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American bobtail cat
Federations: CFA, TICA, ACFA/CAA

The Bobtail americano he is playful and intelligent. Some have dog features, they learn tricks and can retrieve things

American Bobtail

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History

The history of Bobtail americano started with a serendipitous find in the 1960, to Yodie, a street cat wild aspect picked up in Arizona by John and Brenda Sanders, Iowa.

when breeding started, different short-tailed cats were crossed (long and short haired cats with different coat colors) without preferring certain breeds.

From 1980 the goal was to produce a wild looking tabby cat based on the look of the Yodie, and the Bobtail eventually gained acceptance in major North American registries, though it's still weird. The version of long hair was the first recognized as a breed.

Due to the mating of the most diverse animals, the gene pool of Bobtail Americano it is especially wide, which contributes to the fact that cats are largely free from hereditary diseases typical of the breed.

With the recognition of the TICA (International Cat Association) in 1989, breeders achieved their greatest success to date. The American Bobtail is also recognized as a breed in the LOOF standard. (Livre Officiel des Origines Félines).

Physical characteristics

American Bobtail longhair
American Bobtail longhair by Rachel Daviesfrom Aberystwyth, WALES

The Bobtail americano It is a medium-sized cat and reaches a body weight of about seven kilograms. His body is athletic and muscular with a broad chest.. How the front legs are longer than the back legs, the back curves towards the neck.

The special feature of this cat is the tail, which is due to a spontaneous genetic mutation and is inherited in a dominant way. The cat's tail is not uniform in appearance: may be curved, curled and knotted. The length or shortness of the tail also varies. (as orientation, the length of the tail of the Bobtail americano is about a third of that of other cats).

  • The head is broad with a pronounced cheek line and jawline..
  • The eyes are large, oval in shape and harmonizes with the coat.
  • The ears are medium in size and covered by a small tuft of hair at the tip.

The Bobtail americano he also has hair between his toes.

In general, all coat colors and patterns are recognized. The length of the coat is also left open in the standard and is not defined in a binding way. But, the cat Bobtail americano always has a double and dense coat, which is smooth and shiny.

Character and skills

As with other breeds of cats, the character traits of individuals can vary greatly.

But, there is the following trend in the cat Bobtail americano:

  • Curious
  • Sociable
  • People-oriented
  • Freedom lover
  • Take it easy
  • Active
  • Playful

care and health of "American bobtail cat"

American bobtail cat

The Bobtail americano he is an affectionate cat that does not stay well alone. If the human has no time for him, at least one other cat should be present. However, he will also make friends with dogs if he can gradually get used to the other species..

This cat with velvet paws has no preference for a certain category of people, older people and children alike like it. The only important thing is that there is someone at home with whom you can relate. By the way: the communication of Bobtail americano it is comparatively quiet. Their sounds are less like those of a cat than those of a cooing dove.

Since the genome of Bobtail americano is based on that of common house cats, there is genetic diversity. So, the breed cat rarely sick.

But, can have hip problems due to the difference in length of the legs and in the spine due to its stubby tail. It can also suffer from all the typical diseases of domestic cats throughout its life. The susceptibility to dental problems also appears to be slightly increased in the Bobtail americano.

Indoor or outdoor cat?

Since the Bobtail americano is lively, a large garden or unlimited access to the outside would be ideal for them. Consequently, holding abroad is the recommended way, but with the premise that the cat can enter the protected indoor area in bad weather, at night and in case of danger.

If the apartment is furnished adequately for cats, indoor accommodation can also be considered. But, tickets must be well secured. The Bobtail americano you are curious and smart, making it prone to escape maneuvers. It's lightning fast and smart enough to learn the mechanism of a handle. For security, lock the front door, even if you are present.

How much activity does he need? "American bobtail cat"?

The Bobtail americano has phases in which you like to exercise. But, your desire for physical activity is in a comfortable mid-range.

What he likes are smart toys and scratching posts where he can climb and sharpen his claws. But, in any case, these should not be missing in a home that accepts cats, so it is an absolutely normal cat in this aspect.

Grooming and feeding

The Bobtail americano it is very simple in terms of daily grooming routine. It also has no special food needs or a coat that needs grooming.. But, cats who are overly interested in food get fat pretty quickly, but you can avoid it with an automatic food portioner or a manual allocation of the same. The most important thing is that the food is made up of high-quality ingredients and that it adapts to the characteristics of the cat (depending on your age, your possible illnesses / intolerances and your individual energy needs).

The cat's coat Bobtail americano it is generally very easy to care. But, during the coat change, the effort increases by the minute. You can help the cat change its coat by brushing it daily and removing tangles. Many breeds - especially short-haired cats- can get by without the daily grooming program.

For sale "American bobtail cat"

The cat Bobtail americano is only recognized since 1989. So, it is still a young breed that can only be purchased from selected breeders. Make sure you only buy from people you can visit in person and see for yourself the state of the animals and the living conditions there. Sellers who reject this request are not serious.

Purchase price may vary based on genetic lineage, sex, age and appearance. Expect a minimum price of about 1.000 EUR by a purebred animal.

Although the purchase price is above average, you will spend exactly the same amount on maintenance costs as with other cats. Calculated over the years, high purchasing costs will be reduced.

Characteristics "American bobtail cat"

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Videos "American bobtail cat"

Animal Planet : Cats 101 ~ American Bobtail

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Norwegian Forest Cat
Federations: ACF, ACFA, CFA, FIFé, LOOF, TICA, WCF

Bosque de Noruega
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The only true thing about the cat Norwegian Forest Cat It's an ancient race.

The legend, He says that he is none other than the troll of Scandinavian fairy tales cat, But history suggests otherwise.

It is known that the domestic cat reached Norway by the year 1000 d. c. In addition to arrive with the gradual expansion of cats throughout Europe during previous centuries, cats arrived in Scandinavia due to the trade between the Vikings and the Byzantine Empire. Evidence of this movement are in some colors of fur, which are common in Turkey and Norway, but rare in the rest of Europe.

This relationship suggests the possibility that the gene for long hair came to Norway by the same trade routes. Long hair gave advantages to the harsh winters of the North, and became a widespread feature in Norwegian cats.

Gato de os Bosques de Noruega
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The skogkatt or skaukatt, as is known, not recognized as a race in his native land until the Decade of 1930, and only a few decades later their selective breeding was carried out.

But, Since the Norwegian Forest cat has gained acceptance in its terra and abroad, Although it remains less well known that the Maine Coon , another similar past long-haired cat.

This race, also known as wegie, continues to reflect its origins as a farm cat, and breeders sometimes refer to him as their "little lynx".

It is great, robust and muscular, and his triangular head is defined by a long nose. His glossy hair has a waterproof layer and a less thick, insulating. It still also has the personality of a farm cat.

These cats are flexible and agile, excellent hunters, and it is known that they fish. Although they are calm and docile companions, they are independent and tend to vigorously defend their territory. A Norwegian lives happily being the only cat in the house.

Alternative names: Skogkatt / Skaukatt / Norsk Skogkatt / Norsk Skaukatt / Weegie

Cat breeds: Norwegian Forest Cat


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Cymric cat
Federations: CFA, FIFe, TICA, WCF, AACE, ACF, ACFA/CAA

To the Cymric cat the water fascinates him, perhaps this fascination comes from originating on a small piece of land surrounded by water.
Cymric
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Characteristics "Cymric cat"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Cymric 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 Cymric cat hails from the Isle of Man, located in the Irish Sea, between Ireland and the United Kingdom. It takes its name from the Welsh word “Wales”, that means “Wales”. It's a long-haired version of the Manx cat, so talk about the history of Cymric is also talking about the history of Manx, since both are largely intertwined.

The cat is believed to have originated around the decade of 1750, but there are many different versions of how your ancestors came to the island. They could have crossed the sea with the Spanish Armada in the 1980s. 1580, the Vikings who settled on the island around the year 800, or even long before, with the Phoenician merchants, around the year 500 a.C.

The history of the Cymric and that of the Manx It, Therefore, quite vague, but it is also full of stories. In particular, various legends try to explain how this cat lost its tail. One of them tells that he arrived too late at Noah's Ark and that the door closed on his tail. Another says that the Vikings used to steal kittens because their tails were considered lucky.; as a result, mother cats bit the tails of their pups so as not to lose them. Another explanation is that the islanders used to cut the tails of their cats during the harsh winters to save firewood.. In effect, a cat without a tail enters the house faster, allowing the door to be closed earlier.

From a more scientific point of view, the fact that Manx cats and Cymric cats be anura (that is to say, have their tail docked) It is explained by a spontaneous genetic mutation that was reinforced by centuries of inbreeding due to the insular nature of the breed. This corresponds to an incomplete formation of the spine., and the gene responsible for this is called gene Manx, since it was first observed in this cat. According to some archival documents, this particularity, commonly called “syndrome of Manx“, began to be observed on the island, so many specialists deduce that cats without a tail were born in these lands. Other, on the other hand, they are convinced that a cat with this peculiarity was brought from abroad via a ship, and spread his gene to the island's feline population. It must be said that the gene Manx is dominant, which greatly facilitates its dissemination: in effect, it is enough that only one of the two parents is a carrier, and thus present this anatomical specificity, so that a part of your kittens is in the same case.

Exists in all vertebrate mammals, and therefore notably in cats of other breeds. Having said that, although within these breeds you can find short-tailed and tailless cats - due to the same genetic mutation- the Cymric and the Manx They are the only breeds that do not specifically have a tail..

