The Turkish Van Cat

He’s not a lot of a lap cat, however the Van shall be completely happy to cuddle subsequent to you and sleep in your mattress.
See all Turkish Van traits beneath!

Turkish Van Cat Character

Whilst you is likely to be drawn to the Van for his fascination with water, you will fall in love with the breed for his different qualities. ‘Vans are energetic, agile, and clever. They’re extraordinarily wholesome and, get together with folks swimmingly,’ notes one Van proprietor. Chances are you’ll want a number of months of figuring out to maintain up with them, nonetheless; Vans are well-known for his or her ‘action-packed’ temperament. They’re talkative, demanding of consideration, and present nice gusto at dinnertime. Breeders additionally say that Vans are recognized for his or her attachment to their human companions, and generally that makes transferring a Van from one family to a different troublesome. They have an inclination to select one or two individuals within the family, normally those that take care of them initially, and bond with them ceaselessly.


Turkish Vans weigh 10 to 18 kilos at maturity.

Well being

Each pedigreed cats and mixed-breed cats have various incidences of well being issues that could be genetic in nature. Turkish Vans are typically wholesome, though some have been reported to develop a type of coronary heart illness referred to as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In some breeds such because the Maine Coon, HCM is inherited, however that has not been confirmed within the Turkish Van.

Historical past

When the Ark arrived at Mount Ararat some 5,000 years in the past, Noah should have been a bit busy protecting the animals from stampeding of their eagerness to the touch dry land. Within the hustle and bustle, two white and crimson cats leaped into the water and swam ashore. When the flood receded, the cats set out for Lake Van, situated about 75 miles (121 km) to the south of Mount Ararat, the place they’ve lived ever since.

At the very least, that is one story concerning the look of the Turkish Van, a naturally occurring breed that has inhabited the Lake Van area of Turkey and the bordering areas of Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Russia for Heaven is aware of how lengthy. Additionally referred to as the ‘Swimming Cat’, the Van is understood for his fascination with water. The doubtless clarification for the Van’s curiosity in swimming lies within the excessive temperatures in his native area. Since summer season temperatures attain nicely above 100?F (37.eight?C), the cats might have discovered to swim to outlive.

This additionally could clarify the event of the Van’s distinctive ‘water-repelling’ coat. Most home cats hate getting moist, presumably as a result of they have to spend hours placing their fur again so as. The Turkish Van’s cashmere-like coat is waterproof, permitting the cat to go dog-paddling and are available out comparatively dry.

Regardless of the motive for the cat’s fondness of water, nobody is aware of for certain when the Turkish Vans arrived within the Lake Van area or the place they got here from. Native ornaments relationship way back to 5000 B.C. depict cats that look remarkably just like the Turkish Van. If that’s the case, the Van might properly be one of many oldest current cat breeds.

Vans had been reportedly first delivered to Europe by troopers getting back from the Crusades a while between 1095 and 1272 A.D. Over the centuries the Vans had been transported all through the Jap continents by invaders, merchants, and explorers. The Vans have been known as by quite a lot of names: Jap Cat, Turkish, Ringtail Cat, Russian Longhair. Being cats, the Vans in all probability did not reply to any of them.

The fashionable and better-known historical past of the Van started in 1955 when British residents Laura Lushington and Sonia Halliday got two Van kittens whereas touring Turkey. Because the breed was not identified in Britain on the time, they determined to work with the cats and attempt to get them acknowledged by Britain’s Governing Council of the Cat Fancy.

English breeder Lydia Russell was additionally instrumental in popularizing the breed in England and Europe and in serving to new breeders receive Turkish breeding inventory. At first the going was gradual. Acquiring Van cats meant quite a few journeys to Turkey, and the cats needed to cross by means of prolonged quarantine durations to enter England. However Vans had been discovered to breed true, and in 1969 the exhausting work paid off when the Turkish Van was given full pedigree standing by the GCCF.

The primary Van kittens arrived in America within the 1970s, nevertheless it was not till breeders Barbara and Jack Reark began working with the breed in 1983 that the Vans started to flourish in america. In 1985 TICA granted the Turkish Van Championship standing. The CFA accepted the breed for registration in 1988, and in Could 1993 the Van achieved Provisional standing with the CFA.

