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

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

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History

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

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

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

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

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

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

Physical characteristics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Varieties of "Balinese cat"

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

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

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

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

Character and skills

Balinese cat
20-week old Balinese kitten – Flickr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Care "Balinese cat"

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

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

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

Indoor or outdoor cat?

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

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

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

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

Health and nutrition

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

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

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

    Life expectancy

    15 to 20 years

    Food

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

    For sale "Balinese cat"

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

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

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

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

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    Alternative names:

  • Long-haired Siamese
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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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    Sacred Cat of Burma (Birman)
    Federations: CFA, FIFé, ACF, LOOF

    Birmano de pies blancos
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    History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Physical characteristics

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Size and weight

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

    Breed standard

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

    Character and skills

    "Sacred Cat of Burma (Birman)"

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

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

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

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

    He is sociable with his peers.

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

    Abroad, they are robust, athletic and great hunters.

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

    Grooming

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

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

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    Himalayan cat
    Federations: ACFA, TICA, WCF

    The Himalayan cat it is an extremely sweet pet, playful and gentle that can be adapted to practically any type of home.

    Himalaya

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    Characteristics "Himalayan cat"

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    History

    Also know as Colourpoint Persian, the Himalayan cat It is a breed of cat that combines the colors of the Siamese cat with the Traditional Persian cat. It is a cross between semi-long-haired Siamese twins and blue and black persian cats.
    Some feline associations, as the American Cat Fanciers’ Association (ACFA), they consider it a separate breed, while others, as the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), they see it rather as a variety of Persian cat, from which it only differs in the color of the coat. Its name is due to the similarity of its coloration with that of a domestic rabbit also called Himalaya.

    Its origins date back almost a century., when breeders dreamed of combining the colors of the Siamese Cat with the Traditional Persian cat. At the beginning of the year 30, in United States, the Dr. Clyde Keeler, researcher at Harvard University School of Medicine, undertook a hybridization program for this purpose, in collaboration with a breeder, the Mrs. Virginia Cobb. The results were not entirely satisfactory and the experiment was interrupted by the Second World War.. After the war, another passionate breeder, the Mrs. Marguerita Goforth, took the torch and managed to create a “Colourpoint Persian cat” that was recognized in 1957 by the CFA and ACFA as a new breed called “Himalayan“. At that time, the breeder had to demonstrate the existence of three generations of “Colorpoint” pure so that this line was accredited as a new breed and could participate in contests and championships.

    In the meantime, in Britain, Brian Sterling-Webb, another enthusiastic breeder, worked for a decade on the development of a similar hybrid that, in 1955, was registered as a separate breed named “Colorpoint longhair cat” by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF).

    Over the next decade, the popularity of Himalayan cat grew significantly. But, breeders began to interbreed only with himalayan. As a result, the characteristics inherited from Persian cat they were lost in favor of individuals with a less flattened face. This led some breeders over the years 70 to use occasionally pure persian cats at the crosses, in order to increase again the characteristics of this breed in the Himalayan cat. This was so successful that the cats resulting from this selection ended up having all the characteristics to compete in competitions. Persian cat. Inevitably, the question arose: should he Himalayan cat still consider themselves a breed unto themselves?

    In response to this question, the CFA decided on 1984 consider the Himalayan as a subdivision of the Persian cat, keeping your name. It was followed by World Cat Federation (WCF). But the ACFA, as well as the International Cat Association (TICA), they kept it as a separate race.

    Today, the Himalayan cat still a very popular cat in North America, but less in Europe.

    Physical characteristics

    Himalayan cat
    Himalayan cat – Joseph Morris, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    The Himalayan cat, like the persian, it is a solid and round cat, with short legs, short tail and small, rounded ears. According to American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA), must have five fingers in front and four behind.

    As with the Persian, There are two types of himalayan: the classic “baby face” and the one with the flatter face “how to pekinés”, which gets its name from its similarity to the dog Pekingese.

