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

Today, you can still find cats similar to the current ones Burmese cats in the Buddhist temples of Southeast Asia
Burmese cat
Burmese Cat “Gamse” – DPCS.ie, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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History

The first written records of the Burmese cat date back to the 14th century. El Tamra Maew, a manuscript of poems and illustrations found in Ayutthaya, the capital of the Kingdom of Siam (current Thailand), date of this period. This “treatise on cats” describe, among other things, to the Rajah, a round-headed cat, slightly chunky body and very silky chocolate coat: a description that corresponds in all respects to the Burmese what do we know today. According to legend, it was one of the 16 races that lived with Buddhist monks, who considered them sacred.

For centuries confined to his homeland, the cat began to spread internationally when in 1930 a US Navy medic, Joseph Thompson, brought a chocolate coated female from Thailand, Wong Mau. As the fur of this one was almost black at the tips (ears, legs and tail) and chocolate-colored in the rest of the body, guessed it was a Siamese cat. However, genetic testing disproved this assumption and established that it was a different breed. Fascinated by the beauty of this animal, Joseph Thompson decided to start a breeding program with other enthusiasts. Thus was born the American Burmese cat, a round-headed cat with a slightly chunky body.

The Burmeses did not arrive in Britain until later. It was not until the end of World War II that soldiers returning from Burma brought some brown cats.. Breeders who learned about the development of the American Burmese cat in the United States and Canada they were interested in these cats and started a breeding program.

They contacted the American breeders so that they could send them some specimens. Between 1949 and 1956 some imports were made that allowed to expand the gene pool, that otherwise ran the risk of being insufficient due to the small number of subjects.

The program was a success: from the third generation, and more specifically in 1952, the breed was recognized by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), the british feline organization. It was distinguished from Burmese Raised in America for his more triangular head and less stocky body.

The first standard only specified one layer color: chocolate. However, as time passed and more cats were raised, other colors appeared in the litters and lines. Like this, the first blue guy was born in 1952, and others with red fur followed in the following years, cream, tortoiseshell or even lilac in 1971. Breeders continued to develop the breed incorporating these additional colors, that were recognized in the successive updates of the breed standard.

However, until the end of the decade 1960, the gene pool of European Burmes cat remained very small, what limited its development. In 1969 imports could be reorganized, this time from canada, that contributed greatly to the development of the breed.

In addition, the breed spread fairly quickly to most of western Europe. So it happened, for example, already in 1956 in France and in 1970 in Germany.

Burmese
Male Brown/Sable Australian Burmese Cat – Psypherium, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
The controversy between the European Burmes cat and the American Burmese cat

The breeding of the Burmese has developed in parallel, but in a somewhat different way, in the United States and Great Britain, respectively. This explains a certain divergence between the North American and European lines..

Like this, the American Burmese cat, also called Contemporary Burmese, has a rather round head, a rather short nose and a somewhat stocky body.

The European Burmes cat, also known as Traditional Burmese, has a more triangular head, a longer nose and slimmer body.

This heterogeneity divides breeders and institutions. For example, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) has refused to register specimens from the United States since 1980, to preserve traditional English lines.

The controversy is amplified by the existence of severe cranial deformities in some kittens of North American lines. For example, some have two noses or just one cheek. Most affected kittens are stillborn, and those who are born are immediately euthanized. However, due to the limited size of the breed's gene pool, not even Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) not even Asociación Canadiense de Gatos (CCA) require routine sterilization of breeders with these defects. This decision is left to the discretion of each breeder..

Burmese English lines are not totally free of these problems. However, the prevalence of these problems is much lower than on the other side of the Atlantic.

Physical characteristics

Burmese cat
Burmese – Flickr

The Burmese it is a medium size cat, muscular and of strong stature, tending to weigh between 4 and 6 kg.

The legs they are long and delicate, with delicate oval feet. Overhead wedge-shaped, with one forecrown wide, some settle ears wide and of medium size and a straight nose.

The Greats eyes are golden yellow to amber in color and have an oriental curved upper eyelid. The fur of the Burmese, dense and silky, has a very fine undercoat, so it is attached to the body.

Officially, ten different coat colors are recognized, no pattern is allowed. The Burmese comes in ten generally recognized colors. As a common feature, they all have so-called spiky coloration, why the face, the ears, legs and tail are darker than the rest of the body. The most common coat color is walnut brown.

Varieties:

As a result of separate breeding programs, the English Burmese are different from American. European tends to be more eastern, with a more triangular face, while the American Burmese cat it is plump and rounded in the body, head, eyes and feet; with full cheeks and a short muzzle.

Character and skills

The Burmeses they are curious cats, energetic and loving. They especially like to play and are very people-oriented. You should not leave them alone for a long time, as they quickly feel lonely. Not in vain, these loving cats are called “people's cats”.

