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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. However, 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. However, 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. However, 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. However, 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. However, 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.

However, 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. Therefore, 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. However, they need a loving and caring family, whose members take time to play and interact with them. Therefore, 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. However, 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.

However, 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. Therefore, 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. Therefore, 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

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Cornish Rex
Federations: LOOF, CFA, ACF, ACFA, TICA, FIFé, WCF, Chats Canada Cats, CCC

The Cornish Rex it is absolutely unique because it wags its tail like a dog when it is happy.

Cornish Rex

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Characteristics "Cornish Rex"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Cornish Rex" 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.

Joy

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Activity level

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Friendliness to other pets

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Friendliness to children

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Grooming requirements

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Vocality

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Need for attention

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Affection towards its owners

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Docility

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Intelligence

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Independence

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History

The history of Cornish Rex started in the summer of 1950 in the small town of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, England, when serena, a turtle cat owned by Nina Ennismore and Winifred Macalister, gave birth to five kittens. One of the kittens, red and white, He stood out from the crowd for his curly coat and was christened Kallibunker.

as i grew up, Kallibunker developed other physical characteristics: a long slim body, big ears and a very fine tail. Amused by the little Astrex rabbit-like cat, Mrs. Ennismore discussed it with her vet, who advised him to contact a British geneticist named A.C. Jude. He admitted to Kallibunker's unique characteristics and advised that he be raised with his mother., This serene.

The result was a new litter of three kittens.: one straight-haired female and two curly-haired males. Unfortunately, one of the males died at 7 months and only one, called Poldhu, survived. Junto con su padre Kallibunker, they then crossed paths with domestic cats, but also with Siamese, the Russian Blue Cat, the British Shorthair cat and the Havana brown cat, in order to obtain sufficient genetic diversity to establish a healthy and solid foundation for this new breed. It also, these various crosses also gave rise to new coats, both in terms of color and pattern.

In 1956, Life magazine published an article on the Cornish Rex, named for its origin (English Cornwall) and by the similarity of its fur with that of the Astrex rabbit. This article put the new breed in the spotlight of the world. The following year, in 1957, Frances Blancheri imported a cat to California Cornish Rex called Lamorna Cove, nieta de Kallibunker. At the time, she was pregnant with Poldhu and gave birth to a litter of four kittens in the United States., which marked the beginning of the breed in North America.

In 1960 it was discovered that the gene responsible for the distinctive appearance of Cornish Rex is recessive, that is to say, both parents must be carriers and pass on the gene for their offspring to have curly fur. Therefore, and a Cornish Rex crosses with a cat of another breed (that does not carry the kinky gene), all her kittens will be born with straight hair. However, if they cross paths with a Cornish Rex adult, the 50% of kittens will have a distinctive coat, that is to say, Cornish Rex (the 100% of kittens carry the gene). The recessive character of this gene also makes it possible to obtain curly-haired individuals by crossing two straight-haired cats., if both are carriers of a gene for “curly hair” not expressed, and if it is the latter that is transmitted.

Despite its British origin, it was an American organization, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), the one who first recognized the Cornish Rex in 1964. It wasn't until three years later, in 1967, When the British Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) he did the same, followed by the Fédération Internationale Féline (FiFé) in 1968. However, was not up 1997 when the International Cat Association (TICA) also fully recognized the breed and allowed it to compete in the feline shows organized under its auspices.

The Cornish Rex is now relatively common in the United States, where it fluctuates between 10th and 15th place in the ranking of breeds by number of annual registrations in the CFA (over forty in total).

On the other hand, is struggling to establish itself in Europe. Even in your home country, it's relatively rare, since the GCCF statistics show that only a few 60 individuals per year. It is even in decline, as the number of individuals has dropped by a factor of four compared to the turn of the century. In France, the number of births per year approaches that of Great Britain, at around 80 Cornish Rex registered annually in the Livre Officiel des Origine Félines (LOOF), a figure that has remained fairly stable since 2009, but before it was less than half.

Physical characteristics

Cornish Rex
Young Cornish Rex – No machine-readable author provided. Groeni assumed (based on copyright claims)., CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

The Cornish Rex it is a medium size cat, long and thin, with unusual appearance and features. However, his long and slim body is very muscular, and her arched back, prolonged by a long and fine tail, forms an elegant curve. Their legs they are also long and thin, but surprisingly powerful, especially the rear ones, that allow you to jump to impressive heights.

Its head it is longer than it is wide, it is egg-shaped when viewed from the side and is relatively small in relation to its body. This impression is reinforced by their huge ears conics located at the top of the skull. Its big eyes ovals are slightly sloping upwards and can be any color. The whiskers they are not straight but curved, unlike most cats.

The most distinctive feature of Cornish Rex It, of course, his short coat, very soft and silky, notched or even curly. However, in the head, shoulders and legs, sometimes it can be too short to have that specific wavy texture. It also, all coat colors and patterns are allowed by breed standards.

Last, the sexual dimorphism it is well marked, being the male much larger and heavier than the female.

