Turkish Angora Cat

Turkish Angora

Social, Playful, Intelligent

The Turkish Angora is a medium-sized muscular-looking cat. They have almond-like eyes which can be blue, green or amber.

Turkish Angora Cat

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 17 – 18 inches

Weight

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  • 18 – 30 lbs.

Lifetime

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  • 12 – 16 years

Health Risk

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

What is it?: 

Cats suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy experience a number of life-threatening symptoms due to abnormal thickening of the left ventricle of their hearts.

% of cats affected

10%

Clinical signs

  • Laziness
  • Discomfort in breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abnormal heart murmurs.
  • Weakness in the pulse
  • Failure of the heart
  • Unable to exercise
  • Bluish nail beds due to lack of oxygen.

Treatment

In the case of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the cat is hospitalized and oxygen therapy is given to them. This helps them with breathing, keeping them warm, relaxed, and comfortable. The treatment aims to control the heart rate, relieve lung congestion, and prevent blood clots that can cause thromboembolism.

  • Aspirin to help decrease your cat’s risk of blood clots
  • Ace inhibitors, in cases with congestive heart failure help improve the flow through the ventricle.
  • Warfarin prevents the clotting of the blood
  • Other medications may be given to improve the condition of the cat.

Average Vet Bill

$3600

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $3240

80% = $2880

70% = $2520

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Chronic Kidney Failure

What is it?: 

Chronic Kidney Failure is a condition where the cat accumulates waste products and other compounds in the bloodstream that are normally removed or regulated by the kidneys. Chronic Kidney failure can be caused by multiple factors such as:

  • Viral infections
  • Kidney stones
  • Bacterial kidney infections
  • Tumors in the kidney, etc.

% of cats affected

10%

Clinical signs

The symptoms of allergies in Turkish Angora are:

  • Weight loss
  • Poor quality of the cat’s coat
  • Inability to excrete waste properly
  • Drinking more water than usual to compensate lack of water in the body

Treatment

  • Special diets with low levels of protein and phosphorus help with the reduction in waste products in the bloodstream.
  • Antibiotics may be given for the pain
  • The cat needs a daily supplement of vitamin B and vitamin C.
  • Potassium supplements may also be given.
  • Cats have high blood pressure during kidney failure, drugs can be given to keep the pressure in check.
  • Treatment for anemia may be given.

Average Vet Bill

$1200

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $1080

80% = $960

70% = $840

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Intelligent

The Turkish Angora is a smart cat breed that loves to play with toys. They are also good at bonding with their owners and being loyal.

Playful

They are playful and just like any other cat love their toys. They love to be at a height and will try to climb and find a comfortable sitting point for themselves.

Loud

They can be loud when they want to voice something without realizing it as they cannot hear their own voice.

Lifetime Care

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Coat

The Turkish Angora has a single coat which may be medium sized or long. Their coats are also very soft.

Colors

The Turkish Angora is available in various colors like, White, black, lavender, red, blue, cinnamon, cream, tabby and gray.

Hypoallergenic

No

Grooming

The Turkish Angora cat needs to be brushed with a fine toothed brush to maintain the health of their coats and to prevent it from matting. During summers it needs more brushing to avoid balls of fur.

Training

The Turkish Angora are a cat breed that is intelligent and easy to train. They are playful and can adapt to various situations.

Turkish Angora: Introduction to the Breed

The Turkish Angora is a medium-sized natural breed belonging to Turkey since the 15th century. They are said to be descendants of the African wild cat. Their long fur is said to help them adapt to the cold climate in Angora.

Turkish Angora Physical Characteristics:

  • Almond-shaped eyes, that are blue, green, or amber
  • Delicate-looking long fur
  • Silky tail

Turkish Angora is best suited for pet owners:

  • Who may have other pets
  • Who has time for their cat
  • Who may have children
  • Who wants a low-maintenance pet

Things to know before deciding to own a Turkish Angora

  • The Turkish Angora has a sweet disposition but may become upset if put in a new environment.
  • Their eyes can collect debris and lead to a discharge. It is necessary to keep their eyes clean. They need a lot of love and affection but can also be independent sometimes.
  • The Turkish Angora is more suited for living indoors as they lack skin pigmentation and are susceptible to skin burn.
  • The Turkish Angora loves to climb heights and it is better to have some equipment so that they can do so. 

What should a Turkish Angora eat?

The breed will thrive on good quality vet-recommended cat food. The only caution here is to manage the weight of the cat. They tend to get obese. They are carnivores by nature and will mostly reject foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, nuts, seeds, etc. They will need only proteins and fats as the majority of their diet. Owners sometimes end up feeding the same food to them as their dogs. But dog food can be fatal to them.

Conclusion

The Turkish Angora is an intelligent cat breed and they bond very well with their families. If you are looking for a sweet and gentle cat then the Turkish Angora is the one. They have beautiful features and are very affectionate. They require a lot of care and affection. They are very curious and love to climb around the house. They also are very tolerant and great with kids.

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