They need close physical contact and cannot do without daily caresses. The friendly cats remain active and attentive until old age. They show no fear of strangers and are usually quite “talkers”.

Indoor or outdoor cat?

The "Burmese cat" it is an active animal that needs a lot of space. You are not comfortable in a narrow flat. So that they are happy, must have at least one secure balcony or, even better, a fenced garden. If the conditions are good, the Burmeses they can also go abroad. The only problem is that these cute cats are not afraid of neighbors or other strangers.. Therefore, can easily fall victim to “cat thieves”.

How much activity does the "Burmese cat"?

The Burmeses They are great cats for the whole family. They need a lot of activity and are reluctant to be alone. In fact, They consider themselves so affectionate that they would rather come on vacation with you than wait home alone. If you have to leave your loving cat alone more often, you should get a second cat to keep each other busy.

Especially if cats can't go outside, you must provide them with a suitable substitute occupation. Even outdoor cats are not averse to playing regularly with their humans. With his attentive and curious character, to the Burmese loves to play and chase toys. It is best to provide this clever cat puzzle games or encourage him to seek and chase with hidden treats..

Burmese cat
Burmese cat

Grooming and feeding

The coat of the Burmese cat it is very easy to care for and does not need any special treatment. Just brush the silky fur from time to time to remove dirt. This will not only guarantee a well-groomed and silky appearance, it will also do your cat a favor with extra petting.

A varied and healthy diet also contributes to the well-being of the cat.

Buy a "Burmese cat"

Before buying a Burmese cat, you must be sure that you can dedicate the necessary time. The Burmeses they are considered one of the breeds with the longest life expectancy. You can't leave, often, to this cat only for the next 12 - 18 years and you will have to take care of it daily. If you have discovered this oriental cat for yourself, looking for a trusted breeder. There is currently no independent breeding club for the breed and you will have to turn to amateur breeders. When you choose a kitten, make sure both kittens and parents appear healthy.

The price of a "Burmese cat" ranges between 800 and 1300 EUR.

European Burmes cat
Chocolate (American “Champagne”) British/European Female Kitten –

Characteristics "Burmese cat"

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

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Asian cat
Recognized by the LOOF, WCF, GCCF

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

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History

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

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

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

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

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

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

Physical characteristics

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

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

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

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

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

Size and weight

  • Size: 30 cm.
  • Male weight: 4 - 6 kg
  • Female weight 3 - 5,5 kg

  • Varieties of "Asian cat"

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

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

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

  • Character and skills

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Health

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

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

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

    Last but not least, the asian cats run the risk of developing diabetes in cats, which requires close monitoring of your diet.

    Life expectancy

    Of 12 - 15 years

    Grooming

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

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

    Buy a "Asian cat"

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

    Characteristics "Asian cat"

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

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    Intelligence

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    Asian Smoke Cat
    Registered by the GCCF

    At the beginning, he was known as Cat Burmoire because its origin seems to come from the cross between the Burmilla cat and the Burmese cat.
    Asian Smoke Cat
    Asian cat – Asian smoke (black) colour – Pigeon-camera, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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    History

    It was developed in Great Britain, through crosses of this breed with others that will provide its unique characteristics. The goal was that he could hunt mice.

    In a time when old, low-ceilinged houses were plentiful, the presence of these small rodents was worrisome. For this reason, At the end of the 19th century, they began to look for a way to create new breeds of cats that were faster, quieter and with better hunting instincts and other qualities that serve to eliminate these annoying pests.

    However, due to the large number of races that emerged at that time, people considered this cat much more than just a rodent hunter. Maybe because of its beauty or because of its friendly nature, the truth is that the villagers of the time began to contemplate the possibility of having it as a pet.

    Precisely at this moment, the Asian Smoke Cat began to gain popularity. And is that her beauty, very similar to that of a tiger, and her beautiful personality, along with how quiet it is, made many people want to have one at home.

    Physical characteristics

    It is a very muscular medium-sized cat, especially in the area of ​​the legs and chest. For this reason, has an air of imposing superiority over other races. This, added to its elegance when it moves, makes him one of the most wanted cats in the world.

    Has a rounded head, pointed ears and round but slanted eyes. Although their eyes can vary in color, they are always greenish or yellowish.

    Colors

    In addition, its pelage is short, soft and can be of multiple colors and patterns. Accepted colors are blue, chocolate, the lilac, the reddish, The candy, the cream and the black.

    However, feline clubs accept some special specimens if they have a very different color. We refer to those that resemble the Burmese cat and have white or silver tones.

