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  1. The white cat in the photo looks very beautiful and just like any normal long haired cat that is not purebred except maybe the Norwegian Forest cat, Maine Coon or Angora. Certainly not like a Persian. The irony is almost laughable except that it is a serious matter involving the health and well being of contemporary Persians.

    The English cats dying is very odd – maybe they got sick but whatever it was I am going to assume they were all together and that’s why they all died – if that’s true, be it of sickness or high temperatures whilst being kept badly and vulnerale to the heat.

    If only they’d leave cats alone and stick to showing mixed breed cats whilst describing their beautiful fur and features as a natural course of events – un-meddled by human breeding agendas.

  2. Yes, could be a nice story. The use of the term Angora jumbled with Persian for cats found or seen in many different geographic areas is quite confusing. However the term itself clearly refer to Ankara or Angora, and as such no surprise when the old Persians looked like modern Ankara Zoo cats. There is a lot of muddle. The cat fancy meddling with Persian and Angora(s)further muddies the waters. Both the cat fancy Persian and Angora are totally unrelated to cats in the claimed areas of origin so using morphology or genetics to learn something is useless except for learning what they are not.

  3. The 1903 “Persian” hardly differs from my present-day Turkish Angoras especially Fatima, I mean the real Angoras. Perhaps mine have a slightly wider head, but in that photo maybe the “Persian” is pricking up it’s ears.

    • Now there is a story. Old fashioned Persians are very similar to the real Turkish Angora. What does that tell us? Are they the same cat? Certainly the “Angora” was very similar to the Persian at the beginning of the cat fancy. I still really don’t know what people mean when they refer to the “Angora cat” over the period late 1890s to early 1900s.

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