Parallel to the absence of a tail, during the years 1940-1950 a recessive gene that gave long hair was introduced into the lines. But, this feature was initially considered a defect, to the point that all the individuals that presented it were excluded from breeding and exhibition. It wasn't until a decade later, over the years 60, when Canadian breeders began to take an interest in this trait and established it as a characteristic of the Cymric.

This led to the differentiation between the Manx cat (shorthair) and the Cymric cat (longhair). Breeding programs dedicated entirely to the latter began in Canada., which allowed its recognition by the Canadian Cat Association (CCA) in 1970. The breed was also introduced to the United States, where it was very well received and quickly gained popularity. Breeders considered to be the pioneers of the breed are both Canadians and Americans. Blair Wright y Leslie Falteisek, in particular, were responsible for the current name of the breed: until then it was known simply as Manx longhair, but the name was changed to Cymric in the decade of 1970. This illustrates the clear differentiation between the Manx and the Cymric that was introduced at that time, when the latter began to be considered a breed in its own right. In other words, although they are of British origin, It was in North America where the Cymric became independent and took off.

Cymric
Cymric – Desaix83, based on the work of Heikki Siltala, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Following its recognition by the CEC in 1970, it was the turn of the TICA (The International Cat Association) in 1979.

The Cat Fan Association (CFA), which had recognized the Manx since its founding in 1906, did the same, recognizing the Cymric as a race in its own right in 1989. But, the CFA reversed its position only five years later, in 1994, arguing that the Cymric should be considered a variety of Manx cat and not a race in its own right. Then it started to call Manx longhair, as opposed to Manx shorthair , considering both as two varieties of the same race and having the same standard. The main argument for the association was the strong resemblance between the two cats, that only differ by the length of the hair.

In fact, the resemblance is such that in most associations that consider the two breeds separately, parents kittens Manx but with long hair they are recorded as Cymrics.

The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) also consider the Cymric as a simple variety of the Manx cat. Last, the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé), covering some forty countries, including France and Belgium, and that he had recognized Manx in 1949, lined up on 2006 with the position of the TICA, also considering the Cymric cat as a race in its own right.

In France, despite its recognition as a breed in its own right, the Cymric cat it's almost impossible to find: only one individual was registered in the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines between 2003 and 2019.

In countries where it is considered a simple variety of the Manx cat, it is more difficult to measure its popularity, since it remains “drowned” in the statistics of the latter. But, It should be noted that in the United States, the Manx cat stands just above the position 30 (of little more than 40) in the breed classification based on the number of annual entries in the CFA, that is to say, is far from widespread, and this is even more true for his long-haired variant. The situation in the UK is similar to that in France: it can be considered that the Cymric cat is almost absent from the country, since the number of Manx registered annually was about 40 around the decade of 2000, and then collapsed from 2007, to the point where you can now count on the fingers of one hand. But, in 2018 there was a jump to more than 22 registrations, but it remains to be seen if this recovery will be sustainable.

Physical characteristics

The Cymric It's a long-haired version of the Manx cat: apart from coat length, the two races are identical. The Cymric it is a medium size cat, of solid bones, lighter than it seems and distinguished by its rounded appearance, from the eyes to the spine, head and body in general.

Its back short and compact forms an arch. The legs they are strong and the front ones are shorter than the rear ones. The thighs are especially muscular and the general appearance of the four limbs is such that some compare it to a rabbit. The feet They are round, medium in size and quite bushy.

The head is rounded and slightly longer than wide. It has the ears widely separated with rounded tips. The cheeks are prominent and the muzzle is longer than it is wide. The eyes they are big, round and can be yellow, orange, hazelnut or greens.

The main distinguishing feature of the Cymric and of the Manx is the no tail. It is the result of a spontaneous genetic mutation quite common in cats., and is called “manx syndrome“, even when it occurs in individuals of other races. But, it is possible that Cymrics and Manx are born with a longer or shorter tail. Some have up to three sacral vertebrae (vertebrae located in the pelvic region): called “risers“. Other, the “stumpies“, have a stump composed of one to three caudal vertebrae (vertebrae located in the tail). Last, the “longys” have a tail longer than a stump, but shorter than that of the other races.

Individuals that do not have a tail -the most common case- are called “rumpies“. Only rumpies and risers are accepted in cat shows, but the other types are still of great value to the breed and are found in most breeding programs, since the breeding of two completely tailless individuals causes the death of a quarter of the fetuses before birth, and spinal malformations (calls “manx syndrome“) in around the 20% of those who are born, which leads to certain death to 3/4 years.

But, It should be noted that for cats that get rid of these serious problems, the absence of a tail -which is the lot of most representatives of the breed- not really a disadvantage: as he Cymric as the Manx they have little to envy their peers in terms of their sense of balance, since they have known how to adapt to the absence of it.

Its fur it's semi-long, thick, silky and double-layered. The breed offers a wide range of coat colors: brown, carey, cream, blue, Silver, black, red, white… There is also diversity in terms of coat patterns: ombre, smoked, striped, calico or tortoiseshell. Chocolate patterns, lavender and Himalayas are not allowed in the breed standard. It also, the coat may change color and / or length with the seasons, becoming lighter in summer and longer in winter.

Some Cymrics have especially prominent tufts of hair on their ears and legs, a trait that is valued and sought after by breeders and in shows. Even without this feature, the hair is longer on the neck, the belly, legs and chest.

Last, It should be noted that the Cymric and the Manx they mature very slowly, to the point that some do not reach their maximum size before the 5 years. There is also a slight sexual dimorphism, since the male is usually slightly heavier and larger than the female.

Size and weight

  • Size: Of 30 to 35 cm.
  • Weight: Of 2 to 5 kg

Varieties of "Cymric cat"

The different feline associations distinguish four varieties of Cymric and Manx, the only difference is the size of the tail:

  • Rumpy: the cat has no tail;
  • Riser : the tail has a cartilaginous growth of one to three sacral vertebrae (vertebrae of the pelvic region);
  • Stumpy : the cat has a small tail that measures 3 to 4 cm., formed by one to three caudal vertebrae (that is to say, located in the queue);
  • Longy: the cat has a longer tail than the other varieties, but shorter than other breeds.

The varieties Rumpy and Riser are the most likely to transmit Manx syndrome. The manx syndrome causes the death of the kitten, even before birth or shortly after delivery. So, it is recommended not to breed two representatives of these varieties and, Instead, cross tailless cats with stumpies or longies.

Cymric
A photograph of a long-haired Manx, also known as a Cymric, in a perched position near a window – Robertlucien, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Character and skills

Basically, the Cymric cat differs from Manx cat only in the length of her hair, so some reference organizations consider it a mere variety of the latter. They both have similar personality traits.

The Cymric he is a gentle and affectionate cat, who adores the company of humans and is particularly known for his loyalty to them. They love to follow their owners around the house and participate in all the daily tasks.. Some individuals focus all their love on one person, while others show affection to all family members, including children: its tender and attentive nature makes it a good cat breed choice for children, for whom it is a very good playmate. But, they need a loving and caring family, whose members take time to play and interact with them. So, not recommended for people who are absent often, but it is an ideal cat breed for the elderly.

They are never aggressive, rather they enjoy a generally serene and peaceful lifestyle, but that doesn't mean they are inactive. They love to play, either loading things, crawling into cabinets or opening drawers. Able to play with very little, always find something to do. He is also a very clever and clever cat., able to learn tricks: it is very possible, for example, train him to catch a ball, just like a dog.

This powerful cat is also capable of running very fast and making big jumps.. This means that you can easily reach the high shelves, so objects that must be kept absolutely away from this joker are best kept in tightly closed cupboards.

The Cymric cat is not only physically flexible: is very adaptable and can cope with a change of environment, for example after moving in with your cat or even if it is necessary to transfer it to another family.
It must be said that he likes to meet new people, especially if you are used to all kinds of people, animals and situations from a very young age. Living with other dogs usually goes well, just like living with a dog, especially if it belongs to a breed recommended for cats.

On the other hand, you have to be very careful when it comes to small animals that can be prey for him, like birds, rodents or even fish. In fact, in addition to a great passion for the game, has a well developed hunting instinct. If you live in the same house as this type of animal, it is necessary to get used very early not to attack them. But, it is still preferable to avoid contact with them, so the best option is to avoid coexistence.

By the way, he is a pretty disciplined cat, who accepts limits. He quickly understands if his master forbids him certain things, like rubbing on the couch or scratching in certain places.

On the other hand, the Cymric It is a breed of cat that meows a lot.. This big talker is used to meowing to make himself heard., or simply to communicate with its owner. Some individuals even seem to want to play the role of watchdog., as they tend to growl or be threatening when seeing or hearing unusual things.

Health

The absence of a queue in the Cymric and the Manx, caused by the mutation of a gene called “gen manx“, not always benign. This greatly complicates the reproduction of these cats..

Cymric
Long-haired stumpy Manx (Cymric) – Jumpinjim, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

First of all, the embryos that are homozygous for the gene -that is, that inherit the mutation of gen manx of both parents- are destined to die before being born, since your spinal cord is not fully developed. They represent about a quarter of the embryos conceived, so litters are usually small. On a larger plane, the breeding of two tailless cats should be avoided at all costs (variety “Rumpand” or “Riser“), as it increases the risk of getting kittens with deformities.

