**UPDATED - 24th May 2015 **
We have kittens!
is Marianne Upham, I am based in Ilminster,
I am a small
hobby breeder who has always enjoyed the
companionship of cats.
I was introduced
to “Turks” when my late parents lived in Turkey
and we were “temporary owners” of Fluffy a pure
white Turkish Van Cat.
Unable to bring her back to UK we brought home a
“bin cat” – Canavar. When he died aged 18yrs I
wanted another Turkish Cat and in 1994 I
obtained my first pedigree Turk…..named Kedi.
Within a few
months I was addicted and decided to consider
breeding these beautiful unique cats. Nearly 20
years on I still breed the occasional litter.
What a mistake
that decision was (to my bank account)!
I chose to breed auburn and cream Turkish Van,
which are the original colours accepted by the
GCCF the organisation I register my cats with.
Over the years other colours have been
recognised, but I prefer to continue breeding
with the former two colours
Auburn (13d) and Cream (13d7)
inbreeding, like a few other Turk breeder’s in
UK I realised there was a need to import cats
from abroad because the UK gene pool is so
small. Importing ensures my kittens are fit and
healthy with a low inbreeding ratio.
I thoroughly research a potential cat’s ancestry
ensuring to the best of my ability the cat’s
heritage originates from mainland Turkey, not
All my import’s
have 5 generation registered pedigree’s,
(recognised by GCCF) when they arrive with me,
with as few as possible related cats in their
My cats are much
loved pets – anything else is a bonus. As such
they all enjoy living an indoors
(including my stud cats). None of my cats live
Their welfare and wellbeing is my priority
Both the entire
boys and the girls/neuters have access to their
own separate fully enclosed outside run, which
they can access during the daytime hours. They
love using these runs to watch the birds / frogs
and other animals which enter our back garden.
It amazes me to find on occasion,
“presents”which they bring & expect me to praise
them for! They must be very resourceful to catch
Although I no
longer own a dog, I can without hesitation say
Turks are happy to share with a dog providing
they are introduced gradually. My cat’s adored
Jan my late Rhodesian Ridgeback who sadly was
p.t.s. in 2012 at the grand age of 15yrs. He is
I usually have
2-3 litters each year, Yenicizgi kittens require
indoor homes as I feel they are too precious to
risk loosing due to avoidable diseases / theft /
poisoning or road accidents
If you have
any queries please email or phone me