Archive for August, 2007

Is The Javanese Cat The Right Breed For You?

If you love the beautiful, graceful Balinese, but you would prefer to own this cat in different colors, then the Javanese may be the ideal cat for you. After all, this striking cat breed was actually created by crossing the Balinese and the Colorpoint Shorthairs in an attempt to give the Balinese a few color variations.

The Javanese has the silky longhair coat of the Balinese and the striking colors of the Colorpoint breed. You can find this soft coated cat in Tortoiseshell point, Red point, Cream point, or Lynx point colors.

Fans of the Javanese cat breed love its graceful, Siamese build and its wonderful personality. This breed has an incredibly muscular body, although it is hidden by the deceptively fluffy coat that covers it. These cats also have a long, graceful tail, big ears, almond shaped eyes and a long, wedge shaped head. These lovely cats weigh in at six to eleven pounds.

The Javanese has a coat that is approximately three inches long. On the tail, this cat’s fur is a bit longer and bushier. Fans of the breed say that owning a Javanese gives them all of the enjoyment of a longhair breed without the drawbacks. The silky coats of these cats are not prone to matting or tangling, which means a weekly grooming session is all that is needed to keep them looking wonderful.

If you want a quiet cat, you may not want to own a Javanese. It is no surprise that this is a vocal breed. After all, the chatty Siamese and the outspoken Balinese are both in the breed’s background. However, if you realize that the Javanese is just trying to hold a conversation, you may find that you can happily tolerate a cat breed that is a bit noisy. After all, these cats don’t actually spend all day mewling at the top of their lungs. They only talk when they need something or want to welcome their beloved family members home.

The Javanese is a true lap cat and is more than happy to spend hours snuggling down beside family members. This breed will perch on shoulders, crawl under the covers, and turn itself into a living stole at every opportunity. Besides being cuddlers, these cats are also very intelligent. You can easily teach your cat to learn a few tricks, including fetch, coming when he is called, and walking on the leash.

Since this breed is so outgoing and playful, people who are rarely at home may not want to own a Javanese. If you do decide to still choose this breed, you should consider adding a second cat to your home. Two of these active little guys will play happily together for hours. Of course, even with other cats to keep them company, they will still be waiting to greet their owners at the door.

So, if you want a cat with a luxurious, soft coat and a wonderful, sweet nature, then the Javanese may just be the perfect choice for you and your family.

Is The Rare Japanese Bobtail The Perfect Match For You?

Although the Japanese Bobtail is a breed that goes back several centuries, this breed is still incredibly rare. If you are fortunate enough to find one of these beautiful cats, you will have a wonderful pet.

The Japanese Bobtail was first developed in the seventeen hundreds in Japan. Unfortunately, the longhair cat gene is not dominant, so few kittens are born with the long coats required by the breed standard. To make breeding these cats even more difficult, two related longhairs are not bred together unless there is no other choice. This is because the Bobtail is a very healthy breed. Too much inbreeding would lead to the development of some dangerous genetic disorders.

This small cat breed weighs in at a very light six to nine pounds. However, the Bobtail may be small, but it is no weakling. These cats are actually very muscular. You can find Bobtails in a wide range of colors. They come in tortoiseshell, tabby, and bicolor patterns, as well as solid colors.

The short, fluffy rounded tail looks like a pompom and the big round eyes that are often two different colors are two of the most distinctive traits of the Japanese Bobtail. Bobtail owners prize cats with mismatched eyes, usually valuing a cat with one blue and one gold eye more highly than a cat with two blue eyes. Whether the eyes match or not, they appear to be especially large in the Bobtail’s neat, little triangular face. Luckily, big ears balance out the breed’s face. Oddly enough, these cats have back legs that are longer than their front legs. However, since they hold their back legs in a slightly crouching position, the difference in length is not noticeable.

