sokoke cat
For pet parents ready to take a walk on the wild side, it doesn't get much wilder (or rarer) than the Sokoke cat, also sometimes called a Sokoke hybrid because it was originally thought to be a hybrid between a wildcat and a domestic feline. Turns out these exceptionally hard-to-find kitties aren't hybrids at all, but instead are simply a very rare breed of domestic cat originating in the Sokoke area of eastern Kenya in Africa. Despite their wild origins and exotic appearance, these bouncy cats are renowned for their friendliness and eagerness to hang out with their human families. What else stands out about these unique cats? Well, for starters . . .

Sokoke Cat Physical Traits

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One look at this cat and it's easy to see why they are often mistaken for wildcats. While smaller than their wild cousins, they are still medium-sized cats with lean, muscular, athletic bodies that make them outstanding runners and jumpers. Their hind legs are just a bit longer and higher up than their front legs, leading to a pronounced arch in the back and a distinctive gait that makes them look as if they are walking on their tip toes. Don't mistake this for daintiness, though, as these kitties are rough and tumble and love to run around to get into whatever adventures they can find.
Further lending to their wildcat-like appearance, the Sokoke has a very short, thin coat that only naturally occurs in a blotchy, light brown to chestnut-colored tabby pattern that some have said resembles tree bark in appearance (though thankfully not texture).
Sokoke cats also have unique heads and faces. Their ears are more rounded at the tips compared to most domestic cats, and their heads are small compared to the rest of the body. Their noses are long and straight, giving them a distinctly regal appearance. Coupled with their wide-set oval eyes in shades of amber or green, these kitties will look every part the king or queen of the house from atop the high perch they'll undoubtedly claim as their own in your home.

Sokoke Cat Personality

sokoke cat outside
For pet parents looking for a feline friend to truly integrate with the family, Sokoke cats are a great choice. These playful cats have "dog-like" personalities, in that they form deep, lasting bonds with their human family members and generally adapt well to whatever life throws at them, including strangers, children, and other pets that might scare or annoy more timid cats. The Sokoke is a highly intelligent breed that can be taught tricks and be leash trained for owners who'd like to pop a harness on their furry friend and go for a trek in the wilderness (or just around the block).
Like all cats, the Sokoke's wild ancestry and evolution have made him a fierce hunter, and his strong muscles ensure he can leap to high points. Accordingly, pet parents shouldn't be surprised to find their Sokoke hanging out atop the fridge or some other high point in the house; they like to keep an eye on everything, and they like to be as far above the ground as possible to get a better lay of the land.
If you know anything about cats, it's that they generally prefer to stay out of water. Not the Sokoke! This breed loves water and might even go for a dip if given the opportunity. This can be a source of great amusement if you're prepared for it, but it can also be rather startling when your Sokoke barges in on you in the bathtub or the pool and starts swimming laps. You might enjoy having a new swim buddy, but if that's not quite your thing, you might want to give your kitty some quality play time if you find that he enjoys water; otherwise, he might decide to turn his water dish--and your floor--into a tiny swimming pool on his own!
Do you have a Sokoke? Is he a swimmer, or does he prefer to observe us mere mortals from on high? Let us know in the comment section down below!


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black german rex cat

When you want a beautiful, intelligent feline that bonds quickly with your family, turn to the German Rex cat. German Rex cats love nothing more than to curl up in your lap after a feisty play session. Before you decide to bring a German Rex cat into your home, though, you should learn more about the breed’s traits to make sure it will fit into your family.

Physical Traits of German Rex Cats

German Rex cats have medium-sized bodies. They also have long legs packed with strong muscles, so they can leap higher than you probably expect. Big, triangular ears will also help you recognize a German Rex cat.

When it comes to fur, most German Rex cats have short, thick fur that feels amazing to rub. If you let the coat grow out a bit, the hairs will start to curl, which makes the felines even more adorable. No cat lover can resist petting the thick, curly coat of a German Rex. You can try to resist, but you will fail!

