Animal Stories - Turkish Angora Cats


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The Turkish Angora is a rare cat breed and a valued treasure in the cat fancy community!
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Jacquie - 2011-10-19
My 6 yo white turkish angoian died 10/16 and I have been heart broken ever since. I got him when he was 5 weeks old and spoiled him to no end. I bathed him brushed him slept with him, played in the yard with him while he was on his leash. He loved going out on his leash and would get it for me. He loved the snow and would sit and watch the rain outside his favorite window. I truly miss him. I was surprised to read of how many are deaf. Amadeus (aka Buttons/Gato Loco) was definitely not deaf and would appear from where ever if he was called. If anyone knows of a kitten available please feel free to contact me.

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  • Karen - 2012-01-12
    Jacquie, I wanted to express my condolences on the loss of your Angora. I too had a Turkish Angora as white as a newly fallen snow. He had one amber and one blue eye. His name was Cutimus Maximus because he was cute to the max! Oddly enough he too died in the early morning hours of October 16th, 2011. I found his body in one of his favorite resting spots. My heart is broken over his passing just as yours is over Amadeus. I wanted to let you know there is a heart defect that can cause sudden death in Angoras between the ages of 2 and 6 that is what I suspect took my Maximus. I hope you find a new companion even if it is not a Turkish Angora. - Karen
  • Brooke - 2012-08-01
    I am so sorry! I know how it feels to lose a pet. I was so heartbroken when my 7 month old cat managed to get outside and he got hit by a car.
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Danny - 2011-11-28
My wife and I have a white, blue eyed angora that is the love of the house. She loves to be held and petted all the time. She gets along with all our other pets, good thing we have two other cats and two yorkies. But she is the baby of the place and also the queen. And to think someone put her out as a kitten, only thing we can think is they were not animal people. But we saved her and she has been the best pet we have ever had. Loves to be in the middle of everything.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
    They are beautiful.
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Brianna - 2011-12-23
I adopted my black turkish angora when he was 5 years old from a shelter. He has the most beautiful green eyes and he is the most loveable cat anyone could ask for. He is turning 10 and still very playful and very devoted. I could be in a different part of the house and when I call his name he will come running to me everytime. There was one point when I would get home from work and he would run up to me with one of my slippers in his mouth! It was so adorable. Even though I didnt bond with him as a kitten he sure bonded with me when I first got him. The best cat I ever got.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-24
    They have quite the unique personality. Friend of mine has one and it is constantly providing entertainment and he has her trained very well.
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Jason Schaal - 2011-11-20
Hello,

We can become very bonded with a pet. I adopted a Turkish Angoran cat about 8 years ago. His estimated age was 10 years old. He is such an incredible cat, and very sensitive to the energy around him (like I am.) He is getting very skinny and I am accepting the possibility that it might be time for him to go soon, so I spend as much time as possible giving him attention and trying to help him gain weight. I am not blessed with much time to do this, but he gets enough. Before this, I lost the pride of other 4 cats (sky, shadow, crazy eyes, smokey) for which I have no idea what happened to them. This one is saying indoors. They all had a good life, however short, or perhaps they are still somewhere.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-21
    Ahhh I am sorry but they better be somewhere and us humans better be able to find our pets.
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Silver - 2011-11-19
I have the most handsome angora cat with copper-golden eyes. He's 3/4 angora and 1/4 Persian, so how much would he had cost if he were one year old?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-21
    Anything will cost what someone is willing to pay for it. To me, my kitten is worth a million dollars but to someone else probably not. Most people will only pay money for a kitten if the kitten with a pedigree that can be shown meeting show standards. Sorry but just love him.
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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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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!
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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
    Wow....my 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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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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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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