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Balinese cat
Recognized by the CFA, FIFe, TICA, ACF, ACFA/CAA, CCA-AFC, GCCF

The Balinese cat can boast of having among his close relatives the famous Siamese cat.
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Characteristics "Balinese cat"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Balinese cat" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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History

The origins of the breed as such are in the United States and go back to the years 50, but the first references to this type of cat are much older. In fact, a Chinese tapestry from several centuries ago already depicted long-haired cats with features Siamese. More recently, in 1871, Penny Illustrated magazine mentioned a long-hair Siamese, and in 1928 the American Federation of Cat Fans (CFF) accepted the registration of a long-hair Siamese.

In the Decade of 1950, Marion Dorsey and Helen Smith, of the creators of Siamese Americans based in California and New York respectively, they became interested in these long-haired kittens and decided to start a dedicated breeding program. The program was successful and resulted in Balinese cat what do we know today.

Despite what its name may suggest, the Balinese cat It, in effect, an american cat breed. The name was chosen by Helen Smith to highlight its grace and elegance, similar to that of the ballerinas on the island of Bali

Already in 1961, the Federation of Cat Fans (CFF) recognized this new breed, and the Cat Fan Association (CFA) did the same in 1970. In 1979, this same CFA set a new standard for a breed called Javanese, whose characteristics were those of Balinese cat, and that it simply allowed covering the coat colors not accepted by the latter's standard. In fact, the Balinese standard had been established by accepting the same colors as the Siamese cat, that is to say, seal, blue, chocolate and lilac.

That same year 1979, the International Cat Association (TICA) also recognized the Balinese cat, antes de ser seguida for the International Feline Federation (FIFé) in 1983 and, later, por el British Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) in 1986.

Today, but the Balinese cat is present and recognized throughout the world, still a relatively uncommon cat. in your country of origin, United States, the CFA statistics indicate that it is in the second half of the breed table based on the number of annual registrations. In France, each year less than 20 ejemplares en el Official Book of Feline Origins (LOOF). In Great Britain, GCCF figures even show a very steep decline, mainly due to the appearance of new races: Enrollments in the organization went from 150 to 200 per year at the beginning of the decade 2000 less than 50 at the end of the Decade of 2010.

Physical characteristics

Balinese cat
Old-Style Balinese Seal Point – Mary Desmond, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Muscular but slim, the Balinese cat seems very delicate and flexible in its movements.

With a weight between three and four kilos, the Balinese cats belong to the medium-sized breeds.

Males balinese they can weigh a little more and are around five kilos.

While the body, face and character are similar to those of the Siamese cat original, coat length differs considerably, which is particularly evident in the bushy tail of the balinese. But, from the start of breeding, the balinese has changed a bit and, with its elongated body and its triangular face, has been adapted to the modern variant of the Siamese cat.

If you want to buy Balinese cats, nowadays you will only find a few breeders that breed this breed in its original breeding way. In most breeders, cat lovers can buy the modern shape of the Balinese cat, whose body is narrower and its head is more wedge-shaped. A distinctive feature of Balinese cat it's her bright blue eyes, that seem especially alive and vibrant.

The only coat pattern allowed is colourpoint: the body is one color, but the tips are a darker and different color. Although the only colors allowed in the original CFA standard, written in 1970, are accepted for the Siamese, that is to say, the seal, the blue, the chocolate and lilac, the vast majority of current standards also allow the cream, The candy, red, apricot and other non-traditional colors.

blue eyes, of a unique beauty, are present regardless of coat color and are characteristic of the appearance of the balinese.

Last, sexual dimorphism is moderately marked, the male being slightly larger than the female.

Varieties of "Balinese cat"

Balinese cat
Ghislaine of Chrysanthe, balinese cat, female, chocolate tortie point – Photographer:Anna Utekhina, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The case of a Balinese cat with colors other than the seal, the blue, chocolate and lilac divide cat lovers from all over the world, as well as various organizations. While the International Cat Association (TICA) and the British Feline Fantasy Governing Council (GCCF) consider that these cats are indeed balinese, the American Cat Fan Association (CFA) consider from 1979 that all the “balinese” of different colors constitute a different race: that of Javanese cat.

Despite the official merger in 2008 of the two breeds under the standard balinese of the CFA, the term Javanese still commonly used in the US. to define the balinese different colors from the original standard.

This term was chosen in reference to the island of Java, neighbor of the island of Bali, in Indonesia: is a nod to the fact that the Javanese its near to balinese.

Character and skills

Balinese cat
20-week old Balinese kitten – Flickr

The balinese he is a very cuddly cat, who is lovingly attached to his family and does not leave their eyes. They demand a lot of attention, they follow their owner everywhere and constantly seek to play with him or be petted by him. It is sociable, accepts other pets without difficulty and enjoys the company of children, provided they have been taught to behave with animals.

His constant need for attention makes him not tolerate loneliness well, and you can quickly adopt destructive behavior if you feel that your family does not give you the attention you deserve. So, not suitable for a teacher who is absent often.

It is reputed to be sensitive to human emotions, and knows how to comfort a sad man or, on the other hand, share your moments of joy. They also know how to interpret voice intonations, so reprimands can hurt your sensitive nature, while encouragement reinforces the bond they have with their family.

Activos, agile and curious, to the balinese they love to explore the corners of the house. These may include, you can crawl out from under your bed with a toy you lost weeks ago or find that old photo that fell behind your living room closet years ago. But, one of his favorite activities is to climb on the shoulders of one of the family members.

He is also very smart and playful, making you an excellent candidate for teaching your cat tricks. It is very possible that he will learn something by himself, and then come proudly show your family what you can do.

Despite his high energy level, It is a breed of cat that lives very well in an apartment -if the apartment is not tiny- and does not need outer space.

Last, one of the main characteristics of the Balinese cat is your propensity to be vocal. They seem to have an opinion on everything, and they do not stop making it known, commenting from his food to what is on television or the cover of the book his master wants to read in a low voice. Although he has no problem giving long monologues, you expect to be listened to and risk starting over if you think your family has not paid attention to what you are saying. Both in terms of activity level and volume, they are definitely not one of the calmest cat breeds.

Care "Balinese cat"

Balinese cat
Seal Point Balinese kitten at 13 weeks of age – Flickr

The Balinese cat it is an easy-care breed of cat, since its long and silky coat does not tend to knot and sheds very little. So, a simple brushing once a week is enough.

This brushing session is an opportunity to check that your teeth and eyes are clean., and to pay special attention to their ears, which often need to be cleaned with a damp cloth. It also, make sure its claws are not too long, and trim them if necessary.

Indoor or outdoor cat?

The Balinese cat not necessarily a cat that should be kept outside, since these graceful animals are sensitive to cold. But, as the balinese it is one of the most active cat breeds, your house should be as big as possible and, above all, be equipped with many climbing possibilities. The ideal is to have a well-protected balcony or garden, that can also be used for running. To the balinese cats they also like to get inspired by climbing trees outdoors, and a small pool of water and other play opportunities are always welcome for this breed of cat.

How much activity does he need? "Balinese cat"?

If you decide to have a balinese, it does not matter if it is a puppy or an adult, you should take your time with him. Intelligent breed cats are very affectionate and like to be the center of attention, so they will gladly dispense with the company of other cats, but not from human attention.

So, the Balinese cat he needs a lot of pampering and you also have to take time to keep him busy. The balinese is very receptive to training and learns very quickly, which is why search games are so easy for him balinese how to learn new tricks or intelligence games. However, in regards to scratching opportunities, climb and play, you should also make sure your cat has quiet places to retreat to, since animals tend to prefer places where they have their favorite humans in sight.

Health and nutrition

The balinese is an exceptionally long-lived breed of cats, since many reach or exceed the 20 years of age.

Despite this overall robustness, are at increased risk for certain diseases:

  • The progressive retinal atrophy (ARP), a retinal disease that causes blindness in cats;
  • The amyloidosis, a disease that causes kidney failure and is often fatal;
  • Achalasia or megaesophagus, a gastrointestinal disorder that can cause food blockages;
  • Squint, a vision disorder without serious consequences for the animal;
  • Acromelanismo, a genetic disease that causes changes in coat color based on skin temperature.
  • Last, obesity is a major risk to the health of the balinese, but can easily be avoided with a vigilant and responsible owner.

    Life expectancy

    15 to 20 years

    Food

    When it comes to feeding, should focus on a protein-rich diet. So, a high-quality cat food with a high meat and protein content is essential. Especially since balinese cats they are very active and need a lot of energy, a good diet is essential. As an alternative, can feed your balinese on a soft diet, but you should thoroughly familiarize yourself with the subject and also seek advice from a veterinarian, because only with the right composition can the needs of the cat be met in a specific way.

    For sale "Balinese cat"

    If you want to get a "Balinese cat", you should know that they are very affectionate and that these intelligent purebred cats want to keep busy. Do not underestimate the necessary care of the coat.. If you are thinking of buying a Balinese cat, should only be done by a reputable and responsible breeder.

    Responsible breeders ensure that the Balinese cats are raised in a family and are well socialized. It also, if you want to buy a cat of this breed, you should know that good breeders do not place their balinese in new homes before the end of the imprinting period.

    If you want to buy a Balinese cat, do not respond to ads from amateur breeders offering purebred cats for sale without papers. The balinese kittens should only be purchased from an experienced breeder who is a member of a breeding club. Since experienced breeders only sell cats that have been vet checked and are healthy, should expect to pay between 900 and 1100 euros for a balinese kitten.

