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Turkish Angora - breed of domestic cats
At first glance, it might seem that the history of the origin of the Turkish Angora is associated with its name, since Angora is the ancient name of the Turkish city of Ankara. However, experts suggest that its true homeland is Egypt. How Angora came to Turkey remains a mystery to both historians and breeders. Europeans should be grateful for the appearance of this breed on their territory to the Crusade. It was in those days that a graceful independent animal spread to this part of the Old World. Then it conquered all of Russia and moved to America.

Description of Turkish Angora

Love for this breed is predetermined not only by magnificent hair, but also by all appearance. The average height of a cat is 25-35 centimeters, weight - from two and a half to five kilograms. Despite the prevailing white color of the coat, black, red, tiger and mixed colors are often found. Admiration is caused by blue, marble, tabby, tortie, cream-colored cats. In monochromatic individuals, tanning and spots are permissible, especially on the frontal part of the head. The wedge-shaped head shape, erect ears with tassels of long hairs, a long-haired collar and “panties”, a fluffy tail emphasize and complement the beauty of a muscular, elongated body resting on thin high legs.

Character of Turkish Angora

Turkish Angora attracts animal lovers, especially children, with its character. Playful disposition, natural mind, cunning, dexterity, ingenuity - all this is inherent in this breed. The cat is perfectly oriented in its home, knows the place of storage of food, household utensils, favorite toys. Do not try to hide the thing you like - it will be accurately found and all possible efforts and skills will be applied to get it. Neither cardboard boxes tightly packed with scotch tape, nor plastic and cloth bags will become an obstacle. Angora is capable of hiding trophies from herself, and then retrieving them from storage for games. It will not be difficult for her to jump onto the mezzanine, open the door if it is not tightly closed, and climb inside.

Characteristics of Turkish Angora

The attitude to households of the Turkish Angora is ambivalent. On the one hand, cats suffer alone, on the other hand, they are quite independent and willful. Initially, among the people living with him in the apartment, the cat selects the “leader” with whom he most often contacts, invites him to play, begs for goodies or a toy, and fawns. In the absence of his beloved master, he, of course, can come down to communication with other family members. However, even the leader will not be able to pick up the cat when he does not want it. Among the guests, the Angora also immediately sets priorities for itself - someone rubs his feet from the doorway, and for some they exercise caution during the entire period of communication.

Content of Turkish Angora at home

Acquiring angora, the future owner is obliged to take care of her emotional state. It should be remembered that the cat can not stand loneliness. And if the owners are often absent at home, it is better to buy a couple right away. Angora are excellent climbers, so you need to carefully consider the safety of both the cat and the interior of the house, so that the animal is not injured by poorly fixed things, and things are not damaged if the cat is too active. Of great importance in the life of a cat of this breed is employment. Oddly enough this sounds in relation to a pet, but in the case of angora, motor activity is very relevant. She needs a variety of devices for climbing, jumping, games, fun. The animal can play with all kinds of toys for a long time. It can be all kinds of balls, fluffy mice, even baby rattles, preferably ringing and rattling.

Caring for Turkish Angora

In an apartment, the cat itself takes care of its rich “plumage”, licks and comb out the hair - the cleanliness of Angora at the highest level. It is quite possible to do without swimming, unless the cat herself wants it. Most Turkish Angora are happy with water procedures, most often they drink water only from the tap, after which they can not only plunge their heads under the stream, but also relax under it in the sink. In order to subsequently have no problems with the toilet, the kitten should be left with his mother until about 2 months of age, and then the cat herself will accustom her children to the tray.

Turkish Angora Health

An important feature of Turkish Angora is its excellent health. A correctly selected kitten, subject to the vaccination schedule, fortification and balanced nutrition, will not cause trouble to its owners. It is not by chance that selection of young animals is mentioned - at the age of several weeks, kittens may develop a disease such as ataxia. This is a disease accompanied by impaired coordination of movement. Such kids are immediately rejected. Ataxia may appear at a later age, but its development is affected by adverse factors of content - infectious diseases, injuries, malnutrition.

Diseases of Turkish Angora

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy requires special attention - only at the initial stage a cure is possible, most often the cat does not manage to get rid of the disease, which leads to the death of the animal. Some cat lovers believe that such a feature as deafness, inherent in many representatives of this breed, is a defect. However, this pathology does not affect the quality of life and the value of angora. Deaf "Turkish women", mostly of white color, are perfectly oriented, communicate with others and do not suffer at all from a lack of hearing. The Turkish Angora and other ailments inherent in all cats are not avoided, but this can only happen if the pets are completely deprived of proper care.

Turkish Angora food

Angora are also unpretentious for food and care. They are happy to eat both dry food and cooked food. Vitamins, fats must be present in the diet, and at home cooking - raw meat. But it is advisable to boil the fish in order to rid it of parasites. Caring for a cat consists mainly of combing the hair. It is enough to perform this procedure once a week.

What to pay attention to?

It is very important to be careful when playing with angora, especially young children. In a fit of excitement, an animal can scratch, scare a sharp jump of a child. This happens more often with teenage kittens until about 1-1.5 year old. Older individuals show some caution, especially if during the period of upbringing such actions are not encouraged and punished for involuntary aggression. Cats are very sensitive to censure, over time they get used to and correctly respond to prohibitions.

Turkish Angora Facts

Of interest are not only historically proven facts or assumptions of scientists, but also the many legends and legends about the Turkish Angora, which exist mainly in Turkey. According to one of them, these representatives of the cat family are especially revered by Muslims for the reason that many of them, like the Prophet Muhammad, are diverse, that is, one cat may have eyes of different colors. According to another legend, the Angora were kept at the courts of the Persian sheikhs thanks to the soft, silky coat, about which the reigning persons wiped their hands after meals.

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