Kitten History: Turkish Angora

Long, flowing fur perfectly complements the fine, elegant body of this natural breed.

By Stacy Hackett

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Turkish Angora © Helmi FlickYour Turkish Angora kitten calls to mind her romantic ancestors from Turkey, as she displays the regal good looks of her breed.

The Turkish Angora is one of the natural breeds in the cat fancy, most likely originating from the Manul cat domesticated by the Tartars. The breed eventually migrated to Turkey, where it is still regarded as one of that countrys national treasures. Though the breed was lovely, it would have been lost if not for the breeding efforts of the Ankara Zoo. The zoos methodical breeding program brought the Turkish Angora back from near extinction, and the proprietors were extremely protective of their cats.

While cat lovers around the world wanted a Turkish Angora, the zoo was reluctant to part with any from its beautiful colony. Finally, in 1963, an unrelated pair of Turkish Angoras made its way to the United States, imported by Colonel Walter Grant and his wife. The couple received another pair in 1966, and the U.S. Turkish Angora effort was underway. The Cat Fanciers Association accepted the Turkish Angora for show purposes in 1970.

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M. Taylor    Baton Rouge., LA

6/5/2011 11:05:35 AM

I have Turkish Angora she is gray/white, her name is Angel she is very smart and pretty.

Dan White    Westminster, CA

3/3/2011 4:05:31 PM

My 15 year old white, blue eyed female TA is NOT deaf and she is the most loving, well behaved cat i have ever had. She is very active and healthy.She has a beautiful rich coat that she keeps very clean. She even licks the back of my head when i'm sitting on the couch.

Sandi    O.C.,, OR

11/28/2009 10:10:49 PM

All of you below just described my Cuddles, except that she is silver-blue. She was dumped at a local community college where an organization picked her up and brought her to the vet hospital I worked at. This kitten st 5 weeks old was nothing near even 1 pound. She finally reached that at a little over 2 months. I didn't choose this kitten, she told me that I was hers. She was a great kitten, but then she grew up. She has become the bossiest woman, even trying to tell me when it's time to go to bed at night. On the other hand, Angora's have the most human like disposition of the cats. One night I hurt my shoulder and was crying from the pain. I had leaned over the back of my sofa. The next thing I knew, there was something touching that shoulder. I looked up, and she had put her "hand" on my shoulder and was crying real tears. Oh, but no other cats in the house. Dogs are ok, but no other cats.

Antonio & Lily    Saint Cloud, MN

6/21/2009 10:48:59 AM

Yeah, we've definitely have got a Turkish Angora. She is mostly white with light tan markings on her face & tail. Her name is "Nijii" (pronounced, Nee Gee) which is Ojibwa Native American for the word "friend". There is no other way to describe her unless you mention somewhere along the way how beautiful she is.
And yes, getting angry, running through the joint like a "cat' outta you know where & wanting all the lovin' she can work from ya is all part of who she truly is.
I am certain most Turkish Angora as this one are very soothing to the nerves of their owners...sooner or later, that is.

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