If you want a quiet, placid cat, then you should not consider the Japanese Bobtail. These cats are very vocal and energetic. Most cat lovers do not mind the Bobtail’s mewling, since they realize that their cats are just conversing with them. These cats enjoy family life, although they are rarely available as pets. People who own a single cat from this breed should consider adding a second cat to the home, since the Japanese Bobtail loves the company of other cats. Be sure to give your cat plenty of toys, since the Bobtail breed needs a lot of playtime to keep him happy. If he doesn’t have enough toys, your Bobtail will create his own toys from household items, which can be a bit frustrating, since sunglasses and key rings have a tendency to disappear.

Since this breed is a longhair breed, you should be prepared to groom your Bobtail at least twice a week to avoid having his coat become matted. You may also want to bathe him once a month to cut down on dander.

So, if you want a cat breed that is a rare treasure and a wonderful family pet, then the Japanese Bobtail may just be the right choice for you. However, don’t be surprised if you can’t find a Bobtail kitten.

Is The Havana Brown Right For You?

When a cat breed has a name like Havana Brown, it can only come in one color, right? Well, actually, the active Havana Brown comes in a rich Chocolate color or an attractive Lilac color.

This breed was created when a Chocolate Point Siamese cat produced a solid Chocolate kitten. Although this has been happening in Siamese cat litters for centuries, these Chocolate kittens were usually disqualified by both the Cat Fancier’s Association in the United States and cat associations in Great Britain. In the nineteen fifties, a breeder in the United States fell in love with the Chocolate Siamese and imported a female cat from Great Britain to found a new breed of cat called the Havana Brown.

Since this breed is so closely related to the Siamese, it is no surprise that it has a very similar appearance. The Havana Brown has a long head with a face that looks rather square when it is viewed from the side. Long, graceful legs and a sleek body complete the picture.

These cats may be on the small side, weighing in at a lightweight six to ten pounds, but they have big personalities. The Havana has a very dog like nature and is extremely affectionate towards people.

Don’t be surprised if your kitten quickly learns to come when he is called. This breed also can learn to fetch and walk on a leash with ease. The playful Havana will spend hours plotting an elaborate ambush, suddenly diving from behind a chair or leaping off of a fireplace mantle to pounce on unsuspecting family members. These cats are a bit on the nosy side and enjoy helping their family members with household chores, especially if the job involves emptying bags. After all, this energetic breed feels that there is nothing better than using a paper bag to play an impromptu game of hide and seek.

Although the Havana Brown will survive if it is left home alone for long periods of time, this breed prefers having its family home on a regular basis. If you decide that you want a Havana, but you don’t have a lot of free time, you may want to consider adding a second of these mischievous cats to your household. Of course, if you have two Havanas, you may find that when you arrive home after work that your home is not quite as orderly as it was when you left. After all, two of these cats are naturally twice as playful as a single cat.

While the Havana is not so vocal that it is obnoxious, this breed does have a loud purr. You will hear that purr frequently, since these cats will hop into their owners’ laps, roll onto their backs and start purring loudly to encourage them to give them the petting they crave.

Since this breed is a shorthair breed, you should not find grooming your Havana to be too difficult. Simply comb through his hair or wipe him down with a cloth once a week to keep his coat in tip top condition.

If you want a cat that has a coat with a rich mahogany sheen and a stellar personality, then the active and curious Havana Brown may be the ideal choice for you.

A Look At The Exotic Cat Breed

If you are a fan of the beautiful longhair Persian cat, but are concerned about being able to keep your cat’s coat from matting, you may want to consider the Exotic. This breed looks exactly like the Persian, except that it has a much shorter coat.

The Exotic weighs in at seven to fourteen pounds and has a stocky body, a round head, round paws, and a short tail. This breed comes in all colors and patterns, from solid Blues to Seal Points.

The Exotic was actually a happy accident, developed when American Shorthair fanciers tried to improve their breed’s coat by crossing Shorthairs with Persians. To their surprise, they ended up with cats that looked identical to the Persian breed, but with a much shorter coat, like that of a plushy teddy bear.

