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Aegean cat
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History

The Aegean cat is a natural breed of cat from the Cyclades islands of Greece.

This species likely dates back many millennia. Archaeologists have found evidence that the first domesticated cats lived on the island of Cyprus, neighboring Greece, ago 10.000 years. It seems reasonable that, over the years, some of those cats will emigrate to Greece on fishing or trading boats, where they were undoubtedly well received for their ability to mouse. The Aegean cat They may also be related to Turkish cat breeds, as the Angora.

Very often we can see many cats of this type sitting in the ports, waiting for the return of the fishermen, who won't let them miss their share of the catch. They are not afraid of water, so they can fish independently while diving in shallow water.

These cats, common in their homeland, they have only been recognized as a distinct breed in the last two decades. Some consider them a Greek national treasure. So far, they have not been recognized by any cat registry, as the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) wave The International Cat Association (TICA).

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Physical characteristics

Aegean cat
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This is a medium sized cat with a slim but muscular build. The chest is wide and the belly is elevated. The legs are long and muscular in relation to the body. In terms of weight, males can reach 4.500 kg, females one kilo less.

The head is not very big, but it is wide compared to the body. The ears they are well spaced, quite wide at the base with rounded tips, the eyes macaroons, with the outer ends slightly tilted up, they are very expressive and can be of various shades of a surprising green color.

Finally, the fur characterized by a two or three tone pattern, and the target usually occupies two thirds of the total area. Colors can be black, blue, grey, cream, red. The hair, soft and silky, is usually of medium length, glued to the body; there is no undercoat.

Character and skills

The Aegean cat tends to be smart and lively, with good communication skills. Usually, they are kind to people and can be excellent cats for families with children.

True to their heritage as island cats, the Egeos they do not disdain the water and can even go fishing by themselves. Consider this cat if you've always wanted a feline fishing buddy. But, if you have an aquarium or koi pond, should ensure that its inhabitants are protected from a curious cat with a claw.

The Aegean Cat likes to be part of the family and adapts well to most homes.. You will appreciate having an enclosed outdoor area where you can climb or lie in the sun, but he shouldn't be allowed to roam.

Care "Aegean cat"

Aegean cat
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The Aegean cat has a semi-long coat that requires relatively little maintenance in terms of grooming, although its silky fur is thicker in winter. The shedding is usually moderate and brushing twice a week is sufficient.

In spring, tends to shed excess hair for a fresh, summery style. But, cats that live indoors tend to shed some hair throughout the year. This is because they live in artificial light conditions., what affects the growth cycle of your coat.

As with all races, be on the lookout for mats that may start to develop while grooming the cat. Remember that regular brushing will help keep the cat's coat clean and healthy..

Regarding the weather, is generally considered an adaptable cat that can live happily in most climates. Remember to always make sure there is shade and cool water when the temperature spikes.

Indoor or outdoor cat?

If you have ever been on vacation to the Greek islands of Andros, Delos, Mykonos, Naxos or Santorini, you may have seen these medium-sized, semi-longhaired cats hanging around fishing boats, lounging in the shade of a coffee chair or sunbathing on a balcony.

The Aegean cat, named after the sea that surrounds it, believed to be one of the oldest types of domesticated cats. It can be a pet in your country of origin, but some lead a wild life, subsisting on their own hunting prowess or the handouts of fishermen.

It is not a breed of cat to be kept in an apartment. You need the freedom you have been used to for thousands of years.

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

Aegean cat
Seven month old domesticated Aegean cat. Ursula Valentine, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

It is a sociable pet that tolerates life in a flat quite well, but you need some freedom and exercise. He is very independent and tends to be especially attached to one person in the family, but he loves to play, so it is also suitable for families with children and does not have problems with other cats or dogs.

Although he is very affectionate and sociable, this cat has its own personality, does not like to stay snuggled in the lap of his owner, but he knows how to show his affection in another way. It can accompany you in your movements around the house, and is often a meow that seeks the attention of its favorite human.

It is a very active cat, so you need stimuli such as games and outdoor activities, especially if it can run and chase small prey there. Although it is an independent cat, prolonged periods of loneliness may be too much for her.
On the one hand, the Aegean cat live quietly with humans, but on the other hand, retains its independence and feline instincts.

Health and nutrition

The Aegean cat is generally healthy. Since they are not the product of selective breeding, they are less likely to carry genetic diseases. However, it is always a good idea to choose a breeder that offers a written health guarantee against genetic diseases for the first two years of the cat's life.

She is not a complicated cat when it comes to feeding. Fish of any kind will be a delight for our Aegean cat

For sale "Aegean cat"

Probably, the best way to acquire a Aegean cat is to go to Greece and take one home.

If you bring a cat from Greece, must have an International Health Certificate from a veterinarian indicating that he is healthy and in good condition to be transported by air.

The cat may also need a valid rabies vaccination certificate, unless it comes from an area considered rabies free, have less than 4 months or travel to a state that does not require vaccination. The vaccine must be administered at least 30 days before departure.

Characteristics "Aegean cat"

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

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Intelligence

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Independence

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Hardiness

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