Size and weight

  • Male size: 32 – 35 cm.
  • female size: 30 – 33 cm.
  • Male weight: 3,5 – 4,5 kg
  • female weight: 2 – 3,5 kg

  • Varieties "Cornish Rex"

    The Cornish Rex Variant, a cross between Cornish Rex and the British Shorthair cat, does not have the characteristic coat of the breed, but it carries the gene that gave rise to it. When this cat crosses a Cornish Rex, each of its offspring has a probability of 50 % of having the specific coat of the breed and, Therefore, to be recognized as Cornish Rex by the different organizations.

    These cats have been used since the beginning of the breeding program to increase the gene pool by introducing new individuals., thus guaranteeing the good health of the breed, while allowing the specific characteristics of the Cornish Rex are passed on to the next generations.

    Character and skills

    The Cornish Rex is loving, very sociable and constantly seeks the attention of his family. He loves to follow his owner and interact with him, either playing or purring on your lap. He loves the company of humans, not just his family, but he is also capable of having fun alone if he cannot find a playmate. However, needs attention: it is a breed of cat that does not tolerate loneliness well, therefore not suitable for homeowners who are away often. On the other hand, the fact that he appreciates so much being cared for makes him an excellent therapy cat.

    Playful and very open, he likes to spend time with children, as long as they have learned to behave in the presence of an animal and do not intimidate it. They can be an active child's favorite playmate.

    In addition to humans of all ages, their sociability also extends to other animals, and accepts other dogs very well, as well as dogs used to cats. However, care must be taken that the other occupants of the house are not disturbed by this energetic cat, for example if you have to cohabit with a very calm and / or elderly dog.

    The Cornish Rex he is very active and can spend hours playing and exploring. Running after a ball, retrieving a thrown object or displaying exceptional climbing skills by climbing to the top of the closet are activities he never tires of.

    with such energy, you obviously like to have access to the outdoors, where you can jump higher and run further, but its owner must be aware that the risk of the cat escaping is very real. In fact, being close to all humans, you may decide to stay in another home for a long time if you find food and distractions, like a playmate. In addition to microchipping your cat, a collar and tag with his name and his owner's phone number - or even a GPS collar for cats, so you know where it is at all times- can be a good investment if you are allowed to roam freely around the neighborhood.

    The Cornish Rex can live in a flat, but you need room to run and jump, both inside and outside. It is also important that the family has one or more lockable areas to ensure that their pet does not rob the kibble supply or knock over that beautiful vase that is so important to them.. In fact, besides being dynamic, has slim, agile legs that allow you to pick up and manipulate small objects with ease: for example, using a doorknob is child's play for him.

    In any case, he loves the heat, so he especially appreciates being near the fire, on a radiator or under a duvet. However, his favorite place to nap is his owner's lap. When they are caressed, they seem warmer than other breeds, but it's not like that. In fact, your body temperature is quite similar; only that the thinness of their fur makes their skin temperature feel more.

    In addition to being active and agile, he is also a very intelligent cat, able to learn to open doors and cupboards or sneak up to steal food as soon as the owner turns his back on him. They also excel at puzzle-type cat games that offer a reward. Teaching your cat tricks is perfectly doable with this breed, and can give impressive results.

    Last, They are one of the most meowing cat breeds, who do not hesitate to claim attention by meowing and / or launching long monologues.

    care and grooming

    Cornish rex
    Cornish rex – Tomi Tapio K from Helsinki, Finland, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Cornish Rex It is an easy-care breed of cats, as a brief weekly brushing is all you need to keep your coat healthy. More frequent brushing, or too strong, can damage the beautiful coat. For the same reason, bathing your cat should be an exception.

    In the case of a cat with very short hair, just run your hand through its fur. However, for a cat with a thicker or longer coat, a brush is more appropriate. In any case, being sociable and appreciating being touched - as long as it is done delicately- often appreciate these grooming sessions.

    This breed usually sheds very little throughout the year. However, some specimens have a more pronounced shedding period in autumn and spring.

    It also, ears should be cleaned weekly with a damp cloth to prevent buildup of wax and dirt that could lead to infection. You should take the opportunity to make sure that his eyes and teeth are clean and that his claws do not need to be trimmed..

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    As the Cornish Rex has a very fine fur, not suitable as an outdoor cat. Especially in winter, the cat, with its fine fur, cannot stay outside for long in cold weather. However, if the weather is good, you can let the cat out under supervision. A fenced garden or a secure balcony are ideal to satisfy the cat's urge to move. However, the cat prefers a warm and cozy place on the windowsill. If the cat stays indoors, a litter tray and scratching post are essential.

    How much activity does he need? "Cornish Rex"?

    The Cornish Rex is an active cat breed that loves to jump and needs a lot of exercise. Due to his great intelligence, these active cats need regular and meaningful exercise. They are always on the lookout for new challenges and quickly learn even the most difficult intelligence games.. With patience, you can also teach your smart four-legged friend little tricks, how to open doors. A great tree for cats to climb and jump, as well as a varied selection of toys make the child happy. gato Rex

    Health and nutrition

    Cornish Rex
    Two Cornish Rex female cats – Tomi Tapio K from Helsinki, Finland, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commonsv

    The Cornish Rex it is rather a hardy breed of cat, with little genetic predisposition to any particular disease.