    Most of the cat's coat is white or cream in color, but there are some varieties, according to the different shades of the tips of the coat and the extremities of the body.

    Size and weight

    • Size: 30 cm.
    • Weight: Of 3 to 6 kg

    Varieties of "Himalayan cat"

    Distinguished by the color of the extremities of the body and the tips of the coat, the main Himalayan varieties are

    Blue Point:
    • the tips of the fur are blue, like feet, the ears, tail and face. The rest of the body is slightly bluish white, and the eyes are bright blue.
    Lilac Point:
    • In this variety, the extremities of the body and the tips of the coat are paler and lilac than blue. The rest of the body is whiter and brighter than in the Blue Point.
    Seal Point:
    • The extremities of the body and the tips of much of the body are black or dark brown (similar to the color of the seal, that inspired his name). It is the variety whose color is most similar to that of the Siamese.
    Chocolate Point:
    • The tips of the body and the tips of the coat of this variety are chocolate brown, a shade lighter than Seal Point. The rest of the fur is also whiter and brighter than that of the Seal Point. The color of the foot pads is a characteristic that strongly distinguishes the two varieties.: those of the Chocolate Point they are pink, while his Seal Point are dark brown.
    Red Point o Flame Point:
    • The dominant color of the limbs and points of this cat is red, which can be orange. The rest of the body is white or cream.
    Cream Point:
    • This variety of Himalayan is a diluted version of Flame Point. The coloring of the mask and the extremities is reddish or pale orange, while the rest of the body is white or slightly cream.

    Character and skills

    Himalayan cat
    Himalayn cat named ‘Monte.’ Flickr
    The Himalayan cat it is a wonderful indoor cat. They are gentle, calm and sweet temperament, and they also have a playful side. Like him Siamese cat, to the himalayan he loves to play fetch, and a crumpled piece of paper or a cat toy will entertain them for hours, or until your next nap.

    The Himalayan cat They are devoted and depend on their humans to accompany and protect them. They crave affection and love to be petted and groomed., which is lucky, since all owners of this breed of cat spend part of the day doing just that.

    Like his Persian brethren, they are docile and will not harass you for attention like some breeds do. They have the same level of activity as the Persian cat and they are not noisy like the Siamese cat.

    Grooming and caring for the "Himalayan cat"

    If you are not willing to spend some time on daily grooming, the Himalayan cat probably not the right cat for you. Since they have long, silky hair that tangles and weighs down easily, the fur of the himalayan should be brushed with a sturdy, wide-toothed comb daily. This will remove and prevent tangles and mats, and will help remove dirt, dust and debris. It is also recommended that the Himalayan cat visit a professional groomer every few months to make sure his coat is healthy and clean. The good news is that himalayan they love to receive the attention of their owners, which makes grooming easy and is an excellent bonding experience for the owner and his feline companion.

    You can protect your legs and your furniture by trimming your nails Himalayan regularly. Examine your legs weekly and trim them if necessary to keep them healthy and injury free. Also spend time a week examining your cat's ears. The pointed ears of the Himalayan are susceptible to trapping dirt and debris, which can lead to infections and other ear problems in the future. If you find debris in your cat's ears, use a pet ear cleaner and a cotton pad to remove them carefully. Never use a cotton swab in your cat's ears, as it can severely damage the delicate structures of the inner ear. If the ears are very red or swollen, very dirty or smell funny, take him to the vet asap.

    The himalayan have low exercise needs, but they are extremely playful and will do mischief if they get bored. You can keep them entertained and engaged by providing plenty of cat toys and a few minutes of play each day.. Like the Himalayan they have such a playful personality, something as simple as a ball of paper will keep you entertained for hours.

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

    The himalayan you need to exercise to stay in top shape. Likes to play with their owners and will play with interactive toys, chase balls and attack mice with catnip, but you may have to chase him to get him exercising on a daily basis.