    Also, its tail is neither thick nor extremely hairy. In addition, it is wide at its base and narrow at its end. Looking at your limbs, it should be noted that the rear ones are slightly longer than the front ones, an advantage when it comes to running and jumping.

    Character and skills

    The Asian Smoke Cat has a calm and friendly character. Therefore, can be easily adapted to home environments. It does not matter if they are formed by a single member or by large families. It adapts to all types of people and can also live with other animals without problems.

    This cat is tolerant and docile, ideal for children because they always want to play and are never aggressive. A curious fact is that it is somewhat more intelligent than other cats, which will make you unconsciously prefer the smartest member of the family.

    Health and care

    The health of the Asian Smoke Cat is generally healthy and without much predisposition to congenital diseases. Some of the most common difficulties that can affect you are hair loss, as well as visual defects, including cornea (namely, a small wart with hair in the corneal eye area) and cataracts.

    Proper coat care does not require extreme grooming, as it is not very long and is not prone to unnecessary tangles. A regular brushing can be enough to give you a shiny and healthy look..

    Although the amount of hair is not very excessive, as a cat can suffer at some point from hair in the digestive system. If this is the case, a paraffin solution can be used as a remedy.

    Life expectancy

    10 – 15 years.

    Japanese Bobtail
    Recognized by the CFA, TICA, CCA-AFC

    The Japanese Bobtail he is a smart cat, playful and very curious, that radiates joy for life.
    Japanese Bobtail
    A white Japanese Bobtail cat – Valter Wei, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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    History

    The Japanese Bobtail it owes its name to its very short, pom-pom-shaped tail, characteristic of the breed. There are two types: the Shorthair japanese bobtail and the Longhair Japanese Bobtail. Most of the official organisms consider that they are two varieties of the same race, but the TICA (International Cat Association) consider each to be a breed in its own right.

    The oldest records of this breed date back to the 6th century. But, Despite its name, it likely actually originated from China or Korea. Some ancient Japanese texts say that the cat was initially gifted to the Emperor of Japan by the Emperor of China or Korea as a sign of friendship.. Another hypothesis is that Japanese Bobtail was brought to Japan by the first Buddhist monks (who also came from Korea at the same time), as they used it to control rodents in order to protect the rice paper books and documents stored in the temples.

    Whatever its origin, believed to be a natural breed, namely, not created or modified by the hand of man.

    Originally, the Japanese Bobtail he was especially popular with silkworm breeders in Japan due to his incredible hunting skills. It allowed them to get rid of rodents forever.

    The imperial family also quickly fell under the spell of the race, and granted privileges reserved to the nobility: all the care was given. In the 10th century, Emperor Idi-Jo even imported more copies from Korea to protect his manuscripts from small rodents.

    In 1602, due to the invasion of rats that destroyed silkworm farms and rice crops, Japanese authorities decreed that cats should no longer be domesticated, they were allowed to roam freely through the farms and streets. Like this, feeding was prohibited, buy or sell cats. The Japanese Bobtail became the “street cat” of Japan.

    Japanese Bobtail
    Blue eyed Female Japanese Bobtail – Wikipedia Japan user, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    It was not until many centuries later that the Japanese Bobtail became known outside of Asia. It was not the Japanese who made the breed official and gave it international recognition, but an American breeder named Judy Crawford, that brought several Bobtails japoneses of his trip to Japan in 1968. So he decided to join forces with Elizabeth Freret, another american breeder, to try to get the cat to be recognized by the different organizations. The breed was officially recognized by the CFA (Cat Fancier’s Association) in 1976, and by FIFe in 1990. Since then it has spread on American soil, and is now also recognized by the other two great American organizations, la American Cat Fanciers’ Association (ACFA) y la International Cat Association (TICA).

    In France, owes its arrival to Hélène Choisnard, who discovered the breed during a stay in Thailand in 1980. While visiting a Buddhist temple, a monk gave him a young cat Japanese Bobtail tricolor called Sirikit, what had caught his attention. He took her to France and crossed her with another Japanese Bobtail that he had brought from the United States. Bobtails' first litter “made in France” was born a year later, in 1981. The breed is now recognized by the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF), but it is still little known in Europe, where other short-tailed cats, as the Manx cat, they steal the show.

    Physical characteristics

    The Japanese Bobtail he is an athletic cat, medium-sized. Its body long and slender and his back straight, raised by legs tall and thin with feet oval, give it an unusual elegance. The neck it is harmonious and the legs strong despite their delicate appearance.

    A Japanese Bobtail stares intently at the camera, showing the triangular face which is a characteristic of the breed – jonny-mt, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The head triangular, with clean lines and ears large, straight and spaced, is characterized by a forecrown rounded and prominent cheekbones, surrounding a nose long with two parallel lines. Its big eyes ovals are slanted and give a soft, tempered look. The eyes are often two different colors.