But, ser Heterozygosity is not enough to be healthy: some of the kittens that are heterozygous they are also heavily affected by deformities of the spine. The spine is usually too short, which can cause movement difficulties, damage to the spinal cord and nerves, or malformations of the urinary or intestinal tract. Most kittens with this problem are identified among the 4 and 6 months of age, mainly by observation. So, before adopting a kitten Cymric or Manx of a breeder, it is advisable to check that the breeder has made sure that the kittens are in full health before putting them up for sale. This particular situation explains why representatives of this breed are usually not available before the 4 months of age, since this guarantees that they do not suffer from these health problems beforehand. The percentage of kittens affected is around 20%, and they are mostly rabones, that is to say, tailless. They are usually euthanized, but if not, do not usually survive more than 3 or 4 years; the oldest cat had 5 years when he died.
This physical characteristic can also cause coccyx arthritis. This affects all varieties, but individuals with a partial tail are most affected.

On the other hand, to a kitten Cymric getting rid of these various risks linked to the absence or unusually short length of its tail is generally promised a long life, since it is not uncommon for representatives of the breed to reach the 20 years of age and living in perfect health. It is a very slow maturing breed, since puppies take many years to reach their adult size, sometimes even 5 years.

One of the health problems they may face is corneal dystrophy, an inherited disease caused by the accumulation of water in the layers of the cornea, which can lead to reduced vision and even blindness.

Last, the Cymric cat are prone to being overweight. So, it is advisable to adapt the portions that are given to your needs (that depend, in particular, of your lifestyle) and check your weight regularly, to prevent any obesity problem in the cat. Although obesity is not a disease in itself, can cause or aggravate various conditions.

Grooming

The long coat of the Cymric cat not particularly difficult to maintain, but must be brushed regularly, ideally two or three times a week. This prevents dead hair from spreading throughout the house. Be more careful during the shedding periods in spring and autumn.

You should also wash your cat's ears about once a week., and do the same with the eyes.

Looking at your nails, largely depends on your level of activity, but natural wear and tear may not be enough: if so, her nails need to be trimmed to prevent embarrassment in her daily life.

Food

The Cymric it is not a particularly difficult cat to feed, and conforms perfectly to quality industrial foods, either croquettes or patés. On the other hand, is very gluttonous and tends to be overweight: therefore, it is advisable to be especially attentive to the amounts of food that are given, and adapt them well according to their physical activity and, Therefore, of your needs. Unlike many races, permanent access to food is not possible, since it is not capable of self-regulation.

For sale "Cymric cat"

The price of a kitten Cymric heavily dependent on his lineage and the reputation of the kennel from which he came. The price range is quite wide, of 900 to 1500 EUR. In any case, the fact that it is a rare breed of cat largely explains its high price. Due to the small number of breeders of Cymric, it is common to have to join a waiting list before being able to take in a kitten of this breed.

Alternative names:

Long-haired Manx / Longhair Manx / Manx Longhair

Videos "Cymric cat"

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Korat cat
Federations: LOOF, CFA, ACF, ACFA, TICA, FIFé, WCF

Known as a good luck messenger in his native Thailand, the Korat cat has always been a very popular wedding gift. This tradition continues today.

Korat

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Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Korat 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 Korat is originally from Siam (current Thailand) and is one of the oldest breeds of domestic cats.

The first references appear in the Tamra Maew, or “Cat Poems Book”, a manuscript written in the city of Ayutthaya between 1350 (when the kingdom of Siam was founded) and 1767 (when the city was sacked by the Burmese invaders). At the end of the 19th century, King Rama V (1869-1910) asked the monk Somdej Phra Buddhacharm Buddhasarmathera to reproduce this text on paper Khoi, version kept in the National Library in Bangkok.

This work describes 17 cats that bring good luck to their masters, and other 6 that bring bad luck. The Korat cat It is one of the most valued lucky cats in the country., and many traditions are associated with it; for example, it is given to brides as a guarantee of a happy marriage, and usually appears in ceremonies to attract rain for the cultivation of rice. Apparently, at that time, the Korat was a “village cat”, unlike in the Siamese cat, which was mainly adopted by the nobility of the kingdom of Siam.

The first Korats appeared in Great Britain in the late 19th century and are mentioned in the Book of Cats published in 1903 by Frances Simpson, Judge and feline historian. They were shown at feline shows as “blue siamese”, but this did not convince the judges, They had a different perception of Siamese. As a result, they were unsuccessful and disappeared from the country at the beginning of the 20th century.

But, the Korat returned to the western world in 1959, When Jean Johnson brought to the United States a couple of Korats (Nara and Darra) that her Foreign Service colleagues gave her husband when he left Thailand. Based in Oregon, his kennel Cedar Glen then imported other specimens at the beginning of the years 60 and was the first in the West to start a breeding program for Korat. Not in vain, the breed was officially recognized in 1966 by the CFA (Cat Fanciers’ Association), the main feline organization in the country.

The Korats they returned to the UK (and to europe) in 1972, and the first copies appeared in France in 1979. The recognition of the race by the TICA (International Cat Association) arrived that same year, and the FiFé (International Cat Federation) did the same the following year, in 1980.

Although today it is recognized by the vast majority of organizations, the Korat still a rare breed of cat in the western world. In United States, appears in the last positions of the breed classification according to the number of annual registrations in the CFA, and it hardly does any better in the UK, with less than a hundred individuals enrolled annually in the GCCF – a figure that also tends to decrease year after year. In France, the records in the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF) were almost non-existent until 2010, but since 2013 some are registered 50 kittens a year.

Physical characteristics

Korat
Korat Yog-Hurt’s Atlach-Nacha at Turok Cat Show – Yog-Hurt's_Atlach-Nacha_at_Turok_Cat_Show.JPG: HeikkisiltalaGIC_Lucky_Uffe_at_cat_show_Hyvinkää.JPG: Heikkisiltaladerivative work: Abujoy, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Korat it is a medium size cat, semilineal, with a medium-length tail that tapers to the tip. His powerful and muscular body makes him heavier than he seems, especially when fully grown, around the 3 years. But, this does not prevent him from being an agile cat.

Its head looks quite unusual: seen from the front, it has a heart shape, with ears large, round tip and high implantation. Their eyes large, round and expressive look oversized for your head, but they retain the typical inclination “Eastern” when they are closed or half closed. Kittens usually have yellow-amber eyes, but they turn green when they mature.

The fur it's short to medium, without Undercoat. Fine and closed, tends to bristle on the back when in motion. The coat is a uniform silvery blue color, no shading, marks or stains. The coat is glossier at the root, then tints to a darker blue and ends with a pronounced silver sheen. In the extremities of the body, where the hair is shorter, this silver glow is more intense.

The sexual dimorphism is moderately marked, the female being slightly smaller than the male.

Size and weight

  • Male size: 22 – 28 cm.
  • female size: 20 – 26 cm.
  • Male weight: 3,5 – 4,5 kg
  • female weight: 2,5 – 4 kg

Varieties:

In the Korat a recessive gene has appeared that can cause the silvery-blue color to fade, so it is not uncommon for kittens to be born with a purple-lilac color. This unrecognized variety is known as thai lilac.

Character and skills

Korat
Sitting female Korat cat with typical bulbous green eyes and blue sheen – Heikkisiltala, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
gentle and affectionate, the Korat he is unfailingly loyal to his master, whose company constantly seeks. He likes pampering, and spends most of the time near him to receive caresses and attention. It is not a breed of cat that easily supports loneliness: he does not like to stay home without his family, and if you have to stay there too long and too often, he runs the risk of shutting down and losing his usual affection.

The Korat it is also a breed of cat that adapts to children, appreciating playing with them and spending time with them. On the other hand, does not seek the company of other cats: between their fellow humans and the humans in their family, your preference is quite found. Its calm character makes it normally tolerate the presence of other cats or dogs accustomed to cats in its territory without problems., as long as it remains the main focus of its owner's attention. On the other hand, coexistence with birds or small rodents is not recommended.

Lively and playful, likes to chase a ball or chase paper balls thrown by their owner. But, no matter how active it is, he is not the destructive type and is perfectly comfortable in a flat without going out as long as his family takes the time to play with him.

By the way, noise and commotion are not for him either. Although they can tolerate the noise of a television or computer, they are likely to be startled by a loud ringing phone or if a family member starts listening to loud music.

It is a very intelligent and docile cat, that can be trained relatively easily and that respects, for example, the places that are forbidden, like the dining room table, the kitchen or the clothes closet. Last, the Korat it's not very noisy. Instead of meowing, often chooses to attract attention by rubbing around the paws or nibbling on the balls of the feet. But, they don't shut up: if they think they have something important to say, they do not hesitate to do it.

In short, its qualities and characteristics combine to make it a suitable breed as a first cat for someone with sufficient availability, but that will also delight an experienced owner.

Grooming and caring for the "Korat cat"

When it comes to coat care, cats Korat they do not have any complications. Their short coat, fine and silky does not require any special care. Regular brushing with a soft brush or comb is sufficient. The silver gray cloak with its silver hair tips has no undercoat, so it only needs to be brushed more frequently during the coat change season. However, it is worth brushing the Korat regularly, since this affectionate cat enjoys any kind of attention.

Being a house cat that does not explore the outside much, even when you have free access to it, it doesn't get very dirty, so it is generally not necessary to bathe him.

Indoor or outdoor cat?

Like al European shorthair cat (Common european cat), to the cats Korat they love to be outdoors and roam. So, it is perfect if you live in a rural area and you can grant them free access. It is possible to keep them only inside. If you are willing to spend a lot of time with your new housemate and can offer them a safe garden or at least a safe outside area, the Korat you will feel comfortable even without access to the outside.

