The Turkish Van Cat is a large sized, medium coated cat breed that is said to have been originally bred in Turkey, United Kingdom. Some cat breeds have additional names that they are known by. This cat is also known as Turkish Cat and Swimming Cat. This cat breed has won over the hearts of their owners with ease. This is because they are very agile, intelligent, and loyal. There are many happy cat owners who claim to have enjoyed the company of their Turkish Van Cat for nearly 16 long years! If you think this cat breed could be what you are looking for, please read on to learn more about them!

Body Characteristics

The Turkish Van Cat breed is a large sized cat compared to other breeds. It is long, muscular, and top heavy. This also gives the Turkish Van Cat a defining difference when compared to other breeds. While weighing between 16 lbs to 18 lbs the Turkish Van Cat breed might be just what you are looking for. With its outer layer often described as cashmere, extremely waterproof, and tough; The Turkish Van Cat is truly a marvelous creature with its own refined beauty. Their fur (or skin) may come in colors such as dense, silky, and soft; which can make them very unique among their peers. Most Turkish Van Cats have a long length tail, which helps compliment their overall body structure. The Turkish Van Cat breed has a reputation for having large sized eyes which lead them to be more attractive than other feline breeds.


The Turkish Van Cat is known for how well it can adapt to new environments. They are always positive about a new place to explore! This cat breed will take the time to meet new people. Owners should expect it to join in the company whenever they have a visitor. Owners that enjoy interacting with their cat a few times a week will enjoy this cat breed. The Turkish Van Cat can keep itself entertained in between quality time sessions with its owner. This cat can get along well with children who are kind towards it, but it does not do well with children who are handling it poorly. The Turkish Van Cat is perfect for owners who already have a dog or two. This cat gets along very well with canines! The Turkish Van Cat shows more affection than other cat breeds. It enjoys showing love to its owners. This cat will often play when interacted with, but does not seek out the playful interaction on its own. The Turkish Van Cat breed has an extremely low energy level. They are very good at sleeping. The Turkish Van Cat is an above average cat because of its intelligence. This cat is pretty smart.


Brushing, bathing, and nail clipping are a must for the Turkish Van Cat breed. Owners should expect to invest time and money into grooming this cat breed. Many owners have said that their Turkish Van Cat sheds a moderate amount, but that it is easy to clean up after. The Turkish Van Cat is a very healthy breed of cat. They very rarely have any health issues. While many cat breeds do have some mild health issues, common ones for the Turkish Van Cat breed are Fleas, Tapeworms, and Vomiting. The Turkish Van Cat breed is hypoallergenic and will most likely not cause a reaction in those who have cat allergies. Owning a cat is a financial responsibility. Owners can expect to pay between $200 and $400 to purchase the Turkish Van Cat and about $1100 per year to maintain it.