    Health and nutrition

    Himalayan
    Himalayan – Aaa803287, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    The Himalayan cat you are prone to certain skin diseases: seborrhea, cheyletiellosis and dermatophytosis (had).

    It also, like the persian, may have a tendency to be overweight. So, you need to pay attention to your diet, to avoid any risk of obesity in the cat.

    It also, due to his persian heritage, may be a carrier of the gene that causes renal polyquistosis. This inherited disease causes cysts to develop slowly and progressively in the kidneys.. But, the presence of the offending gene can be detected by genetic testing. So, before adopting a kitten of this breed, it is advisable to check with the breeder of himalayan that this genetic test has been performed and has given a negative result. If not done, it is a wise precaution to demand that it be done.

    It also, the flattened shape of the face may predispose to himalayan certain health problems. These may include, you may be prone to breathing problems due to narrow nostrils. They can also suffer malocclusion (misaligned teeth) or abnormal watering.

    The himalayan you can also suffer the feline hyperesthesia syndrome (a little-known disease that causes behavior problems).

    Last, the length of their coat can cause hair ingestion problems, what ends up creating hairballs in the stomach of the cat (tricobezoares), causing pain and / or digestive problems.

    Food

    As the Himalayan cat have a tendency to be overweight, special attention should be paid to your diet.

    Some companies have developed a range of foods specially adapted to the needs of the Persian cat (and therefore of himalayan). Available in the form of croquettes or cans, these foods offer a low-fat diet that contributes to the health of the cat, while helping to maintain a silky coat and limit hairball formation. Some of the kibbles available on the market are shaped to fit the brachycephalic jaw of the Persian and of the himalayan.

    The quality of the products in the market varies, so make sure that the ones you offer your dog are reliable. The ingredient list on the packaging can help you, but you can also ask the breeder for advice himalayan or your vet.

    For sale "Himalayan cat"

    The kitties himalayan (pet quality) cost between 700 and 1400 EUR, depending on coat colors and bloodline. the kitten's quest himalayan perfect begins with the search for a reputable breeder. One Himalayan cat known breeding sites, with good color and perfect proportion can cost between 1500 and 3000 EUR,

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    Mekong Bobtail cat
    Federations: WCF

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

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Mekong Bobtail 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 Mekong Bobtail it is a natural breed originating from Thailand, for which it has long been known as Thai bobtail. It has been present in Southeast Asia for many centuries, and legend has it that his courage led the kings of Siam to use him as a guard to protect the treasure chamber from possible theft.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Physical characteristics

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

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

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

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

    Size and weight

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

  • Character and skills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Health

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

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

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

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

    Grooming

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

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

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

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

    For sale "Mekong Bobtail cat"

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

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

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    Neva Masquerade cat
    Federations: FIFE

    Photo: Siberian-cats-and-kittens.net

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    History

    The Neva Masquerade cat it's the traditional cat Colorpoint of the Siberian cat. The Neva Masquerade has its source along the Neva River in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). When were the other cats breeds imported to the area of Siberia, the place street cat, mixed with other races like the Balinese cat, the Siamese, Persians, himalayas, etc, the descendant States that it arose naturally.

    Physical characteristics

    Neva Masquerade
    Neva Masquerade bruntabby – burger house, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The traditional ideal of Neva Masquerade is that of a medium-sized cat, robust, strong and long-haired. They are believed to be a mixed race based on the Siberian cat, the Persian and with bloodlines Siamese.

    Mature cats are corpulent with a general appearance of strength and a pose of alert. Powerful hind legs that are slightly longer than the front. They have a natural expression of sweetness. Their fur is dense due to the weather and varies in length and coat density with different seasons.. The traditional Neva Masquerade originally withstood the rigors of the weather, the cold of his native Russia. Since then it has been adapted easily to different environments.

    The color of your eyes it is deep blue. The ears are slightly inclined forward, a little convex. The tip of the ears should be rounded and generally with longer strands of hair at the ends.

