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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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  • Anonymous - 2011-08-03
    What did you name him?
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Katie Jahnsen - 2011-07-29
Do you have to have an animal licence to own an African Serval?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-30
    I would say yes. In Florida you do - You can check with the United States Departement of Agriculture (USDA) inyour state and they will tell if you are required to have a license. They will also provide you with information on what you need to do to get a license if you wish to go that route. Good luck.
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js - 2011-07-05
My little Whitey passed away today at only 11 years old. No symptoms over a long period except for an aversion to his normal deli cat. I switched to fancy feast and he became ecstatic for about a couple weeks, then stopped eating that. He laid down and stared at his dish for half a day. Wobbly gait. When I tried to wake him today, he coughed and weased and tried to move, but by the time we got to the vet his heart was beating but he wasn't breathing. Just an occassional cough. I hope he passed away in no pain. I loved my boy. I got him 3 months before meeting my current wife. We are sick.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-06
    I am so sorry. I had my kitten for 17 years and I still miss her.
  • Sharon Dunn - 2011-07-10
    I cried when I read your story. I have cats too and have lost some in the past due to old age and illness. Please take comfort in knowing that your little "Whitey" knew how much he was loved and was adored by you both. What a lucky kitty to have such a loving home and such devoted owners. When it was time, you gave him the gift of a peaceful end. I am sure he did not suffer knowing that you were right there with him.
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zoraida - 2011-07-05
My family and I wanted to adopt a dog or cat so we decided to adopt a cat because my 3 year old doesn't like dogs. So we went to tree house humane society as soon as we walked in there was a lot of different cats and right away a 1 year old cat went up to me and befriended me and my family so we looked and looked and the next day we went back and adopted the cat that befriended us and so it turned out to be an ocicat she is amazing she is friendly and follows us every where in the house she is our baby and she stole all of our hearts. She acts like a dog but has the most adorable meows we love her and she knows it. It only took three days for her to get comfortable with us and now she sleeps in my bed next to me and my husband my children loves her and she is good with them. I am so lucky to have her in our lives.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-06
    Ocicats are great. My friend has one and loves it.
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Cindy - 2010-03-04
I own a serval, and the only negative comments I can make is that she is way smarter than my husband, and her farts could knock a buzzard off a poop wagon. She is very loving, social, and gets along well with everyone, including people, children, and other pets.

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  • Kevin - 2010-03-22
    How did you come about owning one of these animals?
  • fred - 2010-03-30
    Hi Cindy:

    How old is your serval? Does your serval spray inside the house and how are her litter box habits? I am trying to find out if a serval would make a good pet to travel with me. I am also thinking of getting a caracal, if they would make a more suitable traveling companion.
  • Nic Gore - 2010-05-02
    Where can I buy a serval?
  • jeff - 2010-10-16
    I also own a serval he is a love bug plays well with our 18 month old daughter and other cats. Great pet if you have the time.
  • Madison - 2011-01-23
    Where did you get your serval? I have been searching for what seems like forever but still no luck. Give me the website/email if possible.
  • Mimi - 2011-02-16
    Is this the only type of cat that gets that big? My daughter loves cats course she is only two but my in law said the other day that they have big cats that can get as big as a dog but she couldn't remember the name. So that is my question as far as are their different types and also where do you search for one so you have to go through an exotic country for them or are they here in the states? Thanks for taking your time to read my comment and she is beautiful love the print on her:)
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Faith Temiz - 2009-06-17
Hi, I live in Portland, Oregon. My daughter will give away her two Van cats free, ther are healty and very clean. She has twin babies and can't take care of the cats. Do you know anyone who would want them? Thanks.

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  • Appalled - 2010-03-14
    Contact people on, portland area. Do not take them to the animal shelter, they stand a good chance of being destroyed.
  • adnan - 2010-04-26
    Still available?
  • German Pastrana - 2011-05-26
    Hi, I'm looking for a Turkey Van Cat because I love the caracteristic of these cat. I read a lot about them and its seems the are lovable. Will you send me pictures of the cats? Do you still seeking home for them? Please contact me via email
  • lynda jones - 2011-06-25
    A medical student is looking for such a cat. He is one of my employees,
    thank you
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linda - 2010-08-24
I have had 2 siamese one 18yrs, one 17yrs. I now have lilly, a tonkinese, she was 2 yrs when I got her. This is the most wonderful cat I have ever had or seen, she is so gentle, loving, funny, follows me like a dog, sleeps against me,comes when I call her name, would highly recommend the tonkinese to any cat lover!

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  • Dale and Janet - 2010-11-23
    I got my first Natural Mink Tonkinese, Cheesecake in 1985 -he was bred from a Sable Burmese mother and a Seal Point Siamese father - Cheesecake was 17 years old when he got lympho sarcoma-cancer - it broke our hearts but we had already fallen in love with Tonks - we also had Sasafrass Marie at the same time - she was a Seal Point Siamese girl that lived until she was 19 years old - we lost her to heart and kidney failure. Again ours hearts broke. We now have two Tonks - Charlie is a Champagne Mink 8 year old sweetest kitty boy with the kindest heart and soul we have ever known. Oliver is a Blue Point 3 year old very active and loving kitty boy. Both are very athletic and extremely smart and always polite to everyone including the vets. We wouldn't be without our kitties whether they be Siamese or Tonkinese - you just can't beat them!
  • Sharon Fox - 2011-06-16
    We have a blue point Tonkinese called Oscar, he is only 9 months old and is the best cat we have ever had. He is so affectionate and loves lots of cuddles. At night we carry him up like a baby and he settles into sleep with my children taking it in turns which one he will sleep with and there he stays until the morning. When he is hungry he is very vocal and he does eat alot ! He is just so adorable.
  • Stan Scheider - 2011-06-19
    I am a resident of Somerset West, Cape Town, South Africa and live with two female Tonks and a wife, affectionately known as "the three blonde bitches", who are all amazingly adorable. The older Tonk, Lulu (Talulah) a solid lilac is 6 years old, a bit skittish and shy, who loves as much human attention as she can get. She grew up with a Bengal, who has since passed on due to kidney failure, and both grew up in our garden where they learnt to climb the highest trees, catch birds, guinea fowl, moles, rats, mice, chameleon's and any other insect that moved. The only problem is that their catches were brought into the house either as gifts or to be ripped apart which eventually required many carpets to be replaced. The younger s a 2 year old caramel named Kapri, full of mischief, gets constantly locked into a wardrobe or cupboard and is the most affectionate animal we have ever owned. I've never seen her climb a tree nor catch prey, and basically spends her time indoors unless we are outside. She's also the official greeter to any visitor and in fact friends often come to visit and cuddle her. Thankfully we have king size bed so there is space under the duvet for all of us at night especially during the cold winter months. If you haven't owned a Tonkinese you haven't lived with a cat yet!
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Paul - 2011-06-17
Hi. Some years ago my mother found Turkish Angora in park bushes. The cat was bad in shape and it turned out that he's deaf. Some say that deafness affects mostly cats with blue eyes or mixed eye colours. This cat however has green eyes, so I wonder if it's the white coat among many other things in DNA which is the cause? Since we had other two cats at home, it was adopted by Pershian university students. To bad as it is one of the best looking cats we had at home. Faniest of all my ex-girlfriend being from western Iran and speaking also Turkish would propably love this cat - just one of life coincidents or mysteries.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-17
    Bet you that cat was gorgeous.

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