    If you want to give a new home to a Balinese cat adult, with a bit of luck you can also find it in shelters and animal protection organizations. Also in this case you will have to pay a nominal fee.

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    Chartreux cat (Carthusian)
    Federations: LOOF, CFA, ACF, ACFA, TICA, FIFé, WCF

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    Characteristics "Chartreux cat (Carthusian)"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Chartreux cat (Carthusian)" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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    History

    The Chartreux cat, also called Carthusian Cat, it is an ancient cat breed: exists for several centuries (at least the XVIII), but its history is quite difficult to trace. In fact, only recently has genetic research been able to prove its Persian origin.

    But, the vagueness of its history has allowed the existence of various accounts, before genetics has been able to clarify the true context of its appearance. The most popular is that it was created and raised in the Middle Ages by the monks of the Grande Chartreuse monastery, located north of Grenoble, in southeastern France. It is said that in his spare time, between prayers and the making of a famous green liquor, the monks were engaged in developing a calm breed of cat with a low-pitched meow, so as not to disturb during meditation sessions and moments of recollection. But, this beautiful story is really just a legend, since no written record of the monastery mentions the presence of any cat in its bosom. Another version is that the Carthusian cat was brought from the Near East by knights returning from the crusades between the 11th and 13th centuries..

    Whatever the true story of its appearance, its presence in Europe was first documented in the 18th century. In the Dictionnaire universel du commerce, de l’histoire naturelle et des arts et métiers, written by the Frenchman Jacques Savary des Brûlons and published in 1723, we find the first reference to the name Chartreux in reference to the blue-robed cats. The author especially insists on his beautiful skin, which at that time was highly coveted for clothing.

    It is also mentioned in the Systema naturae, written by Carl von Linné and published in 1735. This Swedish naturalist, who initiated the scientific classification of species, dio al Chartreux el nombre latino de Felis catus coeruleus. Georges-louis leclerc, Earl of Buffon, Nor did he stop including it in his monumental Natural History, published in 1749 and the fruit of several decades of work. In fact, one of the volumes lists the four breeds of cats that were common in various European countries at the time: the domestic cat, Angora, the spanish cat and the Chartreux.

    But, some speculate that this cat - or at least one of its ancestors- was mentioned long before, in 1558, by the poet Joachim du Bellay. The latter owned a gray feline named Belaud, whom he described in his poem Epitaphe d’un chat like an excellent rat catcher. But, This description is too vague to suggest with certainty that it was a Carthusian cat. The fact that du Bellay specifies that it is “white underneath like an ermine” suggests even the opposite.

    According to the book Le chat des Chartreux published in 1980 and written by Jean Simonnet, a breed enthusiast, the Chartreux is originally from the Middle East, and an animal identified as the Syrian Cat by the Italian naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605) is probably one of your ancestors. The book even includes an illustration - based on Aldrovandi's research- of this stocky blue Syrian cat with copper and almond eyes. The drawing also shows a mouse curled up at his feet., symbolizing the cat's strong hunting instinct. It was for this particular reason that the Chartreux cat became popular and that his descendant became a popular companion.

    The Chartreux it was probably brought to Europe by merchant ships from the Near East, more specifically from Persia (the current Iran), and quickly established itself as a French feline breed.

    Its survival in Europe is proof of its great strength. In the 18th century (or even long before), lived mainly on the street and was used in stables, shops or houses for your hunting skills. But, her beautiful skin was used in the textile industry, so it was hunted for many years and had to learn to adapt.

    Until the beginning of the 20th century, groups of stray cats with typical features of Chartreux continued to roam the streets of Paris and other parts of France, for example some Breton islands and the Massif Central. It was not until after World War I that lovers of the country's feline species decided to preserve the breed.. A great deal of work was done to gather as many individuals as possible with similar characteristics, and in the process a standard was developed.

    You can't talk about the origins of the Chartreux not to mention sisters Christine and Suzanne Léger who, in 1920, discovered a group of blue shorthair cats in the town of Palais, in Belle-Île-en-Mer, off the coast of Brittany. This group, then wild, lived near the local hospital, -casually directed- by a religious order. The townspeople called them “the hospital cats”. Captivated by the beauty of these felines, the two sisters also began to work on the development of the breed, which was first shown at a cat show in Paris in 1931.

    The breed quickly became very popular with the public, but the Second World War was about to decimate it. After the war, none of these cats were found in the wild, but there were still some domesticated representatives. They were crossed with the British Shorthair cat blue, the Russian Blue Cat and the Persian cat, in order to maintain bloodlines without the risk of inbreeding problems.

    These crosses came very close to Chartreux cat and to the British Shorthair cat, that ended up being very similar. The Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé), that in 1949 had recognized the Chartreux as a breed in its own right, came to merge the two standards in 1970, considering that the two cats were now one. Many enthusiasts of the Chartreux they expressed their discontent, especialmente a tal Jean Simonnet, who set out to restore the race to its former characteristics. In fact, the Chartreux has a shagier coat texture than the British Shorthair cat. It is also less massive, taller and has longer ears and tails. Simonnet founded a breed club in 1977, the Club of Chartreux cat, which still exists today and continues to work for the preservation of the breed. Thanks to these works, the cat regained its original appearance and continues today to correspond to the descriptions established at the beginning of its history. In 1977, FIFé decided to separate the two races again and the Chartreux had its own standard. Today, the organization prohibits crosses between both races; a Chartreux cat can only be crossed with a Chartreux, and the same goes for the British Shorthair cat.

    The Chartreux entered the United States in 1970 by Helen Gamon de La Jolla, who imported the first representative from France to California and then started a breeding program. Still today, many of the lines present in North America are the result of his work.

    The International Cat Association (TICA) recognized the Chartreux in 1979, and the Cat Hobbyists Association (CFA) did the same in 1987.

    The Chartreux cat still a relatively unknown breed in North America, occupying the position 35 of 42 in the ranking of the most popular cat breeds in the United States, according to the number of annual registrations in the CFA. There has even been a certain decrease in interest, passing the post 25 to the 30 at the beginning of 2010.

    Not much better in Canada, with little more than 50 cumulative births registered with the Canadian Cat Association (CCA) between 2016 and 2018.

    The Chartreux cat, on the other hand, is much more present in what is considered its country of origin, that is to say, France. With an average of just over 2.000 births per year registered in the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF), is even among the 10 favorite feline breeds of the French, representing something more than 4% of the population of purebred cats in the country.

    But, even in europe, its popularity does not seem to have really crossed the borders of France. In Switzerland, bordering country with France and partly francophone, only a few are registered 60 births per year in the Fédération Féline Helvétique (FFH). This figure is in decline, since there were more than 100 since the beginning of the decade of 2000 until mid 2010.

    The situation is not much better in Britain, with less than 50 records per year in the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF). But, This can be explained by the fact that the body has only recognized race since 2017.

    Chartreux cat
    Chartreux cat

    Physical characteristics

  • The Chartreux is a medium-sized cat with a general appearance that, without being rough, it's quite primitive, what gives it robustness and solidity. It is medium in size, with broad shoulders and a deep chest. Despite these physical characteristics, not at all clumsy, it is extremely flexible and agile.
  • The legs they are relatively short, straight and very robust. Feet are round, medium-sized, and they seem quite small compared to their muscular overall look. This feature sometimes leads to an unflattering comparison to a potato on a stick..
  • The tail It is of medium length, heavy at the base and tapers to the rounded tip.
  • The head it is round and wide, with a powerful jaw and well-furnished cheeks. Your forehead is quite straight, just like your nose, which is medium length. It has a friendly expression, and the shape of his mouth could suggest that he smiles constantly.
  • Their ears they are medium in size and are placed high on the head. The eyes are rounded and wide, which gives a lively and intelligent expression. Slightly curved up, they can be orange, copper or gold, and they must be bright. The color of the eyes, along with the charcoal fur, is the hallmark of this cat, along with coat color.
  • The fur consists of a very dense undercoat and a short, slightly woolly topcoat. The coat of the Chartreux is especially water-repellent, which protects you from both moisture and water. But, the appearance and the amount of coat depend on both the age and the sex of the individual. These may include, an adult male has a full coat, while females and juveniles under 2 years have a softer and finer coat.

  • In any case, the cat's coat color is the same: blue, uniform, no stains and preferably shiny. All shades of blue are accepted, and slight silver reflections are appreciated. In kittens, slight tabby tones can be seen, but these should disappear as they approach adulthood.

    Last, It should be noted that the Chartreux grows slowly, and only reaches full physical maturity among 4 and 5 years of age. This is especially true of the male., whose growth is slower than that of the female.

    This breed is also characterized by a sexual dimorphism very marked, since the male is usually much heavier and taller than the female.

    Size and weight

  • Male size: Of 27 – 33 cm.
  • female size: 25 – 30 cm.
  • Male weight: 4 – 7 kg
  • female weight. 3 – 5 kg

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    Chartreux cat

    Character and skills

    The Chartreux cat could be compared to a mime: quiet but very communicative.

    Before they were used as hunters, are now employed as an excellent family company, although they continue to show their predatory abilities to protect the house and garden from rodents (and from vermin in general) whenever the opportunity presents itself. Its popularity as a pet is not free, as this loyal and very loving friend quickly finds a place in the home. They are known to live alongside their owners and have a sometimes close relationship with them, following them around the house and being aware of everything that happens.

