How to Groom A Turkish Vankedisi Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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The Turkish Vankedisi cat is a rare breed that originated in Turkey. These cats are known for their striking white coat and piercing blue eyes. They are medium-sized cats with a muscular build and graceful gait.

Turkish Vankedisi cats are intelligent and affectionate, making them great companions for families. They are also known for their playful nature and love of toys. These cats require regular grooming to maintain their beautiful coat, but their easy-going temperament makes them a joy to care for.

Turkish Vankedisi Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Svelte

Coat Type & Length: Long

Coat Texture: The Turkish Vankedisi has a soft, silky coat that is medium to long in length. It is known for its unique pattern of white fur with colored spots or patches.

Turkish Vankedisi

Essential Grooming Tools for Turkish Vankedisi Cats

cat grooming tools

To groom your Turkish Vankedisi Cat properly, you’ll need the following:

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

Equipped with our grooming tools, we’re ready to start grooming our cats!

Grooming Your Turkish Vankedisi Cat


Frequency: Brush your Turkish Vankedisi once or twice a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Use a de-shedding tool to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.


The Turkish Vankedisi is a beautiful breed with a thick, soft coat that requires regular grooming. When it comes to bathing, it’s important to use a gentle shampoo specifically designed for cats.

  1. Start by wetting your cat’s coat thoroughly, being careful to avoid getting water in their ears.
  2. Apply the shampoo and work it into a lather, paying special attention to any areas that may be particularly dirty or oily.
  3. Rinse your cat thoroughly, making sure to remove all of the shampoo.
  4. Use a towel to gently dry your cat, being careful not to rub too hard or pull on its fur.
  5. If your cat is particularly anxious or doesn’t enjoy being bathed, consider using a dry shampoo instead.

How Often Should I Bathe My Turkish Vankedisi Cat?

You should bathe your Turkish Vankedisi cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain its coat’s natural oils and prevent skin irritation.

Nail Trimming

How to Trim the Nails of a Turkish Vankedisi:

  • Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your cat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly and press on the pad to extend the nail.
  • Use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat with the other paws, giving your cat a treat after each paw is done.
  • Recommended frequency of clipping: every 2-3 weeks, or as needed if you hear clicking sounds when your cat walks on hard surfaces.

Ear Cleaning

How to Clean the Ears of a Turkish Vankedisi:

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (preferably one recommended by your vet), and a towel.
  • Approach your Turkish Vankedisi calmly and gently. Speak to them in a soothing voice to help them relax.
  • Lift the ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your vet before proceeding with cleaning.
  • 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, as this can cause damage.
  • Use a fresh cotton ball or pad to wipe away any excess solution and debris from the ear.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Reward your Turkish Vankedisi with a treat or praise for their cooperation during the cleaning process.

Things to Watch Out For:

If your Turkish Vankedisi shows signs of discomfort or pain during the cleaning process, stop immediately and contact your vet.

If you notice any unusual discharge, foul odor, or persistent scratching at the ears, contact your vet for a check-up. These can be signs of an ear infection or other underlying health issue.

Cleaning Your Cat’s Teeth

How to Brush the Teeth of a Turkish Vankedisi:

  • Start by getting your Turkish Vankedisi comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and give them a treat or praise.
  • Once they are comfortable, introduce a toothbrush and toothpaste made specifically for cats. Let them sniff and taste the toothpaste before starting.
  • Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and brush in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth, where plaque and tartar build-up is most common.
  • Be gentle and patient, taking breaks if your cat becomes stressed or uncomfortable. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend brushing their teeth.
  • Aim to brush your Turkish Vankedisi’s teeth at least once a week to maintain good oral hygiene. If your cat is prone to dental issues, your veterinarian may recommend more frequent brushing or professional cleanings.

Remember, regular dental care is important for your Turkish Vankedisi’s overall health and well-being. By following these simple steps, you can help keep their teeth and gums healthy for years to come.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

Pat yourself on the back for grooming your cat properly! That said, look out for the following:

Fleas and Ticks

  • Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks on your cat’s fur.
  • Keep your cat indoors to reduce the risk of exposure to fleas and ticks.
  • Use a veterinarian-approved flea and tick prevention product to protect your cat from infestations.

Matted Fur

Turkish Vankedisi cats have a thick, soft coat that can easily become matted if not groomed regularly. To prevent matting, brush their coat at least once a week with a slicker brush and a metal comb. If matting does occur, use a dematting tool or scissors to carefully remove the mats, being careful not to cut the skin.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Turkish Vankedisi cats have thick, soft coats that require regular grooming to prevent matting and skin irritation. Use a slicker brush to remove loose hair and prevent tangles, and bathe your cat occasionally with gentle shampoo to keep its coat clean and healthy.

How Often Should I Brush My Turkish Vankedisi Cat?

You should brush your Turkish Vankedisi cat at least once a week to prevent matting and keep their coat healthy and shiny. However, during shedding season, it’s recommended to brush them daily to remove loose fur and prevent hairballs.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Turkish Vankedisi Cat?

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