Somali and Turkish Angora cats have a family resemblance
by Mary S
We are owned by both a red Somali (look up Mittsnpaws Miromax – the internet is full of pictures from his show career) who absolutely ADORES me and Pixie, a very playful and affectionate black smoke Turkish Angora (we also have Lecompagnon Valiant, a quiet but snuggly Chartreux).
Max and Pixie have very similar coat-length patterns with gorgeous plumed tails that they normally both carry upright; Max is much larger and heavier but they still look a lot alike except for their colors.
My theory is since Abyssinians probably originally came from India they stopped off in Turkey for a little R&R and then took the longhair genes they picked up on to Europe.
Max also becomes very excited when I cook/heat Indian food even though there is usually no meat or fish involved–the Indian theory again.
A cat attracted to curry would have been attracted to where there also was rice and therefore mice and rats to eat.
Anyway, we love them all.