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

Purebred cats are very active cats that need adequate exercise and opportunities to climb and, If it is possible, access to the outside. But even if you can give them free access, love getting attention and are reluctant to stop playing and snuggling together. Basically, if you have a Korat at home, you will discover that he likes to be with you in everything you do and seeks your closeness. Ideally, allow the Korat have a partner of your own, so that in case of doubt, always have a playmate available.

Health and nutrition

Korat
Korat breed cat family – fr:User:Epita, Max BOUCHE for the KORAT CLUB DE FRANCE, CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons
The Korat it is a robust cat breed, but it can be affected by certain health problems, starting by :

  • The gangliosidosis, an inherited disease that attacks the nervous system and causes paralysis. Can be detected by a parent and / or kitten test, but any Korat breeder worthy of this name is in charge of eliminating this risk by discarding any carrier individual from reproduction.;
  • the Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (CMH), a syndrome that makes it difficult for the heart to circulate blood, with potentially very serious consequences for the key.

It also, the Korat appears to be more sensitive than other breeds to certain vaccines. So, it is advisable to ensure that the vet, when taking care of cat vaccinations, know this particularity of the Korat and take all necessary precautions.

Life expectancy

Of 12 to 15 years

Food

Not so difficult, the Korat can be fed with cat food from the market, which are croquettes or paté boxes. But, it is necessary to ensure the quality of the feed, which should provide you with all the essential nutrients for your good health.

like most cats, the Korat is capable of self-regulation, and you can thus permanently leave food at your disposal – at the same time as fresh water – without rushing over her like a hungry man. But, care must be taken that the daily ration given is reasonable, to avoid the risk of the cat becoming overweight or obese, which can cause various diseases and health problems. If required, do not hesitate to consult a veterinarian to choose a suitable diet, depending on the cat's lifestyle.

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The price of a kitten Korat often haunt them 1.400 EUR. There is no significant price difference between a male and female kitten.

As the number of breeders of Korat is relatively small, you will have to be prepared for waiting times. But the wait is worth it, because Korat cats are robust cats that are not affected by overbreeding and convince with their character.

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    Munchkin cat
    Federations: LOOF, TICA

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    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Munchkin 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 Munchkin cat is a recent American feline breed, but the existence of short-legged cats has been documented several times throughout the 20th century. These may include, already in the decade of 1930, en el Reino Unido, These cats lived for four generations before disappearing during WWII. Over the years 50, in St. Petersburg (Russia), a short-legged cat appeared, nicknamed the “Stalingrad Kangaroo” for its propensity to sit on the hips and box with its small front legs. Another short-legged cat was also observed in the 1990s. 1970 in new england, United States.

    But it was in 1983, in Louisiana ((UNITED STATES)UU.), when a music teacher called Sandra Hockenedel found two pregnant short-legged cats under a truck and called them Blackberry and Blueberry. Found a home for Blueberry, but he stayed with Blackberry. Blackberry gave birth to a litter of normal and short-legged kittens. One of the latter was named after Toulouse, in honor al pintor Toulouse-Lautrec, that conserved the legs of a child in the body of an adult, and gave it to her friend Kay LaFrance, who lived nearby.

    All the Munchkins current descendants of the various encounters of Blackberry and Toulouse with others domestic cats. In fact, their owners allowed them to roam freely on the plantations, and their various encounters with other domestic cats resulted in many litters with kittens of the same anatomical peculiarity. Like this, a colony of short-legged cats soon developed in the area. Hockenedel and LaFrance they decided to call the cats Munchkin, in honor of the inhabitants of Munchkinlandia in Victor Fleming's film 1939 The Wizard of Oz, and they got in touch with him Dr. Solveig Pflueger for me to study them.

    He discovered that the short legs of the Munchkin cat were due to a natural genetic mutation that makes the upper leg bone short. This gene is dominant, which means that it is enough for one of the two parents to be a carrier, and therefore have this physical characteristic, so a kitten is likely to have it too. Aware of possible health risks, several breeders asked the teacher David Biller, from the University College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Kansas, to X-ray the spines of several Munchkins. He concluded that there was nothing wrong with these cats, but that the results of his work could not be considered definitive, since the breed was too new.

    At the same time, breeders examined the paws of some of the older cats - also with X-rays- and found no damage to the joints or bones. They concluded that the mutation did not pose a risk to cats, sparking a debate that continues to divide cat lovers around the world..

    "Munchkin cat"

    Munchkin cat
    Munchkin cat – Sasha Krotov, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    In 1991, the Munchkin cat was presented to the general public at a cat show held at the Madison Square Garden from New York, and the breeders began to pressure the TICA (International Cat Association) to recognize the race. The TICA refused at first (in 1991), but four years later it took a turn: in 1994, granted the breed the official status of a new breed in development, despite protests from Katherine Crawford, TICA judge for many years, who resigned arguing that this recognition was an affront to ethics.

    Indifferent to the heated debates that sparked, the Munchkin they continued to live their feline life and conquer the public, obtaining in particular in 2003 full recognition of the TICA, and therefore the possibility of competing in the exhibitions organized under the aegis of the organization.

    This remains the only major feline association to have recognized the breed.. The American Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) has not taken the step, the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé) says he refuses to recognize a race “based on a genetic disease”, and the British Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) has held a similar position since 1991 advising against the importation of these cats, adding that “it is not intended to recognize a breed based on a genetic abnormality”.

    In other words, the dispute of Munchkin is far from over. But, it would be too easy to summarize, as some do, as a dispute between “retrograde feline organizations that don't accept change”, on the one hand, and “feline organizations that do not think about the welfare of cats and only seek novelty”, for another. All renowned feline organizations are committed to the health of the feline population, but they have different approaches: some prefer to take time to study any new mutation to make sure it is safe before recognizing a breed that carries it, while others choose to recognize it quickly to establish a framework for breeders and study the new mutation.

    It's not the first time, not the last, that these debates shake up the world of cat lovers. But, if the discussions around the Munchkin cat they are so virulent and they take so long, it is mainly due to the attitude of some unscrupulous breeders who take advantage of the situation to make easy money without worrying about the health of the animals. Like this, although they know perfectly well that in that case a quarter of the litter never passes the fetus phase, some do not hesitate to raise two Munchkins, with the sole objective of not obtaining a litter with half the number of cats “normal” that are not sold.

    At the end, despite the mistrust it generates, the Munchkin cat is present all over the world. But, due to lack of recognition and, Therefore, official registration of the breed's representatives in the registries, it is difficult to get an exact idea of ​​its true popularity. But, the countless photos and articles on the net suggest that this cat at least arouses great curiosity.

    In France, where the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF) is one of the few national associations that recognizes the breed (in two different varieties, depending on the length of your hair) and, Therefore, keep a record, between 2011 and 2019 were registered 134 Munchkin shorthair and 198 Munchkin longhair. The trend is up, nails on 50 registrations per year, but race only represents something more than 0,1% of the country's feline population.

    Physical characteristics

    munchkin cat
    munchkin cat – Tasy Hong, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Munchkin cat has a midline morphology semi-foreign. His body is muscular but not compact, and ends in a tapered tail about the same length as the rest of the body.

    The legs they are short (between 5 and 10 cm shorter than a normal cat), and the upper bone is approximately the same length as the lower. They are straight, with a medium bone structure and proportionate musculature.

    The head is slightly rounded, with cheekbones well defined. The ears are of a size proportionate to the rest of the body and end in a slight curve. The eyes they are almond-shaped and can be of any color.

    The fur of the Munchkin cat can be short (Munchkin shorthair) or semi-wide (Munchkin longhair). Some organizations, as the TICA (International Cat Association), They even consider them two different breeds that compete in two different categories at cat shows., but they share the same standard. This is not the position of the LOOF (Livre Officiel des Origines Félines) French, for whom they are simply two varieties of the same breed. In any case, long hair coat has a silky texture, while the one with short hair looks shiny.

    All are allowed colors and fur patterns, including the typical pattern colourpoint of the Siamese cat.

    Last, the sexual dimorphism is marked, the female being smaller than the male.

    But, it is important to point out that today many crosses of Gatos Munchkins with other races and others domestic cats, both long-haired and short-haired. This diversifies the breed's gene pool to avoid health problems, but it also means that the aspect of the breed is not fixed and can continue to evolve in the future.

    It also, if even 2015 short legs were officially considered the exclusiveness of the Munchkin cat, and that any cat that presented this particularity and corresponded to the standard (regardless of their origins) could be recognized as Munchkin cat, It's not like that. In fact, Since this date, the “Munchkins Persian in appearance” are considered as a breed in their own right by the TICA (The International Cat Association): the Minuet (or Napoleon).

    Size and weight

    • Male size: 16 to 20 cm.
    • female size: 15 to 18 cm.
    • Male weight: 3 to 4 kg
    • female weight: 2 – 3,5 kg

    Breed standard

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

    Varieties

    "Munchkin cat"

    Munchkin Cat
    Munchkin Cat – Flickr

    There is a Munchkins shorthaired and Munchkins longhair. The TICA (The International Cat Association), the only world association that recognizes the Munchkin cat, even consider that they are two different races. On the other hand, for the French reference body, the LOOF (Livre Officiel des Origines Félines), they are simply two varieties of the same breed.

