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Jan - 2011-09-21
Wow, this is a very needy cat!! But beautiful. Lots to think about. You have a lot on your hands to keep them happy! and safe! Glad you have the time and knowledge to care for these cats.
My cat is cuddly, has runs up the carpeted stairs...etc.,

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-21
    Just curious but why do you say this cat is needy - really don't understand. Size, personality, just curious. Always wanted one and who knws might put it on my humans buckett list. Yes, I know they might have a problem with the birds but my human can figure that on out. I just think so gorgeous.
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shanaye - 2008-03-19
I love serval cats!

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  • gevihno - 2011-09-09
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Peddu - 2010-10-12
Hi It's nice to see this Cat...
Where can I buy this cat and how much it costs..

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  • gevihno - 2011-09-09
    Thank for write. We still have this kitten with us if you insterested you can contact us with this email
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Url - 2011-08-27
Last December, a week before Christmas, sone fool dumped a female Van
by my house, out in the country, East Texas. The first cold spell drove the little kitten into my green house, where I found her. Obviously used to human touch, she came right to me and, I'm happy to say, took right up with me and now, August of 2011, has become a most joyous addition to all the other "dumped" cats, living with me.

Not my first Van, she is very typical in behavior of a Van, taking over the house and home. Pitty the fool, who dumped her.

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    W8N4Wings - 2011-01-21
    Hello cat lovers, nice to meet you! Please meet a very special family member, my soon to be 14 year old blue eyed Turkish Angora, Casper. He was born 2/9/1997, the exact day my husband went home to be with our Lord and Savior.

    My Mother became very sick in 1995 with pneumonia and was on life support for 3 months. This left her disabled and she became lonely not being able to lead the active lifestyle she was used to. My Mother needed a friend, and Casper was sent from heaven to fulfill this need. I brought him to my Mother when he was 7 weeks old. They became inseparable.

    On November 30th 2006 my Mother was called home, Casper grieved right along with the rest of my family. My Father couldn't care for Casper due to needing a knee replacement, and I gladly brought Casper home with me.

    Casper can hear well, another reason I know he was heaven sent. God don't make mistakes, and I am honored that Casper is a part of my family.

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    • Sharon Dunn - 2011-07-10
      Casper is a very lucky boy to have had two loving homes! I too believe that God sends us animal friends when they are needed. I had a beloved dog that I knew was running short of time and I could not have imagined what I would do without him. About three years ago in December a stray dog showed up at our home whom I adopted. This wonderful dog loves our cats and they adore him. My beautiful old boy passed away six months later. While I missed him terribly, my new boy helped fill the hole in my heart. I am sure that God sent him to me knowing that my beloved old dog would be called home soon. Thank you for sharing your beautiful, inspiring story.
    • RA - 2011-08-22
      God sent my daughter ASHVARYA a guardian angel in the form of ZUZU-MALIBU , a 2 month old turkish van kedisi kitten which she rescued from a group of rowdy children. ZUZU is the most well behaved she kitten , a precious member of our family and loves to talk to us riding on my shoulders around my flat.One night my second daughter had a dream that my elder daughter(the one who had rescued the kitten )had fallen from our fourth floor flat at night and broken her leg. She was very upset. A week after this ZUZU MALIBU fell down in exactly the same way from our fourth floor flat and broke his leg. Both my daughters were inconsolable, saying that ZUZU had saved Ashvarya from the mishap of falling and breaking her leg, by taking on the mishap on herself. We showed ZUZU to the best vet, who performed world class cross wiring surgery on her small front leg. She is perfctly well now and runs like before, as if there was no mishap. We are sure that ZUZU is Ashvarya's GUARDIAN ANGEL.
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    Judy - 2008-02-10
    I just adopted my first Siamese from a local animal shelter (yesterday). The name she went by there was "Blondie" but I have changed it to Numiko. She is a lover and purrs all the time. I love her so much. My husband gave her to me for a Valentine's Day gift.

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    • Makaila - 2011-08-18
      Keep on writing and chuiggng away!
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    Jane Brader - 2011-08-13
    Our beautiful Havana Brown, Hershey, who is three years old, has been looking more and more black in the past three weeks. We've had an extremely hot summer in St Louis and he does enjoy going outside in his back yard, but not in the heat of the day, of course. Back in the winter he developed a reddish color around his neck and we thought maybe it was from the sun streaming through his favorite window. That coloring disappeared and now his coat his almost uniformly black. What is happening?? Will the wonderful chocolately color return? Has anyone seen this type of thing in their Havana Brown?