German Rex cats come in a huge variety of colors. Some common colors include red, brown, frost, cinnamon, black, white, and chestnut. The blue ones look particularly amazing, especially in the right light.

Can’t decide which color you like most? You don’t have to decide because German Rex cats often have mixed colors, including calico and tortoiseshell.

German Rex Cats Have Serious Smarts

german rex cat

Don’t bring a German Rex cat into your home just because you love its cute looks. These cats have high intellects… compared to other cats, of course. They’re basically the Einsteins of the cat world.

A smart cat sounds great, right? Just make sure you have enough time to keep them stimulated. Without daily playtime, your super-smart kitten can turn into an evil genius that manages to invade your kitchen cabinets and escape from the house. Maybe they’re the Houdinis of the cat world?

As long as you set aside time to play with your German Rex cat, it will settle down for intense snuggles. The breed bonds quickly with its human family. Don’t feel surprised when this little fur ball demands to curl up at the foot of your bed.

Taking Care of a German Rex Cat

German Rex cats don’t require a lot of maintenance. The short hair doesn’t need much attention. Over a few months, though, the fur may get a bit greasy. When that happens, take your kitty to a groomer or give her a bath at home.

If you feel too lazy to bathe your cat, just think about how it will feel when the grease ball starts rubbing its head against your face. That should give you plenty of motivation!

Taking care of a German Rex cat gets easier when you choose PrettyLitter over conventional cat box litter. If you have one cat, you only need a four-pound bag of PrettyLitter per month. The company will even send the next bag to you on time to prevent any odd smells in your home.

Perhaps best of all, you don’t have to pick wet clumps out of the litter. PrettyLitter absorbs moisture and eliminates it. Other than changing the litter once a month, you don’t have anything to worry about.

Now that you know more about German Rex cats, do you think you should get one for your home? What qualities appeal to you most?


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grey raas cat

Raas cats get their name from Raas Island in Indonesia. If you want to find a Raas cat, then you have to travel to their place of origin. Nearly all of the world’s Raas cats live on the island. The few that don’t live there have been shipped from Indonesia to other locations where they live as pets.

Since Raas cats have been domesticated, you can technically keep them as pets. Their beauty makes them particularly attractive to cat enthusiasts. Unfortunately, they have strong personalities, so they don’t always get along with their owners. If you have one, treat it with respect!

Physical Traits of Raas Cats

Raas cats evolved in seclusion without interbreeding with other cat breeds. Living on an island makes it pretty difficult for animals to find new mates. Plus, you know how much cats hate water! Even the possibility of dating a new kitty won’t get them to put their paws in the sea.

The seclusion of evolving on an island gave Raas cats several notable traits.

You can identify Raas cats by their green, ovular eyes and large bodies. Look for bent ends on their ails, too.

Most have characteristics similar to bobcats. For example, they have squarish faces and triangular chins. They also have triangular ears.

Raas cats come in a variety of colors. Many even have multiple colors just like common housecats. Some of the most elegant Raas cats, however, have a dark black color with a blue sheen. If you find one like that, then you will fall in love instantly.

Training a Raas Cat to Live as a Pet

black raas cat

Technically, Raas cats fall into the domestic cat category. People on Raas Island and nearby areas keep them as pets. The cats, however, have strong personalities that don’t bend easily to human commands. They don’t like to take orders from anyone.

You can train a Raas cat to live as a pet, but expect it to take some time. In the meantime, protect your furniture from their sharp claws. If you find a rather feisty Raas cat, you should also keep your skin covered until it has been trained not to scratch or bite.

The cats don’t have a ferocious nature, but they can get quite rough when annoyed. Just watch where you put your hands and pay attention to the cat’s demeanor. When it hisses or arches its back, take the warning seriously and back off for a while!