    However, is particularly susceptible to certain conditions:

    • The umbilical hernia, a malformation that allows part of the intestines to pass through the abdominal wall. However, the last case registered in this breed was in 1997;
    • Congenital hypotrichosis, better known as “hereditary baldness”, which makes the coat much less dense than normal;
    • The patellar dislocation, a relatively common knee problem that can cause difficulty walking;
    • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an enlargement of heart tissue that causes changes in its function.

    Another risk factor for the health of the Cornish Rex is the exposure to the sun, since its thin and sparse coat protects it little from the sun's rays. Therefore, special care must be taken to protect the cat from the sun in summer, for example, not allowing you to go outside during the day. In the case of white or very light colored cats, it may even help to put sunscreen on their ears to prevent burning.

    In general, their fur does not protect them well from the elements, especially bad weather. No cat should be left outside in bad weather, but the Cornish Rex, despite his British origins, it is much less resistant to rain than most of its congeners.

    Life expectancy

    12 to 14 years

    Food

    The Cornish Rex not a fussy cat, and can be easily fed commercially produced cat food, either food or croquettes. However, to keep you healthy, the food must be of sufficient quality to provide all the necessary nutrients, and be adapted to their age and activity level.

    On the other hand, he also likes to help himself to his family's food, so you have to ensure that there are no leftovers.

    Being very active and capable of self-regulation, the risk of obesity is quite limited in this cat. Therefore, it is safe to leave food available at all times.

    For sale "Cornish Rex"

    Before getting a cat as special as him Cornish Rex, must also be well informed. How cats are quite unknown, there is probably no standardized breeding association and you will have to look for private breeders. At the time of buying, make sure that kittens do not have bald spots on their fur and that they look healthy all over their bodies. You also have to look at the parents.

    The average price of a Cornish Rex kitten is about 850 EUR. The price range is quite small, since the vast majority of individuals are offered between 800 and 1.000 EUR.

    Male kittens tend to be somewhat more expensive than female kittens.

    Videos "Cornish Rex"

    Five Cornish Rex Kittens Meet Some New Fluffy And Scaly Friends | Too Cute!
    Cats 101: Cornish Rex as featured on Animal Planet

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    Colorpoint shorthair cat
    Federations: CFA, WCF

    Fawn Point is a rare Siamese point. Only the traditional Cat Association recognizes it as an official color. – Photo by Hockeyben

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    History

    The Colorpoint shorthair cat is a variety of domestic cat. Depending on the cat registry, can be considered an independent breed of cats, or more often a variant of a pre-existing one, if it is accepted. These cats are distinguished by their conformity to a wide range of sixteen different colors, in addition to the four standard Siamese colors.

    The variety was initially created by crossing the Siamese cat with the American shorthair cat – the same mix that created the Oriental shorthair cat, but with different objectives.

    The Colorpoint shorthair shares the dot coloring pattern with the Siamese, but in the non-traditional colors of red, cream, tortoiseshell and lynx dots (striped), and in small variations of the same. Regarding body style, head shape and other features, may be intermediate between the two founding breeds, showing cats leaning towards Siamese features. Those who prefer the traditional look of the Siamese may also favor the Colorpoint shorthair of a more moderate type that resemble their ancestors of the American shorthair cat in terms of shape.

    The Cat Fan Association (CFA) and the World Cat Federation (WCF) they are the only major registries that recognize them as an independent breed. In other records, they are part of the races siamesa u Oriental shorthair (and may not be accepted as show and breeding quality, depending on the colors that the registry allows in these breeds, and if they allow some type of crossing in the lineage). Since these cats are a cross, various registries are reluctant to accept them as races or as Siamese valid.

    Origin

    The effort to produce a dotted cat of style Siamese in colors other than the traditional four began in England and America in the decade of 1940, carried out by breeders who used crosses between the Siamese cat, the Abyssinian cat and the Red domestic shorthair cat. The American shorthair cat also became part of the matrix.

    At the beginning, the breeders of Colorpoint suffered setbacks and failures; in the effort to get the right colors in the right places, body type was often sacrificed Siamese. The breeding was further complicated by the difficulty of working with the red coloration because it is a sex-linked color..

    Physical characteristics

    “Colorpoint shorthair cat” is the name that the Cat Lovers Association (CFA), an association of the breed in the United States, used to refer to dotted cats of Siamese descent and of type in colors other than the four Siamese colors “traditional” (seal, chocolate, azul y lilac point). This name is also given to cats of Siamese descent in all four recognized colors whose eight-generation pedigree shows ancestors with other colors. In records of other countries, However, “Colorpoint” (or “Colourpoint“) It is the name given to cats of the Persian type and dotted coloration, as in the Himalayan cat.

    At the CFA, a Colorpoint shorthair cat It can also be any of the four traditional colors of the Siamese cat; However, can only be displayed at the red dot (also called flame point, in the Persian Family) or cream point, or any of the above colors in tabby point (also called lynx point) or tortoiseshell point.