    Although the Neva Masquerade share most of the characteristics of a Siberian cat traditional (including his physique and personality), has some distinct attributes that make it special.

    They lack the enzyme tyrosinase, responsible for the production of the pigment melanin, what gives rise to his white body.

    While some have black legs, gray or brown as part of your colorpoint, others may have white legs despite their dark face and ears.

    The color of these cats can be of the following types:

    • Seal point
    • Blue point
    • Chocolate point
    • Fawn point
    • Lila point
    • Cinnamon point
    • Crema point

    Character and skills

    Neva Masquerade
    Blue tabby Neva Masquerade – burger house, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The character of the cat Neva Masquerade It is very similar to the Norwegian Forest Cat . Although it is often described as a silent force, it is a cat that shows great vitality, has a strong personality and a strong character. One of the peculiarities of Neva Masquerade is that it is hypoallergenic.

    Although he is descended from the rustic mountain cats, the Neva Masquerade it is an easy-going animal that gets along well with children, with other cats and even with dogs. This sociable character explains his success. It is also a demonstrative feline, intelligent and very communicative. As he has highly developed hunter instincts, must be able to meet your needs, what comes with the desire for freedom and independence. It is highly recommended to put at your disposal a tree so that the cat can vent.

    The Neva Masquerade he is no longer the rustic mountain cat he used to be. Now, he is a very sociable cat, able to get along with everyone (cats, dogs, children…) As long as you are not in a hurry and are nice to him. Very affectionate, demonstrative and communicative, it can even be exclusive with its master or a little tail.

    lively and smart, has brilliant qualities as a hunter. Sometimes you may have a certain desire for independence and freedom, but that does not prevent him from living in an apartment as long as he can vent comfortably with games, a cat tree and other entertainment sources.

    Health

    The Neva Masquerade it is a model of robustness. No specific disease is attributed to him.

    Curiosities

    Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev he owned a well-known cat Neva Masquerade call Dorofei, who was crowned with the title of “First pet” in 2008.

    The Neva Masquerade they have even been diplomatic gifts from Russian officials. People say that Vladimir Putin gave one to a Japanese governor, and that Dmitri Medvédev gave one to the former Finnish president.

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

    With a more robust silhouette than that of the Modern Siamese cat, the Thai cat ( Wichien Maat) it is distinguished mainly by a more moderate and much shorter head triangle.
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    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Thai cat ( Wichien Maat)" 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

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

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

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

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

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

    Physical characteristics

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

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

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

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

    Size and weight

    "Thai cat ( Wichien Maat)"

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

    Breed standard

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

    Character and skills

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

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

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

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

    Health

    The Siamese are predisposed to feline asthma.

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    Snowshoe cat
    Federations: LOOF, ACFA, TICA, FIFé

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    Characteristics "Snowshoe cat"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a cat of the breed "Snowshoe 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 Snowshoe cat as we know it today originated in the United States in the 1980s. 1960, but the first Siamese white-legged appeared as early as the nineteenth century. In fact, numerous photographs from the Victorian era show that these cats already existed in Great Britain. More recently, in the decade of 1950, some appeared Siamese cats with white paws under the name of Silver Laces, but they soon disappeared from circulation.

    Over the years 60, Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty, a breeder of Siamese from philadelphia ((UNITED STATES)UU.), discovered that three kittens in a litter had white tips on all four paws. Seduced by this new look, decided to cross a Siamese cat with a American shorthair cat bicolor. The resulting kittens did not have the pattern “point” (light colored body and dark colored tips), but they did carry the corresponding gene. So when they crossed cats Siamese, produced kittens with the desired appearance.

    "Snowshoe cat"

    Gato Snowshoe
    Male Snowshoe cat – Editor.els.dc, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty decided to baptize these cats with the name of Snowshoe, in reference to its white paws, that give the impression that they have just walked through fresh snow. Although there is little written record of his work, it is accepted that he continued to cross these cats with siamese cats and the American shorthair cat, but also with him Sacred Cat of Burma (Birman), aiming to get a cat of type Siamese with white legs and a more rounded body.