Since it will take some time for a Raas cat to adjust to its new home, make life easier on yourself and the pet by choosing a hassle-free kitty litter. With PrettyLitter, you only need a four-pound bag of kitty litter for your cat each month. Plus, you only have to change the litter once a month. When the next bag of PrettyLitter arrives in the mail, just dump the old bag and replace it with the new litter. You’ll keep your house clean and your cat happy without invading its space more often than necessary.

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You can find a lot of information about the Kellas hybrid cat online. Not all of the information that you find, though, tells the truth. This article separates the myths and facts about the Kellas hybrid cat so you will know accurate information about this interesting, rare breed.

Myth: Kellas Hybrid Cats Don’t Exist

For a long time, many people put Kellas hybrid cats in the same category as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. No one could produce a specimen, so it made sense for people to reject the species as a myth.

That changed in 1984 when a Scottish gamekeeper found a dead Kellas cat caught in a snare. Poor, kitty! The species quickly leaped from the realms of cryptozoology to an independent breed known to roam the countryside.

Today, you can see a mounted specimen of a Kellas cat at the University of Aberdeen’s Zoology Museum. The cats still turn up occasionally in areas like Fife and Aberdeen.

Fact: Kellas Hybrid Cats Can Reach Nearly Four Feet Long

Researchers don’t have many examples of Kellas cats, but they have found specimens that measure 43 inches long. That doesn’t include the tail, which can reach 12 inches long. Overall, you could find a Kellas hybrid cat measuring 55 inches from the tip of its head to the tip of its tail.

Fact: Kellas Cats Come From a Wild Breed

sith cat

Biologists don’t consider Kellas cats a formal breed of cat. Instead, the cat comes from a hybrid of domestic cats and a wild breed found in Scotland. The feral Scottish cat has bred with several species of domestic cats, which makes it nearly impossible to categorize the Kellas hybrid. Commonly, though, people still refer to the hybrids as Kellas cats.

Myth: You Can Keep a Kellas Cat as a Pet

If you find a Kellas kitten in the wild, you might think that it would make a good pet. After all, they look similar to other kittens. They just have heads that look a little too big for their bodies.

Over time, though, the kitten will grow into a wildcat with instincts to hunt and kill. Trying to keep one as a pet will put you, your loved ones, and other animals in danger. Even captive-born Kellas cats don’t change their wild ways.

Don’t expect a grown Kellas cat to curl up in your lap on a cold night. More likely, the cat will use its extremely strong hind legs and claws to destroy everything in your home. So long, couch!

Fact: Kellas Cats Are the Rarest Mammal in Britain

kellas cat

Very few Kellas cats still live in Britain. The few that remain typically live in the Scottish Highlands or in captivity. Scientists want to keep the species alive because it represents the last of Britain’s native cats.

Kellas hybrid cats don’t make good pets, but they deserve the chance to live in the wild where they can hunt prey and enjoy their lives. The cats can still interbreed with household cats, though. If you live anywhere near the Scottish Highlands, you should keep your cat indoors to prevent interbreeding. You do not want your cat to give birth to a litter of Kellas hybrids. Once they reach maturity, they will ruin your home.

What do you think about Kellas hybrid cats? Do you want to find one in the wild, or would you prefer letting them live in the wild?


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pixie-bob cat
According to the International Cat Association (TICA), there are at least 71 breeds of cats to choose from. Even with so many different breeds, the Pixie-Bob cat is an amazing animal that stands out. There are several great reasons to own a Pixie-Bob cat.

1. Pixie-Bob Cats have a Very Unique Look

Pixie-Bob cats generally have a muscular build, with jagged black stripes and a rich tawny color. They tend to be medium to large in size. Female cats can weigh up to 12 pounds while the males can sometimes weigh as much as 25 pounds.
Beyond their beautiful appearance and large size, these cats have many unique features. Their tails are much shorter than the average cat. Pixie-Bobs are also polydactyl. This means they sometimes have more toes than other breeds.