    But what makes this breed special (and gives his name) is your tail short, tall and curled, which forms a kind of pompom. The Japanese see it as a chrysanthemum, good luck symbol according to Japanese beliefs. This feature comes from an autosomal gene (namely, located on a non-sex chromosome; neither X nor Y) recessive and has no negative impact on the animal.

    The fur of the Japanese Bobtail can be short or semi-long hair, with little undercoat in both cases. In any case, can be tortoiseshell or tortoiseshell. All cat coat colors are accepted, except for chocolate, the lilac, the cinnamon and the tawny. The tricolor coat, also called Mi-Ké (that means “Three hairs” in Japanese), is the most appreciated, as it is said to bring good luck to its owners. Last but not least, to be accepted, color must be solid and deep or, when there are many colors, present pronounced contrasts.

    Size and weight

    • Male length: Of 30 – 35 cm.
    • Female length: 30 – 35 cm.
    • Male weight: 5 – 10 kg
    • Female weight 2,5 – 4 kg

    Varieties

    There are two varieties of Japanese Bobtail: the Shorthair japanese bobtail and the Longhair Japanese Bobtail. The latter was not recognized by the CFA (Association of amateurs of cats) until 1993, while the TICA considers it a feline breed in its own right.

    Both cats have a silky coat with very little undercoat.

    Character and skills

    The Japanese Bobtail he is a smart cat, naughty and very curious that gives off joy of living. Very difficult to alter, is constantly alert and ready to discover everything new in the house. His curiosity leads him to explore every corner of his home, and allows you to easily adapt to new environments, which makes it a perfect travel companion.

    Their outgoing character helps them express themselves and make themselves understood. It is a very talkative cat and will return the meow to whoever addresses it. It's not especially loud though, has a lot to say, And a whole series of meows and sounds at your disposal to say it!! Attached to its owner, can follow you all day without getting bored, but without showing his excessive meowing or his disturbing behavior.

    It is possible to train your cat, since he is quite intelligent and playful by nature: can easily learn some tricks and understand some commands. You can even walk your cat on a leash, if you can make me see it as a game, so that you find it interesting. However, they can be stubborn, so sometimes it is difficult to make them change their mind about certain things (for example, what they can and cannot do).

    On the other hand, this cat is very laid back and can jump to impressive heights. Providing suitable perches or toys will encourage them to jump and exercise.

    You should also make sure to give them a few minutes of play each day., since it is necessary for its development. It is a breed of cat that adapts well to children, whose energy and enthusiasm you share. Also easily accepts the presence of strangers and other animals. In the case of a dog, put them together little by little, if possible when the cat is still young, makes it easier for them to get along and coexist.

    Last but not least, the Japanese Bobtail it is one of the few breeds of cats that like water.

    Japanese Bobtail
    Japanese bobtail and normal-tailed cat – Wikipedia

    Health

    The Japanese Bobtail you do not have any particular genetic disease. His athletic build makes him one of the most vigorous cats, and has a constitution of iron.

    The life expectancy of the cat is approximately 15 years, making it one of the longest-lived cat breeds.

    Life expectancy

    13 - 16 years

    Grooming

    Due to its scarce undercoat, the fur of the Japanese Bobtail not prone to knots and, Therefore, requires relatively little maintenance.

    In the case of a Shorthair japanese bobtail, a weekly brushing is usually sufficient. In the case of a Longhair Japanese Bobtail, daily brushing of the cat's coat, although it is not essential, will help the coat retain its beauty and shine. For both cases, the Japanese Bobtail seasonally molts, in spring and autumn. The long-haired variety is constantly shedding.

    However, the Japanese Bobtail he is very playful when groomed. Unlike some of his peers, This is not usually a moment that I hate, All the more reason not to exempt him from it!

    The coat of the Japanese Bobtail it is waterproof, which means bathing and shampooing can be difficult. Fortunately, these two tasks are rarely necessary.

    In addition, to prevent the build-up of tartar and the development of infections such as gingivitis, regular brushing of the cat's teeth is recommended. The ideal is daily brushing, but the weekly is fine.

    Last but not least, it is a good idea to check the condition of your cat's ears at regular intervals, and clean them if they look dirty.

    Buy a "Japanese Bobtail"

    The price of adopting a kitten Japanese Bobtail usually oscillates between 800 and 1100 EUR. There is no big difference between the price of a kitten Japanese Bobtail male or female.

    If you don't get a "Japanese Bobtail", You will always have the consolation of being able to buy the famous “Mancki-neko“, or cat who greets, a popular lucky charm very typical in Japan.