    When they get home, never fails to greet them with his enigmatic smile and soft purr. It´s, in effect, a purring cat of the first order, who knows very well how to express his satisfaction and well-being by this means. This well-being can also be communicated: this is the miracle of purr therapy.

    Apart from this propensity to purr a lot, the Chartreux cat not at all a noisy companion. It's not the kind of animal that meows all the time, for example to order food. But, often opens his mouth and pretends to make noises, but no sound comes out.

    The Chartreux much appreciates the attention, especially if it comes in the form of stroking and scratching under the chin or between the ears. But, as with food, they are not usually the kind that ask for it, content with what is given to them. It is important to get used to observing and paying attention to it, since he is not one of those who express his discontent, your discomfort or even your suffering, for example when you are the victim of a health problem.

    In general, has a uniform personality (neither exuberant nor too shy) and is much more adaptable than most of his peers. These characteristics make it the favorite of truckers looking for animal company on long trips..

    They can easily stay home alone while their owner is at work, but they are even happier if they have a playmate to entertain them during those times. They are quite sociable and generally get along well with other cats.. Living with a dog is also possible, as long as he is not too aggressive with him. On the other hand, in view of his strong hunting instinct, trying to get it to share the same roof as a rodent or bird is not recommended, since the experience could be a failure.

    Inside to the family, this feline tends to form a very strong bond with a particular person. But, remain friendly and cuddly with everyone else. As for the children, get along with them, as long as they are calm with him. So, it is necessary to teach them to behave with this cat, who especially does not like being carried around the house by unruly children. Having said that, even though i'm irritated, is never aggressive: if you feel embarrassed by someone's behavior, it just walks away.

    If a stranger comes to the house, does not rush to greet him, like some cats do, not the kind of event to blow it up. Has a little trouble accepting the newcomer, but then he goes on quietly with his life, without looking too annoying.

    Your character traits, in particular their calm and collected character and the fact that they love to spend time on their owner's lap, make them an ideal cat breed for seniors. But, do not ignore the need for activity of this playful animal with a highly developed sense of humor. They love to playfully interact with their humans and are especially fond of feathery toys that swirl in the air., which stimulates one of your strongest instincts: the hunter. In the same line, chasing balls is also one of his favorite activities. He is a great climber and is known to be capable of impressive stunts during play sessions..

    In addition to physical exercise, likes to stimulate himself with games that test his great intelligence. It is this intelligence that makes him quickly recognize your name and teach you tricks.. But, do not deprive yourself of learning by yourself, as when it comes to inserting drawers or opening doors… Wide awake and always alert, he is fascinated by everything that happens inside and outside the house. Loves looking out the window or watching TV shows, for example.

    Don't be fooled by its quiet and discreet character. They are cunning and clever with their paws, But they will soon flee from their owners when curiosity wins them over and the opportunity presents itself.. In fact, has an amazing ability to find ways to get out of the house, including opening doors or shutters.

    It follows from the above that you need an environment with many stimuli and that access to the outdoors is highly recommended for your physical and psychological well-being..

    As long as they are comfortable on their legs, the Chartreux they are easy to conform and are not the boisterous type. It is fairly easy to train and understands basic household rules very quickly.. He even seems especially aware of them, as if he wanted to preserve his reputation as a polite and respectful partner.

    Chartreux cat
    IC Blue Melody Flipper [NO] macho EX1 CACIB, Carthusian male featured in Vantaa feline show in 2008. – Heikki Siltala – catza.net, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Grooming and caring for the "Chartreux cat (Carthusian)"

    The Chartreux it is an easy cat to care for. Apart from their shedding periods (in spring and autumn), she changes very little, and a weekly brushing is more than enough. It is better to comb than brush your cat's fur to maintain its beautiful woolly texture. Another days, just run your hand through its fur to remove the little hair that falls out, and he loves it!

    A bath is seldom necessary, but if you have to, either because it has become dirty or because a harmful product has been spilled on its fur, you have to let some time pass: their fur, which is especially waterproof, it takes a long time to get really wet.

    Otherwise, as with any cat, the eyes should be examined once a week and cleaned with a cloth soaked in water.

    The same goes for the ears.: weekly cleaning is recommended to limit the risk of infection.

    Last, you need to maintain your cat's nails by trimming them when necessary, normally every fortnight. In very active and activist people, this may not be necessary, since natural wear will take effect; However, it is advisable to check them regularly to avoid them becoming too long and hindering your movements or even injuring you.

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    Like any indoor cat, the Chartreux he is delighted to go abroad, but their desire to do it is not so developed. But, if you can give the cat a safe opportunity to explore the outdoors, should let you do it. Like outdoor cats, they spend a lot of time outside and the males, in particular, they have a great territory. When the opportunity presents itself, the gray cat likes to hunt mice or other small animals to take them to its owner. The robust and dense coat keeps the velvet paws warm outside even in winter, which makes them ideal cats for the outdoors. But, if they are given enough space and opportunities for activity, they can also be happy as indoor cats.

    How much activity does he need? "Chartreux cat (Carthusian)"?

    One Carthusian cat with access to the outside you can easily entertain yourself and like to take long walks in nature. If you only stay inside, you will have to offer them appropriate activities as a substitute. These beautiful cats are happy to accept smart toys and also like to chase toy mice or balls. At an early age, with a little patience, the cat can even be taught to recover. But, the Chartreux he is an easy and calm cat, you don't need to be constantly entertained. Especially in old age, prefer to lie down in a warm place and enjoy the peace and quiet.

    Health and nutrition

    The Chartreuxx is in good general health. It is a robust cat breed, who doesn't get sick often.

    But, is especially exposed to certain diseases:

  • The renal polyquistosis, characterized by the appearance of cysts that compress the kidney tissue and prevent the proper functioning of the kidneys. This inherited disease can be detected by genetic testing. So, when adopting a kitten from a breeder in Chartreux, it is strongly advised to ask for the results of genetic tests on the subject to minimize the probability of adopting an individual who develops the disease;
  • The struvite stones, consisting of the formation of “married” in urine. If these stones get stuck in the urethra, difficulty urinating, vomiting, coma and even death in the most severe cases. In general, females are more affected by this disease than males;
  • Patella luxation, a malformation that causes the patella to slip out of the femoral groove. Mild cases are not really a problem, since they are not painful, but severe cases cause lameness and can be relieved with surgery.

  • Chartreux cat
    Chartreux cat

    Life expectancy

    13 to 16 years

    For sale "Chartreux cat (Carthusian)"

    You buy a Carthusian cat, will commit to the animal for a long time, with a life expectancy of more than 15 years.

    Before buying, you must make sure and know all the characteristics of the breed. If you want to buy a Carthusian cat purebred and healthy, it is best to go to a reputable breeder. Ideally, go to a breeder who is a member of the Association of Breeders and Lovers of the Chartreux and have experience in breeding. Here you will pay a higher price, 700 EUR, but you will be guaranteed to get a healthy, purebred kitten.

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    Alternative names:

    1. Chartreux cat (English).
    2. Chat Chartreux, Chat des Chartreux (French).
    3. Kartäuser Katze, Kartäuser, Malteserkatze (German).
    4. Gato Chartreux, Cartuxo (Portuguese).
    5. "Gato Chartreux (Cartujo)", Cartujo (español).

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    Sacred Cat of Burma (Birman)
    Federations: CFA, FIFé, ACF, LOOF

    Birmano de pies blancos
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    History

    The Sacred Cat of Burma (Birman) has recently appeared in Europe and its origin remains mysterious. It is said that some Englishmen brought a couple of cats from Burma from the so-called Lao-Tsun temple.

    It is said that one such Mrs. Leotardi, In the south of france, was the owner of Madalpour doll, a burmese cat Seal point, exhibited in Paris in 1926, whose parents came from Burma and were given to him by a certain Mrs. Thadde-Haddish.

    In fact, the first subjects would be the result of crossing a Siamese cat marked in white at the end of the legs with a longhair cat (angora the persian) practiced in the twenties, in the Nice region.

    About 1930, the God of arakan, A male Seal point, became the star of feline shows.

    After the Second World War, during which the race was about to disappear, blood infusions were made from a Persian cat colourpoint to limit inbreeding.

    In 1950, the breed was renamed as Sacred Cat of Burma (Birman) to avoid confusion with the Burmese cat.

    Introduced in the United States in 1959-1960 and in Great Britain in 1965, where it was recognized, this breed is very popular with the public and has great success.

    Physical characteristics

    Sacred Cat of Burma (Birman)
    Sacred Cat of Burma (Birman)

    The Sacred Cat of Burma he's a long and powerful guy. He is relatively burly, with one head wide and round with large ears and eyes deep, almost round, light blue.

    The face it is not flattened and the nose is rather long and straight. The body is elongated and the legs are long..

    The fur is long, silky, more dense in the neck. The belly has slightly curly hair.

    A characteristic feature of this breed is the presence of symmetrical white markings on the legs., calls “gloves”.

    Colors points: seal, blue, lilac, Red and cream. Tortoise shell of all colors, except red and cream.

    Size and weight

    • Size: 30 cm.
    • Weight: Of 4 to 6 kg

    Breed standard

    The breed standards are documents produced by official bodies that list the conditions that a Burmese must meet to be fully recognized as belonging to the breed.:

    Character and skills

    "Sacred Cat of Burma (Birman)"

    Gato Sagrado de Birmania (Birmano)
    A Seal Point Birman Cat called Strofe – Kristin Kokkersvold, Copyrighted free use, via Wikimedia Commons

    Halfway between the Persian and the Siamese, this cat is calm, balanced, neither passive nor exuberant.