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    Jennifer - 2011-07-07
    I adopted a 3-month-old kitten from the local SPCA in August 2007. He was little and gray, and he "picked" me by meowing and not wanting me to put him down when I was holding him. I took him home, thinking he was an ordinary mutt, and then 2 years later was flipping through a cat breed book and saw a picture of a blue Turkish Angora and thought it was him! He is the description of a Turkish Angora to a tee, behavior-wise. He's so much fun to have around, a total lap cat and so affectionate and smart. I even taught him to fetch and sit on command! However, we are having dominance issues. Whenever I'm not doing what he wants me to be doing (i.e. talking on the phone, if I'm up and about and he wants to sit on my lap) or if I scold him for his (frequent) bad behavior, he bites me aggressively to the point where it draws blood). Other than this he is a wonderful pet. My friends all think I'm crazy for keeping him, but how could I give up my best friend?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-07
      Yep, defintely dominance issues. I would do some reading up (on the Internet) as to what/how you can stop it. I believe it can be stopped and it's a matter of knowing understanding why and when your Angora will do this. If you can learn why's & when's then maybe it can be prevented. Beautiful cat and I think it can be re-trained and taught.
    • Barbara - 2011-08-09
      Hi Jennifer - I too have a rescue that turned out to be Turkish Angora. He was either feral or just left somewhere because he was found at 4 weeks old on a golf course close to death. He also fetches and loves attention AND he also BITES just like you describe. I've struggled with this for a while and feel it is strongly associated with needing attention. What seems to work best for him is to either leave the room when he does this or put him in another room for a time-out. Over time he has bitten less and less. And if I make sure he gets at least 20 minutes of play time a day he does it less often too. Aside from that he's a wonderful, smart and gorgeous cat. And he's white with blue eyes and not deaf. Good luck!
    Jenn - 2010-05-17
    I have a 4 yo all white, blue eyed Turkish angora whom is not deaf! However, over the last several months I have noticed that she, Baila, has been calling out in a very loud voice during the daytime. It's as if she doesn't realize where she is or that she is scared or confused. Ever since she was a wee kitten she would call out in the same loud meow occasionally and only at night. Should I be concerned that she is going deaf? Or is this more of a behavioral sort of dilemma? Nothing else has changed in her environment, we live in the same house, she has a sister named Gabby who has been with her since she was a kitten, I have not changed her diet and otherwise she seems her normal very lively, happy self. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated...

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    • Wendy - 2010-05-20 3year old named "Smudges" is doing the same thing. It's sooo sad to hear her. I right away go to her and reassure her that I'm present and not to worry. Strange....I hope someone has an answer on why?