    The Long-haired Munchkin cat has the same origin as the short haired munchkin cat. It is not known if Blackberry, the original female rescued by Sandra Hochenedel in Louisiana, he had the gene for long hair, but the subsequent wide variety of crosses with pedigree and non-pedigree cats may have introduced him to this breed at an early stage, Surely with all the colors and known patterns of the feline world.

    The Long-haired Munchkin cat has a semi-long, silky coat and a moderate undercoat. The hair is described as suitable for all climates, although most breeders recommend that this tiny cat be kept indoors. In other respects, the long-haired variety is very similar to short hair. It has a body size medium and rounded, wedge-shaped head and large eyes. Despite his small stature, they are very active, they have a curious nature and strong personality.

    It also, the Munchkin cat has crossed with him Persian cat to create the Minuet, sometimes called Napoleon, a new breed of feline accepted by the TICA in 2016.

    in addition, it has also been crossed with other cats to create new breeds. But, unlike in the Minuet, the results of these crosses are not yet recognized by any official body. This is how he crossed Munchkin cat with the :

    Character and skills

    munchkin cat
    A munchkin cat grooming herself – in:User:Pockle, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The various organizations that recognize race allow a Munchkin cat grew up with another Munchkin cat, with a European shorthair cat (Common european cat) or with a Domestic cat (that is to say, no pedigree, but owned by a family that normally guarantees his good health). But, some people do not hesitate to break this rule and organize breeding with individuals of other breeds. How the short leg gene is dominant, some of the kittens born from these unions have short legs, so they are considered Gatos Munchkins.

    Knowing this diversity of origins, it is easy to understand that it is difficult to define the character traits that are shared by all representatives of the breed. In fact, the personality of the Gatos Munchkin varies greatly from individual to individual, since they may have more or less preserved the traits of the races from which they came. Like this, some are very attached to their family, while others are much more independent. In general, they can be especially lonely or, on the other hand, very sociable.

    Most individuals, However, are in the latter case, being very attached and affectionate with both adults and children.

    They also greatly appreciate the company of their peers and enjoy playing with them., without its anatomical specificity being perceived as a disadvantage by any of the protagonists. They also get along perfectly with the presence of a canine companion, provided that it belongs to a breed of dog adapted to cats, and therefore refrain, for example, of chasing him around the house. On the other hand, coexistence with small animals is not recommended, since many Gatos Munchkins they have retained their hunting instincts.

    It also, many owners of Gatos Munchkin have noticed that their pet has a special attraction to shiny objects, like jewels, who does not hesitate to steal and hide in a place that only he knows. They are more likely to do so because they are usually very curious and observant. There is also a point common to all representatives of the breed: they are active and surprisingly agile and lively cats. Their little legs do not prevent them from being very fast and are a definite advantage when taking a sharp turn or making a sudden change of direction. It's hard not to smile when you see a Munchkin cat running at full speed after a ball around the house and making incredible turns.

    If you prefer to stay at ground level and, usually, do not venture beyond the sofa or coffee table, unlike many other breeds, it's more by choice than obligation. In fact, even though they may not be able to jump as spectacularly as their long-legged counterparts, they are especially agile and resourceful, so that they always end up finding a way to reach in several jumps the furniture that another race will have reached in one.

    in addition, their short legs do not prevent them from climbing a cat tree, and they are very likely to end up on the curtain rod, leaving their owners wondering how they got so high.

    The Munchkin cat has developed the habit of sitting on its hind legs, adopting a position similar to that of the suricata to observe your surroundings. This feature has already been observed in 1956 in the “Stalingrad kangaroo”, a short-legged cat discovered in Russia, that is not related to the current ones Gatos Munchkin, which suggests that it is an adaptation to its physical particularity.

    The Munchkin cat it is rather a breed of indoor cat, that is to say, designed for life in a flat, especially since its short legs are a disadvantage on the outside, where it is more likely to suffer accidents or predation than another breed. But, they like to be walked on a leash under the supervision of their owner.

    With everything, the Munchkin cat leads a normal life as a cat and is not particularly affected by his condition. His peers consider him completely as one of their own, and he himself doesn't seem to know the difference. So, the difference is mainly in the eyes of humans.

    Health

    Munchkin cat
    Munchkin cat – Fedorov078, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    All the Gatos Munchkins have acondroplasia, a genetic condition associated with dwarfism. But, it is not clear whether this genetic mutation, responsible for the short legs of the breed, has any other impact on the health of affected individuals.

    Studies have shown that homozygous embryos (carriers of two mutated genes) are not viable and die in utero, while heterozygous individuals (carriers of a single mutated gene) they do not appear to be affected and lead a completely normal life. This means that when two intersect Gato Munchkins, the 25% of embryos fail to mature and die in the womb: it is precisely to avoid it that they allow themselves, and are even encouraged, crosses with domestic cats, versus breeding between two representatives of the breed.

    It also, although this cat is recent and, Therefore, be wary of jumping to conclusions, some conditions seem to affect you especially:

    • The lordosis, an excessive curvature of the spine;
    • The excavated breast, a deformation of the rib cage inwards, causing compression leading to breathing difficulties and/or heart problems.

    Last, as with any indoor cat, obesity is a serious risk to the health of the Munchkin cat. May cause other illnesses and / or aggravate existing health problems. Thus, a good owner should regularly check that his cat maintains a normal weight, and quickly correct it if it isn't.

    Life expectancy

    12 to 14 years

    Grooming

    The maintenance of Munchkin cat it's relatively easy, especially for short-haired cats. In the case of short-haired cats, just brush its coat once a week. The long-haired variety needs to be brushed a little more frequently, once every two or three days.

    In both cases, It is also advisable to spend a few minutes each week checking your teeth for cavities and tartar., and quickly clean their eyes and ears with a damp cloth.

    Last, when they have gotten too long, you need to trim your cat's nails, to avoid being hampered in your movements.

    Food

    In general, the Munchkin cat it does not pose any problem in terms of feeding and is perfectly in line with the industrial cat food available on the market. To provide your cat with all the nutrients it needs for good health, it is recommended to give him a quality food, adapted to your age and activity level.

    It also, to avoid obesity risks, it is advisable to control your daily rations. If your cat is overweight, you should consult a veterinarian to establish a feeding program to help you lose weight.

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    A kitten Munchkin cat it usually costs about 800 euros for a male and 700 euros for a female.

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    Thai cat ( Wichien Maat)
    Federations: TICA, GCCF, LOOF, FIFé, WCF

    With a more robust silhouette than that of the Modern Siamese cat, the Thai cat ( Wichien Maat) it is distinguished mainly by a more moderate and much shorter head triangle.
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    History

    If nothing allows us to affirm historically that these “thai conjoined twins” find their origin in Thailand (ex Kingdom of Siam), documents dating from the 19th century testify instead to the very real presence of these cats in the feline world.

    But, at the beginning of the year 70, a group of breeders decided to progressively lengthen the muzzle and ears of the Siamese. So much so that, by dint of selection, the Thai cat no longer corresponded at all to the standard, which in turn had evolved as the appearance of the Siamese. To the point where a decision had to be made, and so he was born Thai, whose breed was officially recognized in France in 2002.

    With a more robust silhouette than that of the Modern Siamese cat, the Thai cat ( Wichien Maat) it is distinguished mainly by a more moderate and much shorter head triangle. His muzzle is less “sunken” and his ears are clearly shorter. These characteristics correspond perfectly with the photographs that testify to the presence of these cats., and of which some date back to before 1900.

    If the LOOF standard of the Thai now lets find the Thai cat, there is matter to make it evolve, the currently defined features allow for a bit too much length in their interpretation.

    The British call it “apple head“, the Italians “siamese tradizionale” and the Americans have kept the name of “siamese“. Only a few European countries, including France, they have removed the word “Siamese” of his name for obscure reasons. But, it cannot be argued that the Thai is really a Siamese cat.

    Physical characteristics

    Thai cat
    Colorpoint cat. Possibly Siamese – Cindy McCravey, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Medium-sized, the Thai cat ( Wichien Maat) has a rather short triangular head, with rounded front contours and a slight profile stop.

    The body is well muscled and surprisingly heavy for its size.

    The Thai cat combines athletic grace with a silky, close-fitting coat.

    Size and weight

    "Thai cat ( Wichien Maat)"

    Gato Siamés tradicional (Thai)
    Thai cat ( Wichien Maat) – catwoman92, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    • Male size: 30 cm.
    • female size: 30 cm.
    • Male weight: 4-5 kg
    • female weight: 3-3,5 kg

    Breed standard

    The breed standards are documents produced by official bodies that list the conditions that a dog must meet. Thai cat ( Wichien Maat) to be fully recognized as belonging to the race:

    Character and skills

    Very affectionate and naughty, kind to humans, the Thai cat ( Wichien Maat) he is extremely sociable. In many aspects, its character is similar to that of a dog.

    With a sharp intelligence, the Wichien Maat Always gets what he wants, either by trickery or by the tenderness of his master, with whom you regularly have long conversations.

    Very tame and not aggressive, they are great company for both young children and the elderly.

    The Thai cat it is a very expressive cat with a strong personality, but it can also be perfectly adapted to the lifestyle of its owners.

    Health

    The Siamese are predisposed to feline asthma.

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    Sphynx cat (Canadian Sphynx)
    Federations: CFA, FIFe, TICA, AACE, ACFA/CAA, CCA-AFC

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    Characteristics "Sphynx cat (Canadian Sphynx)"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Sphynx cat (Canadian Sphynx)" 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 Sphynx it is a singular cat, that does not stop turning those who cross it. In fact, His physical appearance, with her bare and wrinkled skin, does not leave anyone indifferent.

