Van cats; cats that love swimming and eating ice-cream

Have you ever met a cat that loves swimming and enjoys eating ice-cream? No? So you haven’t met Van Cats yet. 

During our stay in Van area we visited the Van Cat House, which was founded by Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi in 1992 to protect the special local cat species. Van cats are rather unique and one of their distinct features can be noticed at first sight. Their eyes have a different colour.

Odd cats

They are also famous for their love of water and enjoying ice-cream. The Van is a natural breed and has probably existed in Turkey for centuries.

Turkish Vans are said to be highly intelligent and can learn tricks and games, such as playing fetch.

Van cat museum

The museum is located in the university (Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi), about 20 minute drive north from the centre of Van. Entrance to the Van Cat House is free and if you’re lucky you can even get to play with the cats.

Although at first I wasn’t sure I wanted to get all the way there to look at cats, I really enjoyed this visit and would recommend it to anyone visiting Van.

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