A swimmer cat: Van Turco

In addition to being in a cat who loves the water, it is also playful and loving at the same time-independent.

The Turkish Van is a cat who is not afraid of water and also is an excellent swimmer. The latter should not be surprised, because, after all, almost all mammals are excellent swimmers, including cats.

What does represent an extraordinary event is to find a pussycat that, besides not having water problems, enjoy the dives. That is the Turkish Van.

The ‘discovery’ as the Turkish Van breed is relatively recent. In the 1950s, it took the first official record of their existence. It took its name from the region where it was found: the Van Lake, located at the eastern end of Turkey.

This species traveled to Europe by 1955, and not until the late 60s when it was recognized as a breed. In the 1980s, he crossed the Atlantic to the United States, which ended to increase its popularity.

The cat footprint Allah

The origins of these peculiar Pussycats are full of mysticism. For believers of Islam, the Turkish Van carries on its back the footprint of Allah, hence its hallmarks.

But there is also something fancy. It is said that in the depths of the lake where they developed a fearsome monster inhabits, much like the Loch Ness. Others say that this is frequently visited by extraterrestrial creatures area.


As we see, the big difference in this race with almost any other is his fondness for diving. The owners of these pussycats know what it is to find the cat swimming in the middle of the bathtub or even inside the pool.

In all likelihood, the ‘weakness’ that these cats feel for the water is all they had to learn to live in it. To procure the necessary food, they not only lost their fear of water, but they learned to fish for food.

The Turkish Van: the ringtail cat

It is a race whose size is set in a range from medium to large. Their weight ranges from five to seven kilos, with a height that is between 22.8 and 28 centimeters.

The Turkish Van has amber eyes or blue, although some specimens have both tones. He has a triangular head with a long, straight nose without pigmentation at the tip. It presents large ears relative to the proportion of his face, pink inside and filled with a lot of hair.

They are cats of this breed white. Most present the ‘Pattern Van,’ drawing the tail, back, and face reddish; You can also find copies with black markings, brown, blue, or cream. Their fur is not very long and does not usually leave it watered where they walk or where they sleep.

Personality and behavior

Like most cats, these races the Turkish Van are curious and restless. They are also highly intelligent, playful, affectionate, and very independent; They like to show affection, while friends are not constantly in the arms of their owners.

These cats are not usually afraid of strangers and get along well with children, provided they respect their independence and do not touch them at any time. They get along without much difficulty with other cats and even dogs.

They adapt well to any home, but prefer houses with large green areas, to enable it to play and run freely. If your home has a pool or is near a stream or a small pond, animals will be full of happiness.

Health care

These cats stop growing at five years, and their average life varies between 13 and 17 years. In general, the Turkish Van is a healthy breed that does not require special care or a feed dedicated. The only anomaly that usually develops is a common condition in white cats reaches old age: deafness.

Pariente Turkish Angora?

Beyond that, the origin of both races is located in Turkey again and have more differences than common features. Physically, the Turkish Van is usually heavier and, unlike his ‘countryman’ hair, virtually silent.

Their differences are also clear about personality. The Angora can be described as ‘lap cat’ and is usually much more sociable. Although the main difference between the two cats is that only one of them likes to swim.

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