    But, only mentioned for a few decades, although the existence of naked cat breeds is not new.

    In ancient egypt, hairless cats already attracted attention, and only pharaohs could have them. More recently, wall engravings from Aztec times show that they raised cats very similar to those of the Sphynx current.

    In 1830, Swiss naturalist and physician J.R. Rengger described these cats in his book on the mammals of Paraguay (Naturgeschichte der Säugethiere von Paraguay).

    In 1903, hairless cats were mentioned in the book The Book of the Cat, written by Frances Ann Simpson, a cat historian. He mentioned two nude specimens named Dick and Nellie who lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Pueblo Indians gifted them to an American cat lover, F.J. Shinick. They told him that they were the last two descendants of the cats bred by the Aztecs.

    At a cat show held in Paris in 1930, a male and a female aroused great curiosity. The photos of them show that they look a lot like the Sphynx. Given the rarity of these individuals and the fact that they came from the same neighborhood in Paris, they were assumed to have the same father, which in turn should be hairless. But, the two owners refused to attempt mating.

    In the following years, similar individuals were reported in Morocco, Australia and the United States.

    The phenomenon was repeated in Toronto (Canada) in 1966: a pair of short-haired domestic cats gave birth to a litter in which one of the males, called Prune, I had no hair. This did not leave Ridyah and Yania Bawa indifferent, breeders by profession, who decided to start breeding naked cats. They acquired Prune and Elizabeth, his mother, and they made them raise. They obtained a litter with a hairless individual. With the help of Keese and Rita Tenhove, they continued their work to develop the breed, who was called first Moonstone Cat and then Canadian Hairless, finally choosing the name of Sphynx cat.

    But, the early days were chaotic, with medical problems caused by limited gene pool and inbreeding. As a result, some kittens died quickly from undiagnosed illnesses. In fact, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) granted recognition of the breed on a provisional basis in 1970, before withdrawing it the following year precisely for these health problems.

    In 1975, Milt y Ethelyn Pearson, Minnesota farmers ((UNITED STATES)UU.), they found a hairless kitten in one of their litters, even though both of his parents did not have this specificity. They called it Epidermis. The following year they had more hairless kittens, one of whom they named Dermis. In 1981, Kim Muesk, from the Z’Stardust hatchery in Oregon, bought the two cats from farmers to try to develop the breed.

    At the same time, another Minnesota breeder, Georgiana Gattenby, he also used naked kittens from the Pearson farm to cross with the Cornish Rex and help develop the Sphynx cat.

    At the end of the year 70, a dutch amateur, The doctor. Hugo Hernandez, got a male cat and a female, named Starsky and Johnny respectively. Both specimens were probably descendants of Prune. Raised them, but the litter resulting from their mating died.

    At the same time, more specifically in 1978, Shirley Smith, a Siamese breeder from Toronto (Canada), he found three little hairless cats on the streets of his neighborhood. He took them in and called them Bambi, Paloma and Punkie. Castrated Bambi, but he sold the other two to Hugo Hernández, who still owned Starsky and Johnny.

    Hugo Hernández tried several crosses, but none of them were successful. Castrated Starsky in 1981 and sold Paloma to a German breeder. Finding herself without a male Sphynx able to create, raised Punkie with a white Devon Rex. She gave birth to a litter of five kittens, two of which were hairless and named Q-Ra and Q-Ramses. In collaboration with the German breeder, a mating was arranged between Q-Ra and Paloma, that allowed the latter to give birth to a small Sphynx called Hathor.

    The two men also arranged marriages between Q-Ramses and Paloma. In 1983, one of the resulting litters passed into the hands of Patrick Challain, a Parisian breeder, and the breed was introduced in France. One of the kittens in the litter, Chnoem, came to acquire notoriety as European champion of the breed.

    In 1985, a couple of French breeders, Aline and Philippe Noël, two little Sphynx were brought from Holland, Mogwi y Gizmo. They had a litter from which came a little cat named Amenophis Clone. The latter was used by the Official Book of Feline Origins (LOOF) to set the standard Sphynx.

    Beyond the fact that the breed faced many pitfalls before it was born, sometimes faced a certain suspicion, even open hostility. In effect, if some cat lovers were quickly fascinated by this particular looking cat, others, on the other hand, they had a much less enthusiastic attitude, arguing that the gene that gives bare skin can be considered as a genetic disease, and that, therefore, this particularity should not be encouraged at all, and even less to be recognized by official authorities.

    Your point of view is questionable, because the hairless skin trait is due to a spontaneous genetic mutation that has existed since ancient times, no to a disease. But, despite his detractors, the breed managed to develop and be recognized, especially thanks to the crosses made with the American shorthair cat and the Devon Rex: they were a precious help to expand the genetic background of the breed and avoid inbreeding.

    Sphynx
    Sphynx

    Recognition of Sphynx

    Although the Sphynx cat It is a fairly recent breed and its beginnings were somewhat chaotic, was quickly recognized by the various reference bodies, both international and national.

    The International Cat Association (TICA) was in 1986 the first official body to take the step. The Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé), that brings together the feline authorities of some forty countries, including Switzerland and Belgium, did the same in 2002. It was also that year when Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) definitely recognized the Sphynx, after a true false start in 1970, when he was granted provisional recognition, to withdraw it the following year.

    In fact, most official organizations in the world have done the same, as the World Cat Federation (WCF), the British Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), the Canadian Cat Association (CCA) or the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF) in France.

    The unique appearance of this cat has not prevented it from being widely recognized throughout the world, and its success is undeniable.

    Authorized crossings

    In order to expand the still relatively small gene pool of the breed, and thus reduce the risk of health problems induced by inbreeding, Most organizations allow a Sphynx cat is raised with a representative of some other races.

    The International Cat Association (TICA) allows crossings with :

    In United States, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) does the same, at least until 2023. In fact, starting at the 1 in January of 2024, Only kittens whose parents are both purebred can register with the organization. Sphynx.

    In Great Britain, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) add russian blue to the list. So, the Sphynx can cross with :

    On the other hand, the Canadian Cat Association (CCA) it is much more restrictive, since it only allows crosses with the American shorthair cat.

    The Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF) French is the strictest of all, since it does not allow any crossing of the Sphynx cat with other races. In short, is already applying the policy that the CFA will follow from 2024.

    Popularity of "Sphynx cat (Canadian Sphynx)"

    Maybe the Sphynx be a recent breed of cat, but it is already very popular in both Europe and North America.
    in Canada, despite a hiatus in 2018, in the second half of the Decade of 2010 occurred around 200 annual registrations with the Canadian Cat Association (CCA), which places it on the podium as one of the most popular cat breeds in Canada.

    The United States also contributed a lot to its development, so it is not surprising that it is also well established there. Throughout the decade of 2010, log statistics on Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) placed them between sixth and ninth in the popularity ranking.

    In France, the number of annual registrations in the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF) has increased almost continuously since the beginning of the century. While at the beginning of the decade of 2000 there were barely hundreds, at the end of it the 300. Things picked up speed in the following decade, to the point that the number of registrations per year exceeded 1.000 at the end of the Decade of 2010, which even allowed the Sphynx enter the Top 10 of the favorite feline breeds of the French.

    In Switzerland, things are more mixed. Certainly, annual enrollment statistics Fédération Féline Helvétique (FFH) show a regular progression from the beginning of the years 2000 until 2015, as their number went from a handful to almost fifty, which allowed them to approach the doors of the Top 10. But, in the following years there was a sudden collapse, and the number of cats Sphynx registered in the organization each year was reduced to about 20.

    In Great Britain, there was also a similar decline from 2013, although it was much less pronounced. Like this, while the inscriptions in the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) they were approaching 400 early in the decade 2010 (versus less than a hundred in 2006, for example), later they were reduced to 250, and even some 200 at the end of the decade. As a result, after reaching the position 13 in the ranking of the most popular breeds in the country (based on the number of annual registrations) in 2012, the Sphynx cat had been demoted to the position 17 in 2019.

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    Sphynx

    Physical characteristics

    With her bare and wrinkled skin, its big ears and its long rat tail, the Sphynx cat is definitely a cat with an atypical appearance, and he rarely leaves those who come across him indifferent.

    Its body It is medium in size and semicobby. Has well-developed musculature, that is very evident under her hairless skin. His chest has “barrel shape”: is wide and the abdomen is rounded, which gives the impression that you have eaten too much. In fact, this cat is heavier than most of its congeners, but this is mainly due to their muscle mass. The well-shaped hips and rump are proof of this..

    The body ends in a tail long and flexible, slightly thick at the base, that looks like a rat. In some individuals, has a lock of hair on the tip: it is then said that they have a lion's tail.

    The legs have fine bone structure and well-defined musculature. The hind legs are slightly arched. They all have oval feet with long, thin toes and clearly defined phalanges.. The pads are meatier than in other cat breeds. This gives the impression of walking gracefully on air cushions..

    The head it is medium in size and triangular in shape, longer than wide. The skull and forehead are flat. The neck it is quite slim and arched, what gives to Sphynx a haughty look.

    This is reinforced by the ears, that are totally oversized in relation to the head. Wide at the base and rounded at the tip, they are very open and have no hair inside.

    The eyes they are very open, are lemon-shaped and have few or no eyelashes. all colors are accepted, and they give you in any case a penetrating and expressive look.

    Profile, there is a concave curve from the forehead to the straight nose.

    The cheekbones they are bulging and round.

