The Turkish Cat Van or Turkish Van is the only one among all domestic cats that do not have the slightest problem with the idea of having to jump into the water to follow a prey, be it a fish or a duck.
He doesn’t like swimming, but he throws himself the same, and many think that this cat breed is rather long-lived for this reason too.
It has an average life of about 18 years and the idea is to keep it in an apartment with a garden.
The Turkish Cat Van or Turkish Van is not a suitable animal for everyone because of its bizarre and shrewd character.
It is a semi-long-haired cat, with a mantle it is all white, of uniform color, apart from its two classic and typical reddish spots located on the head (which can be blue, black or tortie), separated by a white stripe and a colored tail.
It has a medium-sized build, rather elongated and muscular, the females are smaller than the males but still harmonious and well developed.
The Turkish Van puppies are very funny, although they do not immediately show what the final coat will be, semi-long, fine and silky, without an undercoat. The color, however, is already the definitive and all-characteristic color of the breed. White, uniform, without counting the two spots on the head.
Turkish cat Van: the legend about the aquatic cat of Allah
There are many legends regarding the aquatic cat. One of them speaks of the abilities of this feline that, unlike most cats that do not have a good relationship with water and do not disdain to swim from time to time to capture its prey.
When the Universal Flood ended and the ark approached the slopes of Mount Ararat, Noah had many difficulties in maintaining calm among his four-legged passengers.
Two white cats managed to escape his control, jumping into the water and swimming towards the mainland.
The waters receded, the cats began to descend to the valley, and when they left the mountains to join the men, Allah blessed them, touching them on the head so that they could help the men to hunt mice. And where Allah touched them he left the prints of his hand. In fact, the Turkish Van has colored hair in certain areas of the body and head.
Another legend tells that Allah, passing by Lake Van, saw a white cat in the water.
Believing that he was drowning, he took him by the head and the tail, bringing him to safety. Shortly afterward, he saw other white cats dive into the lake and start swimming, so he realized that in reality, the cat he saved was not in trouble at all. But where Allah touched him, the hair turned red.
Turkish Cat Van: origins of the feline breed
In reality the origins of this cat date back to the Roman occupation of Armenia.
Local tribes had paintings of cats of this variety on their war banners and their armor.
The ancient history of the Turkish Van merges and merges with that of the Turco Angora because in their country of origin the distinction between the two races is not uniformly perceived.
1400 documents were found in which they certify that in the East there were animal fairs, in which semi-longhaired cats from different Mediterranean and Asian regions also participated, including cats originating from Turkey with silky hair and flowing.
These cats were brought to Europe as tributes to the nobles and royal families by Turkish sultans.
In 1600, a real breeding farm was born in France by Fabri de Peiresc. His felines, known as Angora cats, depopulated in the upper classes of all Europe, also arriving in America.
Two centuries later, however, the taste of the gattofili of the whole world was oriented towards more round and massive cats, and the Angora were crossed with other cats to create the Persian.
His birth brought Angora to extinction in Europe and America, while the Turk van continued to live in a semi-domestic state in his home regions.
In the completely white variant called Vankedisi he was protected and bred as Angora Turco, because the government, stimulated by a popular belief, that the great statesman Ataturk would reincarnate into a white semi-long-haired cat, declared the white variety a national treasure, and had all the specimens interned in Turkish zoos in order to intensify the protection and breeding program .
In Europe, the Turco Van survived thanks to two English ladies who in 1955 brought two copies to the United Kingdom after a holiday in Turkey.
Turkish cat Van: character
Gifted with great intelligence and great communication skills, he is relatively easy to train feline.
It is very lively and it is necessary to provide him with ample tools and means of venting, or they will vent their desire to live on furniture and furnishings. Furthermore, we will have to deal with a territorial and egocentric cat, which does not like the invasion of its environments by other animals or new human beings. So pay attention to children.
His character is bizarre and shrewd. The Turco Van chooses its own reference human being within the family but tolerates others without reserving them with particular emotional impulses.
With his favorite human being, he is a loyal and affectionate animal and will follow him like a little dog everywhere. And he will suffer if he has to go away for long periods.
Turkish cat Van: care, price, and breeding
This cat specimen should be brushed every week with a wide-toothed comb and its ears should be cleaned often, as well as cutting its nails.
During the molting period, usually in spring, brushing should be intensified so that it does not ingest too much hair.
As for the price, it is difficult to estimate the value of these breed specimens, because there are no official farms in Italy. Not even in America, and those who want to adopt one must rely on the word of mouth of those who already have it, provided it is reliable.