How to Groom A Turkish Angora Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Turkish Angora cats are known for their striking appearance and playful personalities. They have long, silky white fur that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling. Their eyes are typically blue or green, and their ears are tall and pointed. These cats are intelligent and curious, and they love to play and explore. They are also affectionate and enjoy spending time with their owners.

Turkish Angoras are a great choice for families with children or other pets, as they are social and adaptable. With proper care and attention, these beautiful cats can make wonderful companions for many years to come.

Turkish Angora Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Semi-Cobby

Coat Type & Length: Semi-long

Coat Texture: The Turkish Angora has a long, silky coat that is fine and soft to the touch. It requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling.

Turkish Angora Cat

Essential Grooming Tools for Turkish Angora Cats

grooming tools

In order to groom Turkish Angora Cats properly, you’ll need to have the following tools:

Grooming ToolDescription
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries
Ear cleanerHelps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections
Cotton ballsEffectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor
ShampooCat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling

Turkish Angora Grooming

Brushing

  • Brush your Turkish Angora once or twice a week
  • Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.
  • Use a deshedding tool to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.

Bathing

bathing a Turkish Van cat
Credit: Ben Sam

When it comes to bathing your Turkish Angora, it’s important to remember that their long, silky coat requires a bit of extra care.

  1. Start by brushing out any tangles or mats before getting them wet.
  2. Use a gentle, cat-specific shampoo and work it into their coat, being careful not to get any in their eyes or ears.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary.
  4. After the bath, wrap your Turkish Angora in a towel and gently pat them dry.
  5. You may also want to use a blow dryer on a low, cool setting to help dry their coat.

Remember to give them plenty of love and treats afterwards to make the experience a positive one!

How Often Should I Bathe My Turkish Angora Cat?

You should bathe your Turkish Angora cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their beautiful, long coat and prevent matting.

Nail Trimming

How to Trim the Nails of a Turkish Angora:

  1. Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  2. Find a comfortable spot for your cat, such as a table or your lap.
  3. Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly and press on the pad to extend the nail.
  4. Use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  5. If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  6. Repeat with the other paws.
  7. Reward your cat with treats and praise for being a good kitty.

Recommended frequency of clipping: Every 2-3 weeks.

Ear Cleaning

How to Clean the Ears of a Turkish Van

How to Clean the Ears of a Turkish Angora:

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Turkish Angora securely in your lap or on a table.
  • Gently lift the ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
  • Saturate a cotton ball or pad with the ear cleaning solution and gently wipe the inside of the ear flap and the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the cotton ball too far into the ear canal.
  • Use a fresh cotton ball or pad to wipe away any excess solution and debris.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Reward your Turkish Angora with a treat or some playtime to make the experience positive.

Things to Watch Out For:

If your Turkish Angora has excessive ear wax or a foul odor coming from their ears, contact your veterinarian. This could be a sign of an ear infection or other underlying health issue.

Cleaning Your Cat’s Teeth

How to Brush the Teeth of a Turkish Angora:

  1. Start by getting your Turkish Angora comfortable and relaxed. You can do this by petting them and talking to them in a soothing voice.
  2. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste specifically designed for cats. Never use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to your cat.
  3. Gently lift your cat’s lip and brush their teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth as this is where plaque and tartar tend to build up.
  4. Be sure to brush the back teeth as well as they are often neglected and can lead to dental problems.
  5. Brush for about 30 seconds on each side of the mouth, making sure to praise and reward your cat for their cooperation.
  6. Aim to brush your Turkish Angora’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good dental hygiene.

Remember, regular brushing can help prevent dental problems and keep your Turkish Angora healthy and happy.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

As part of the grooming post-care process you should pay attention to the following potential issues:

Fleas and Ticks

  • Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks on your cat’s coat.
  • Keep your cat’s environment clean and vacuum regularly to prevent flea infestations.
  • Use a veterinarian-approved flea and tick preventative treatment to protect your cat from these pests.

Matted Fur

Turkish Angoras have long, silky fur that requires daily brushing to prevent matting. If mats do occur, use a metal comb to gently work them out, starting at the tips of the fur and working your way up towards the skin.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Turkish Angoras are prone to skin irritation due to their long, silky coats. Regular grooming and bathing can help prevent matting and skin issues. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for cats and avoid over-bathing, as it can strip their skin of natural oils.

How Often Should I Brush My Turkish Angora Cat?

You should brush your Turkish Angora cat at least once a week to prevent matting and tangling of their long, silky fur. However, during shedding season, it’s recommended to brush them daily to remove loose hair and prevent hairballs.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Turkish Angora Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Turkish Angora cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin and coat. It can strip their natural oils and cause dryness, itching, and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for their skin.