    The snout it celebrities, rounded and rather short. The pasterns, fleshy parts of the muzzle where whiskers normally grow, they are complete and round. But, the Sphynx he doesn't have mustaches. The chin is well defined and firm.

    The skin of the Sphynx can be characterized by alopecia in the strict sense, all over the body. But, usually covered by a small, barely visible down. In both cases, is thicker than fur breeds, and quite comparable to the touch of the skin of a peach.

    It also, kittens are born with very wrinkled fur. This softens a bit as they grow, but a Sphynx cat adult retains folds especially on the legs, neck and head. All colors and designs are accepted. But, black and white is the most common color. The pigmentation of the skin is what gives the breed its varied colors.

    Last, this breed is not characterized by a sexual dimorphism very pronounced: the male and female are quite similar in size.

    Curious Sphynx cat. – Flickr
    A physical characteristic due to an autosomal recessive gene

    The Sphynx has completely bare skin or has a small amount of down. This alopecia is due to a spontaneous mutation of a gene, without human intervention.

    This gene is autosomal, that is to say, can affect both men and women. It is also recessive in relation to the gene for short or long hair.: to have this morphological peculiarity, an individual must have inherited one copy of the mutated gene from each of their two parents. Otherwise, has hair.

    More concretely, if both parents are carriers of the mutated gene and have fur at the same time (that is to say, are heterozygous in the gene that determines the presence or absence of fur), an average of 25% of their kittens have no hair.

    If, on the other hand, one of the two parents is hairless (that is to say, is homozygous for the fur gene) and the other is a carrier of the gene but has hair (that is to say, is heterozygous), the 50% of the kittens have no hair.

    Last, in the event that both ancestors are hairless (and, Therefore, homozygous for the fur gene), all their offspring are hairless.

    But, as detailed by researchers from the University of Davis (California, (UNITED STATES)UU.) in an article titled “The naked truth: Sphynx and Devon Rex cat breed mutations in KRT71“, published in 2010 in Mammalian Genome Magazine, the specificity of the hairless skin of the Sphynx It is produced by the same gene that gives Devon Rex her curly hair. But, unlike the allele associated with curly hair, the one corresponding to the absence of hair is dominant. So, breeding cats Sphynx with cats Devon Rex would produce hairless individuals and was identified as an interesting way to increase the cat population Sphynx and, at the same time, diversify the breed's gene pool. But, It turned out that a large proportion of the individuals born from these matings suffer from dental or nervous diseases.

    This gradually led most organizations to ban the breeding of the Sphynx with the Devon Rex. So they decided Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF) French, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) British and the Canadian Cat Association (CCA). The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) has done the same, but this new rule will only be applicable in 2023: starting at the 1 in January of 2024, will stop recognizing kittens born from such a mating. The International Cat Association (TICA) it is the last major institution that admits these crossings.

    Size and weight

    • Size: 30 cm.
    • Weight: Of 2,5 to 4,5 kg

    Varieties of "Sphynx cat (Canadian Sphynx)"

    Contrary to what its name might suggest, the Donskoy (Don Sphynx) it has nothing to do with him Sphynx cat.

    The confusion is even more possible because it is also a naked cat breed and has a similar appearance.. This is why he was called Don: Don refers to the city of Rostov-on-Don, near which he was born, While Sphynx refers to the fact that it resembles the latter. But, their origins and stories are completely different.

    Character and skills

    The physical appearance of Sphynx cat can sometimes confuse, not to say discourage. But, his character makes him worth knowing.

    He is especially affectionate and attached to his family, and even humans in general. In fact, loneliness weighs on him, for which he appreciates the company of another human in the absence of that of his relatives. So, can be easily attended by a third person in case of prolonged absence.

    His attachment to his master makes him feel free to follow him everywhere., or even sleeping in his bed (preferably under the sheets, to be warm) if you are offered the opportunity. He also especially likes to lean on the shoulders, to scrutinize your surroundings while in contact with the person who matters most to you. In short, it is not recommended for a person who does not want an animal “sticky” or to be absent often during the day and leave you alone.

    Although he has a particular attachment to his human reference, he is very tender with all members of the family. He is very cuddly and will cuddle up on the couch with everyone else to keep you company and warm., not hesitating to take advantage of their human warmth by snuggling with them.

    He also really likes tenderness and pampering, and it must be recognized that caressing a Sphynx cat it is a very pleasant experience. In fact, her skin is as smooth as a peach, and radiates a reassuring warmth. It is sometimes used in zootherapy to combat nervousness or anxiety.

    Nor is he deprived of welcoming his little world at the door., how would a dog. Sometimes she even winks to show how happy she is to have her family back..

    It usually delights children, whose company you enjoy. Playful, patient and non-aggressive, it is an excellent entertainment companion for them. But, like any other dog, should never be left alone with a young child, Unsupervised, because a misunderstanding or awkward gesture can happen quickly. The safety of both parties is at stake.

    It also, his closeness to humans is not limited to his family members: he is also very sociable and kind to strangers who come into the house. Far from greeting them with suspicion, as do most of his peers, does not hesitate to go to meet him, for example, jumping on his lap.
    In short, whether it comes from your family or from strangers in the house, loves to be the center of attention.

    They are very friendly, not aggressive and quite willing to share their territory, so they will easily coexist with a companion or a dog, especially if that dog is of a cat-loving breed. Sharing your home with another animal is a great way to help you cope with your family's absence.: if you are also well disposed, they can become best friends, playing together from morning to night. As he does with his humans, does not hesitate to sleep curled up against his little companion, to benefit from its body heat. So that the coexistence goes well, Ideally, each of the two protagonists should be used to the presence of the other from a young age. Otherwise, a gradual introduction is essential so that no one rushes and everyone gradually gets used to the situation.

    Nor is it a problem that a Sphynx live with a bird or a rodent. But, if the family is out, it is always better to ensure the safety of the animal by keeping it in a closed place, either in a cage or in a room that the cat does not have access to.

    In addition to his interpersonal qualities, the Sphynx he is a smart cat, lively and curious. All of these qualities combine to make the Sphynx an excellent student for anyone who wants to teach their cat tricks, how to look for objects and come when called. It is also very good at learning things by itself, especially when it follows its owners and observes them. So, it's not surprising to see him open doors, wardrove, drawers and taps. It is also a good idea to stimulate their intellectual faculties with interactive toys., with whom he usually enjoys.

    Usually, cats like to rise up to observe the world around them, and the Sphynx is no exception. His master's shoulders are one of his favorite observatories, but this does not mean that a cat tree should not also be installed in the home where it can perch and contemplate its surroundings.

    Last, the Sphynx cat it is much more adaptable than most of its congeners. Quickly and easily adapts to a possible change in environment, either punctual (for example, during a trip) the permanent (in the event of a move with your cat). In a way, gives more importance to where you live than to the people you live with.

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    Sphynx cat – Dmitry Makeev, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Grooming and caring for the "Sphynx cat (Canadian Sphynx)"

    Those who think that a hairless cat is necessarily less demanding than one with hair will be in for a surprise.: It is not the case of Sphynx cat.

    In particular, their skin should be moisturized daily with a mild oil or lotion specifically for felines. As he likes very much to be caressed and does not mind being manipulated, these cares soon become a pleasure for him.

    It also, the lack of fur means that the sebum emitted by their skin is not absorbed by the hair, so your skin quickly becomes oily. Daily cleaning with a feline washcloth will help keep your cat clean and prevent oil build-up on the skin., so that it does not leave greasy marks on furniture or fabrics. At the same time, it is necessary to bathe your cat every week with a moisturizing shampoo specially designed for cats. You should also make sure to rinse your cat well afterwards.: shampoo left on your skin could lead to scratching and irritation.

    You should also plan to apply sunscreen if you have access to the outdoors and the weather is good.: replaces melanin, the protective substance against ultraviolet rays that, unlike other races, your body does not produce. This is a precaution that should not be overlooked, since sunburn can cause severe burns or even skin cancer if repeated.

    It also, as in the case of any cat, you need to check your ears every week. Cleaning them with a damp cloth will remove impurities and prevent infection. (otitis, etc.); This is all the more useful as the Sphynx it has no hair to protect them.

    Weekly care should also include checking the condition of the eyes. If they are dirty, it is necessary to clean the corner of them with a damp cloth to avoid the accumulation of dirt that could become infected.

    The maintenance of the teeth of the Sphynx is especially crucial to avoid the risk of periodontitis to whom he is predisposed. Brushing once a day is ideal for limiting the buildup of plaque that, when it turns to tartar, not only leads to bad breath but also to more or less serious diseases. It is essential to always use a toothpaste specially formulated for felines.

    Last, it is important to periodically check that its claws do not get too long, as this could cause discomfort or even break or injure you. In fact, even for an individual who has access to the outside, natural wear and tear is not always enough. So, inspecting them once a month allows you to check what is happening and, if required, trim them manually. In any case, whether the cat can leave the house or not, providing you with a scratching post is essential: prevents you from satisfying your irresistible need to scratch furniture.

    Whether it's skin care, the ears, the eyes, teeth or claws, the need for maintenance of a Sphynx cat is not, Therefore, negligible, although there is nothing complex in these manipulations. But, it is better to know the proper gestures to be efficient and avoid hurting or even injuring him. As such, nothing better than using the experience of a veterinarian or a professional groomer the first time, to learn from them how to proceed in the best possible way.

    In any case, this cat readily accepts being handled and, Therefore, it is much less resistant than its congeners to maintenance sessions. Of course, This is even more true if the owner instills a dose of tenderness and takes care of getting him used to it from a young age.: then they have every chance of becoming sweet complicity moments.