    Less docile than Persian, it is however calmer, quiet and less active than Siamese.

    Kind, affectionate (especially the males), often a bit possessive, Can't stand indifference and less loneliness, although it seems a bit individualistic. His voice is soft.

    He is sociable with his peers.

    Playful, it is a nice companion for children. But he also likes peace and quiet.

    Abroad, they are robust, athletic and great hunters.

    The females., adults of about 7 months of age, They are mothers who are very concerned about their pups..

    Grooming

    The maintenance of the coat is relatively easier than that of the Persian, since knots and tangles are rare.

    In normal times, weekly brushing and combing is sufficient to maintain the coat. But, during the move, daily brushing and combing is necessary.

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    Highland fold cat
    Federations: TICA, LOOF

    The Highland fold He is also known for his amazing poses: can be seen sleeping on his back, sitting on its hindquarters or standing on its hind legs.
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    History

    The history of Highland fold cat is inextricably linked to that of your partner, the Scottish fold, what is a Highland shorthair.

    Their common ancestor appeared in 1961 in a little Scottish town called Coupar Angus, near the mountainous regions of the north of the country (the Highlands). Call Susie, this white cat with her ears folded forward is the origin of all cats Highland fold cat. He might have remained anonymous on the MacRae farm where he lived if a herdsman named William Ross hadn't noticed his distinctive ears.. In 1963 adopted Snooks, one of Susie's daughters, who also had white fur and folded ears.

    But, folded ears in cats are nothing new. Specimens of this type had already been reported in the past., and already in 1796 John Hinton wrote in his Universal Knowledge Magazine about wild cats that lived in China and displayed such attributes.. In the 19th century, it is said that several sailors brought this type of cats from Asia, and in 1975, in his book The Guide to the Cats of the World, Loxton claimed that these forward-folding-eared cats had always existed in China..

    But it was Susie and her daughter Snooks who originated the breed. Highland fold. In their first litter, Snooks gave birth to a male named Snowball - in reference to his white fur- which in turn was crossed with Lady May, a white short haired british. All five kittens from this union had folded ears., And so began the story of the Scottish fold.

    Originally baptized as “Lops” by William Ross and his wife Mary, the breed was named after Scottish fold in 1966, cuando el Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) granted it official recognition and allowed its exhibition in feline exhibitions, where it had a great success. At the same time, a breeding program was created.

    But, the work done by various English geneticists, as Peter Dyte and Oliphant Jackson, revealed a relationship between curved ears and arthritis propensity in cats. Already concerned about the possible increased risk of ear infections and deafness caused by this anatomical feature (fears that were later proven unfounded), the GCCF decided on 1971 revoke your previous decision and, Therefore, stop accepting this breed.

    In the news, the GCCF continues to maintain its position of not recognizing the Highland fold (nor its short-haired equivalent, the Scottish fold), arguing that the folded ears are due to a genetic mutation that is linked to potentially disabling bone problems for the animal. In this arbitration he had the support of the British Veterinary Association.

    The salvation of the race came from the United States, Where, in 1970 The doctor. Neil Todd had imported three of Snooks' daughters to Newtonville, Massachusetts, to study their genetic mutations. But, he soon left his research project and one of these cats, called Denisla Hester, was hosted by Salle Wolf Peters, a cat breeder Manx.

    Everything followed quickly, so that in 1972 the breed was presented at an exhibition organized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), one of the leading organizations in the country. The interest was immediate and several breeders decided to develop the breed. The CFA supported them in their efforts and in 1974 allowed the registration of these cats as an experimental breed.

    Aware of the risk of osteoarthritis associated with the genetic mutation that caused the folded ears, American breeders followed the recommendations of Dr.. Oliphant Jackson and brought new blood to the breed, crossing it abundantly with the American shorthair cat and the European shorthair cat (Common european cat), crosses that are still allowed today. This diversification effort paid off: arthritis cases decreased. In 1978, the CFA definitively recognized the Scottish fold. The TICA (International Cat Association) did the same the following year, in 1979.

    From the beginning, long hairs have appeared in litters of Scottish fold, and Susie and her daughter Snooks were likely carriers of a recessive gene for long hair, that was passed on but could only be expressed if the kitten received another recessive gene for long hair. Probable crosses with the Persian Cat, as well as the crosses with the European shorthair cat (Common european cat) which in turn were the result of crosses with Persians, contributed other long-haired genes, so that individuals born with long hair became increasingly common.

    From the years 80, began to arouse real interest and recognition from some organizations. But, even today, this recognition varies greatly between countries and cat organizations.

    The CFA considers them as a simple variety of the Scottish fold, while the TICA grants them from 1979 full breed status, under the name of Scottish Fold longhair. On the other hand, some organizations do not recognize them at all, neither as a variety nor as a race. Is the case, for example, of the FIFé (Fédération Internationale Féline) and the British GCCF.

    In France, the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF) considers it as a separate breed, denominada Highland Fold. It also, the Highland fold without folded ears have also been recognized by the LOOF as a distinct breed since 2009, and they are registered as Highland Straight.

    The Highland fold came to France in the decade of 1980, but it took time to become a success. In the early years of the 21st century, for example, there were still no more than fifteen registrations a year at the LOOF, and about forty at the end of his first decade. Then this figure grew exponentially until it reached about 250 copies a year ten years later. The Highland Straight, recognized only from 2009, experienced an even more spectacular increase, going from a score of individuals registered in the first year to almost 500 at the end of the Decade of 2010, that is to say, twice as much as him Highland fold.

    Highland Fold
    Highland Fold breed kitten, female, 8 months old – Aqetz, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Physical characteristics

    The Highland fold it is a medium-sized cat with strong bones, looking agile and flexible despite her curvaceous body. The body is supported by legs relatively short and robust and is prolonged with a rather long and tapered tail that ends in a curve.

    Its chin and their jaws well defined, as well as their cheekbones prominent, dan a su head a round shape. Their eyes, which are usually coppery in color but can be many other colors, especially blue in the case of white fur cats, they are also wide and round.

    But it is the ears, short and rounded, the ones that make the famous Highland fold. Fall forward, folding in on themselves, hence the “Fold” of his name. They are also very mobile and expressive, being able to turn or straighten when lurking.

    But, all kittens are born with straight ears, and only from 3 weeks start to double, at least some of them. Those who keep their ears straight are Highland Straight and can be crossed again with Highland fold: some of their descendants will have folded ears and, Therefore, will be Highland fold.

    It also, the fur is what differentiates the Highland of the Scottish fold. While they both have a dense undercoat, the top layer of Highland fold is medium to long, with a silky texture. The throat, the breeches and the tail are very complete. According to the norm of Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF), all fur colors and patterns are allowed.

    Last, the sexual dimorphism it is well marked, females being smaller than males.

    Size and weight

    • Male size: 23 to 28 cm.
    • female size: 20-25 cm.
    • Male weight: 4-6 kg
    • female weight: 2,5-4 kg

    Varieties of the "Highland fold cat"

    Some feline organizations consider that the Highland fold it is simply a long-haired variety of the Scottish fold, not a breed in its own right.

    On the other hand, the straight eared specimens are called Highland Straight and are considered a breed in their own right by various organizations, like the LOOF (Livre Officiel des Origines Félines) and the TICA (The International Cat Association), que lo denomina Scottish Straight longhair. Other associations recognize it as a variety, and others just don't recognize it at all.

    Whatever your recognition, these cats are essential to the health of the breed Highland fold, as they can be bred with them to give birth to new cats with folded ears, while minimizing the risk of genetic diseases. Kittens born from such a union are carriers, at most, of a gene that causes this particularity, while those born from a mating between two Highland fold could carry this gene twice, situation leading to osteochondrodysplasia of varying severity.

    Character and skills

    Highland fold
    Highland fold shorthair Sheerfold Jon – Flickr
    Loyal and loving, the Highland fold he is close to his family. But, they usually have a favorite human, with whom they spend the most time and show more affection. Despite your great need for attention, they are not demanding companions or require a lot of time. In fact, content with following a master who has no time to play with him, or you sleep peacefully next to someone who has made you understand that you are too heavy to sleep on your lap.

    It is also a breed of cat that adapts perfectly to children who know how to behave with animals, and enjoy receiving their attention. They are sociable and enjoy the company of other cats., as well as dogs used to cats, who can be excellent playmates for them. But, it is not advisable to try to live with rodents, reptiles or birds, as he will soon mistake them for prey.

    To the Highland fold he likes company and easily suffers from loneliness. The presence of other animals is a great way to make the day go by when your family is working., and the extra attention at night helps make up for the fact that it has been neglected for several hours. But, this is not enough if you are absent for a long time. One Highland fold staying alone for a long weekend is likely to suffer from separation anxiety, which can lead to destructive behavior.

    The Highland fold He is also known for his amazing poses: can be seen sleeping on his back, sitting on its hindquarters or standing on its hind legs. They also like to drink tap water instead of the fish tank., and some use their legs to eat.

    They are incredibly agile, allowing them to pick up objects on the fly or open cupboard doors without difficulty. Skill games are a great way to keep your cat physically stimulated., while the various puzzles for cats help develop their intelligence.

    Last, the Highland fold not heard often, and when it does, it is necessary to listen carefully, since his meow is very soft.

    Grooming and caring for the "Highland fold cat"

    The Highland fold it is a demanding breed of cat to maintain: its dense coat should be brushed two or three times a week to maintain its shine and prevent knots from forming.

