Many people have asked me -- "Are Turkish Vans really different from other cats?" I always answer -- "Absolutely, yes they are!!" Initially folks just roll their eyes as if I am truly a "crazy cat lady" and am blowing things out of proportion -- that is until they actually welcome a Turkish Van into their lives -- then they say, "Yes, now I understand........."
Turkish Vans are a rare breed outside of Turkey, where they originated and have lived for thousands of years. Some experts believe that the Turkish Van could be the oldest cat breed on earth. Needless to say, they are considered a "natural" breed, not genetically manufactured. Because of this I feel justified (and honored) to perpetuate and preserve this unique and very special cat.
Turkish Vans are extremely intelligent and independent. They approach life on their own terms with their humans. They are physicially strong and resiliant, very dexterous and problem-solving. They love to climb and be up high and will not stop playing with that feather or ball until you give up from utter exhaustion. They are not always lap cats but they will bond with you utterly and love you forever -- but always on their own terms.
Turkish Vans have a single coat of fine silky fur, as wonderful for you to touch as they love to be stroked. For all their beauty, they are fairly low maintenance -- just a quick brushing once a week should do the trick.
Because of their high energy and independent traits, Turkish Vans may not be the best choice for every household....but if you are up for a real challenge and want to change your life forever for the better, consider choosing a Turkish Van as a loving pet and companion.
Turkish Van at Rest.
Peek-a-Boo Turkish Van
WARNING: Turkish Vans can become addictive -- just one may not be enough!!
Turkish Van in Love