    In most records, in addition to the CFA, the Colorpoint shorthair cat not considered a separate breed, but simply a color class within the Siamese race.

    Colorpoint shorthair cat
    Jade, to 2 year old Siamese Flame point – Theseherodies, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Character and skills

    "Colorpoint shorthair cat"

    Gato Colorpoint de pelo corto
    Colorpoint Shorthair. Blue eyes, White cat. Ckolony at the English-language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Colorpoint shorthair cat is a very intelligent breed, playful and that gets along with people. They are extremely affectionate and outgoing and enjoy lazing around and playing with people., which makes them also described as “extroverts”. They can also be very sensitive with nervous temperaments., who do not adapt well to changes in the environment or strangers.

    Like the Siamese, can be extremely vocal and demanding of attention, feeling the need for human company. They have more than 100 vocal sounds, much more than other races, so they emit very unusual meows. Males are sometimes overly aggressive towards other animals and will fight with other cats when they feel that their territory has been invaded or simply to express their dominance..

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    Colorpoint longhair cat
    Himalayan Cat or Javanese Cat

    Like the dog, the Domestic cat can take on many different appearances, especially in terms of coat color. There is something for everyone: black, white, redhead, grey, smooth, bicolor, tricolor, with drawings and effects… Of all possible coats, the Colourpoint is probably one of the most surprising, for some of its amazing features.

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    Cat breeds “Colorpoint”

    Colorpoint Longhair or Colourpoint Longhair (among other spellings) is a term in disuse for one of the many varieties of domestic cat, and can refer to:

    Javanese cat, the long-haired variant of the widely accepted Colorpoint shorthair cat (which is essentially a Siamese cat with non-Siamese coloring); notice, However, that the World Cat Federation uses confusingly “Javanese” to refer to him Oriental Longhair cat, related but different.

    Colourpoint, the name of the World Cat Federation for the long-haired version of its definition of Colorpoint shorthair (including both standard and non-standard Siamese coloring); it is a classification of the breed that encompasses what other registries call:

    • The Himalayan cat (essentially, the Javanese cat but with colors limited to those of the Siamese cat); and
    • The Javanese cat (see above), that is to say, a long-haired cat with any of the colorations that are not standard for the Siamese cat and the Himalayan cat, but that are in the Colorpoint shorthair cat, no WCF.
    • Any long-haired, colored mongrel domestic cat (without capital letters and with several spellings, for example, “long hair colourpoint”, etc.)

    Physical characteristics

    The term Colourpoint refers to a coat pattern in cats in which the limbs (face, ears, underside of legs and tip of tail) are darker than the rest of the body. However, not limited to felines, as it is also found in some other mammals, like gerbils and rabbits.

    The cats Colourpoint have several notable features:

    • are born with a smooth or very light coat;
    • they are cats with blue eyes, even as adults;
    • tend to darken over the years;
    • may temporarily change color in certain situations.

    how is a cat Colourpoint?

    A cat Colourpoint limbs are darker than the rest of the body. In particular, This translates into :

    • the face, with a mask that covers at least the forehead, nose and cheeks. Some also have lighter eye contours and, Therefore, they seem to wear some kind of glasses;
    • the back and the contour of the ears, that are dark;
    • legs and tail, that can be colored only at the tips or throughout their length.

    The cats Colourpoint they rarely have a uniform mark, since the pattern fades in some parts to form a kind of gradient from the darkest to the lightest areas of the body. This color gradation is most noticeable on the legs and tail., especially in individuals with brown or even black tips. However, it is not systematic.

    The different types of colors

    There are different types of Colourpoint, depending on the color of the ends (or points):

    Color point type Final color
    Blue point Grey blue
    Chocolate point Chocolate Cafe
    Cinnamon point Cinnamon brown
    Cream point Light cream
    Fawn point Pink beige
    Lilac point Pinkish gray
    Red point Bright orange
    Seal point Dark brown to black

    It also, the boss Colourpoint can also be used with a pattern: instead of smooth, ends can be brindle (this is called tabby point) or tortie / carey, that is to say, black and Red (this is called tortie point).

    Whether the limbs are stamped or not, the rest of the body can be any color, which increases the number of possible combinations. However, the most sought after colors are usually those that offer a good contrast between the two shades and, Therefore, make the drawing stand out Colourpoint: are the bright or dark ends on a rather light body.

    Are there many Colourpoint cats?

    The boss Colourpoint can be quite distinctive, but it is by no means rare among cats. This is not surprising, since some very popular cat breeds, as the Siamese cat, have it as a standard feature.

    The genetics of the coat Colourpoint

    The boss Colourpoint in cats it is caused by a genetic alteration in the C gene, responsible for the production of an enzyme called tyrosinase. This enzyme is involved in the production of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color, hair and eyes. You need a temperature of about 38-39°C, what is the normal body temperature of a cat.