2. Pixie-Bob Cats are Highly Intelligent

pixie-bob cat on white background
Family Pet states that this breed is incredibly intelligent and has a very interesting way of communicating. They often chatter and chirp rather than meow. Their affectionate personalities and natural intelligence makes them easy to train.
They can learn several commands as well as learning their name. They can even be taught to walk on a leash like a dog. With a cat as smart as the Pixie-Bob, you're bound to have lots of fun!

3. Pixie-Bob Cats are Extremely Affectionate

Cats have a reputation for being aloof, but the Pixie-Bob cat can be very affectionate. Even though they can be large and have a "wild" look, they tend to be very laid-back. These cats love to be around people and enjoy receiving lots of attention.
If you're looking for a cat to snuggle up with and form a close bond, the Pixie-Bob cat may be for you. Along with being affectionate, the Pixie-Bob cat is usually very playful and displays high levels of energy.

4. Pixie-Bob Cats are Generally Very Healthy

pixie-bob kittens
When you choose this particular breed you're likely to have a pet that will enjoy many years of good health, sometimes living into their late teens. These cats have a thick coat and should have their coats brushed once a week to keep them shiny and to remove dead hair. They can have either long or short hair. The long hair tends to be silkier while the short-haired Pixie Bobs usually have thicker coats.
According to the Happy Cat Site, there are a few health concerns to watch for. The genetic mutation that normally causes the Pixie-Bob cat to have a very short tail can also potentially lead to changes in the back legs and nerves. Sometimes elimination problems and reduced hind leg control can result.

5. Pixie-Bob Cats Have an Interesting History

The Pixie-Bob cat has the look of a wild bobcat and many people may think they're probably related. According to, it was believed that the breed started when a litter was discovered from what was suspected to be the mating of a barn cat and a wild American bobcat.
This is a legend, however, without any real scientific proof to back up the claim. The Pixie-Bob cat is considered a domestic cat, and there aren't any legal restrictions regarding ownership.

6. Pixie-Bob Cats are Good with Children

pixie-bob cat laying down
This particular breed is a great choice if you have a family. Pixie-Bob cats are devoted and loyal to their owners, making them the perfect pet for children. They tend to easily bond with their families.
They can get along well with other pets and have been known to even act as a "watchdog" over the family. Their affectionate nature and ability to adapt to different situations makes them good childhood companions.
There are lots of great breeds to choose from, but the Pixie-Bob cat offers a fun mix of interesting attributes that set them apart from many other types of cats. Leave your comments below and tell us what you think of the Pixie-Bob cat!


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grey scottish fold cat

If you’re looking for more information about Scottish Fold cats, then you’ve come to the right place! Perhaps you are considering this breed as a pet, or maybe you are looking for more information concerning their care and cat litter box health and maintenance. The following will cover this unique breed’s origin, characteristics, temperament, and special considerations.

Scottish Fold Breed Origin

The Scottish Fold breed originated in Scotland with a folded-ear cat named Susie back in the 1960’s. Through the breeding of her offspring a genetic mutation occurred, resulting in a dominant gene of folded ears that can be passed on if only one of the parent’s carries the gene. There are two varieties of the Scottish Fold, a long-haired and a short-haired variation. The long-haired variation is also known as a Highland Fold. First brought to the United States in 1971, the Scottish Fold quickly gained recognition with many of the cat associations.

Physical Characteristics

two scottish fold cats

In addition to their folded ears, the Scottish Fold breed has distinct characteristics including large rounded eyes, a stub nose, and a rounded body. The legs can vary between short and medium length. Weekly brushing and monthly bathing will help to ensure your Scottish Fold maintains a healthy, shiny coat. If you own one these felines with long hair, special attention to their coat will help to prevent mats. It is recommended that long-haired Scottish Folds, or otherwise known as Highland Folds, be brushed twice a week. You can achieve a healthy coat with the use of a quality steel comb.