    It is also advisable to check your eyes and teeth weekly to avoid any risk of infection. You also have to pay special attention to the ears, which should be cleaned with a damp cloth.

    Last, if natural wear and tear and the use of a scratching post are not enough for your claws and they become too long, must be trimmed with a nail clipper.

    How much activity does he need? "Highland fold cat"?

    Its moderate activity level makes it an ideal flat cat, but his family must not forget to play with him daily.

    Health and nutrition

    In general, the Highland fold it is a healthy breed of cat, to the point that many specimens have more than 15 years.

    But, are more prone to certain diseases:

    • The osteocondrodisplasia, which affects bone and cartilage development and can cause disabling osteoarthritis at an early age. The first symptoms are usually stiffness in the hind legs and/or tail;
    • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an abnormal enlargement of heart tissue that causes heart problems;
    • The polykinetic kidney disease, a genetic disorder that causes numerous cysts in the kidneys, which can now be detected with a DNA test.

    It is important to know that the breeding of two Highland fold it is prohibited by the different feline organizations. This is because the gene responsible for the folded ear mutation is dominant., that is to say, the kitten only needs to receive this gene from one parent to have this trait. But, all individuals carrying two mutated genes are affected by osteochondrodysplasia, to a greater or lesser degree. For this reason, miscegenation should be avoided at all costs Folds, and any breeder of Highland fold that does not respect this rule must be rejected.

    The only options allowed are between a Fold and Straight (an identical cat with straight ears), a Fold and European shorthair cat (Common european cat), or a Fold and American shorthair cat. These crosses give rise to litters with a 50% kittens with folded ears.

    It must be taken into account that the number of kittens per litter is usually lower than that of other breeds of cats..

    Life expectancy

    Of 12 to 15 years

    Food

    The Highland fold is not picky and does well with commercial cat food. But, These must be of good quality and adapted to your age and activity level to ensure that you receive the nutrients and vitamins you need.

    How they are normally capable of self-regulation, they can have food available in their bowl at all times. But, check your weight at regular intervals to make sure you are not getting too fat, and you have to consult a veterinarian to establish a feeding program adapted to your needs if this is the case.

    For sale "Highland fold cat"

    The price of a kitten Highland fold it is on average about 1000 EUR.

    But, this average hides large price differences between kittens with physical characteristics that are far from the standard, that can be found around the 500 EUR, and those whose prestigious lineage and characteristics predestine them for feline shows, whose price exceeds 2000 EUR.

    In any case, there is no significant price difference between male and female kittens.

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    Mekong Bobtail cat
    Federations: WCF

    The Mekong Bobtail cat still a rare breed of cat, since at the beginning of the decade of 2010 its population barely exceeded 600 registered copies.
    Bobtail Mekong
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    History

    The Mekong Bobtail it is a natural breed originating from Thailand, for which it has long been known as Thai bobtail. It has been present in Southeast Asia for many centuries, and legend has it that his courage led the kings of Siam to use him as a guard to protect the treasure chamber from possible theft.

    In the 19th century, these cats were considered symbols of loyalty. Royalty used to gift them to the nobility to reinforce their good relations. So it is not surprising that, at the end of the 19th century, el rey Somdetch Phra Paramindr Maha Chulalongkorn, better known as Rama V, give away 200 from them to Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

    Several of them were Mekong Bobtail, that sparked some interest in Russia, so more specimens were imported in the following years. These cats and their descendants are the origin of the breed we know today.. In other words, although it is basically a Thai cat breed, it was the Russians who allowed it to develop and flourish, without modifying it.

    But, the breed could not develop under the communist regime, and it was not until the decade of 1980 when Olga Mironova, a renowned cat specialist, took an interest in her and decided that she should be recognized. With the help of Ludmila Esina, Russian breeder and cat specialist, drew up the first standard and adopted the name Mekong Bobtail, in tribute to the river that runs through Southeast Asia.

    This cat was first presented at an international feline show in November 2003, during the “Royal Canine Grand Prize” held in Moscow. A few months later, in august 2004, received the recognition of the World Cat Federation (WCF). WCF has not been followed by other organizations since., so it remains the only major feline association that recognizes the breed.

    In fact, the Mekong Bobtail cat still a rare breed of cat, since at the beginning of the decade of 2010 its population barely exceeded 600 registered copies. The vast majority are in the former Soviet countries, mainly in Russia and Ukraine. It is almost non-existent in Western Europe and North America.

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    MEKONG BOBTAIL cat of rare lynx-point colour Dona Miya Ayutthaya. Cofein Pride cattery (WCF). – Alex opryatin, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Physical characteristics

    The body structure of the Mekong Bobtail is similar to that of Siamese cat. With its long, muscular body and its long, thin legs, has preserved the refined elegance of Thai cats. The strong stature in combination with the beautifully modeled head give the animal a noble appearance. The characteristic feature is the short tail. It is a quarter the length of the body and has different combinations of curves and folds. According to the international breed standard, its length is at least three vertebrae.

    The coat color of the Mekong Bobtail reminds of the Siamese cat. Belonging to typical cats point, breed standard allows all colors point no target. Cats often appear with sandy to cinnamon colored fur. The coat is soft and silky to the touch. Hugs the body closely. The effect is produced because the purebred cat has hardly any undercoat.

    If you look at the cat's face, you will notice the large ears with the rounded tips. They perch on top of the animal's head and give it an attentive impression. This is enhanced by the slightly outwardly curved ears.. Similar to the Siamese, the breed is characterized by its large, oval eyes. Its deep blue color contributes to the exotic beauty of this rare breed of cat..

    Last, sexual dimorphism is well marked, being the males larger than the females.

    Size and weight

  • Height: 30 cm.
  • Weight: Of 3 to 5 kg

  • Character and skills

    The Mekong Bobtail cat he is an affectionate cat who enjoys the company of humans. They are very faithful and devoted to their owner and constantly seek their company.. Demands a lot of attention, that returns multiplied by a hundred in affection.

    Sociable and curious by nature, this cat loves to hang out with new people, especially if they give you the attention you seek. Calm and balanced, it is an ideal cat breed for children, as long as, of course, have learned to behave with animals: his patience has limits and he runs the risk of biting, even more than scratching, to those who amuse themselves by pulling their tail or whiskers.

    The sociability of Mekong Bobtail spreads to other animals, and enjoy the company of other dogs, as well as other cats. The presence of other animals in the home is an option to be seriously considered by any owner who has to be away for long periods of time each day., since it is a breed of cat that does not tolerate loneliness. On the other hand, coexistence with small rodents or reptiles should be avoided, since his hunting instinct can overcome his good manners at any moment.

    On the other hand, the Mekong Bobtail easily adapts to a new environment, and traveling by car with your cat should not be a problem. So, they are an ideal option for those who move regularly or want to take their cat on vacation.

    Active and athletic, to the Mekong Bobtail he loves to run around the house, jump on the furniture and perch on the closet. With this energy level, ideally they should have access to the outdoors, where they can run and have fun before returning to their owner to rest quietly. But, can live in a flat, as long as his owner makes sure he gets enough exercise by playing with him often, or even taking him out on a leash.

    If you have free access to the outside, it is recommended to put a necklace with a locket in which your name and phone number appear, In addition, of course, of the essential identification of the cat by chip or tattoo. In effect, although he is very close to his master and wants nothing more than to return to his side, his curiosity and the fact that he likes the company of humans can take him away from home; the risk is that you realize too late that you don't know how to get home

    Last, it is a breed of cat that usually meows, either to let its owner know that it is time to eat or that it is time to open the door to go chase the birds.

    Gato Bobtail Mekong
    Rare MEKONG BOBTAIL kittens, color tabby-point. Mekong bobtail hatchery Cofein Pride – Alex opryatin, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Health

    The Mekong Bobtail it is a robust breed with no known genetic predisposition to disease.

    But, can be prone to several conditions common to all cats:

  • The feline idiopathic cystitis, a common bladder infection in cats that can have serious consequences if left untreated;
  • Various eye problems: secretion, redness or even a color change in the eyes;
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: vomiting, flatulence, diarrhea or constipation. These problems are usually due to diet and can pass within a few days or persist for several weeks..

  • It also, as with any breed, care must be taken to avoid being overweight or obese, that could cause serious health problems. Adequate nutrition and sufficient activity levels will normally avoid this problem..

    Grooming

    The Mekong Bobtail cat is a low maintenance cat breed. His short-haired coat only needs to be brushed once a week to remove dead hairs and keep it looking its best..

    It is advisable to prolong the grooming session a bit to take time to check the teeth, ears and, above all, the cat's eyes to make sure they are clean. They can be cleaned with a damp cloth.

    Last, depending on the activity level of the cat and the use of the scratching post, nails may need to be trimmed with nail clippers.

    Gato Bobtail Mekong
    Rare MEKONG BOBTAIL chocolate tip color – Talestra of Cofein Pride – Alex opryatin, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    For sale "Mekong Bobtail cat"

    The price of a Mekong Bobtail cat is of some 20.000 hryvnia in Ukraine or 50.000 rubles in Russia, what corresponds to some 700-800 EUR.

    As this breed is not yet common in Europe and America, it is usually necessary to import it. In this case, the cost of transport and possible customs duties must be added to the purchase price.

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    Scottish Fold
    Federations: CFA, TICA, ACFA, CCA

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    Characteristics "Scottish Fold"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Scottish Fold" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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    History

    The Scottish Fold first appeared in 1961 in Coupar Angus, Scotland. Susie, a white female, lived on the farm MacRae and she never would have become a household name if he hadn't noticed her William Ross, a shepherd who was also a breeder of British Shorthair cat. He fell in love with Susie and his ears folded forward, and MacRae they promised to give him one of their kittens.

