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.
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.
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.