The Turkish Van cat makes an exotically different pet, with its beautiful chalk white coat and striking auburn face and tail. Its main claim to originality is that it enjoys swimming and playing with water. In colder climates, care must betaken to ensure that the cat does not catch cold, although in its native Turkey the winters are very severe, and Turkish cats are generally strong and hardy. This is still a rare breed, so you must expect to pay quite a lot and to have to wait for a kitten, as demand will probably exceed the supply. It is worth the wait, however, as the Turkish cat is lively and affectionate and makes a charming, intelligent companion. A neutered male would make an excellent pet and may be obtained more reasonably because not as breeding as female kittens.

Grooming
The Turkish is an easy cat to groom, but alight daily combing is recommended to remove dead hairs, particularly when the cat is moulting in spring and summer. Occasionally a little nontoxic grooming powder may be dusted into the coat to keep away greasy marks, which would otherwise mark the lovely chalk white appearance. Unlike many other cats, the Turkish will enjoy a bath, but keep the animal warm afterwards to prevent it catching a chill.

Origin and history
Turkish cats are thought to have originated as a result of natural selection due to interbreeding within a geographically isolated area, the Van region of Turkey, where they have been domesticated for centuries. They were first introduced into the United Kingdom in the 1950s, when a pair was brought from Turkey by an English breeder. The line was gradually established, with more cats being imported from Turkey, and is now becoming popular in Europe.
At present the breed is not recognized for competition in the United States, although some are bred and kept as pets.

Breeding
Turkish cats breed true, the kittens always resembling their parents, and the breed is being kept pure by not outcrossing to any other breed or colour variety. The average litter contains four kittens.

Kittens
The kittens are born pure chalk white not pink, like most all white animals with the auburn markings already quite clearly visible. Their eyes open very early, at four or five days, and are blue, gradually changing to pale amber.