Breed Temperament

Since the Scottish Fold is known to be friendly and calm, this breed works very well in a home with children and cat-friendly dogs. They are also known to get along well with other household cats. These felines are fond of attention and playtime. They are known to follow their owners around and some have even been known to play fetch! This breed can also be vocal, but don’t worry, their voice tends to be on the softer side. Since this breed requires a good deal of attention, these cats need a home that has the time to devote to them. If your potential cat will be left home for several hours on end a day this may not be the best breed for your family.

Special Considerations

grey striped scottish fold cat

As with any cat breed, there are special considerations regarding their health and care to go over. The Scottish Fold breed is predisposed to both degenerative joint disease, as well as heart disease. If proper care and regular veterinarian visits are adhered to, this breed can live an average of 15 years.

Regular grooming, including bathing, brushing, dental care, and nail trimming will help to ensure your pet’s overall health. Included in care should be attention to your cat’s litter box. To maintain your feline’s health, you should keep a clean and sanitary litter box area. PrettyLitter was designed with your cat’s health in mind. Our formula helps to keep moisture and odor away, resulting in less frequent litter box maintenance and a healthy, happy cat.

You should now have a better understanding of the Scottish Fold breed’s origin, physical characteristics, temperament, and overall unique needs. With proper attention and care, this amazing breed of feline has the potential to become a wonderful addition to any home. Do you have a personal experience with this breed? If so, we would love to hear about it! Comment below and share your love for this special feline!


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himalayan cat

You probably came upon this article looking for more information regarding Himalayan cats. Maybe you are curious to learn more about their origin, characteristics, or suitability as a pet. Perhaps you are wondering what litter works best for their cat litter box. The following will cover everything you need to know about this beautiful breed.

Himalayan Cat Origin

The Himalayan breed came about with the crossbreeding of Siamese and Persian cats. The goal at this time was to develop a breed that had the color point of a Siamese with the long hair of a Persian. The Himalayan was first recognized as a breed in 1957 by The Cat Fanciers Association. The breed was then reclassified in 1984 as a color variety of the Persian breed by the board of directors of The Cat Fanciers Association.

Himalayan Physical Characteristics


The Himalayan has a beautiful long coat that is seen in a variety of colors. Commonly you will see a cream-colored body with a darker face. The body of this breed is stocky, with short, thin legs that accompany a broad chest and shoulders. Other common physical characteristics include a stubby nose, large round eyes, and small ears.

With a long-haired cat, regular maintenance of their coat is essential. Daily grooming and a monthly bathing will help to prevent mats in their fur. As with any long-haired breed, they are also known to get litter in their fur. Be sure to keep an eye on their litter box and their coat to ensure that they are not collecting any debris that will lead to health and coat issues.

Breed Temperament

With a sweet and calm personality, the Himalayan cat is fond of people and is often known as a great lap cat. Not known to be a jumper or climber, the Himalayan is often seen lounging when they’re not playing with their toys or enjoying human affection. For those with children, the Himalayan cat may be perfect for your family, as this breed is known to be great with kids!

Special Considerations

himalayan cat laying on floor

As with any breed of cat, the Himalayan can be prone to certain health issues. The main points of concern for this feline entail their eyes, breathing, teeth, kidneys, and nervous system. With their long coat comes the possibility for this breed to become overheated in warmer months. Be sure to keep your Himalayan cool with fresh cold water and an air-conditioned environment during the warmer months.

This breed is also known for their predisposition to polycystic kidney disease and feline hyperesthesia syndrome, which is a nervous disorder. It is important to maintain your feline’s health with regular exams by your veterinarian. As with any feline, routine nail and dental care will help to ensure your cat’s longtime good health.

An important part of your cat’s health also involves litter box maintenance. PrettyLitter was designed with your cat’s health in mind. Our formula works to absorb and eliminate moisture and odor from your cat’s litter box. This, in turn, means a healthier and happier cat, as well as happy owners because PrettyLitter results in easier litter box maintenance.