    One of these crosses with a American shorthair cat (black with white markings on the belly, the legs and the face) gave rise to the white mark in the form of “V” in the face, which is now a characteristic of the breed.

    But, Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty stopped breeding and interest in the breed diminished, so in 1977 there was only one breeder, Vikki Ollander. He had already drawn up the first breed standard and was struggling to develop it. Then he received the support of Jim Hoffman and Georgia Kuhnell, who decided to raise themselves to Snowshoes. They were soon joined by other breeders and got the breed recognized by the American Cat Breeders Federation. (CFF) in 1983.

    The Snowshoe arrived in Britain at the same time, and the first kennel of Snowshoe It was established in 1986. Soon a small group of breeders got together to form a breed club in the country., the Snowshoe UK Club. The Snowshoe cat received experimental breed status from the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), the main feline organization in the country. But, just like in the United States, interest declined rapidly to the point that in 1998 Maureen Shackell she had become the only breeder in the whole country. Joined him Mollie Southall, and together, with a handful of copies, decided to revive the Snowshoe cat and recruit other breeders to form a breed club.

    In 1995, the TICA (International Cat Association, one of the most important organizations in the world) finally recognized the Snowshoe and granted him the right to compete in cat shows organized under his auspices. The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) waited until 2003 to accept the Snowshoe as a race in its own right, and Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFé) did the same in 2004. curiously, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), the main American organization, still does not recognize the race, despite its local origins and the fact that every other organization in the country does: the American Association of Cat Enthusiasts (AACE), the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) and Cat Fanciers Federation (CFF).

    In France, the first litter of Snowshoe born in 2006, but it is still a very rare feline breed, with solo 43 specimens registered in the Official Book of Feline Origins (LOOF) between 2006 and 2019.

    In fact, both in France and elsewhere, including your country of origin, still rare. The number of annual registrations in the British GCCF is certainly higher than in France, but the number is still limited: less than a hundred births a year (and even less than 50 in some years), and the trend seems even downward from 2015.

    Physical characteristics

    Snowshoe cat
    Mr Slinky.–Champion Snowshoe cat with puurrfect markingsCooseman22 at the English Wikipedia project, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Snowshoe it is a cat foreign medium-sized.

    It has a balanced appearance, a muscular body without being corpulent and great flexibility. His long and muscular legs are those of an athlete made to run and jump. Its tips are white, which gives the impression that the cat is wearing socks, or just walked through the snow, hence its name. The tail is sharp and of a length proportional to the rest of the body.

    The head of the Snowshoe cat is shaped like a rounded triangle, with gently contoured cheekbones. It has a more or less well-defined marking in the shape of an inverted V, it should be white. The ears they are medium in size and rounded at the tip. The eyes they are also medium size, larger and rounder than the Siamese, but smaller than those of the Persian. They can be various shades of blue.

    The fur is short, soft to the touch and dense. All are allowed colors of fur of the Siamese.

    The kitties Snowshoe they are born completely white. Dot mark (darker fur on tail, the legs and the head) begins to appear within a few weeks and develops as the kitten grows.

    The white markings on the tips of the legs and on the face differ from kitten to kitten. While the best show specimens have the same size stockings and a perfect V between the eyes, the vast majority of Snowshoes have more random marks, with different socks on each foot.

    But, the sexual dimorphism is well marked in this breed, the female being smaller than the male.

    Size and weight

    • Male size: 24 to 28 cm.
    • female size: 22-25 cm.
    • Male weight: 4-6 kg
    • female weight: 3 to 5 kg

    Breed standard

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

    Character and skills

    Snowshoe cat
    Eight-month-old Snowshoe female puppy – Educasadocerrato, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The Snowshoe gets along well and is affectionate with the whole family, but he is quick to choose his favorite human to spend most of his time with. He likes to be with his owner, whether sitting on the couch watching TV or lying at the desk working. This attachment makes him not tolerate loneliness and does not adapt to a person who is absent often.