      P.S. My little Girl is very protective of me...Thus the disclaimer I hang in my kitchen. "Beware of the Attack Kitten"....
    • Angel - 2010-07-03
      I was adopted by a red tabby that I've recently found is a Turkish Angora; he also likes to "wail" at the top of his lungs. I've learned it means one of two things. Either he wants to go outside (once a cat's lived outside they have a difficult time adjusting to being indoors only), or he wants me to call out in return so he can locate me. Personally, I think the second issue is just so he can reassure himself, since I'm pretty certain he always knows where to find me! Anyway, it is a loud and insistent meow, and if you don't know your cat well, it may appear to be one indicating fear or insecurity. Try just calling out in response. If she comes running to you with a "oh, THERE you are!" attitude, then I think she may just be playing the "reassure me, i'm a scared little kitten" game. And I believe it IS a game, lol. Mal, my cat, is a great trickster! Good luck!
    • Marsha - 2010-07-21
      I had an odd eyed white Turkish angora that the neighbors left behind back in 1994. He died last year between the ages of 16 - 19 years old. He also howled and it drove me crazy. I had to put him in his own room at night so I could sleep. He would stop if I picked him up, but at 2AM in the morning I wasn't in the mood! The vets could never figure out why he did it. One thought that he was deaf in one ear since he had one blue eye. He stopped for quite awhile, but then when he got older he started in again. A certain toy used to trigger it so I actually took away the toy. But the howling still continued off and on. In old age he had seizures and one vet thought that the howling might have been excess electricity in his brain causing pain. During the seizure he did not cry out, but would become unable to walk. The most severe one, left him lying down on his side as if dead. I really do believe that the howling and the seizures were related. Maybe the breed has this problem.
    • Stephanie - 2010-07-23
      I wouldn't be worried at all. My male Turkish Angora (white with gold eyes), Waffles, does this ALL the time. Day and night. I think its just a breed thing. His father did it, his mother did (who was a tortoise shell Angora) and so did his siblings and children. It doesn't mean they're going deaf, it doesn't mean they have any problems. Its just a thing they do. Waffles has never been outside and he is FAR from deaf or in pain from something. Its just a weird quirk that Angoras have. So yeah, don't worry. It might suck, but there's nothing you can do about it.
    • Joe - 2011-01-10
      I agree with Marsha, it's just an angora thing. My cat's the same, I just respond to his howl and then he'll come running and mewing aka complaining to me as if to say " where have you been, I've been looking for you all over"
    • Sharon - 2011-02-22
      I rescued a gorgeous white cat who has turned out to be an Angora - he has a blue and a green eye and is stone deaf! This does not prevent him from meowing (off key:-)) at the top of his voice. This especially happens when he's wound himself around the curtain and thinks he's lost. I take him outside on a leash so he can enjoy the great outdoors, but being deaf and pure white (hence skin cancer prone) he's kept indoors - much to his chagrin! He's an absolute gem and I am very grateful to have found such a luck!
    • Michelle - 2011-02-24
      If your cat starts howling, especially in the middle of the night, and you know it is not hormonal, please take it to the Vet for a blood pressure test. My 20 year old started howling in the night (I thought it was senility) and it turns out it was high blood pressure. After putting her on meds in 2 days she stopped. Now my young male Angora calls, but he is healthy, just a doofus. I leave the radio on for him.
    • Jenn - 2011-03-26
      Just an update about Baila from my comments a year ago...she has been having seizures for about 9 months now. I believe the howling was actually her response during the post ictal stage once the seizure was over. She now has frequent (2-3x week) grand mal seizures lasting about 1-3 minutes which she howls and cries afterwards. Completely heartbreaking to watch, but the vet said as long as they don't last very long and she acts normally afterwards there is no need to put her on phenobarbital. She is still funny and totally gorgeous, and so much more affectionate since the seizures started. Aren't angoras terrific little sweethearts! Thanks for all of your replies. It's great to see all of the helpful feedback!
    • margie - 2011-05-28
      She sounds like she might of got scared. My baby ellie is a angorian white kitten she is almost a year old now there was a real bad storm and my baby started hidng. Everytime it gets windy or starts raining so I got her some toys and she really loves to play with a lazer lite. I also have a gull breed manx and those two are constantly running and playing its like the manx her name is cookie just had a litter of kittens and I got her spayed so she can't have anymore but she has adopted ellie they are unsperable at this point. Ellie also has a distinct meow when she gets upset. It's just there nature just let her know that she is ok and she will be ok.
    • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-29
      I had a Siamese cat named Ti. I thouht she wasn't the brightest bulb in the pack because she would seem to get lost in the house. She would find the kitty litter and her food, no problem. However, she would be in the master bedroom and start a meowing howl and I would go in and she would just be sitting there. It was like she was lost. Finally, when she did this meowing howl, I would call her and she would come. Then she would do things like fall off the sofa. I took her to the vet and the cat couldn't see. She wasn't completely blind but he said she couldn't see. Ti and I went home and I just learned when she meow howls to call her and when I had to go to work, I left her in the kitchen with the litter and food so she woldn't get lost. She was fine - she would just get lost and not be able to find her way back.
    • Sharon Dunn - 2011-07-10
      I had a female, white, short-hair cat that used to howl like she was dying or in great trouble. I would run downstairs in a panic to find her staring at me like I had some kind of problem! Now I have another female short-hair white cat with orange patches (like a Turkish Van) and she does the same thing. For no reason at all, she just sits in another room and howls or cries or makes weird noises. When I check on her she is just sitting, staring at me. We have other cats and no one else does this!
    • Michael - 2011-08-03
      I have a neutered male mostly gray with white Turkish Angora. Calvin is about 12 yrs old and has had few health ploblems. Like many Turkish Angoras, Calvin loves to be in high places, and he loves an open, empty box regardless of its size. Once he decides to jump in, he will manage to curl up in the box and sleep there for awhile. It's amazing how small some of the boxes have been that he has fitt into. And he loves ALL people, especially if they have a lap! The exception is little children, and I think it's because they are loud, move fast, and typically are unintentially rough with animals in general, and don't know how to gently pick up a cat.

      If we have no guests, there are only three adults in the house: my daughter, her husband, and myself. In general he will follow me and find a place near me. If I suddenly leave the house, he will howl--back to the question that was raised--not for a minute or so, but for many minutes.

      If I'm the only one in the house (which belongs to my daughter and her husband, and they both work long hours), he will begin howling and wandering about. When he start this up, I will yell out his name, and his howling may continue, but a little softer (no, he doesn't have a hearing issue). When this happens, I will yell out his name emphatically, and he will comically make a very soft sound that I swear shounds like the word, "what?" By the way, no one has mentioned that Turkish Angoras are "talking cats". They do not meow, but they have a variety of vocalizations. Going back to the issue of howling, at least in Calvins case, I think it's because he misses a particular person. I say that because when I return, he obviously is happy to see me; and as soon as I sit down on the couch, he will jump up and snuggle up next to me. Maybe others have had similar situations. Sorry for the long reply, but I wanted to add some additional background information, that led up to my answer to the question: in Calvins case the howling seems to be an indication of lonliness or missing a special person.
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    rather not b told - 2008-09-22
    I have a devon rex, an exact look alike! I seriously think that's my cat! Same markings and everything! The breeder we got him from had that wallpaper too, I think it's my cat!
    Editor's Note: Glad to know both you and your breeder like this cat, cuz we do too! And if your cat was in a Cat Show in Ridgecrest, CA it could be your cat, as that's where we took the picture.

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