    However, certain genetic mutations in gene C cause the tyrosinase be more sensitive to heat. So it is unable to work at normal temperature, which reduces the production of melanin in the hair and eyes, thus limiting its coloration. The fur is not as colorful as it would be if the tyrosinase it could have worked, and the iris is still blue instead of darkening to a more classic shade (that is to say, yellow, green or orange).

    Then, the only places where the tyrosinase can act correctly and in which, Therefore, the hair acquires its color “normal” are those in which the body temperature is lower, that is to say, the extremities: face, ears, underside of legs and tip of tail.

    This genetic mutation explains why cats Colourpoint they have such a special fur and beautiful blue eyes.

    Color changes in Colourpoint cats

    Like the particular coat of cats Colourpoint is linked to the sensitivity of the enzyme tyrosinase heat, its coloration can change over time depending on various factors, including body temperature.

    Changes in body temperature

    When a cat has an abnormally high body temperature (for example, if you have a fever or hyperthermia), the tyrosinase does not work properly and there is not as much melanin: your body becomes clearer. This explains why a kitten comes into the world smooth or very little marked.: has stayed warm in his mother's womb and, Therefore, has a higher temperature than normal.

    On the other hand, lower body temperature (for example, as a result of hypothermia or hair clipping) makes body hair darker. This is why cats Colourpoint tend to darken as they age: as they age, your metabolism slows down and your body temperature drops, which causes an increase in melanin production.

    However, these color changes do not occur in a matter of hours or minutes, since melanin synthesis and hair growth are not immediate. They only occur if the change in body temperature lasts for at least several days, and very gradually. For example, a cat colourpoint sleeping next to a radiator doesn't suddenly become lighter.

    Hormone-related changes

    Regardless of the type of coat, the synthesis process melanin is influenced by the production of certain hormones. However, in colourpoint cats, this influence is multiplied by ten, giving rise to color variations that are easily appreciated in some particular cases.

    For example, it is not uncommon to find that the fur of a cat Colourpoint that has just given birth gets progressively darker as the days go by, due to hormonal changes that occur. Next, will return to its normal color in a few days or weeks, once hormone levels have normalized.

    how to get a cat Colourpoint?

    The genetic mutation responsible for the coat Colourpoint in cats it is transmitted recessively. This means that both parents have to pass the mutation on to the kitten.. If one of the parents does not pass the mutation, but the standard version of the normal gene, the kitten will have a non-colored coat.

    Therefore, the only way to get a kitten Colourpoint is to cross two individuals that are carriers of this genetic characteristic. If you both have two copies, Both are Colourpoint, and the 100% of their kittens will be Colourpoint.

    More concretely, different combinations are possible:

    • of the cats Colourpoint give kittens 100% Colourpoint;
    • a cat Colourpoint and a cat no Colourpoint with the mutation they give an average of 50% Colourpoint kittens;
    • two cats without Colourpoint with the mutation they give an average of 25% of Colourpoint;
    • the marriage between a cat Colourpoint and a cat no Colorpoint does not give rise to offspring Colourpoint. On the other hand, the 100% the offspring inherits the genetic mutation and can in turn pass it on to their offspring;
    • a marriage between a cat no colorpoint with the mutation and a non-carrier cat does not give rise to any offspring Colourpoint. On the other hand, the 50% of the offspring (on average) inherits the genetic mutation and can pass it on to their offspring;
    • a marriage between two cats no Colourpoint who are not carriers of the mutation have no chance of producing a puppy Colourpoint or even a carrier of the mutation.

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    Clippercat
    Registration: CATZ

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    What are Clippercats?

    They are a recently recognized breed, which is being developed under strict guidelines.

    In a nutshell, the Clippercat is the New Zealand shorthair cat and / or the Australian longhair cat. with polydactyl feet. Poly– means “many” and Dactulos – means “fingers”.

    Cats usually have 5 claws on its front legs.. (4 plus a snail claw) and 4 on each hind leg. Cats with the polydactyl mutation can have between 5 and 7 fingers on the front legs and between 4 and 7 in the rear.

    History

    In New Zealand and Australia, between the years 1850 and 1900, a large number of immigrants arrived on the Clipper ships that sailed the seas between England and the Antipodes.

    Many of these ships docked in Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf, where today we find the highest concentrations of polydactyl cats.

    Following the CATZ Inc policy of inclusion and establishment of rules for the responsible registration of cats, these cats, which are a natural mutation, and an expression of an incomplete autosomal dominant gene, can now be registered with CATZ Inc under the breed name “Clippercats”, formerly called Antipodean cat, with the addition of the polydactyl mutation..

    Unlike the United States.UU., the Clippercats (Polydactyls of Domestic / Antipodean origin) cannot be raised with others Clippercats, and there are strict guidelines set by the Registry for their breeding to ensure that all Clippercats recorded are the Heterozygous form of this mutation.

    Right now, if you have a polydactyl cat, you can register it in the open registry as Clippercat, if you meet very specific guidelines.

    Breeding conventions include recording the number of toes on each foot and the breed standard includes both a limit on the number of toes allowed and restricts the structure of the feet to three accepted structural formats..