    They are sociable and get along well with other dogs and with other people, and can live in harmony in a home with other animals. But, have a possessive streak and may resent the fact that their owner is paying attention to another animal instead of them.

    On the other hand, it is a breed of cat that adores children and, if they have been trained to behave well in the presence of an animal, can spend hours playing with them before taking a nap next to them.

    The Snowshoe is intelligent, making it possible to teach your cat tricks, how to go looking for an object. But, it is the ability to teach his owner that makes him such a special companion. The owners of a Snowshoe cat they quickly learn when they want a reward, when they want to play or when they want to be scratched between their ears.

    Active, this cat likes to take advantage of his physical abilities by running and jumping. Although they can live in a flat, Ideally, they should have access to an outdoor area where they can exercise freely.

    The Snowshoe is also attracted to water and will play with a dripping faucet for a while. They also don't miss the opportunity to admire the eddies in the sink or toilet when someone flushes the toilet.. Some cats even accompany their owners in the shower, and others have learned to swim.

    Another peculiarity of this cat is its propensity for kleptomania. Likes to pick up personal items, walk them around for a bit and then put them in one of your favorite spots, usually near your water bowl or in a sink.

    Last, It is a breed of cat that meows a lot.: discuss any topic, whether it's dinner time or the newscaster's dress that its owner wants to see quietly. His voice is quite soft and melodic.

    Health

    The Snowshoe is a robust cat breed with little susceptibility to genetic diseases.

    But, there have been some cases of renal polyquistosis, a genetic disease that causes the formation of numerous cysts in the kidneys. The existence of a genetic test for this disease can considerably reduce the risks, since a responsible breeder will systematically analyze the individuals that he considers for breeding and will exclude from breeding those that are carriers.

    The Snowshoe has also inherited from Siamese a tendency to squint or have a crooked tail. But, these are purely cosmetic considerations and do not pose a threat to the cat's health.

    But, like any indoor cat, the Snowshoe may be vulnerable to the greatest scourge of modern house cats: the Obesity. Although it is not especially prone to it, any responsible owner must ensure that their cat is healthy and does not gain more weight than it should.

    Life expectancy

    Of 12 to 15 years

    Grooming

    "Snowshoe cat"

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    Male Snowshoe cat – Editor.els.dc, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

    The maintenance of Snowshoe It is easy. In effect, as he is used to taking care of his fur himself, a simple weekly brushing to remove dead hairs and distribute the skin's protective sebum well is amply sufficient.

    To make sure you stay healthy, it is advisable to take advantage of this grooming session to check their eyes and ears, and clean them if necessary.

    It is also a good time to brush your cat's teeth to prevent plaque and the problems it can cause.. Having said that, more frequent brushing is ideal.

    Last, when wear and tear and / or the use of a scratching post are not enough and your claws have become too long, must be trimmed with nail clippers to avoid injury.

    Food

    The Snowshoe it does not present any difficulties in terms of feeding and can be fed with commercial industrial cat food. But, it is important to ensure that the food is of good quality and provides all the nutrients and vitamins that the cat needs.

    It also, to fully meet your needs, you must make sure that he eats a diet adapted to his age and activity level, and that the daily amounts recommended by the manufacturer or the veterinarian are respected.

    Even if the Snowshoe not particularly prone to obesity, excessive weight gain is a warning sign that the owner should not ignore. If required, You have to go to the vet to rule out a disease and establish a more appropriate diet with him..

    Last, like any cat, you must have fresh water at all times.

    For sale "Snowshoe cat"

    A kitten Snowshoe it costs about 1.200 EUR, and females tend to be somewhat more expensive than males.

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