Male Turkish Van cats can weigh from 10-20 pounds whilst the females weigh 7-12 pounds. It has a sturdy body with a broad chest. It gains full maturity after three years or more. Everything is well-proportioned boasting a robust appearance with well-rounded paws that are tufted. It has a coloured plumed tail.
Another striking feature of a Turkish Van cat is its eye. It has large oval-shaped eyes with pink rims that made it look attentive and expressive. This feline is born with pale blue eyes that change to deeper blue or amber as the cat grows older. Some Turkish Van cats have odd-coloured eyes.
The Turkish Van’s head is broadly wedged shaped with ears that are moderately large. The insides of the ears are well feathered. The breed’s admirable long coat is soft and silky from the roots without woolly undercoat. The ruff on its neck and chest becomes fluffier as the cat matures. This breed is a pure white feline with colour markings on its head and tail. At present, more colours and pattern emerge including black, blue, tortie, and tabby.
The cashmere-like texture of the cat’s fur may seem like it is high maintenance, but once a week brushing would suffice. The Van cat requires basic grooming such as regular nail trimming, teeth brushing, and ear cleaning. The earlier these grooming routine is introduced, the better.