Persian fanciers who were unable to have a Persian because they just weren’t able to groom their cat every day were excited to see this exciting new cat that looked like a Persian, but only needed to be groomed once or twice a week. The breed quickly became known as the Exotic and fans of the breed say that it is basically a Persian for lazy people.

Although the Exotic was a cross between the American Shorthair and the Persian, this breed actually behaves much more like the Persian breed. This could be because the Exotic was outcrossed much more frequently with the Persian than the Shorthair in later years.

The Exotic is a quiet, gentle cat with a curious nature, just as the Persian is. However, this breed is a bit more active than the placid Persian. Since these cats are very laid back and easygoing, they are ideal family pets. After all, just because the Exotic doesn’t bounce off the walls doesn’t mean it isn’t a playful breed. Your cat will happily bat at a toy for hours on end. However, he will not become downright obnoxious in his quest for attention. In fact, many Exotics will just sit and look pleadingly at their owners until they receive the attention they are seeking. This breed does not crave the company of other cats, but will tolerate them.

Unfortunately, while the Exotic received the Persian’s wonderful temperament, this breed also received a few less wonderful traits. These cats have the same head shape as the Persian and have the same tendency to have health problems that are directly related to this head shape. Matter from weepy eyes, nasal problems, and teeth problems are common in this breed. Cat fanciers are trying to breed cats with faces that are slightly less flat and round to alleviate these problems.

So, if you are a fan of the Persian cat breed, but don’t have a few hours of free time each week to spend grooming your cat’s lush coat, you may want to take a close look at the Exotic cat breed. After all, with the Exotic breed’s similarity to the Persian, this is one occasion where you can definitely have your cake and eat it too.

Is The European Burmese Right For You?

If you love the temperament of the American Burmese, but don’t care for the breed’s exaggeratedly round head, then you may want to take a close look at the European Burmese. This breed is actually descended from the American Burmese, which originated from temple cats in Burma. The temple cats were pure white, but suddenly changed color. According to legends, this color change happened when the cats took on the coloring of the temple’s goddess. However, cat fanciers have a more practical explanation. They think a wandering Siamese fathered a few litters of kittens. The American Burmese first arrived in Europe at the end of World War II.

European breeders were concerned that there was such a small gene pool to work with and decided to crossbreed the American Burmese with the Siamese cat. As they worked with the breed, they decided that they liked the Oriental appearance of these crossbreed kittens more than the appearance of the original American Burmese. As the breeders continued to work with the Burmese, they developed a cat that was distinct enough to have its own name, the European Burmese.

Besides developing a wedge shaped head instead of the round head of the American Burmese, the European Burmese developed several new and exciting colors. This breed comes in Brown, Chocolate, Red, Blue, Lilac, and Cream colors, as well as tortoiseshell patterns of these colors. Ideally, these cats should have large rounded eyes with a rich golden color, although green eyes are allowed. This breed has a powerful, well muscled body that weighs in at eight to fourteen pounds. Graceful, slender legs and and a nicely tapered tail balance the Burmese body.

These cats are extremely sweet and loving animals. They enjoy spending time with their families, but are not overly playful or mischievous, preferring to curl up in the nearest lap and doze. This breed is very tolerant of children and other pets. Since these cats crave companionship, they are not suitable for people who are away from home for long periods of time, unless they have another cat to keep them company. In fact, even if you hardly ever leave your cat alone, you may still want to add another cat or two to the household, since the European Burmese loves to spend time with other cats.

Since the Burmese is a shorthair breed, it doesn’t need a great deal of grooming. Simply brushing through your cat’s coat once a week should keep him looking sleek and beautiful. Occasionally, you may want to bathe him to keep dander down. In addition, you should check your cat’s nails to be sure they do not need trimmed once or twice a month. You may also want to brush his teeth to keep them from becoming dirty or decayed.

