The Turkish Van is a very personal cat and demands a lot of attention. Therefore, it should be kept exclusively by people with ample time and patience. In addition, she is one of the active and playful cat breeds. Therefore it needs a lot of space as well as play and climbing possibilities. If you want a balanced and satisfied cat, you should also think about keeping the Turkish Van free. Since the velvet paw, like many other cat breeds, reluctantly remains alone, the purchase of a second cat is urgently recommended.
The Turkish Van is a relatively rare breed of cat that originates from Southeast Anatolia. It owes its name to the so-called Lake Van – a region in which it is said to have developed primarily. The special features of the cat breed: Her coat (also known as Van-drawing) and her dense, semi-long coat.
According to tradition, the Turkish Van already exist for over 2000 years. Archeologists discovered ancient weapons and banners from the time of the occupation of Armenia by the Romans pictures of a large white cat with a ring-shaped tail.
However, the official breed of the breed cat began much later. In 1955, two English women photographers became aware of the so-called Vankatze and introduced a couple of cats to England.
However, breeding with a pair would eventually lead to inbreeding problems, and four more years later five more Turkish Vans were imported. Already in 1969, the GCCF recognized the Turkish Van as a race and 1971 was followed by the FIFé. The TICA recognized her in 1979.
In the US, the Vankatzen were introduced only in 1983 for the first time and 1994 accepted by the CFA.
The Turkish Van is considered extremely intelligent and willing to learn. In addition, she is curious and playful to old age. The race cat usually behaves very affectionately towards people and establishes a particularly close relationship with their caregiver. Sometimes their behavior can even be described as possessive. A Turkish Van usually likes to be the center of attention and, if necessary, calls for the desired attention loudly. In general, she enjoys talking to her people and has a strong, melodic and intense voice.
Due to its original origin of the Lake Van, the Turkish Van is also known in many places as a “floating cat”. Although many breeders actually hunted for fish and consequently had no problems with water, the tendency can not be generalized for all Turkish Vans.
Attitude and care
Romp, run and jump – most Turkish Vans are real bundles of energy. That’s why you need a lot of space, a large scratching post and lots of play options. If you live in a quiet and low-traffic area, you should think about keeping the Turkish Van as a barge and make enough use of the kitty in this way.
Turkish vans are very intelligent. With a little skill and ambition many breed representatives learn to open doors, drawers and cupboards. If you are in the process of making your house or apartment cat-safe, you must remember this. To make sure the kitty does not get bored, you can also use intelligence toys or teach her a few tricks.
The Turkish Van is a very sociable cat. Who brings this breed into the house, should therefore urgently think about the attitude of a second cat. In addition, one must be aware that the Turkish Van is very personal and expected much attention from their people. The acquisition of the purebred cat therefore makes sense only if you have a lot of time and patience to deal intensively with the velvet paw.