    Characteristics "Japanese Bobtail"

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

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    Turkish Van Cat

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    The Turkish van has been living in the vicinity of the town of Van (Turkey) for centuries. It is a breed that likes the water, We have seen many of them swimming in the Lake Van. It has a reputation for being a terrible pet to have at home. He is smart and friendly, but also a friend of broken household items, of maullar frequently and feel jealous of any other animal that side by side. In addition, given the scarcity of the race, few veterinarians are encouraged to sterilize them or castrate them.

    Its most notable feature is their almond-shaped eyes genetics, often they are each a colour. The most valued members, in general, they have an eye for color ámbar-verde and another blue. They tend to have a genetic tendency to deafness, like any other breed of white cats and domestic dogs.

    To increase the population of the Turkish Van Cat, the local Government of Van instituted a program that paid to residents the equivalent to 200,00 $ per month to keep a cat breed. This program was completed by suspending.

    Outside Turkey, the Turkish Van Cat may be recognized as a color variant of the Turkish Van rather than a distinct breed.

    Traditional Persian cat

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    History

    The Traditional Persian cat, also called persian “with doll face” for her sweet, doll-like expression, it is one of the most popular purebred cat breeds in the world. Like most house cats, his story is shrouded in myths and rumors, but the first recorded cases of its appearance in Iran (then called persia) they were produced in the 16th century. From there, the breed burst onto the international feline scene and became one of the most popular breeds in the world.
    But, What is it that makes these cute little balls of hair so special? And what difference a Persian cat “traditional” from any other Persian?

    Physical characteristics

    When he hears the word “Persian cat”, you may immediately think of a flattened face and a short nose. Although he is not mistaken, the pug-like variants of the Persians have been specifically bred to exaggerate those traits. The traditional Persians, for its part, they have also been bred to have small, rounded heads and short noses, but not to the same extent as their exposure counterparts. Instead of the flat faces of the show Persians, traditional Persians have cute and innocent expressions reminiscent of children's dolls, hence their common nickname of “doll-faced persians”.

    The Traditional Persian cat, just like their show cousins, has chubby cheeks and a short body. They are medium sized cats, that usually weigh between 2,5 and 4,5 kilos when they are adults. Y, like the persian show, traditional Persians also have long, flowing fur that requires daily combing to remove and avoid carpets and tangles. Their fur comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, that go from white to black and from red to lilac, and can be found in calico, striped, flamed and many other patterns.

    Character and skills

    Like people, cats have their own personality, so not all persians are exactly the same. Having said that, as he Traditional Persian cat like show cats they tend to be very calm and docile cats that enjoy little naps on the sofa or on another favorite perch. They are affectionate and often enjoy the attention of their human family., but they don't usually make an effort to get it. They like peace and quiet, so they do not adapt well to homes with noisy children or extremely playful dogs.

    Although they are not as energetic as other races, enjoy a good play session from time to time. And although they are happy to give you their space, they also like to be paid attention to and treated like royalty, and if they feel that he has neglected them, they will let you know that it is time for you to give them some good back rubs and scratch their ears.

    Siberian cat
    Recognized by the CFA, CFA, TICA, WCF, FFE, AACE, ACF, ACFA/CAA

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    History

    The Siberian cat is a breed of cat native to Russia and has a natural origin: already roamed the Siberian forests more than 1000 years. Its exact origin is not known, but the fact that the mutation responsible for long hair in cats appeared almost simultaneously in regions as distant as Siberia, Asia minor (which corresponds to the eastern part of Turkey, and from which the Turkish Angora cat and the Turkish Van Cat) and persia (which became Iran, and from which the Persian cat) suggests that these different breeds of long-haired cats share common origins.

    In fact, some specialists think that these cats appeared in Turkey and that human migrations to the Great North explain their appearance in Siberia. On the other hand, others believe that the first long-haired cats originated in Russia and spread to Asia Minor, giving rise to Turkish Van Cat, to the Turkish Angora cat and to the Persian cat, but also to Scandinavia, where would they be at the origin of Norwegian Forest Cat , and then to North America, where they would have evolved to Maine Coon cat.

    However, it is certain that they played an important role for the local populations who had to survive in the extreme conditions of Siberia, as they protected supplies from rodents. Russian folklore tells that once they weighed more than twenty kilos and were true “guardian cats”, who protected their homes from wild animals and hunted other animals to feed their families. Still today, many stories tell of magical cats whose mission is to protect children.

    The Siberian cat It is known in Europe and North America since the 19th century. It was even one of the breeds exhibited in the first feline exhibition in modern history., held in 1871 at the Crystal Palace in London. It was also presented in the United States at 1884, at the exhibition held in the Madison Square Garden from New York. It is documented in the book Our Cats de Harrison Weir de 1889 and in the book Domestic & Fancy Cats the John Jennings the 1898. A photograph of a representative of the breed also appears in Concerning Cats, written by Helen Winslow and published in 1900.