If you want to own more than one cat and have a household with children in it, then you may just want to consider the beautiful European Burmese. Best of all, despite the breed’s Siamese ancestry, it is not an overly vocal cat.

Discover the Exotic Egyptian Mau

If you’ve always wanted to own a wild cat, you may want to take a close look at the Egyptian Mau. This cat, which is descended from cats that lived in ancient Egypt, is closely related to the African Wild Cat. When you look at a Mau, you are looking at the same spotted wild cat that the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt domesticated and kept as pets and objects of worship.

Surprisingly enough, this descendant of the Egyptian cat did not reach the United States until the nineteen fifties, when an exiled member of the Russian royalty brought her Maus with her to the United States. For several decades, her two cats were the ancestors of all Maus in North America. However, recently, concerned breeders finally imported additional cats to prevent hereditary diseases and to widen the gene pool.

The Egyptian Mau is on the small side, weighing in at a lightweight five to eleven pounds. This breed has a wedge shaped head that looks a bit small for its muscular, sturdy body and a graceful tail that is approximately two thirds the length of its body. These cats have small, dainty paws and move with a jungle cat’s walk. The recognized colors are smoke, silver tabby, and bronze tabby. All of these cats have a spotted appearance. Occasionally, black cats are produced, but they cannot compete in the Cat Fancier’s Association’s Championship classes. The shape of the Mau’s eyes and mouth give it a slightly startled and worried appearance, but this cat is actually quite a happy go lucky breed. Interestingly enough, these cats actually look as though they have kohl rimmed eyes, just as the ancient Egyptians did.

If you are not found of mewling cats, you will enjoy the Mau’s vocalizations. This breed communicates with a noise that sounds like a little chuckle instead of a cat’s normal mewling. This quiet, pleasant sound makes this breed the perfect apartment pet. In addition, these cats actually wag their tails in a dog like manner when they are happy.

Maus love their families and are very protective of them and devoted to them. These intelligent cats are very playful and need to have plenty of toys to keep them happy. If you cannot spend a lot of time with your cat, you may want to add a second cat to the home. This breed’s loyal and affectionate nature makes it ideal for multiple cat households.

Since this is a shorthair breed, you do not have to spend a great deal of time grooming your cat. However, you should plan to groom him at least once a week to remove loose hair and debris. You may also want to bathe him once a month to control dander. Since cats can develop serious health problems from tooth decay and tartar, you should also accustom your cat to having his teeth brushed several times a week.

If you want a cat that looks wild, but is actually a sweet and loving animal, then you may want to consider owning an Egyptian Mau.

Is the Devon Rex Right For You?

If you’ve always wanted a monkey, then you may just want to take a look at the charming Devon Rex cat breed. These playful, good natured little cats have been frequently compared to monkeys and mischievous children.

These cats have oversize ears, enormous eyes and a slightly pug nose. This combination of features makes the Devon look like a naughty fairy tale creature or a fun loving monkey. This breed is on the small side, weighing in at a delicate six to nine pounds. However, there is nothing delicate about the breed’s build. These cats have powerful, compact bodies and are actually quite sturdy despite their small size.

The Devon Rex is not prone to serious health problems. This is because breeders have been extremely careful to introduce additional cats into the gene pool by crossbreeding the Devon to both American and British Shorthairs, which are two very sturdy and healthy breeds.

Since this breed has a coat that is much less heavy and thick than the coats of most other cats, it is no surprise that the Devon Rex is a cuddler. These cats love to snuggle up on the nearest available lap in the evening and will often crawl right under the covers to stay warm at night. Although you may think the Devon has a higher body temperature than other cat breeds when you feel the heat that one of these cats emit, this breed just feels warmer to us because there is less hair covering its body. Even a full grown Devon can have such a thin coat that some parts of the cat are almost hairless. In fact, kittens developing an adult coat may end up completely bare as they shed their old coat.

