Van Cats in Turkey

Last Updated on May 2, 2019

cat that’s pure white, with a fondness for swimming, and one eye blue, the other amber…


It’s a Van cat, a cat bred in the district of Lake Van, near the ancient city of Van in Eastern Turkey.

Cat-lovers have admired this beautiful breed for years, and even those who don’t care much for cats can hardly keep from being touched by their beauty.

Sadly, there are not a lot of Van cats remaining. Their export from Turkey is prohibited, thus there are few abroad, and even within Turkey their numbers seem to be dwindling.

—Tom Brosnahan

City of Van

Lake Van Region

Mount Ararat

Akdamar Island & Church


Eastern Turkey

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