    The Clippercats they can only be bred with short hairs / New Zealander longs and the breed standard calls for the New Zealand SH / LH type with the addition of the polydactyl mutation.

    The Clippercats cannot be crossed with any other currently recognized championship breed.

    Where do polydactyls come from??

    The polydactyl cats they have a long and interesting history. For many centuries they have roamed south-west Britain and there is evidence of polydactyl cats in countries as far away as Norway, although reports in Europe are few and far between, due mostly to the perceived relationship between cats and witchcraft.

    The polydactyly is a trait allowed in the breed of Pixie Bob cat, which is classified as a natural breed, and that competes in the TICA championship, the International Cat Association. (USA)

    It was also a dominant trait in many of the early Maine Coons, and it was considered that it helped those cats to overcome the heavy snows of the winters of the State of Maine. Breeders, However, selected to remove the trait from that specific breed.

    There are several reports of a folklore in southern England, which states that when people found cats with too many fingers, They offered them to the captains of the ships, who apparently considered them “lucky cats” and very suitable for a sailor's life. They were also considered gifted buzzards and, thanks to your extra fingers, more fit for life on mobile covers.

    Large populations of cats with this mutation were seen in and around the Boston area, where they were commonly called “boston thumbs cats”. An article published in the magazine “Cat Watch” from Cornell University in 1998 analyzed the studies carried out on polydactyl cats between 1940 and 1970 and tentatively concluded that the trait probably occurred in cats that came from England to the Boston area with the Puritans in the mid-17th century. These studies focused on the unusually high concentration of polydactyls in that area., and in other east coast ports with strong shipping links to the British Isles, like Halifax and Yarmouth, and in Nova Scotia, where there were also higher concentrations of polydactyl cats.

    The author Ernest Hemingway is also recorded as a gift from a ship captain polydactyl cat of the race Maine Coon cat, and this cat is believed to be the progenitor of the many polydactyl cats now cared for in the trust established for them on the author's home island in the Florida Keys. Apparently, This led to the polydactyl cats will sometimes be called “Hemingway cats”.

    There are currently three separate private registries in the United States where polydactyl breeders can register their specimens.. These cats are often called “American Polydactyl Cat“.

    However, it would be very conceited to consider them solely native to the United States, when its story is rather associated with the many boat cats that traveled with immigrants from England and Europe to the United States and other parts of the world between 1620 and 1900. Even the famous “Mayflower” It was a merchant ship before its well-known trip to the USA.. and in those days he made several trips between England and Norway before being chartered by the pilgrims.

    Source: catzinc.org

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    Chinese Harlequin Cat
    Category VI - TICA

    Alrlequín chino
    Photo: unitedcats.com

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    History

    This feline breed is listed as one of the category VI breeds. under the clause 307.7 of the TICA rules (International Cat Association). The Chinese Harlequin Cat has, of course, the word “chino” in the name, but I don't think this cat is from China or a Chinese feline breed. The TICA, from what i see, does not explain the meaning of Category VI, except it's the lowest category. The first four categories are Established Breeds (category 1), Natural breeds (category 2), Variant Breed / Mutation (category 3) and Domestic Hybrid Breed (category 4).

    The color pattern of the chinese harlequin is called Van. This pattern is also found in cats Turkish van, but this cat is long-haired.

    It is a domestic breed, hair short, bicolor: a predominantly white cat, but with a black tail and black spots on the head and body.

    The Chinese Harlequin Cat can be found elsewhere in China, but they are rare. They are accepted as a thoroughbred by the International Cat Association.

    They are represented in a large number of ancient Chinese art.

    It said that it was an attempt to re-create the old Chinese cat, a race that disappeared.

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    Cherubim cat
    Federations: IRCA

    The "premium" breed known today as Ragdoll cat is an early descendant of a line of Cherubim cats.
    Cherubim
    Photo: KRO-Media - Flicker

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    History

    Before becoming the RagaMuffins cat on ACFA ⓘ , This breed of cat was collectively known as Cherubim cat and registered in the IRCA registry of Ann Baker, the International Association of Ragdoll cats.

    The efforts of Ann Baker by breeding cats began in the early s 60 and were officially established in 1971 with the formation of IRCA, developing his first line of cats, the Ragdoll cat who was selected to be just a colored cat.

    During the following 23 years he continued to develop other breeding lines using other breeds and increasing genetic diversity; these lines included all the colors and patterns. All breeding lines developed throughout those years were collectively referred to as Cherubim cats and registered in the IRCA for their lines of development – all these lines together were the original founding breeding lines. The Cherubim cats.

    NOTE: The race “first” known today as Ragdoll cat is an early descendant of a line of Cherubim cats -> the Ragdolls of the IRCA ⓘ only.

    The founders were actively breeding the entire spectrum of lines of Cherubim cats in the IRCA ⓘ until 1992, When, due to the deterioration of the health and stability of Ann Baker, they decided to leave the IRCA ⓘ and seek recognition as a race within the formal organizations of Cat Fancy.

