4th
September
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Happy 1st Birthday to the Van cats!

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21st
December
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Meet the inmates: Senekerim aka Kerim

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Inmate name: Senekerim
Aliases: Kerim
Date of Birth: 04/09/2011
Gender: Male
Race: Cat
Hair Colour: White/ Auburn flecks
Eye Colour: Brown

Personality disorders: Socially awkward, nervous tendencies

Miscellaneous Details: Having separated from his mother earlier than he would have liked, Kerim became socially awkward at an early age. Doors slamming, footsteps, sneezing and the coughing of ants, would send Kerim into a reclusive state. His wiry stature and cautiousness makes Kerim a valued member of the Armenian Trio Gang, although, somewhat of a sidekick rather than competing for the don job. If seen in the streets, don’t worry he is mostly harmless.

 

 

 


21st
December
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Meet the inmates: Shoushan aka Lily

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Inmate name: Shoushan
Aliases: Lily
Date of Birth: 04/09/2011
Gender: Female
Race: Cat
Hair Colour: White
Eye Colour: Blue

Personality disorders/disabilities: Deafness, princess mentality

Miscellaneous Details: Lily has ultimately become the beautiful blonde of the outfit. Behind the cute exterior hides a cold blooded killer. Her deafness gives her the advantage of being “bomb-proof” but often doesn’t see trouble coming. Along with her deafness, she is fearless and is always curious for new environments and wanton destruction is not far behind, although this is normally because she is abnormally clumsy. She is very calm, playful and soft. Do not be deceived!

 

 

 


21st
December
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Meet the inmates: Hripsime aka Ripley

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Inmate name: Hripsime
Aliases: Ripley, Rippers
Date of Birth: 04/09/2011
Gender: Female
Race: Cat
Hair Colour: White, Auburn flecks
Eye Colour: Brown

Personality disorders: Authoritarian complex, excitable fits of rage

Miscellaneous Details: This Turkish Van cat rules over the other inmates with an iron paw. She assesses the situation, often in the background, waiting for the right time to make an appearance. Unlike the other inmates she loves cuddling and playing. She has a tendency to play a little too rough but knows the other inmates’ thresholds. She is a troublemaker in the prison and is often sent to the sin bin for constantly pushing her luck. She has the brains to match her might, often found forming an escape plan or discovering the latest toys, tricks and new areas in the prison.

 

 


8th
December
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Diary of a Van cat: Day 1

Written by: Trevor

Well what a week! Can’t say the beginning of this week has been the best moment of our lives so far … Snuggling in bed with our mum, then next thing we know, we were abducted by some strange looking guy with odd eyes and plonked into a metal box. Not even a chance to wave goodbye.

We travelled down some bumpy stairs and navigated the strange new cats we hadn’t met before. We were dropped down on the floor in a strange hall. Battered and bruised from that ordeal, it wasn’t long before we were airborne again, the silly odd-eyed human clumsily hit every wall and obstacle on our way out … Then the bright light hit our little eyes and a gust of fresh air chilled us to the bone.

When we recovered, we were in a strange enclosed room that started to rumble, a little like Kerim’s tummy after a large meal. A new face appeared next to us, the one we call “the bearded-one”. He began to poke and prod us, quite clearly oblivious to our current situation and distress. The odd-eyed one was somehow controlling the movement of the enclosed room, as the world outside began moving past rapidly, whether this was a good idea or not we cannot fathom, our lack of understanding of this human action did not ease our trauma.

Kerim and Ripley would not be quiet for the first part of the journey, complaining of the current accommodation and the fact they hadn’t had time to pack appropriately. It wasn’t until later, when I realised I had forgotten my favourite toy, that I began my protest. But it was no good. The bearded-one clearly spoke no Van and was apparent that he was an imbecile. I tried to speak slower and louder (as all good guide books tell you to do so) but it was no use. Well I gave up, no amount of moaning was working, I even made an attempt to dust off my French but apparently “où est mon jouet préféré?” does not translate to these morons.

Well we arrived, or should I say we landed, in a strange room. The walls were covered from top to bottom with books, which we tried removing for future reference. Sadly the mixture of London history and British monarchs is not going to help us. I have to say there are plenty of odd things to see here, excluding the humans. The facilities are nice, in fact having our own what’s-it-called its really handy.

I can only hope the humans don’t treat us as “pets”, that would be very undignified. I for one am a scholar and need to be treated with respect… Oh! Look a washing machine! weeeee…

Shoushan (Lily)


6th
December
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Turkish Van Kittens: 1st day in their new home video

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6th
December
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How our Turkish Van cats are related

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3rd
October
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A visit to Tansdale

Written by: Trevor

A recent visit to the Tansdale breeder, Suzann’s house, we visited our long awaited Turkish Van cat kittens. Three of the surviving six that we have now fallen in love with. Here is a video of their 4 week old escapades.

Please check out the Tansdale website for future developments and find out more about this fantastic breeder.


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21st
September
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How Van Cats came to Charlton

Written by: Sembat

vancats0001My interest in Van cats goes back to 1965 when I read an article on “The Swimming Cats of Van” by Laura Lushington in Animals magazine. From childhood I grew up with cats at home but my particular interest in this breed was their connection with Van. Although Van is now in Turkey it was part of the historic heartland of the Armenians and during the 10th & 11th centuries was an independent principality of Vaspurakan under the Artsruni dynasty, with its capital on the island of Aghtamar. The Armenian presence was significant here until the Genocide of 1915. My particular interest was that I am an Orthodox Christian and the Armenians were not only the first Christian nation but had valiantly maintained the Orthodox faith throughout the centuries despite having lost their nationhood.

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15th
September
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Welcome to The Turkish Van Cat Blog

Written by: Sembat

This blog shares a very personal encounter with Van Cats, a fascinating and quite rare breed, originating in Eastern Turkey. There are several other excellent sites touching on the history and characteristics of the breed as well the sites of individual breeders. This blog is a celebration of the Van cats, past and present, who have become part of our family and we hope will encourage others to consider inviting a Van cat into their home.

Sembat (a pseudonym) is an historian and a genealogist and delights in the cats’ pedigrees for their intricacy. Unlike the better-informed breeders he doesn’t have a profound grasp of genetics but is grateful for the commitment shown by some of the breeders to maintain the integrity of the breed and at the same time avoid the dangerous inbreeding which threatened those who first entered Britain just over half a century ago.

Trevor is the IT expert and amateur photographer who constructed this blog and will be demonstrating his enthusiasm for Van cats in a more visual way.


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