If you are looking for a placid, well behaved cat that is content to meet you at the door when you come home from a hard day’s work, then the Devon Rex is not the right choice for you. These cats will get into more trouble than a houseful of other cats when they are left alone for long periods of time. Since Devons are also the chow hounds of the cat world, this cat breed’s naughty antics often involve food left on the kitchen counters. Your Devon will insist on helping you put away groceries or prepare meals. In fact, since these cats like to help their owners do everything, don’t be surprised if your Devon insists on riding around on your shoulder as you tidy up the house.

Since this breed has such a light coat, you do not need to do much in the way of grooming. You may want to use a grooming glove to remove loose hair once a week. Instead of bathing your Devon Rex, you may want to just wipe him down with a damp cloth once a month to avoid having him become chilled.

If you want a fun loving cat who never seems to grow old, then the Devon Rex may just be the perfect breed for you and your family.

About The Cornish Rex

If you ever felt the need to take a second look to be sure the animal in front of you was actually a cat, then you’ve probably already seen a Cornish Rex. These unusual looking cats are very different from other cat breeds in appearance and coat texture. Some people think they look like alien creatures and others feel that they are very similar in appearance to the cats depicted in ancient Egyptian artwork. However, the Cornish Rex actually is a breed that was established in Great Britain in the late twentieth century.

These cats have a build that brings to mind the Italian Greyhound or the Whippet and, just like their canine counterparts, they are very fast animals. The Cornish Rex has a coat that resembles the fashionable crimped hairstyles that were so popular in the early twentieth century. Although it may not look very soft, this cat’s coat is so soft that most people compare it to silk or velvet.

If you think that the Cornish Rex is an ornamental, sedate cat, think again. This breed is downright goofy and playful and never actually outgrows kittenhood. This natural born performer loves to learn new tricks and is quite willing to play fetching and catching games for hours on end. This fun loving nature makes the Rex a natural choice for families, as these cats do not mind children who treat them well.

In fact, this breed loves people so much that it is an extremely bad choice for a career oriented individual who spends a lot of time at work. If no one in your family spends much time in the house, you may want to look for a less sociable cat breed instead. If you do decide that you want a Cornish Rex, consider adding a second cat or a cat friendly dog breed to the household, as well. The company of another animal should help your Rex stave off loneliness.

If you have cat allergies, you may have heard that the Cornish Rex breed is safe for people with allergy problems. While it is true that many people who are allergic to other cat breeds do not seem to suffer from allergies to the Rex, no cat is really hypoallergenic. If you have allergy induced asthma, you may still have a reaction to this breed. However, if you have mild allergies, you may find that you are not allergic to these fascinating cats. Before you buy a Rex kitten, ask the breeder if you can spend some time around a few adult cats first to see if you start sneezing and sniffing.

Since this breed burns a lot of energy, you should look for a cat food diet that is high in protein. Foods that prevent hairballs are rarely necessary, as this breed does not shed a great deal and has very fine hair. If you brush your Cornish Rex once a week to remove loose hair and dander, he should be fine.

So, if you don’t mind having a cat that looks like he could be an alien visitor, then the Cornish Rex may be the perfect breed for you. After all, this cat’s personality more than makes up for his unusual appearance.

A Look at the Colorpoint Shorthair Cat

Even if you’ve never heard of the Colorpoint Shorthair cat before, you may have seen several of these elegant animals. Many people mistake Colorpoint Shorthairs for their close relative, the Siamese. After all, the only real difference in their appearance is that the Colorpoint has a variety of point colors that Siamese cats do not have.

These cats have a graceful body, a long, tapered tail, and a tan or white body color. The points, which include the feet, tail, ears, and face, are in a different color. Recognized Colorpoint colors include Red, Cream, Cinnamon, Fawn, Smoke, or Silver. In addition, this breed can have tortoiseshell, tabby, or particolor patterns in any color. These cats have a long, narrow face with an almost triangular shape and almond shaped eyes.