    Contracts with Ann Baker stipulated that if breeders continued to breed cats of the IRCA ⓘ off your record, name “Ragdoll” could not be used to describe cats bred. The name Cherubim had also been recorded by Ann at that time. So, even though the RagaMuffin cats were in fact the Cherubim cats original, and that the logical thing would have been to keep Cherubim as breed name, the need arose for “change name” to remain ethically faithful to their contracts.

    Today, the RagaMuffin cat continues the legacy of its founders by preserving the original focus of the Cherubim cat in personality, the sweet appearance and the genetically diverse and solid health.

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    Chausie cat
    Federations: TICA

    Despite its wild origins, the Chausie cat has all the features of a domestic cat. Very attached to its owner.
    Chausie
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    Characteristics "Chausie cat"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Chausie 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

    According to legend, the Chausie cat it is a distant cousin of wild cats domesticated in honor of the goddess Bastet in ancient Egypt. In fact, the reality is quite different, despite the eerie similarities between the Chausie real and the artistic representations of some cats of the time.

    Born at the end of the years 60 or early 70 in United States, the Chausie would be the first hybrid breed resulting from the cross between a jungle cat (Felis chaus) who lived essentially in Egypt, India, Central Asia and Southeast Asia, and domestic short-haired cats of various breeds, having in common physical characteristics close to those of the Felis chaus.

    The idea behind the creation of this hybrid was to create a “domesticated jungle cat” that looks like a Felis chaus but that he was as tame as a domestic cat. The Chausie cat intended to appeal both to the daring who were trying to tame true wild cats and to cat lovers “exotic”. The bet paid off over the years 90: passionate breeders managed to stabilize the characteristic traits of the breed and consolidate the genetic stock to facilitate breeding.

    Thanks to the efforts of these breeders, the International Cat Association (the TICA, an organization that lists and registers all existing cat pedigrees in the world) recognized the breed in 1995. In 2003, gave the owners of the Chausie the opportunity to present your companion in the feline shows organized under your aegis, granting him the title of New Race. However, in the news, they cannot participate in the competitions by themselves.

    In France, el LEAF (Livre Officiel des Origines Félines, an association with missions similar to the TICA) follow the position of the TICA and allow owners to participate in exhibitions, but not compete.
    As for the other feline associations in the world, and in particular the FIFE (Fédération Internationale Féline), they still don't recognize the breed.

    Today, the breeders of Chausie cat they keep working to get new generations closer and closer physically to their wild cousin, especially through crosses with the Abyssinian cat. The breed is found primarily in the United States and Europe, but it also has a following in South Asia and India, although its dissemination is more confidential.

    Physical characteristics

    Chausie
    Chausie – Wolfdogrew, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Chausie it's a big cat (especially the males) with a long powerful guy and a long rectangular body. Has a sleek appearance and powerful musculature, but it is not very showy. The rib cage is wide, the legs are of medium length with stronger hind legs than most other cat breeds. The tail is shorter than that of other breeds and reaches the hock.

    In the face, the Chausie has a broad, triangular head with prominent cheekbones, a rounded forehead and a long muzzle. The ears are wide at the base and wide open. Feathers are very popular with breeders of this breed. The eyes, oval in shape and slightly flattened on top, are generally golden yellow hazelnut in color. Light green tones are also accepted.

    This cat's coat has a dense coat of short to medium length. The fur is reminiscent of its wild ancestor, the jungle cat Felis chaus, especially for its ticking. The more ticking (several colored stripes on the same coat), more appreciated will be the cat in the feline exhibitions.

    Size and weight

    Size: Of 40 to 50 cm.
    Male weight: Of 6 to 11 kg
    female weight: 6-9 kg

    Varieties of "Chausie cat"

    Currently, the standards TICA y LOOF they only recognize three colors. There may be a Chausie cat with other colors, but they cannot be registered in the LOOF and / or TICA.

    Full black

    The kitties Chausie negros may show slight brindle markings that disappear as the kitten grows older. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause your black to turn brown.

    Gray-haired black tabby

    The black tabby pattern is a direct descendant of the wild cat Felis chaus and is exclusive to Chausie. In fact, no other domestic cat has this pattern, unless you have a wild ancestor in your family tree. Therefore, it is easy to understand why this variety is the most sought after, since it is the most similar to the fur of the jungle cat.

    The kitties, originally black, show black brindle markings as they grow, while her fur becomes lighter. The coat of the black tabby has a ticking that changes depending on the part of the body, ranging from dark mouse gray with black tips to a three-striped ticking (mouse gray, black and white) in the finest specimens. This characteristic reaches its full and definitive expression when the cat has 3 years.

    Some Chausies gray-haired blacks can be mistaken for a Chausie negro when silver ticking is scarce.

    Brown tabby

    The brown tabby has a black tabby marking on a brown background, with stripes on the inside of the legs and on the tip of the tail. The shade of brown can vary from cat to cat, as long as it doesn't get too close to the Abyssinian. As with the first two colors, the final color of the Chausie brown ticked tabby not fixed until 3 years of age.