    However, the Siberian cat disappeared from the international scene for much of the 20th century, since his country of origin was isolated from the rest of the world by the Soviet regime that came to power in 1917. It was not until the decade of 1980 when Russian cat lovers were once again free to own domestic cats and organize into associations to define the rules. It was a great success at the first Moscow feline exhibition in 1988, and soon became the national cat of Russia.

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    Female Adult Siberian Cat with Seal Lynx Point Coat Color – The voice, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    In 1990, Ophelia, Naina and Kalostro they became the first Siberians to set foot on American soil in almost 100 years, When Elizabeth Terrell, a creator, exchanged them with Nelli Sachuk for four gatos himalayos. A few weeks later, David Boehm, another american breeder, traveled to Russia to bring fifteen cats from the Siberian jungle. Thanks to these two enthusiasts, the breeding of this breed began in North America..

    Once the Iron Curtain fell, its international recognition was fast: the International Cat Association (TICA) was the first to do so in 1993, followed by Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé) in 1997 and then for the American Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) in 2000. Surprisingly, the first copies Siberians did not arrive in the UK until 2002. Two years later, in 2004, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), the main body of the country, granted the breed full recognition, including the right to compete in exhibitions organized under their auspices.

    Today, as well as remaining extremely popular in his home country, the Siberian has clearly found an audience beyond its borders, helped by his reputation, although unfounded, hypoallergenic cat.

    In United States, for example, the Siberian cat stands above the post 20 (of 45) in the classification of breeds according to the number of annual registrations in the CFA. Its success is also growing in Europe. In Great Britain, GCCF statistics show that births in the second decade of the 21st century have gone from about 100 per year to more than 300, which places it in the top ten of the favorite cat breeds of the British.

    There is also a blazing growth in France: statistics from the Official Book of Feline Origins (LOOF) show that if in the mid-1990s 2000 only thirty specimens were registered per year, this figure had already exceeded 200 in 2010, and then cross the barrier of 1000 in 2016 and overcome the 1500 at the end of the decade. From 2015, is one of the 10 favorite breeds of cats of the French, representing more than 3,5% of registered births.

    Physical characteristics

    The Siberian has a semi-cobby midline morphology. Sometimes it is confused with the Maine Coon cat or the Norwegian Forest Cat , as it has a similar general appearance, but it differs by having a much more rounded head and body.

    Of average length, He is powerfully muscular and his back is slightly arched. The legs they are also very strong with a solid bone structure, the rear ones being somewhat longer than the front ones. The tail is slightly shorter than the body, very full and sharp.

    The head is wide and has a triangular shape with rounded sides when viewed from the front. Profile, the rounded forehead ends in a slope at the nose. The ears are size medium, wide at the base and ends in a rounded shape. The eyes they are big, almost round, slightly oblique, and they can be green, yellow, coppery or blue in some white-coated dogs.

    The fur of the Siberian it is medium to long, and consists of three parts: abundant down and undercoat, and a thick, shiny protection layer. It is much more abundant in winter than in summer and forms a mane around the neck.

    Except for chocolate and lilac, all the coat colors They're possible, but brindle brown is the most common. All coat patterns are also accepted by the standard, but some organizations, like the FIFé (Fédération Internationale Féline), consider the Siberian colourpoint as a breed apart, call Neva Masquerade.

    In any case, this cat grows slowly, as it does not reach full maturity until it is about five years old. However, most of the growth occurs during the first 18 months.

    Last but not least, the sexual dimorphism it is very marked: the male is much more imposing than the female.

    Size and weight

  • Male size: 30 – 38 cm.
  • Female size: 28 – 35 cm.
  • Male weight: 7 – 11 kg
  • Female weight: 5 – 9 kg

  • Varieties of "Siberian cat"

    The fur colourpoint (a light color on the body and darker on the tips of the legs, the tail, ears and face) is accepted by most associations, as the International Cat Association (TICA), the World Cat Federation (WCF) and the Livre Officiel des Origines Félines (LOOF), the reference organization in France. However, some consider cats Siberian colourpoint like a different race.

    Is the case, in particular, of the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé), that since 2011 registers them with the name of Cat Neva Masquerade. The LOOF also recognizes the term Neva Masquerade, but in conjunction with the name “Siberian“: in his eyes, is simply another way of designating siberianos colourpoint, but in no case a race in its own right.

