A forthright woman, Laura Lushington was fierce in defence of her feline companions.When people observed that all cats can swim, she would respond briskly that “of course all cats can swim but only a few like it”.
On the hot return journey, as Laura dived into a river to cool off, the kittens followed, swimming about happily in deep water.
When her kittens grew into cats and mated they produced kittens bearing the same markings as the parents, thus proving that they were a natural breed.
She called them Turkish Van Cats, after the area of Van in eastern Turkey where they are commonly found, and registered the Van prefix.
The Turkish Van Cat went on to become an established breed.
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In 1955 she and her lifelong friend, Sonia Halliday, embarked on an overland trip across Europe, through Turkey to Cyprus.
By the time they started to make their way home, they had been joined by two small kittens which had been presented to Laura, one in Anatolia and one by an Istanbul hotel owner.
Though unrelated, the kittens, male and female, were identical and, as Laura soon discovered, they shared another unusual characteristic – they loved swimming.
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