my cat a Turkish Van? It is important to note
that many cats have a van pattern but are not
Turkish Vans. This pattern appears in lot of
other cats (domestic and purebred) and is named after
the breed that originally sported it. There are
many other characteristics of the breed besides its
pattern. Most importantly, a purebred Van cat can be
traced back to its Turkish ancestors. There is no
outcrossing (i.e., use of other breeds or domestic cats) allowed in the
Turkish Van in CFA. Check out the breed standard in CFA - a Turkish Van
must meet all these standards in addition to the
proof of ancestry. You can find them in the
"Van Info" section of this Site. The
instances of a purebred Turkish Van, especially a
kitten (which there are no instances of), being found
at an animal shelter are relatively unheard of. Since
there are very few breeders of this special cat, the
kittens are kept close tabs on and generally not
released to their new home until at least 3 to 4
months of age. In 2002, there were a little over 100 Vans
registered in CFA - that is not very many! Our
Snapshots pages features pictures of both purebred
vans and Van-alikes (kitties that are not purebred
Turkish Vans but display some of the
characteristics-most notably a van pattern). Remember
that a purebred Turkish Van has a registered ancestry
that can be traced back to their Turkish roots.
Without a pedigree of evidence of ancestry, a cat of
unknown origin no matter how much it resembles the
Turkish Van, is not considered as a Turkish Van cat.
still think my cat is a Turkish Van, can I use it for
Only cats registered with a recognized cat registry
(e.g., TICA, CFA, ACFA, FIFE) can be used for
Are Turkish Vans named after their pattern? No!!! The term 'van pattern' is used to describe cats whose coloration
is like a Turkish Van (i.e., a white body with color on the head and tail). This term
was coined in honor of the Turkish Van cat (where this pattern was believed to have originated).
all Turkish Vans swim? no. A lot depends upon
the individual cat and its environment. Ones
that have access to natural water will enjoy
exploring the shoreline and may take a dip.
Others that are restricted to the indoors may
enjoying watching you shower, joining you for a bath,
or simply play in their water bowls. The Turkish Van
cat is known for playing in the shallow waters aroud
the lake Van area andcgenerally are not interested in
deep water. Many Vans enjoy playing with the water in
their bowls and putting their toys in it.
Turkish Vans like water, do they like to be bathed? not necessarily.
Being soaped, lathered and rinsed is not the same
thing as swimming. Most of our cats have been
very tolerant of baths and actually like standing in
a tub of warm water. There are others though
that are a real challenge to bathe.
Turkish Vans shed? Turkish Vans shed like all other
cats. They generally have a much longer coat in
the cooler winters that they shed in the spring for
their shorter summer coats.
Turkish Vans require a lot of grooming? no. Since purebred Turkish Vans
do not have an undercoat they rarely mat, making
grooming requirements very minimal. They do
like to explore-so they may get into messes on
occasion, but generally keep themselves very clean
and sparkling white.
Do Turkish Vans like to be
cuddled? In general, the Turkish Van does not
like to be picked up and carried around (there are
exceptions, of course). This does not mean they are
not affectionate, but are more like dogs in their
loyalty, devotion, and interactions with their
owners. They generally enjoy being wherever you
are (and in whatever you are doing!), watching TV
with you, and sleeping with their favorite person.
Some Vans enjoy riding around the house on your
shoulder. For more on the personality characteristics
of the Turkish Van click
Turkish Vans come in colors other than red and white?
Turkish Vans are predominantly white with coloration
primarily on the head and tail. The head and
tail color can be many of the colors commonly found
in other breeds. These colors include: black,
blue (and tabby), cream (and tabby), brown tabby,
tortoiseshell, blue-cream, and patched tabbies.
Turkish Vans do not come in solid colors and a solid colored cat can NEVER occur as
a result of breeding two van patterned cats. To see what colors you can get
from breeding Turkish Vans of different colors click
here to see a color chart.
text copyright 1998-2008 by Karen L. Hooker,
Pairodocs Turkish Vans