Till lately the Vans weren’t formally acknowledged in Turkey though extremely prized as pets. Right now the Vans are being preserved by the Turkish Faculty of Agriculture in reference to the Ankara Zoo, the longtime breeder of the Angora. Vans are now not permitted to be exported from the nation and most of our present breeding inventory now comes from Europe.


The Turkish Van has a single coat with a silky texture. As a result of there’s no undercoat to trigger mats or tangles, it’s simple to groom with weekly combing or brushing with a slicker brush. It sheds little or no besides throughout spring and fall when previous coat is falling out or new coat is coming in. Older cats might have issue grooming themselves totally, so it may be a good suggestion to brush or comb them extra typically. The Turkish Van‘s coat is waterproof, so be glad that baths are not often obligatory.

Brush the tooth to stop periodontal illness. Each day dental hygiene is finest, however weekly brushing is best than nothing. Trim the nails each couple of weeks. Wipe the corners of the eyes with a comfortable, damp material to take away any discharge. Use a separate space of the material for every eye so that you don’t run the danger of spreading any an infection.

Verify the ears weekly. If they give the impression of being soiled, wipe them out with a cotton ball or comfortable damp material moistened with a 50-50 combination of cider vinegar and heat water. Keep away from utilizing cotton swabs, which may harm the inside of the ear.

Preserve the litter field spotlessly clear. Cats are very specific about toilet hygiene, and a clear litter field may even assist to maintain the lengthy coat clear.

It’s a good suggestion to maintain a Turkish Van as an indoor-only cat to guard him from ailments unfold by different cats, assaults by canine or coyotes, and the opposite risks that face cats who go outside, comparable to being hit by a automotive. Turkish Vans who go outdoor additionally run the chance of being stolen by somebody who want to have such a phenomenal cat with out paying for it.

Coat Coloration And Grooming

You may assume that the Turkish Van is a white cat with patches of colour, however genetically you’ll be improper. He’s, actually, a coloured cat with very massive patches of white, a sample attributable to the piebald white recognizing gene. The result’s a cat whose physique is generally white, with coloured markings on the top and tail. He may additionally have random spots of coloration on the physique and legs. One of these coloring is usually seen in different breeds and is called the Van sample.

Colours seen within the breed embrace crimson, cream, black, blue, tabby in crimson, cream, brown and blue, and numerous shades of tortoiseshell. Nostril leather-based is pink, as are paw pads, though they will generally have shade spots.

The Turkish Van has a broad, wedge-shaped head with a rounded muzzle, reasonably giant ears with barely rounded suggestions, and reasonably massive rounded eyes that may be blue, amber, or one among every coloration. As befits a cat who was shaped to outlive in a rugged panorama and local weather, he has a robust, highly effective physique with a broad chest and shoulders and lengthy, muscular legs. Males are a lot bigger and extra muscular than females.

Protecting the Turkish Van cozy is a smooth, semi-long single coat with feathering (longer hair) on the ears, legs, toes and stomach, a ruff across the neck, and a totally plumed tail. Kittens and younger adults have a much less developed coat than mature adults. The coat doesn’t obtain its full size till the cat is a minimum of two years outdated. In summer time the coat is brief, but it surely turns into considerably longer and thicker in winter.

It is a giant breed; they will take three to 5 years to succeed in their full measurement.

Kids And Different Pets

The Van who has been nicely socialized is snug with youngsters, making him a good selection for households with energetic youngsters who will get pleasure from operating round with a teaser toy, throwing a ball for the cat to fetch, or educating tips. Supervise younger kids to ensure they pet the cat properly and don’t pull his fur or tail.

The Turkish Van is glad to stay with cat-friendly canine, too, so long as they acknowledge that he’s in cost. On the subject of cats, he prefers the corporate of his personal variety, however he’ll settle for different cats, particularly if he’s introduced up with them from kittenhood. In any case, introduce pets slowly and in managed circumstances to make sure that they study to get alongside collectively.