The Turkish Van cat has developed in the area around Lake Van in southeast Turkey. Around the city of Van they still walk around free. Van is the capital of a province in eastern Turkey, on the shore of a great lake famous for its Island of Akdamar; a high town in an oasis. In every way the region of Van is honored. The inhabitants speak proudly of Lake Van, Van cheese, Van silverwork and ... the Van cat! The Turkish Van is known as a very social cat. They are renowned for their beauty, but also for their habit of swimming. A Turkish Van has a semi-longhaired auburn white coat, but with a pattern that is very rare with cats: the auburn color is restricted to areas around the ears and the tail.
They are very social cats. They want to be with their owner all the time. They play a lot, even when they are older. When they play, they do things first and think about it later. So if you don't have a sense of humor, choose another breed. Turkish Vans seems to have more feelings then most cats (some literature mention that cats have no feelings at all, but this doesn't count for the Van), they can be happy, sour, moody, caring, etc.. If you play with them and give them attention they thanks you for that by climbing on your shoulders and by giving you hugs. They are all great personalities, even as kittens! In Turkey they breed, what they call the real Turkish Van; a white cat (no markings at all) with one blue and one amber eye. Despite this all white, odd-eyed Van cat (the famous Kedi), all over the world the Van cat is recognized as an auburn white cat!
Typical properties of the breed:
Striking appearance, Graceful, Strong, Lively, Very affectionate. They molt extensively during the summer.
Alert, Impetuous, Naughty, Very sweet.
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serdarhepgul (1744) 2005-10-16 15:36
Muhteşemmmm..Bayıldım..Tüm karakteristiklerini yansıtmışsınız resimde
YavuzA (357) 2005-10-17 14:07
Impressive animal. Great shot!
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-10-17 18:05
I really like the portrait of the cat,
you have perfectlyu focused on its mos important characteristic: the eyes,
beautiful view, nice framing,
wishnugaruda (1305) 2005-10-18 13:22
Hi Abdurrahman, thank you very much, I've been waiting a long time for a Van-friend here on TE. Your cat is wonderful - very sharp and with good light. I hope, she can hear on both ears, I heard that's sometimes a problem on the blue-eye side. I also have a Van cat, but she's underbred, some Persian cat is inside her, she has longer hair and more brown spots and a shorter nose. If you are interested to have a look, please feel free on: http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Middle_East/Turkey/photo202029.htm
Thank you very much for this wonderful and interesting shot and note, I love it. Bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda
partha (14020) 2005-10-21 14:55
What a pic. The two eyes with different colour.
HOBO (5276) 2005-11-06 3:50
again you posted a fine note for a great creature, perfect description; very well done!
Seems to be for me a younger one, showing it typical outward characteristics, hair, color and the famous eyes. What a beauty!
fkk (2037) 2006-01-28 6:43
Merhaba Abdurrahman Bey;
Olay bu iste, bu kedi sadece türkiye'ye van'a has bir kedi ve bu türün bütün özelliklerini bu karede bulmak mümkün, dünyalar tatlisi bu kediyi cok ama cok sevidim gerci kedi olunca benim icin akan sular duruyor ama bunu ayri bir sevdim, hep bir van kedimin olmasini istemisim ,ama bir türlü kismet olmadi. dört gözle bir van kedimin olmasini bekliyorum. Van'dan birileri beni bu zevkten umar?m mahrum b?rakmazlar :)))
harika fotografindan dolayi kutluyorum sizi, ellerinize saglik...
raymutlu (201) 2006-04-22 1:12
cok guzel, great focus, nice colors and a perfect result.. Well done..
cokutan (2) 2006-10-01 5:25
harika fotoğraf teşekkürler elinize sağlık...
koray (607) 2006-10-15 12:47
portfoyunuz gercekten cok basarili. tebrikler.
Mondaychild (378) 2007-01-22 7:11
the famous Van cat! What a beautiful animal!
Good depth and sharpness, useful (for the eyes) angle!
anurts (249) 2009-02-05 6:41
Merhaba: What a great cat picture! Good detail and the note is most interesting. Thanks for the posting
maloutim (9629) 2010-11-19 2:59
Hi Abdurrahman !
having just come back from Turkey, I heard about this typical van cat ; so, I am interested in seeing your photo, whih is a great portrait of this friendly feline, with its beautiful eyes.
very interesting note too !
ulkuakyuz (30) 2012-12-08 12:24
"Istediginiz bir seyi elde edemediyseniz; ya mirilti tonunuz yanlistir ya da surtunmeyi yeteri kadar ciddiye almiyorsunuzdur. Sofistike, sprituel, paranormal bir his var icimde.. Kedi olmak kolay, kedilik yapmak zordur.. " diyor..
- Copyright: Abdurrahman Aksoy (midyat) (2545)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-04-12
- Categories: Daily Life
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Turkish Cats, Cats in Turkey [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-10-16 13:17
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