    Character and skills

    Chausie
    Chausie – Wolfdogrew, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Despite its wild origins, the Chausie cat has all the features of a domestic cat. Very attached to his master, even exclusive, it is a sociable cat that demands a lot of attention and barely supports loneliness. Very affectionate, You can enjoy both being indoors with their owners at home and playing with the other animals in the family. This cat also adapts very well to the presence of children, for whom it can be a good playmate, provided he is taught to control his claws from a young age.

    In effect, even if it is a good domestic cat, the Chausie also has a strong character, is often stubborn and may have aggressive reactions, inherited from its wild origins. Your fearlessness can also play tricks on you, especially when it goes outside. In any case, he needs a teacher capable of having authority and patience to reveal all his qualities and temper his predatory side.

    True athlete, has a reputation for being a tireless gamer and spending without sparing expense. In fact, they do better in a house with a garden or in a very large apartment, that provides them with enough space and plenty of opportunities to play and run around in the absence of their owner.

    Last, the Chausie cat distinguished by high intelligence and hunting instincts superior to those of other domestic breeds. It is one of those cats that likes to learn tricks, look for the ball, walk with harness… but also open taps and doors in the absence of supervision. Thus, it is recommended to use cat toys and stimulate their attention as much as possible, both for your well-being and for the living room furniture.

    Care and grooming of the "Chausie cat"

    The coat of the Chausie is slightly longer than that of normal domestic cats, but still easy to care. Regular brushing and removal of dead hairs ensure a shiny coat.

    Indoor or outdoor cat?

    Due to his offspring from a kind of wild cat, the Chausie cat he is very fond of freedom. This athletic cat also has a strong drive to move and can easily jump six feet from a standing position.. Thus, keeping them indoors is only possible under special conditions. If you cannot provide access to the outside, the cat must have a large outdoor enclosure. You must be able to live your natural instincts, ideally hunting mice and birds, to be happy. If you have your cat in an outdoor enclosure, you must be prepared to receive regularly “gifts” of your cat in the form of prey.

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

    This affectionate cat likes to be around his owners and is reluctant to stay home alone. If you are a person who works, it is better to have two cats so that the animals do not get bored. A large, sturdy scratching post and several cat toys will keep them busy and provide variety around the home.. They love to play catch and chase mice and balls. You can also give your cat, water lover, a special treat with a soak in the tub or a bubbly drinking fountain. Some cats like water so much that they will even follow you into the shower.

    Health and nutrition

    Chausie
    Chausie – Wolfdogrew, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Chausie is a relatively recent hybrid. Thus, There is very little scientific literature on health problems specific to this breed..

    However, analyzes of animals born from two different species draw a picture of pathologies that Chausies, as hybrids, can present: male infertility prevalence, fluctuating physical development (very large or very small individuals), digestive problems, behavioral instability (this cat is still more aggressive than a real house cat) and, in rare cases, heart problems due to malformations of the heart muscle.

    Generations of Chausies are classified according to their “closeness” to its wild ancestor on a scale from F1 to F4 and above, F1 being the generation born directly from hybridization between a domestic cat (Felis sylvestris catus) and a wild cat (Felis chaus). Males of generations F1 to F3, or even F4, are generally sterile, which considerably complicates the work of breeders of Chausie to develop this breed.

    Last, due to its wild origins, this cat has inherited a shorter digestive tract than other breeds. This makes them more susceptible to certain intestinal problems., including inflammation from food allergies, and predisposes them to gluten intolerance.

    Life expectancy

    12 to 14 years

    Food

    As their direct ancestors are wild animals, a high-protein diet is even more important for the breed than for other cats. Ideally, feed them their own BARF food. In this way, your cat will have all the important components of a healthy diet that it would get in the wild.

    For sale "Chausie cat"

    Before buying a Chausie cat, you must be absolutely sure that the hybrid cat suits you. If you can't offer enough exercise, you don't even have to think about getting a cat that likes to move. In any case, in Europe it will be difficult for you to find a breeder. The breed is not very common outside its country of origin.. If you find a breeder, you must check first if he is responsible and takes care of the health of his breeding animals. Due to its rarity, the kitties Chausie they naturally have their price. Depending on the breeder, you can spend up to 10.000 euros for a purebred F1 kitten.

    Interesting Facts and Things to Know

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    jungle cat in Sofia Zoo – Bulgarian: Maria Teresa Cortes Garcia, Learning Center at Sofia ZooEnglish: Maria-Teresa Cortes Garcia, EERC Sofia Zoo, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    To understand the Chausie cat, it is also important to know the jungle cat (Felis chaus).

    The jungle cat found in nine subspecies in Asia, Middle East and Egypt.

    With his black plumes in his ears, resembles a lynx, which also earned him the name of “swamp fox”.

    In the wild, the jungle cats they are solitary animals and they hunt at sunset.

    Its habitat is mainly near water bodies or wetlands in inaccessible reed thickets or swampy riparian forests. Therefore, they are not afraid of water and can swim excellently.
    In captivity, the jungle cats they become very tame and it is said that the ancient Egyptians even trained them to hunt.


    Videos "Chausie cat"

    Animal Planet : Cats 101 ~ Chausie
    Gato Chausie / Raza de Gato