1. My cat, Toby, is a Turkish Angora.
2. The Turkish Angora is a breed of domestic cat. Turkish Angoras are one of the ancient, naturally-occurring cat breeds, having originated in central Turkey, in the Ankara region.
3. They mostly have a white, silky, medium-long length coat, no undercoat and fine bone structure. Because of their single coat, they seldom, if ever, get knots in their coats.
4. Although they are known for their shimmery white coat, currently there are more than twenty varieties including black, blue, and reddish fur. They come in tabby and tabby-white, along with smoke varieties, and are in every color other than pointed, lavender, and cinnamon.
5. Eyes may be blue, green or amber, or even one blue and one amber.
6. The W gene responsible for white coat and blue eye is closely related to the hearing ability, and presence of a blue eye can indicate the cat is deaf to the side the blue eye is located. However, a great many blue and odd-eyed white cats have normal hearing, and even deaf cats lead a very normal life if indoors.
7. Their ears are pointed and large, eyes are almond shaped ,and the head is large. Another characteristic is the fluffy tail, which is often kept parallel to the back.
8. Turkish Angora is an intelligent, adorable and a very curious breed which is very active throughout their life-span.
9. They also tend to bond with their owners and try to be the center of attention, often doing their part in conversations. Our Toby is very “vocal”.
10. They usually don’t like to be held for long, but like to stay in human presence, happily playing for hours. Toby is definitely not a cuddler and can’t tolerate being held or even patted for more than a few minutes.
11. In 1917, The Government of Turkey in conjunction with the Ankara Zoo began a meticulous breeding program to protect and preserve what they considered a national treasure, pure white Turkish Angoras with blue and amber eyes.
12. Turkish Angora, which was most recently brought to the United States in 1963, was accepted as a championship pedigreed breed in 1973 by the Cat Fanciers’ Association.
13. Turkish Angoras are interested in everything that you do. Whether you are working at your computer or cleaning your bathroom, your Angora feels it must be present to supervise the proceedings. Toby likes to “help” get morning coffee ready and seems to think he’s doing an important job…we’ve never bothered to tell him the difference. :-)