Van Cat is a distinctive landrace of domestic cat, found in the Lake Van region of eastern Turkey.
The Van Cat Research Center of Van Yüzüncü Yıl University is host to around 100 all-white, Van cats with different colored eyes.
.Turkey’s famous Van cats are under the protection of the university Van Cat House.
The cat is relatively large, has a chalky white coat, sometimes with ruddy coloration on the head and hindquarters.
Van Cat has blue or amber eyes or is odd-eyed (having one eye of each colour).
Van Cat has been referred to as “the swimming cat”, and observed to swim in Lake Van.