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Were the Turkish Angora and Turkish Van the same Cat? — 3 Comments

  1. Denise,

    You send a nice message, despite our differences we are all humans. Same with cats – more similar than different.

    However we don’t agree with statement: ”Most of them are mixed of course as they live one the street.”

    If cat lives on the street (not only street there are many places cat can live!), why it means it is mixed? Mixed with what? In Turkey pets sector is very new. People don’t throw their expensive Persians and Siamese to the streets. Those which freely roam are actually very pure Anatolian cats and we have some DNA evidence to back this up.

    ”There are still special cats in the certain areas like Van and Ankara Angora”
    You say stray cats are mixed so what are Van and Angora cats – not from street? From the another planet? They are the same STREET CATS. Anatolian species to be exact.

    ”yet there are also originals some of which are protected by the University of Van, in city of Van”
    Van University collected all white cats, it has nothing to do with the breed Van cat, which after all doesn’t exist. The breeding program in Van University is very unscientific and ridiculous. They don’t bother to test their cats genetically in order to be sure they don’t have the same ”dirty street cats” which roam near to their ”white breed” cages! If they did DNA test their idea of special Van cat would explode like a bubble, you can be sure!

    ”one needs to gather better information based on scientific research”
    Did you bother to gather that scientific information? No? How can you judge what was said then? If you ask us we do have that needed scientific information to show you that Van and Ankara cat doesn’t exist and all cats in Turkey came from the same gene pool. They are Anatolian cats.

    Advice: Don’t judge something you know nothing about.

    Kind Regards

    The Angora at Association, Turkey

  2. Hello,

    I have an odd eye Van cat too. She is one of the cutest cat ever I have seen in my life. I had read about Ankara cat and Van cat phenomena and I read messages above also. Some says they are the same type of cats; like a cat food; in the origin they are all the same; cat food. I am very sorry to hear that; as I can say, we are all human too; yet, we have some differences between us, don’t we? Such as American, Chinese, Turkish, Greek, etc. and we also have locational differences inside the country for example northern Turkey, southern Turkey, eastern Turkey, and etc. Otherwise, our lives would have been so different. Am I not right? Yet, in the origin we are all human beings; originated again from human beings.

    Yes, I agree that there are a lot of cats on the street of Turkey. Most of them are mixed of course as they live one the street. Yet, on the other hand there are still special cats in the certain areas like Van and Ankara Angora. Yes again, there are mixed breeds there too; yet there are also originals some of which are protected by the University of Van, in city of Van.

    Making statements based on hand full of information is not enough as we all know; one needs to gather better information based on scientific research etc. As I said, we are all human at the end, but we definitely have differences. I wish people had thought we were all the same coming from one in the origin; I would be happiest person ever; then people wouldn’t discriminate one and other; we would have lived in peace (I’m only talking based on our nations of course, not the other differences).

    I hope I didn’t offend anyone; if so I really apologize for this as I didn’t have this kind of intention at all.

    Best regards,
    -Denise

    • Hi Denise, you haven’t offended anyone. Your thoughts are very sensible regarding the fact that we are all from the same source. At the very beginning of mankind there was no racism, no nationalism, no differences in color or culture. No religion. We were all the same. There were still arguments though 😉

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