    But, there are previous references to cats with these ears, especially in Asia. These may include, the Universal Journal of Knowledge of John Hinton, published in 1796, mentions the existence of feral cats with those ears in China. More recently, the Guide to the World’s Cats (Loxton, 1975) states that in China there has always been a breed of cat with folded ears, some of whose specimens were brought to Europe by sailors.

    But, It Susie the origin of all Scottish Fold that exist today.

    "Scottish Fold"

    Scottish Fold
    Scottish Fold

    The MacRae they kept their promise and in 1963 Mary y William Ross they received Snooks, that he had the same white fur and the same folded ears as his mother Susie. Snooks gave birth to her first litter, in which a white male named Snowball was chosen to be crossed with a British Shorthair white call Lady May. Lady May gave birth to five kittens, all with ears folded forward, and this litter marked the beginning of the line of Scottish Folds.

    At the beginning, the Ross they called the resulting race “Lops“. But, starting at 1966 and official recognition by the British Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), with which they were allowed to show them in the feline exhibitions, they were called Scottish Folds, in reference to his Scottish origins.

    With the help of the English geneticist Peter Dyte, the Ross started a breeding program with british shorthair cats and farm.

    But, the situation of Scottish Fold in his country of origin it ended up souring. Already concerned about a potentially abnormally high risk of ear infection and deafness (although this fear was later shown to be unfounded), the GCCF decided on 1971 close the registration of the Scottish Fold, after the appearance of the first genetic problems. The last specimen recorded in Great Britain was Denisla Morag.

    Although the Scottish Folds he had fallen from grace in his native land, had already begun his conquest of the Americas. Denisla Judy, Denisla Joey and Denisla Hester, all of them daughters of Snooks, had been imported into the United States in 1970 by the Dr. Neil Todd, a Newtonville geneticist, Massachusetts. But, after giving birth to two litters, interrupted his research project and Denisla Hester ended up in the hands of Wolf Peters Room, a well-known breeder of the Manx cat.

    In 1972, the first Scotsman was exhibited in an exhibition of the American Cat Breeders Association (CFA), and the interest was immediate. Several breeders were involved in the development of the breed. In particular, Wolf Peters Room, from the kennel Wyola, and Karen Votava, from the kennel Bryric, they campaigned on 1974 so that the first specimens were registered with the CFA as an experimental breed.

    At that time, the gene responsible for the mutation that causes folded ears was still unknown. It was during the work on this gene, at the beginning of the year 70, made by the Dr. Oliphant Jackson, an english geneticist, when the bone problems of the Scottish Fold, mainly due to the numerous inbreeding crosses between the first generations.

    So, it was decided to introduce large amounts of new blood into the breed, and numerous crosses with him American shorthair cat and the British Shorthair cat helped reduce these bone problems. Even today, the crosses between a Scottish Fold and Shorthair are common and help preserve the genetic diversity of the breed. They are also approved by reference feline organizations.

    The Scottish Fold received final recognition from the CFA in 1978, and the TICA (International Cat Association) did the same in 1979. On the other hand, el GCCF, supported in this decision by the British Veterinary Association, has never backed down from its decision to ban this breed. This is a rare case where a cat breed is recognized in many countries, but not in the country where he was born. Having said that, the GCCF is far from alone in taking this position, Since the Fédération Internationale Féline (FiFé), for example, neither does he recognize her.

    This has not prevented it from conquering the rest of the world and becoming quite common.. According to CFA figures, is even among the 10 America's Most Popular Cat Breeds, and it became so within a few years of its official recognition by the organization. In France, where it first appeared in 1982, is more and more popular: while at the beginning of the decade of 2000 less than 100 kittens per year in the Official Book of Feline Origins (LOOF), now there are more than 500, which places the Scottish Fold around the post 15 among the most popular cat breeds among the French.

    Physical characteristics

    Scottish Fold
    Lilac 3 months old Scottish Fold – Psychopath, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Scottish Fold it is a medium size cat, round and solid boned, but retains a flexible and agile appearance. The legs they are quite short, while the tail is quite long and tapers to a rounded tip.

    The head it is also round, with a well defined chin and jaws, and prominent cheekbones. The eyes they are big and round, usually coppery, but they can be of other colors, especially blue in white fur cats.

    The Scottish Fold is known for its small ears with rounded tips that fall forward. But, kittens are born with straight ears, that don't start to fold until they have a few 3 weeks, at least half of them. The other half keep their ears straight, and are known as Scottish Straight or Highland Straight. They are not excluded from breeding, since the crossing with a Fold can lead to a kitten with folded ears.

    It should be noted that the fact that they are folded forward does not prevent the ears of the Scottish Fold be mobile and very expressive, turning to hear better or getting up when opening a can of food.

    The Scottish Fold has a fur dense, with a heavy undercoat and an outer coat that can be short or long. Texture may vary based on coat and/or regional or seasonal variations.

    All the colors They're possible, except those that show an unauthorized crossing with another Scottish Fold, or any other race other than the American shorthair cat and the British Shorthair cat

    Last, the sexual dimorphism it is well marked, being the males larger than the females.

    Size and weight

    • Male size: Of 23 to 28 cm.
    • female size: 20-25 cm.
    • Male weight: 4-6 kg
    • female weight: 2,5 to 4 kg

    Breed standard

    The breed standards are documents produced by official bodies that list the conditions that a dog must meet. Scottish Fold to be fully recognized as belonging to the race:

    Varieties of "Scottish Fold"

    Scottish Fold
    Scottish Fold – Flickr

    The Scottish Fold it comes in two varieties: of shorthair and Longhair.

    The latter are sometimes called Highland, or Highland Fold. For some organizations, as the International Cat Association (TICA), they even form a race in their own right, call Scottish Fold Longhair.

    in parallel, there are cats Scottish Straight, or Highland Straight, who have the same genetic inheritance as the Scottish Fold and, Therefore, The same characteristics, but whose ears are straight, instead of folded. Although these cats are not always recognized, neither as a variety nor as a distinct breed, are essential for the health of the breed. In fact, to avoid health problems, it is forbidden to create from Scottish Folds: one of the two parents must be a Scottish Straight (or a licensed breed, as the American shorthair cat or the British Shorthair cat).

    Character and skills

    Scottish Fold
    Lilac colored Scottish Fold – Psychopath, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Scottish Fold he is close to humans and very loyal. They are affectionate and enjoy spending time with all members of their family, but they do not take long to choose their favorite human, to whom they are especially attached. Needs a lot of attention, but it is not intrusive: if you are made to feel uncomfortable sitting on your lap, will sit next to you without question, and if his owner does not have time to play with him, will just follow you around the house.

    Sociable and relaxed, he loves the attention he can get from the little ones: It is an ideal cat breed for children who have learned to have fun with animals and to respect them.

    In general, They also enjoy the company of other cats and get along very well with dogs that are used to cats.. On the other hand, although it is possible -especially if you have gotten used to them since childhood-, coexistence with small animals should be avoided, rodents or reptiles.

    Moderately active, adapts very well to life in a flat, especially if his family takes the trouble to spend some time playing with him every day.

    Their need for attention and interaction makes them prone to loneliness, but having other animals at home is a good way to overcome it. If you have playmates, she has no problem spending her days at home when her owners are at work, just asking for more caresses at night. But, if left alone for a long weekend or even a vacation, is likely to express dissatisfaction by causing more or less damage.

    It also, the Scottish Fold is known for his more or less surprising postures: sleeps on his back, sits on the couch like a human or stands on its hind legs to observe the surroundings, like a suricata. It is also a cat that prefers to drink water from the tap rather than from its bowl., and some specimens have the habit of eating with their legs.

    The legs are extremely agile, allowing them to open closet doors or catch an object thrown by their master. Scottish folds love to exploit this ability and are especially fond of games that involve dexterity.. But, they also enjoy cat puzzle games, that stimulate their intelligence and provide them with some food if they can.

    Last, it's not very noisy, not just because it's moderately vocal, but also because their meows are so soft, almost hard to hear.

    Health

    Scottish Fold
    Kimi-kun, Scottish Fold – tata_aka_T from Tokyo, JAPAN, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Scottish Fold It, in general, a healthy feline breed, to the point that many specimens have more than 15 years.

    But, is susceptible to certain diseases:

    • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an enlargement of heart tissue that causes disturbances in how the heart works;
    • The renal polyquistosis, a genetic disease that causes numerous cysts in the kidneys and can now be detected with a DNA test;
    • The osteocondrodisplasia, which affects the development of bones and cartilage and can cause osteoarthritis from an early age, causing pain and difficulty in movement. The first symptoms are usually stiffness in the hind legs and/or tail. A very short and thick tail is an indication that the individual is potentially affected.

    It also, but the Scottish Fold it is by no means the most affected race, the Obesity in cats it is a very real health risk. Thus, a good owner should regularly check that his cat is not overweight, and correct it if you have it, with the help of a vet.

    Last, given the shape of their ears and to avoid infections and parasites, you have to pay special attention, that is to say, check and clean them frequently.

    To avoid breeding between two Scottish Fold and the health problems that often result, it is possible to organize a mating with another authorized breed. The International Cat Association (TICA) allows you to, for example, the crossing with the American shorthair cat or the British Shorthair cat.