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    Cat Sphynx – Dmitry Makeev, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    By being active and playful, the Sphynx cat need space. But, a garden is not necessarily essential: can be perfectly happy on a floor with enough room for her to run. In any case, is a cat made to live indoors, both because of his closeness to the family and because of his lack of hair, which makes it sensitive to extreme temperatures, either hot or cold. If you live in a house with a garden, the installation of a cat flap is essential so that you can come and go as you please, in particular to take shelter when you get too cold or too hot. Some owners even avoid letting it out unsupervised, since its high price makes it a target for malicious people.

    How much activity does he need? "Sphynx cat (Canadian Sphynx)"?

    The Sphynx Canadian is an extremely intelligent animal that quickly sees challenging toys. She loves that you spend a lot of time with her and demands daily playtime. He gladly accepts smart toys and also likes to chase toy mice or balls. Of course, like any other cat, he likes to rest. If possible, provide him with a large cat tree where he can play and sleep. A sunny and warm windowsill would also be ideal, where the cat can doze comfortably and warm up.

    Health and nutrition

    The Sphynx cat is generally in good health.

    Although this is partially offset by a thicker layer of fat under the skin than in most other breeds., its lack of fur makes it more sensitive to cold. If you have access to the outside, you must have access at all times to a warm corner where you can come to warm up as soon as you feel the need.

    This morphological peculiarity does not prevent it from tolerating heat well. But, does not produce melanin, the molecule that protects from ultraviolet rays. Thus, the risk of sunburn is especially high in this breed. Thus, if they have access to the outside, it is essential to apply a sun cream specially designed for cats, even when the weather is cloudy. It is important to be especially attentive, as repeated burns can lead to skin cancer.

    It also, like any race, the Sphynx are prone to certain health problems. In your case, is about:

    • The Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is characterized by thickening of the heart muscle and can lead to breathing difficulties, fatigue and intolerance to exertion. It is caused by a genetic mutation that can be detected by a DNA test, but this does not indicate when the symptoms will appear;
    • hereditary myopathy, sometimes known as spasticity, an extremely rare muscle degeneration due to neuromuscular dysfunction, leading to generalized muscle weakness. It occurs in the first months of life and can develop rapidly or remain stable for a short or long period of time before deteriorating abruptly.. In any case, is incurable and leads to the death of the animal;
    • Cutaneous mastocytosis, a skin disease whose causes are still unknown. Results in skin lesions that require generally temporary treatment;
    • The periodontal disease, a gum disease caused by plaque buildup, that turns into tartar. It can cause serious illnesses like sepsis.

    Last, lack of hair can lead to comedones (excessive accumulation of sebum in the pores of the skin), especially on the chin or tail. But, there are treatments for it, which can be periodic or permanent.

    Go to a breeder Sphynx earnestly will maximize the chances of adopting a healthy and well-behaved kitten. In fact, is the guarantee that the animal has been well socialized and, in general, has spent the first weeks of life in optimal conditions. It also, a professional worthy of the name takes care of genetic testing the subjects he intends to breed, to verify that they are not carriers of a hereditary defect that can be transmitted to their descendants. If they do it, are excluded from the breeding program. So, must be able to present the results of tests performed to parents and, possibly, to the pups, a certificate of good health from a veterinarian, as well as the details of the vaccinations received by the animal, registered in your health or vaccination card.

    From the moment the adoption is finalized, the owner is responsible for keeping the animal in good health. As such, should take their pet to a vet for a full check-up at least once a year, and even more regularly as the pet gets older. This is an opportunity for the professional to diagnose any problems and, if required, treat it in the best possible conditions. It also, You can take advantage of this appointment to repeat the necessary vaccinations at the same time. As in all visits to the vet, usually goes smoothly, since the Sphynx is known for being handled without complaint.

    Last, always in the field of prevention, the owner must ensure that his partner's deworming treatments are renewed throughout the year, so you are never unprotected against parasite risks. Even an individual who lives inside is not immune.

    Sphynx kittens
    Sphynx kittens – Dmitry Makeev, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Food

    Like any other cat, the Sphynx you need a diet that meets your nutritional needs, both in terms of quality and quantity. Must suit your age, activity level and health status.

    In any case, is distinguished by its greater appetite than most of its congeners. This is not simply because he is gluttonous: her nudity causes her to maintain a body temperature between 40 and 41°C at all times, which is about two degrees higher than most other cats. To maintain this temperature, need to burn more calories (especially in winter, if you have access to the outdoors), and therefore needs to eat more. To be clear about the amount of food you need each day, and thus avoid being underfed, do not hesitate to ask a veterinarian for advice.

    In any case, industrial cat food is perfectly suitable for your cat, but the same cannot be said for human food. In fact, unless it has been carefully selected to fit your nutritional needs, chances are high that it will do you more harm than good. So it is best to avoid succumbing to his pleading gaze and never give him leftovers or let him rummage through the bins.. This is all the more true since some very popular foods among humans are toxic to cats..

    Last, like all his classmates, the Sphynx cat must have fresh water available at all times.

    For sale "Sphynx cat (Canadian Sphynx)"

    Exceptional looking, the Sphynx Cat is also usually exceptionally priced, since it is one of the most expensive breeds of cats.

    In effect, the price of a kitten Sphynx usually oscillates between 1000 and 2000 EUR.

    whatever the country, the amount charged differs depending on the reputation of the kennel, the lineage from which the animal comes, but also and above all its intrinsic characteristics, especially on a physical level. Therefore, prices can vary greatly from one individual to another within the same litter..

    The “Sphynx” as a hypoallergenic cat

    One might think that a Sphynx cat it is especially suitable for allergy sufferers due to its lack of hair. But, this assumption is not entirely correct, since many people are allergic to cat dander or body secretions and not to hair. But, hairlessness can significantly reduce allergy risk. So, before acquiring a naked cat as hypoallergenic, I should test if it reacts or not.

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    Unlike in the Domestic long-haired cat, that does not have a clear lineage, the American Longhair Cat comes from champion bloodlines, and some individuals are registered with multiple cat fancier associations, but the breed itself is not recognized by the larger organizations yet.

    The main difference between American Longhair Cat and the Domestic long-haired cat is that the American Longhair Cat must have a pedigree that can go back as far as American shorthair cat as to the Persian cat.

    Times, cats Maine Coon se denominan American Longhairs, because they were developed in the United States.

    physical characteristics of the American Longhair Cat

    Breed standard:

    American Longhair Cat

  • Head: The head must be big, round, wide and well developed. Cheeks should be full and have a powerful appearance. The face should be slightly concave or “bulging”. The muzzle is square and may be somewhat compressed, with a strong, well-formed chin.
  • Ears: The ears should not be excessively large, but medians in proportion to the head, wide at the base with rounded tip and good space between them. It is very desirable that the ears have feathers.
  • Eyes: The eyes must be large and round, widely spaced, bright, clear and of any color. Strange eyes are allowed, as long as it is not accompanied by deafness.
  • Body and tail: Must be a medium to large size cat, slightly longer than tall, with a powerful, broad body and a deep, well-formed chest. A fat pad on the abdomen is common for this breed and completely acceptable.. The neck is short and robust. The legs are of medium length and have good bones with a fleshy quality.. Feet are medium to large in size and round, with five fingers in front and four behind. The tail should be of medium length, feather-shaped, and is usually carried at the level of the top line.
  • Fur: It has a full double coat with long, straight outer hairs. Any color, except tick or spike patterns.
  • General aspect: It must be a robust animal, broad and attractive face, with a natural appearance, only slightly refined, quiet, sometimes reserved, but not shy. It is a charming and classic domestic cat, with a full and double coat, and a very hairy tail, pen-like.
  • Most of the American long-haired cats they have a bit of the upturned nose of Persian cats, but this varies between individuals. Athletic, well-muscled body is the standard, along with the double coat, dense and abundant molt.

    Character and skills

    Personality American Longhair Cat it is usually quite peaceful, with a slightly independent vein.

    Can be a great choice for a busy home or a working single, since it does not require too much care, but its long coat requires some care, as it tangles easily without good brushing once or twice a week.

    American Longhair Cat

    The American Longhairs tend to be slightly more active than any of their parent breeds. They are more athletic than the Persian cat and, in general, friendlier than him American shorthair cat.

    These cats are a great addition to stables, since they are usually very affectionate with other animals such as horses, goats and cows, and they tend to get along very well with dogs. Big dogs don't have to be too picky about him American Longhair big boned, and small dogs often find a warm pampering partner.

    These kittens are not usually lap cats, but due to the influence of Persian cat they can be very pleasant and patient companions for the elderly or those who cannot leave the house, provided your grooming needs are met.

    The American Longhair enjoys the outdoors a lot and can spend a lot of time looking out the window. Fortunately, they are usually easy to train and quiet enough to fit into a harness and leash for a short walk outside.

    Although large animals and dogs are his friends, these cats tend to be cunning hunters, and the parakeets, small animals and even pet fish could be on the menu if their cages and tanks are not properly secured.

    These cats adapt well to various lifestyles, but they may not be the first choice for a family with many young children, not because they are aggressive, but because they can be elusive, choosing to avoid the fuss.

    Handsome, long-lived and resistant, the American Longhair Cat it can be a wonderful pet for the right home.

    Characteristics "American Longhair Cat (Maine Coon)"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "American Longhair Cat (Maine Coon)" 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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