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    A 3-year-old Calico Tabby Siberian Cat – Lilllio, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Character and skills

    The Siberian he is a loving and devoted cat who loves his family. He waits for his owner at the door when he comes home from work, and immediately begins to tell him about his day following him around the house. Loves to participate in various household activities, either helping in the kitchen, lying on the computer keyboard where his owner is working, or sitting in front of the TV that its owner is watching.

    Having said that, although he loves to receive attention from his owners, not overly intrusive or demanding, and he is perfectly capable of waiting patiently for his owners to have time for him. They can be left alone for the day without separation anxiety.

    They are also excellent hosts and, after observing the newcomer from a distance to meet him, they will not hesitate to come over to greet you and participate in the conversation. It is also an ideal cat breed with children who have learned to behave with a certain respect., since he likes to play with them and has enough patience to tolerate some oddities and clumsiness.

    His outgoing character also applies to his peers, but also the dogs: he is not afraid of anything and is aware of his respectable size, is not easily impressed and likes to resolve conflicts amicably.

    On the other hand, has retained a strong hunting instinct that makes it very difficult to, yes not impossible, cohabitation with rodents and birds. The fish are not safe either, especially because they have a certain fascination for water. This can lead to, for example, to play with the water in your bowl or toilet, or even to spray his master when he is bathing.

    The Siberian cat he is extremely intelligent, able to learn to retrieve objects (activity that you especially enjoy) or to be walked on a leash, but also to solve complex problems, like opening the closet door or reaching for that toy that its owner thought was out of reach. Teaching your cat tricks is a great way to spend quality time with him., while giving you the opportunity to exercise both physically and intellectually.

    They are also very good at understanding human emotions and know when to go play with a cheerful owner., or comfort someone who has had a bad day by purring on their lap to show their affection. This makes them an excellent therapy cat..

    Although the Siberian cat has a rather calm and quiet character, he is also an active cat that retains a playful side throughout his life. They are surprisingly agile for their size, being able to climb almost anywhere and make dizzying jumps. Some owners still wonder how their dog got to the living room spider… And is that, like most of his peers, he likes to be in a high place from which he can admire his territory; if you think your cat tree is not tall enough, do not hesitate to find a closet more to your liking.

    Curious and without any notion of property rights, does not hesitate to steal any object to make a toy with which to play. For this reason, it is strongly recommended to store jewelry and other valuables in a safe place.

    On the other hand, although they are delighted to have access to the outside and to be able to run and climb at their ease, they are still a breed of cats capable of living in a flat. In fact, for a Siberian, the company and affection of your family are even more important than physical exercise.

    Last but not least, this cat has a wide vocal range of soft meows, trills and chirps, but also a powerful purr reminiscent of a boat engine. They are not as talkative as the eastern races, but they like to communicate and give their opinion.

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    Grooming and caring for the "Siberian cat"

    The triple coat of the Siberian it is low maintenance, since it does not tend to knot. However, a thorough brushing is necessary every week to remove dead hairs and distribute sebum from the skin. During the molting season, in autumn and spring, the dog loses a lot of hair, so it is recommended to brush it every day. This grooming session is also an opportunity to share a complicity moment with your pet., especially since he especially appreciates staying quietly on his owner's lap while he is being brushed.

    On the other hand, it should be noted that, against popular belief, the Siberian it can perfectly provoke allergic reactions in its master. The amount of Fel d1 (an enzyme that causes allergies in people sensitive to it) in the saliva of the Siberian cat it is much smaller than that of a cat without pedigree, but the amount is not zero. For this reason, it is simply a race of hypoallergenic cat, namely, that is less likely to cause an allergy.

    Unless you want to expose your cat in a feline exhibition, it is rarely necessary to bathe him. This is certainly a good thing, as it is very difficult to shampoo their thick and waterproof fur.

    However, the weekly grooming session is an opportunity to check your teeth, eyes and ears looking for dirt, and clean them with a damp cloth if necessary. This will reduce the risk of cavities and infections of all kinds.

    Last but not least, if your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, it may be that natural wear and tear is enough to file your nails. If not the case, it is advisable to trim them with a nail trimmer when they have become too long, so that they are not hindered in their movements.

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    The Siberian cat it is a nature loving breed that spends a lot of time outdoors if allowed to roam freely. This independent cat loves to roam for hours in nature, hunt and explore the environment. Like a good hunter, Siberian he usually takes his prey home.

    That you Siberian gift you with dead birds and mice is not to everyone's liking and should be considered prior to purchase. If the cat stays indoors, a large floor with a sturdy scratching post is a minimum requirement. Ideally, a safe garden, where the cat can live its desire to move. With the proper precautions, your cat will live happily.

    How much activity does the "Siberian cat"?

    As an active breed, the Siberian cat needs a lot of space to play and hunt. Independent cats prefer to occupy themselves and explore their environment. Of course, especially at a young age, they still like you to keep them busy with a game stick or mice.

