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Angora Cat

An ancient and exotic breed with roots in Turkey.

The Angora cat (also known as the Turkish Angora, Ankara, Ankara kedisi or Ankara cat) is a very old breed and is thought to have contributed genetics for both long haired and white cats in cats throughout the world. Originating in Turkey, they are thought to have existed even as early as the 14th century. They are a separate breed from the Turkish Van, another breed originating in Turkey. 

They are quite a fine cat, with a medium-long white coat and often have heterochromia or different coloured eyes. Their life expectancy is 10 to 15 years. 

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Cat Breed Facts & Characteristics

Origin

Turkey 

Also known as

Turkish Angora, Ankara, Ankara kedisi, Ankara cat 

Size 

20 to 30cms, 3 to 5.5kgs

Weight Range

3 to 5.5kgs

Colours

White

Life expectancy

10 to 15 years 

Coat

Long and silky, frequent brushing needed  

Temperament 

Athletic, intelligent, tend to bond with one person

Exercise requirements

High 

Best suited for 

Wide variety of households 

Apartment Friendly

Yes 

Personality

The Angora cat is a natural athlete with a strong intellect. They are friendly, but often form a strong bond with one human. They like to climb and jump, so providing them with appropriate vertical surfaces, is important. They are well suited to apartment living if they are given plenty to keep them occupied. As natural athletes make sure they are provided with plenty of cat trees and toys to help keep them occupied. Keep your Angora cat indoors or in a cat friendly enclosure to help keep them safe from roads, other cats and snakes as well as helps to keep wildlife safe from your cat.

Grooming 

The coat is long and silky. Regular grooming is important to help keep the coat in top condition. You may not notice your cat scratching like you would with a dog, but the cat flea "Ctenocephalides felis" is the most common flea found on both dogs and cats. So, make sure your kitty is on flea and tick control all year round to prevent these nasty parasites. 

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Angora, select a premium food appropriate to your cats age and life stage. Consider a premium food that offers urinary tract protection for your cat. Ensure that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size to ensure your fur baby gets appropriate nutrition. Always ensure your Angora cat has a constant supply of fresh water available and consider providing them with a water fountain, as many cats prefer to drink moving water.

Common Health Concerns 

The five most common reasons for an Angora cat to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data from 2016 to 2020 included traumatic accidents, eye problems including corneal ulcers, musculoskeletal pain, and skin conditions

With a curious and active nature, traumatic accidents were ranked as the top reason for Angora cats to visit the vet from 2016 to 2020. It may be possible to lower the risk of traumatic accidents by keeping cats indoors or in a cat safe enclosure. 

Table:  The five most common reasons for an Angora cat to visit the vet (excluding for routine visits like vaccinations). Source, PetSure data 2016-2020.  

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Traumatic accident 

$110

$226

2

Eye conditions, including corneal ulcer and conjunctivitis

$160

$288

3

Fever 

$834

$1,745

4

Musculoskeletal pain

$133

$177

5

Skin conditions

$110

$148

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Angora names

According to PetSure data from 2016-2020, the most popular names for Angora cats were:

Most popular names

  1. Charlie
  2. Oreo
  3. Oliver
  4. Tilly
  5. Ash
  6. Bud
  7. Chai
  8. Lilly
  9. Loki
  10. Lola 

Most popular female names

  1. Charlie
  2. Tilly
  3. Chai
  4. Lilly
  5. Lola
  6. Louis
  7. Millie
  8. Phoenix
  9. Roxy
  10. Sasha

Most popular male names

  1. Oreo
  2. Oliver
  3. Ash
  4. Bud
  5. Loki
  6. Milo
  7. Mocha
  8. Momo
  9. Sarah
  10. Toby

Did you know?

There is a Zoo in Turkey that breeds and sells Angora cats to help to preserve this rare breed. 

Where can I get an Angora cat?

Angora cats are very uncommon in Australia. If you are looking for a long-haired white cat, your local animal shelter or rescue organisation would be a fantastic place to start as there are many cats in need of loving homes. 

References

  1. The Cat Fanciers Association, The Turkish Angora, Accessed on 07/04/2021
  2. Wikipedia, Turkish Angora, Accessed on 07/04/2021
  3. Wikipedia, Ataturk Forest Farm and Zoo, Accessed on 07/04/0210

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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