Chausie Breed Profile

Chausie cat

History

The Chausie (chow-sie) is another man-made breed that is a cross between a domestic cat to a Jungle Cat (Felis chaus). The Jungle Cat is a close relative to the domestic cat (F. Lybica) and distribution is from north Africa to southeast Asia.

Matings between the Jungle Cat and domestic have occurred naturally in the past. But people began to cross these cats in the 1960s and 1970s to create a wild looking cat with the temperament of a domestic cat. There is little information on these cats or if any attempt was made to develop a breed and register them.

In the 1990s a group of breeders began to cross the Jungle Cat to domestic cats. TICA accepted the Chausie for registration status in 1995 and granted full championship status in 2013.

As of now, the only allowable outcrosses are the Jungle Cat, Abyssinian and the domestic.

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Aspergillosis in Cats

Aspergillosis in cats

What is aspergillosis?

Aspergillosis is a disease caused by fungi of the genus Aspergillus which is present on dead leaves, compost heaps, soil and the in the air. The fungus typically affects the nasal cavity, respiratory system or digestive tract of the cat and in some cases, the spores can also trigger an allergic reaction in the cat.

The most common types to affect cats are Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillus terreus.

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Nebelung Cat Breed Profile

Nebelung cat
  • Origin: Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Eyes: Green or yellow/green
  • Energy: Medium
  • Temperament: Playful, intelligent, loving and loyal
  • Weight: Males 5-6 kg (11 – 13.2 lbs), females 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs)
  • Colours: Blue
  • Grooming: Daily

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Cats With Blue Eyes

Blue eyed cats

 

Blue-eyed cat breeds

In addition to the cat breeds listed above, who only come with blue eyes, the breeds listed below can also have blue eyes depending on their coat colour/genetics:

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Sokoke Cat Breed Profile

Sokoke cat

About

One of the oldest and rarest breeds of domestic cat in the world, the Sokoke is a naturally occurring breed originating from the Arabuko Sokoke Forest in Kenya. There was speculation that the breed was a hybrid cross between a wild cat and a domestic cat. However, recent advancements with DNA testing has indicated that the breed originates from the Asian group of cats that are descendants of the Arabian wild cat.

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Nasal Discharge in Cats

Nasal discharge in cats

Also known of as a runny nose or postnasal drip, nasal discharge is a common disorder in cats and a sign of an underlying condition. Nasal discharge may be clear (serous), grey/cloudy (mucoid), thick and green (purulent) or bloody. It can be acute or chronic and affect one or both nostrils.

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American Wirehair Breed Profile

American Wirehair

History

The American Wirehair is another breed who arose as the result of a spontaneous mutation. In 1966 a farm cat from Council Rock Farm in Vernon, New York gave birth to a litter kittens. One of these kittens, a red and white male, had an unusual wiry coat. The owner of the farm, Nathan Mosher, sold him to local cat breeder Mrs Joan O’Shea who realised the importance of such a unique cat. He was named Council Rock Farms Adams of Hi-Fi (Adam).

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How To Stop Biting In Kittens

How to stop kittens biting

Why do kittens bite?

Biting in kittens is a very common complaint among new cat owners. This type of biting is known as play aggression and is the most common form of aggression directed at people.

Play aggression is usually be seen between littermates, of course when we adopt a new kitten; we become the target of their playful attacks. Anybody who has been bitten by a kitten can verify just how sharp those tiny little teeth are. Kittens may look like an innocent bundle of fluff, but they can inflict a fair amount of pain when they bite.

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Turkish Angora Cat Breed Profile

Turkish angora

At a glance

  • Origin: Turkey
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Energy: Medium to high
  • Temperament: Playful, outgoing, curious, loving, intelligent
  • Weight: Males 5-6 kg (11 – 13.2 lbs), females 4.5 – 5 kg (9.9 – 11 lbs)
  • Eyes: Green, blue, odd-eyed
  • Colours: All colours and patterns
  • Coat: Longhaired
  • Grooming: Requires weekly grooming
  • Other names: Ankara cat

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