    Grooming

    One Scottish Fold of shorthair it only needs to be brushed once a week to keep its coat healthy and beautiful. One Scottish Fold (or Highland Fold) of Longhair needs to be brushed more regularly to prevent tangling and to remove dead hair: the ideal is to do it two or three times a week.

    It also, a weekly check of the teeth, eyes and ears will ensure they are clean and free of infection. Pay special attention to the ears, which should be cleaned with a damp cloth.

    Last, depending on your lifestyle, natural wear and tear and the use of a scratching post may or may not be enough for your claws. If not and they become too long, can be easily trimmed with nail clippers.

    Food

    The Scottish Fold can be fed commercial cat food. But, food must be of good quality and appropriate to the cat's age and activity level, to provide you with the essential nutrients and vitamins you need for good health.

    How in general they are capable of self-regulation, food can be left in their bowl at all times, but you have to be careful that they don't get too fat. If this is the case, It is recommended to consult a veterinarian to establish a feeding program adapted to your specific needs..

    For sale "Scottish Fold"

    The average price of a kitten Scottish Fold is something less than 1000 EUR.

    But, this average hides great disparities between kittens with physical characteristics far from the standard, whose price can be as low as 500 EUR, and those that come from prestigious lines and have characteristics that predestine them to feline shows, whose price may be higher than 2500 EUR.

    In all cases, there is no significant price difference between males and females.

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    Alternative names:

    1. Scot Fold (English).
    2. Highland Fold (French).
    3. Scottish Fold, Highland Fold (German).
    4. Fold escocés (español).

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    Asian cat
    Recognized by the LOOF, WCF, GCCF

    The Asian cat It is physically very similar to the European Burmese Cat.: only the colors of the cats' fur differ between the two breeds.

    Asian cat

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    History

    The Asian cat It is a breed of cat native to England. Your name can be quite misleading. The first litter accidentally appeared in 1981, as a result of an inadvertent crossing between a Chinchilla cat, a variant of Persian cat, and a female European Burmese Cat.

    The owner of the two cats, the baroness Miranda von Kirchberg, she was quickly seduced by kittens, what they looked like burmese but they had the silver colors of the Chinchilla cat. The following year, launched a breeding program to preserve the silver color of the Burmese kittens and named the variety as “Burmilla“.

    But, breeders who participated in the program saw cats of many other colors. Some even had long hair due to their descent from the Persians. They realized they had a large enough gene pool to create a whole new group of cats..

    The long-haired cats were called Tiffanie, while the short-haired ones were called asian. The Asian breed thus defined includes all colors and coats of short-haired cats that are not recognized in the Burmese cat.: striped, shaded gold and silver (both corresponding to the race Burmilla), solid black (a variety called “bombay”, not to be confused with race bombay), self, smoke, etc.

    The race of Asian cat is recognized by the LOOF (Livre Officiel des Origines Félines), and its standard is common with the Burmilla and the Tiffanie. El GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy), the leading feline organization in Great Britain, he also recognizes it. But, a WCF (World Cat Federation) does not consider the Asian as a race in its own right, but as a variety of the European Burmese Cat.

    The breed is relatively young, but it is developing rapidly and its popularity is growing, although it is not very present outside of Great Britain.

    Physical characteristics

    The Asian cat It is physically very similar to the European Burmese Cat.: only the colors of the cats' fur differ between the two breeds.

    Asian cat
    Asian Cat (Brown Varient) – Scotia, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Asian it is a medium-sized cat of semi-linear type, with strong muscles and a medium tail rounded at the tip. The front legs are slightly shorter than the back legs. They are both thin. They are very elegant, with a straight back and an athletic look. The Asian female is usually much smaller and less bulky than the male.

    The head of the Asian cat wedge shaped, with a rounded forehead and slightly rounded top of the head. His ears are wide apart, they are wide and slightly inclined forward, with rounded tip. The cheekbones are high and the eyes are large, yellow to green, or more rarely gold with a silver border. The eyes have a rounded lower line and a slanted upper line..

    The coat of the Asian is fine, short and bright. Among all existing cat coat patterns, can take three: smoked, self or tabby. All feline coat colors are allowed.

    Size and weight

  • Size: 30 cm.
  • Male weight: 4 to 6 kg
  • female weight 3 to 5,5 kg

  • Varieties of "Asian cat"

    El LOOF (Livre Officiel des Origines Félines) considered at the Asian cat and to the Tiffany cat as varieties of the European Burmese Cat, corresponding the tiffany the semi-long-haired cats and the Asian short-haired cats with a fur not allowed in the Burmese.

    The Asian cat can be divided in turn into several varieties:

  • Asian Smoke Cat.
  • Asian Bombay, solid black fur, not to be confused with the Bombay, the breed of the same name.
  • Burmilla cat, that is to say, the silver and gold shade varieties of the Asian.
  • The same Asian cat, simple and not black.
  • Asian tabby.

  • Character and skills

    The Asian it is a perfect pet. In fact, he is a smart cat, easy to carry, friendly and cheerful, that brightens the house with its simple presence. Similar to the Burmese, the Asian it's a cat that meows a lot, with a clear and powerful voice, and who knows how to make himself heard when necessary. But, even if you like pampering, not especially invasive.

    It also, perfectly suited to indoor life, without feeling the particular need to leave home. So, It is a breed of cat adapted to life in a flat.

    His temperament is very similar to that of Burmese, but less impetuous. He is also a very sociable cat, much more than him Persian cat, and he doesn't like to be alone for a long time. Very loving and docile, this cat appreciates the company of children, but also that of other cats or even that of dogs. They are very intelligent: for example, it is not unusual or surprising to see an Asian cat manage to open a door.

    They like to be the center of attention and do not hesitate to show themselves. So, needs a master who is available and present, towards which he will not fail to show great affection, but will not ask for less in return. He can spend days following his master around the house., keeping you company while you do the dishes or sitting on your lap while you watch TV.

    Consider yourself a family member in your own right. The Asian cat is very sensitive to the emotions of its owner and is an excellent companion.

    Asian Smoke Cat
    Asian cat – Asian smoke (black) colour – Pigeon-camera, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    Health

    The Asian cat It, like his cousin Burmese, an iron health cat. But, some lines are prone to developing conditions that commonly affect Burmese.

    These may include, may suffer a hypokalemic polymyopathy, a disease that causes periodic drops in potassium levels in the blood, causing severe pain and muscle weakness. This genetic disease is hereditary, but it can only be passed on if both parents carry the deficient gene. Thus, the breeders of asian cats they try to eliminate it by making sure that two carriers do not breed together.

    There are also some cases of congenital malformation of the rib cage, that cause breathing difficulties in the affected individual. In the most serious cases, the disease can be fatal, but normally the cat's health improves over the years.

    Last, the asian cats run the risk of developing diabetes in cats, which requires close monitoring of your diet.

    Life expectancy

    Of 12 to 15 years

    Grooming

    The short coat of the Asian does not require as much maintenance as that of long-haired breeds, since it comes off less. Brushing your cat once a week is more than enough.

    And this routine is unlikely to turn into an ordeal: being a very affectionate cat, the Asian cat especially appreciates the petting and attention that grooming brings.

    For sale "Asian cat"

    The price to adopt a asian kitten round the 1200 EUR, for both males and females.

    Characteristics "Asian cat"

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    Bengal cat
    Recognized by the CFA, FIFe, TICA, WCF, ACF, ACFA/CAA, CCA-AFC, GCCF, NZCF

    Despite his wild looks, the Bengal cat it's a domestic cat, affectionate and very attached to humans

    Bengala

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    History

    The Bengal cat is a recent breed of cat that, despite its name, has nothing to do with the Bengal tiger. In 1963, Jean Sugden Mill, an American breeder, managed to cross a Leopard cat (or Felis Prionailurus Bengalensis, a Southeast Asian feline with the appearance of a leopard but the dimensions of a cat) with a domestic cat, who gave birth to two kittens, one of which was a female named Kin Kin. Against all odds, this female was not sterile and was able to interbreed with her father, giving birth to a litter of kittens, some of which were black, while others had a spotted brown fur.

    It was this first crossing, in 1963, the one that marked the true beginning of Bengal cat, by developing a breeding program to create a new breed in its own right. In fact, if there were already in the past crossing experiments between a domestic cat and Leopard cat, following the example of those already documented in 1889 in the book Our Cats and Everything About Them of Harrison Weir, an English artist with a passion for cats, they did not intend to create a new breed of domestic cat.

    For personal reasons, Jean Sugden Mill could not continue with this experiment, and nowadays none Bengal descend from this line. When he wanted to resume this project a decade later, the Endangered Species Ordinance had made it illegal to import the Leopard cat, so I could no longer acquire this animal to resume these crosses. But, in 1971, the Dr. Willard Centerwall, director of the genetics laboratory at Loma Linda University (California), had started a hybridization program between the domestic cat and the Leopard cat for scientific purposes, with the aim of testing the resistance of these hybrids to the virus of the feline leukosis, a disease that does not affect Asian leopards.

    Bengal cat
    Here’s our crazy little kitten at 5 months – Sean McGrath from Saint John, NB, Canada, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    At the end of the year 70, Jean Sugden Mill acquired 8 first generation hybrids Dr. Centerwall and a Mau imported directly from India called Millwood Tory de Delhi. A long and difficult selection process began, during which other well-established breeds were used, as the Burmese cat, the Siamese cat, the American shorthair cat, the Abyssinian cat and the Egyptian Mau, to convert to Bengal cat in what is today: a domestic cat with the wild appearance of Felis Bengalensis, from which he inherited his name.