    Intelligence toys for cats also keep them busy and boost their intelligence. They also like to play with other cats, so they should not be alone. As one of the few cats, to the Siberian he likes to play with water and can also keep busy for a long time with a leaky faucet.

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    Siberian cat Tofik – Mstachul, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Health and nutrition

    The Siberian it is very robust. Able to live in environments as difficult as the Siberian forests from which it is native, it is a breed of cat that does not fear the cold. However, not at its best when temperatures exceed 30 ° C: to avoid any risk of heat stroke, it is then important to keep it in a shady area or even with air conditioning.

    In addition, have a predisposition to certain genetic diseases. This is the case, in particular, of :

  • The feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a relatively common disease in domestic cats that causes abnormal development of heart tissue, with potentially serious heart problems. Screening of parents can minimize, but not delete, the risk of transmission to the kitten;
  • Deficiency of pyruvate kinase (PK-def), which causes a problem in red blood cell metabolism leading to anemia of varying severity in cats. There is a DNA test to identify the gene; a breeder's siberian cats responsible should exclude the carriers of the brood.

  • In addition, the fact that the Siberian forest cat being so large does not make you immune to one of the greatest health risks of a domestic cat: the Obesity. Responsible owners should ensure that their cats maintain an adequate weight and seek the advice of the veterinarian if they notice a tendency to be overweight.

    Life expectancy

    Of 12 - 15 years

    Food

    The Siberian forest cat he has no problems with his diet; can be fed commercially available industrial cat food without any problem. However, choosing a quality product that is suitable for your age and activity level is essential to ensure that you are getting all the nutrients and vitamins you need.

    By being able to self-regulate, can be left with food at all times.

    However, it is the owner's responsibility to ensure that the dog is not overweight and, Therefore, weigh him regularly to monitor his weight. In the event of deviations, consultation with a veterinarian will allow to establish a more adequate feeding program.

    Buy a "Siberian cat"

    It is only possible to get a Siberian cat of breeders of this breed. It is preferable to use a family calf, where the cat is born near its breeder. The small size of the structure and the proximity of the human being have allowed it to develop its familiar and endearing character.

    If it is raised in good conditions, the Siberian cat he will not be wild and he will be very close to his master. It can become the “dog Cat” what the owner expects, the one who will be curious about strangers, the one who will wait for his owner behind the door and the one who will follow him everywhere. Please note that if the cat you buy does not have a pedigree, will not be considered a pedigree cat but a “street cat”.

    Having said that, the price of a Siberian cat ranges between 700 and 1.000 EUR. The price depends mainly on whether you buy a pet cat or a brood cat.

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    Portrait of a Siberian Brown tabby – Sibirela, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Characteristics "Siberian cat"

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

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    Videos "Siberian cat"

    El Gato Siberiano / Siberian Cat – MuKi&Mu
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    Alternative names:

  • Siberian forest cat
  • Scottish Fold
    Federations: CFA, TICA, ACFA, CCA

    The origin of the Scottish Fold It was a white cat named Susie, It was found on a farm near Coupar Angus in Perthshire, Scotland, in 1961.
    The ears of Susie made an unusual fold in the Middle, making it asemejara to an OWL . When Susie had kittens, two of them were born with folded ears, and one was acquired by William Ross, a farmer resident of the town. Ross recorded the race in the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) in Great Britain in 1966 and he began to breed Scottish Fold Kittens with the help of geneticist Pat Turner.

    The programme produced 76 young in the first three years, 42 with folded ears and 34 with erect ears. The conclusion of this is that the mutation of the ears is a simple dominant gene, one of them provides the gene for straight ears, and one parent provides the gene for folded ears. Statistically the 50% of the kittens are born with folded ears.

    Three months after the birth of a female named Snooks, Susie was hit by a car. All Scottish Fold cats share an ancestor common to Susie.

    The race was not accepted for exhibition in Europe and withdrew the GCCF registers in 1971, due to the crippling deformity of extremities and the tail in some of the cats, In addition to genetic difficulties and problems in the ears, infections, dust mites, and deafness.

    However the Scottish Fold were exported to America and the race continues playing through crosses with British Shorthairs and American Shorthair . Since then, the Scottish Fold breed has had no problems of mites or infection, Although the accumulation of wax in the ear can be higher than in other cats.

    The distinctive physical traits of the breed, along with his reputation as unusually loving companions, It makes the ear folded very requested pets despite their high price, much more than kittens of the more common races.

    The Fold are also known to sleep face up and sit with your legs stretched their claws hidden in its belly. This is known as the “position of the Buddha”

    The life expectancy of a Scottish Fold is of 15 years.