Turkish Van Cat

Turkish Van Cat

Breed Description    of the Turkish Van Cat
The Turkish Van is a naturally occurring semi long haired breed from the rugged region of the Middle East centred on Lake Van were the climate varies to extremes. The breed is known for its distinctive pattern a white cat with a strikingly coloured head and tail. The top-and-tail markings even when seen on other breeds of cat are frequently referred to as van patterning .

It is a large muscular cat; the strength and power is evident in the substantial body and legs. The breed does not gain full maturity until three years or more. Individual cats should convey an impression of a well balanced well proportioned and strong appearance in which no one feature is exaggerated. The weight should be appropriate for the bone structure and frame. The feet are neat well rounded and tufted.

The head forms a substantial broad wedge with a medium to long straight nose with barely perceptible dip in profile. The ears are moderately large and well feathered whilst the eyes are large and oval always alert and expressive and having pink rims.

Based in Stone Staffordshire
This small cat rescue started in January 2004 and has helped to find loving homes for many cats and kittens since. If you are in the Stone area and are looking for a new feline companion give them a call to find out about the fabulous felines currently in their care. All homes are visited prior to adoption.
Bric a Brac needed! Donations of good quality items (not clothes) are always needed to sell at boot stalls and fetes.
Tel: 01785 615963

Turkish Van Cat


At holiday time it may be possible to arrange for a friend neighbour or relative to visit your house two or three times a day to tend to your cat. Provided such regular attention is guaranteed this is acceptable since cats prefer to remain in their own home. It is not a good idea to move the cat to someone else’s home from which it may immediately try to escape.

The alternative is to place your cat at a good boarding cattery. In choosing a boarding cattery make sure you visit the establishment first and check that the following criteria are met:

  • Staffing: enough to ensure personalised attention for your cat;
  • Security: adequate precautions against the possibility of escape;
  • Hygiene: evidence of cleanliness and no smell;
  • Accommodation: dry clean and sheltered with heating provided for cooler months;
  • Exercise: facilities which allow for some exercise preferably with climbing capacity and caged outside access.
  • A good boarding establishment will always ensure cats have correct vaccinations.


Signs of Health

A healthy cat should display the following signs of heath:

  • Demeanour: watchful – even at rest; quickly responsive to sounds; quiet and contented;
  • Movement: free movement and agile; no lameness;
  • Appetite: good; no vomiting;
  • Breathing: even and quiet with no coughing;
  • Coat: clean well groomed and glossy; free from parasites and dirt;
  • Ears: pricked to catch sound; no discharge or irritation;
  • Eyes: clear; no discharge or inflammation.

Cats and kittens can become ill quite rapidly. This is usually characterised by lethargy and a failure to eat or drink. If your cat appears unwell for any reason consult your veterinarian immediately.

Turkish Van Cat

Genetics for Cat Breeders and Veterinarians

Book Description

Robinson’s Genetics for Cat Breeders & Veterinarians 4th Edition is an essential purchase for all breeders of pedigreed cats practising small animal veterinarians and veterinary undergraduates. This fully revised edition re-establishes Genetics for Cat Breeders as the text of choice in the field of feline genetics.


The field of genetics has changed considerably since the first edition of "Genetics for Cat Breeders" was published in 1971. For decades the discussion of genetics was limited to observations of populations but now geneticists are beginning to look at the actual molecular mechanisms behind the traits and diseases seen in the cat. Continuing the pioneering work of the late Roy Robinson Carolyn Vella and her team of experts have significantly expanded the scope of previous editions to produce a work which is now of equal benefit to both veterinary surgeons and cat breeders. Their aim has been to make the book more accessible and understandable whilst providing an impartial look at sometimes controversial and complex issues. The book retains the most important information published in previous editions and also incorporates some of the continuing work done by Roy Robinson prior to his death. A considerable amount of new information has been added in order to provide both breeders and veterinarians with the broadest possible range of information. The authors have not only reviewed the traditional sources of scientific literature and recently published studies but have also conducted interviews with veterinarians researchers and breeders.

Turkish Van Cat

Turkish Van Cat



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