    But, There is another theory that attributes the name of “Bengal” to William Engler, zoo keeper and active member of the Long Island Ocelot Club. Interested in these hybrids since the early years 70, it is said that he was the first to speak of Bengal, and the term comes from his own name: Bill Engler.

    Jean Sugden Mill presented his Bengalis in various feline exhibitions in 1985, and the success was immediate. In 1986, the TICA (International Cat Association) officially recognized this new breed. The GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) British followed him in 1997, then the FiFe (International Feline Federation) did the same in 1999, while the CFA (Cat Fanciers’ Association) American waited until 2018 to do the same.

    The Bengal cat had a quick success, especially in France. The first specimen was imported in 1989, and the breed was recognized that same year by the Association Nationale des Cercles Félins de France (ANCFF). Many breeders were quickly interested, to the point that today the breeding of Bengals is flourishing in France (and internationally recognized), with more than 1000 active creators, that is to say, that have registered at least one litter in the last two years.

    Since 2016, in the framework of meteoric growth, the Bengal cat it has even placed itself on the podium of the most popular cat breeds in France, with more than 3.000 kittens registered every year in the LOOF (Livre Officiel des Origines Félines), versus just over a hundred at the beginning of the years 2000.

    This great popularity of Bengal it is rather a French specificity. In the United Kingdom, for example, where it suffered a legal restriction until 2007, it is rather between the 15th and the 20th position in the ranking of the most popular breeds, with an average of 300 specimens registered annually with the GCCF, that is to say, some 10 times less than in France.

    In United States, the Bengali entered the Top 20 of America's most popular cat breeds when the CFA finally recognized it in 2018, despite its late recognition and the fact that it is prohibited in some places, like New York City or the State of Hawaii.

    Physical characteristics

    The Bengal cat it is a domestic cat that has retained the general appearance of a wild leopard. It is a fairly large cat with a long, muscular body, hind legs slightly larger than forelegs and a thick tail with a rounded tip, all of which gives it a classy look. As such, belongs to the long and powerful morphological type.

    Bengal cat
    Bengal cat – Flickrgailhampshire

    The head is wide, with small rounded ears and large round or oval eyes that express curiosity and intelligence.

    The fur is short, dense and silky to the touch. Emblematic of the breed, the fur is reminiscent of its wild ancestor, the Leopard cat, with random rosettes or horizontal scrolls. In both cases, these marks are bicolor and well marked.

    Different standards accept many colors, the most common being brown-black, including all gold variations, bronze, copper and mahogany. But, there are also many specimens with an ivory or creamy white color, as well as some rarer ones with a beautiful silver gray.

    Size and weight

  • Size: Of 30 – 35 cm.
  • Male weight: 4,5 – 7 kg
  • female weight: 3,5 – 5,5 kg

  • Varieties "Bengal cat"

    There are two varieties of Bengal: the stained and marbled.

    In the first, rosettes must be large, clear, bicoloured, different and randomly arranged throughout the body.

    The latter has elongated horizontal marks in the form of scrolls that are reminiscent of the veins of marble., bicolor and different.

    There are also specimens with long or semi-long hair, sometimes called Bengal Kashmir. For the moment, only the TICA has recognized this cat as an experimental breed.

    Character and skills

    Bengal cat
    Bengal cat

    Despite his wild looks, the Bengal cat it's a domestic cat, affectionate and very attached to humans, whose company constantly seeks. In fact, he is never far from where his master is, To make sure you don't miss anything that happens!!

    He is also very sociable with other cats and dogs, provided they are also used to cats. But, they may still have some wild reactions, especially towards small domestic rodents, those who can be mistaken for prey and chase.

    It is a very active and curious cat, who spends his time playing, chasing, fucking, exploring… before coming to rest near his master. He especially likes cat trees, that allow you to jump from one platform to another and settle in a high place to observe your environment from the highest. This energy expenditure is not unique to puppies: the Bengali is hyperactive and playful even as an adult, and is not the ideal companion for an older person who wants a quiet animal. Having said that, can be perfectly adapted to life in a flat, as long as you receive the necessary care… and that your family is not offended by the possible mischief you may cause.

    Lively, explorers and playful, they can also be occasionally destructive. This is especially true in the case of females., which tend to be more excessive than males, both in their games and in their displays of affection. To minimize this risk, it is advisable to ensure that the Bengali get all the care you need: if you are left alone too often without occupation throughout the day, it is likely that he will find a way to remind his master of his existence, and this will not necessarily be in a pleasant way for this one…

    The Bengal cat it is also a very intelligent breed, able to adapt and learn quickly. So, if a light turns on by itself at night or if a door that had been left closed is found to be open, there is no reason to believe that it is the work of a ghost: your partner has simply learned to press the switch or turn the handle. This makes him a good candidate for teaching your cat tricks and training.. In fact, it is not uncommon to see a Bengali who has learned to use the toilet or to take things to the owner. But, do not lose sight that it is still a cat, with his independent and stubborn character: although this may give results, training (for example with clicker, which is very suitable) requires a lot of patience.

    It also, it is a breed of cat that loves water. This characteristic has been inherited from its ancestor the Leopard cat, who is an excellent fisherman. Some individuals do not hesitate to follow their master even under the shower!! It is logical that aquarium enthusiasts know that the inhabitants of an open aquarium are likely to end up in the clutches of this experienced hunter.…

    Last, the Bengali It, in general, a pretty talkative cat, with a wide range of sounds, ranging from chirping to a low, hoarse noise reminiscent of certain big cats.

    Care "Bengal cat"

    Bengal cat
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    The BengalIt is an easy-care breed of cats, since it is only necessary to brush the cat's fur to remove dead hair and distribute the oil from the skin once a month. It also, it is seldom necessary to bathe your cat.

    As in the case of all cats, regular check-ups of teeth, the ears and eyes will help avoid the risk of infection.

    Last, its claws may be clipped from time to time, when necessary.

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    The athletic Bengalis need a lot of exercise to feel comfortable. It is best to offer them a large house with a garden where they can roam.. If you decide to keep them inside, it should also provide them with enough space and opportunities to play and climb.

    These freedom-loving animals don't feel comfortable in small city flats. A sturdy cat tree or climbing track should fit the floor.

    The "Bengal cat" have great jumping ability and no lift is out of reach. Definitely, you should take this into account before bringing a Bengal cat to your house. Especially when they get bored, big cats tend to wreck the floor. In general, it is advisable to maintain a Bengal like a free animal and provide you with enough to do indoors. With outdoor cats, can you be prepared for these cats, otherwise so loving, go for a walk for two days in a row.

    How much activity does he need? "Bengal cat"?

    Due to their offspring from wild cats, the Bengal cats belong to the very active cat breeds. They are persistent climbers and need a lot of exercise. The best place for them to vent is the scratching post., during hunting games or, ideally, in the open air.

    Regular hunting games with a rod, hunting mice or balls along with your human are also a great activity. Mental stimulation with smart toys or learning little tricks is essential so that cats do not get bored.

    If you are often away from home, cats need company. They get along better with other cats. It is one of the few breeds of cats that loves water so it will easily be entertained by a leaky faucet.

    Health and nutrition

    The Bengali has a fairly robust health, having inherited from Leopard cat remarkable longevity for a domestic cat.

    But, have a predisposition to certain diseases:

  • The Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (MCH), a disease that makes it difficult for the heart to circulate blood;
  • The Chronic anemia, a genetic disease that can be detected by any decent Bengal breeder by a simple test;
  • The Progressive Retinal Atrophy (ARP), another genetic disease that can also be detected by a simple test, allowing carriers to be excluded from breeding;
  • The cataract, an opaque film on the cornea of ​​the eye that can cause blindness in the most severe cases.
  • It also, being quite large and very active, are prone to Hip Dysplasia.

    Last, it is important to know that, unlike his ancestor the Leopard cat, the Bengal not immune to feline leukosis.

    Life expectancy

    12 to 16 years

    Food

    The Bengal fits perfectly in commercial cat food, both croquettes and canned wet food. But, it is important to make sure your Bengal cat eat a quality food that contains all the essential nutrients necessary for their development.

    There should always be enough food and fresh water. But, no risk of obesity in cats; on the one hand, because they are quite active, and on the other, because they are able to regulate their own weight.

    For sale "Bengal cat"

    Bengal cat
    Bengal cat

    If you want to have a Bengal cat, you should know that this breed is one of the most expensive. For a healthy kitten you will pay between 1000 and 2000 EUR in a serious breeder. The price mainly depends on the type of leopard coat.

    The Bengal cats with pedigree and physical characteristics that make them suitable for breeding are priced between 2000 and 3000 EUR.

    Breeders also differentiate between the three categories of companion animals, breeding and exhibition. as creator, usually only kittens showing small deviations from breeding targets are obtained. In the purchase contract you have to agree not to use the cat for breeding.

    Criticism of breeding “Bengalis”

    Critics of breeding "Bengal cat" they believe that it is irresponsible to cross a wild animal with a domestic cat just to obtain a certain coat pattern. According to animal rights advocates, the first mating is even a torture brood, since complications often arise at birth. Many of these wild cat hybrids continue to display the character traits of a wild animal.. So, before acquiring a cat of this type, you must be very sure that, even though you have inherited the activity from your ancestors, will be able to lead a life appropriate to his species.

    Characteristics "Bengal cat"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Bengal cat" you know certain factors. You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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