One of the main reasons people decide to own a Colorpoint Shorthair is the fact that these cats are less likely to cause allergies than most other cat breeds. Of course, someone with allergy induced asthma who is allergic to cats still should not add a cat of any kind to the home, but if you or a family member just suffer from mild allergies and you want to own a cat, then you may want to take a close look at this breed. Just be sure to spend some time around a few Colorpoints before buying a kitten so that you know that you can handle your allergies.

Of course, being a low allergy cat is not the only thing this breed has going for it. The Colorpoint is an outgoing, sociable cat breed and loves to spend time with its family and friends. These cats are ideal family pets, since they seem to enjoy all of the comings and goings in a busy household. Of course, they also love to see what is in all of those intriguing grocery bags, as well.

If you are away from home a lot, the Colorpoint is a poor choice, since the breed thrives on attention. If you do own a Colorpoint and work long hours, you may want to add a second cat to your household. Of course, two cats can get into twice as much mischief and these cats are very active and more playful than most cat breeds.

The Colorpoint requires very little grooming. However, if you are allergic to cats, you may want to give your cat a monthly bath to help control dander. Don’t overbathe your cat or he will suffer from dry skin. In addition, you should groom your cat weekly to remove dander and loose hair.

This breed is very healthy overall. However, since the Colorpoint is very active, you should consider feeding your cat a high protein diet to keep him feeling healthy and strong. In addition, you should be sure that you discuss an immunization schedule with your veterinarian to keep your cat from contracting any common diseases, such as Distemper, Rabies, or Feline Leukemia.

If you want a friendly, intelligent cat that won’t send your allergies into overdrive, then the lovely Colorpoint Shorthair may be the perfect breed for you.

Is a Chartreux Cat Right For You?

If you are looking for a cat breed that is as wonderful as a good French wine, you may want to consider the Chartreux cat. After all, a legend tells that this breed was named for the Chartreuse liquor that Carthusian monks were so famous for. Of course, while it is true that the Chartreux cat is mentioned in Carthusian records as early as the fifteen hundreds, this breed probably received its name because its coat looks similar to the wool of the Chartreux sheep.

The Chartreux cat breed has a thick, wooly coat in a rich gray blue color. This breed is neither a true longhair nor a shorthair, since the outer coat is longer than that of a shorthair, but not as long as that of most longhairs.

A Chartreux cat has a body that is solid and muscular, while its legs are on the short side and slender. Some breeders say this breed looks like a potato with toothpick legs. However, despite its build, the Chartreux moves quickly and gracefully and has a reputation for being an excellent mouser. One of the most eye catching characteristics of this breed is the way his mouth curves in a perpetual, sweet smile. These cats weigh in at anywhere from seven to seventeen pounds, with cats at the heavier end of this weight range being the ideal.

If you enjoy interacting with your pets and teaching them tricks, then this breed is an ideal choice for you. The Chartreux is a breed that loves to hang out with family members and thrives on attention. In addition, these intelligent cats have a reputation for being quick learners. Most of them learn to come when they are called and will fetch toys.

People who do not spend much time at home should consider looking for a different breed, since this dog like cat loves people and is really unhappy spending a lot of time alone. Since the Chartreux is a breed that doesn’t seek out other cats for company, getting another kitten to keep your cat from feeling so lonely when you are working may not make much of a difference.

This breed is on the quiet side. When the Chartreux does talk, it has a high pitched meow. It will also occasionally give a soft chirp instead.

Before you name your Chartreux kitten, you may want to talk to your breeder. This cat breed has an interesting naming tradition. All kittens born in a certain year are given names that start with the same letter. Names that start with the letters K, Q, W, X, Y, and Z are never used.

This breed’s wool like coat does need frequent grooming to avoid matting. You should be prepared to comb your cat’s hair at least once a week to keep him looking beautiful, and you may actually need to groom him more often.

If you want a sweet natured and intelligent cat that is on the quiet side, then the Chartreux may be the ideal breed for you.

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