the silence within which they live.)

In adulthood, the Turkish Angora weighs about 8 to 12 pounds if male and 7 to 10 pounds if female, and stands 10 to 14 inches at the shoulder.

Personality
Like many intelligent and curious cats, this one is able to solve problems which may be causing obstacles to its satisfaction. Often compared to a dog’s personality, this cat manifests a desire to protect you, whomever it has chosen as its favorite within the household.

Not fond of the usual, this cat is one you'll find perched up high on doors, bookcases, furniture, and even your own shoulders where they enjoy the ride and the privileged view. Affectionately "clingy," this cat will want to be near you at all times. While relaxed with you, the Turkish Angora can be quite domineering about its authority over the rest of your pets who will respect its alpha role without question. As with most cats, you should take care not to have rodents or birds as pets simply because of the typical feline prey instinct.

Health
Turkish Angora cats are quite healthy, but suffer some unique genetically related health problems and disorders. One of the most common is the propensity for blue-eyed, white-coated cats to be deaf. That's because the W gene produces both the white coat and blue-eyed combination in addition to deafness. While many blue-eyed cats are not deaf, this is still a common disorder. In addition, deaf cats may make perfectly suitable pets as long as owners agree to keep them indoors at all times for their protection. As previously mentioned, deaf cats can have an endearing sense of peace which may be a result of the quiet which envelops them.

Another disorder particular to the Turkish Angora is an autosomal recessive disorder called hereditary ataxia which causes shaking, but afflicted kittens do not generally survive to adulthood.

Finally, another genetically rare illness is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which generally affects cats between the ages of 2 to 6. Males are more commonly and severely affected than females. Extremely rare in the Turkish Angora, this problem is more common in other breeds like the Maine Coon, and the reason or result of the likely genetic mutation that causes this in the Turkish Angora has not yet been discovered. These cats are very long-lived if genetically healthy, with a lifespan of 12 to 18 years.

Grooming
While it would seem that a cat with such a long, silky coat would be prone to matting, it is not the case with the Turkish Angora who is extremely easy to care for. Groom once or twice a week with a slicker brush or fine-toothed comb to keep shedding (and hairballs) to a minimum.

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