You should now have a better understanding of the Himalayan breed’s origin, physical characteristics, and overall unique needs. With proper attention and care, this amazing breed has the potential to become a wonderful addition to any home. Do you have a personal experience with this breed? If so, we would love to hear about it! Comment below and share your adoration for this lovable feline!


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california spangled cat

Thinking of getting a four-legged friend? Choosing a new pet takes thought and consideration. You must be sure the pet is a good fit for you and your family to ensure a happy home for both you and your future pet. Whether you're single or have children, here are five reasons why the California Spangled Cat may be the best pet companion for you.

1. They Are Particularly Affectionate

Lots of people choose dogs over cats for the simple reason that most cats tend to be a little more independent and aren't normally fans of too much affection. The California Spangled Cat is just not like the rest, as these kitties absolutely love showing and receiving affection. They are warm, docile, and loving pets to keep around the house. They quickly form bonds with their owners and very much enjoy cozying up to and showing affection to those who care for them. They also get along very well with other cats so if you already own some, you don't have to worry about the newcomer having any trouble fitting in at home.

2. They Are Highly Intelligent

callifornia spangled kittens

Though bred to resemble wild cats, California Spangled Cats are actually very easy to tame. They have a deep level of understanding by comparison to other pets, including other breeds of cat. This makes it significantly easier to train them and teach them the household pet rules. The only drawback to their high level of intelligence is that they are also quite good at showering their owners with affection in order to get what they want, but it's such a darn cute characteristic that you'll have a hard time being upset!

3. They Are Very Energetic and Playful

Whoever said cats aren't as playful as dogs obviously never met a California Spangled Cat. These cats are particularly energetic and playful. Because they are such loving companions, they truly enjoy playing not only with other pets, but with their owners, as well. Their active personalities mean they are always ready and willing to play, run around, and impress their owners with almost acrobatic-like skills! The California Spangled Cat is also a very social breed so they will be just as kind and playful with visitors at your home as they are with you.

4. They're Hypoallergenic

california spangled

The California Spangled Cat is pretty good at cleaning itself and while a good grooming from time to time is a good idea, these cats produce little to no dander. Not only does that mean minimal grooming and way less cleanup around the house, but it also means they are hypoallergenic. In fact, people with known cat allergies normally have no issues with the California Spangled Cat.

5. They Are Not Aggressive

Though their spotted coats may look wild, the California Spangled Cat is anything but. It was bred specifically to resemble a wild cat but doesn't have any aggressive character traits under normal circumstances. This breed is very docile, gentle, and loving. Though they can be energetic, their energy is always directed towards play and exercise and never toward harming surrounding pets or people. On the contrary, they are particularly fond of children and other pets and are always gentle. Requiring little more than love and ample time to stretch and play both indoors and outdoors, the California Spangled Cat remains one of the easiest breeds of cat to own and care for.


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american short hair cat

If there’s ever been an iconic cat, it’s the American Shorthair. Chances are you or someone you know has a Shorthair, and for good reason, it’s one of the most popular cat breeds in America! Famous for its friendly and relaxed attitude, this is a cat that just does it all. Fine with being alone and comfortable in social settings, the Shorthair is playful and loves to frolic with friends.

Playful Personality

American Shorthair cats are adaptable cats that mesh well with a wide range of personality types. Looking for a companion that loves to play? The American shorthair never says no to games with family members or strangers. Even better, these felines are also comfortable being alone for long periods of time.

It’s best to cultivate your Shorthair’s personality from a young age. Introducing your new cat to humans in a relaxed, familiar environment is a good approach. If you have other pets, keep an eye on them while they figure out who your friend is. American Shorthairs love to play, so feel free to use toys and treats!

Fans of sleeping in the sun, American Shorthairs are more than happy to spend quality time relaxing in a warm place. Don’t worry if your cat seeks out some solace—these animals don’t need constant attention.

Looks and Aesthetics

The American Shorthair weighs between six and fifteen pounds. Most of that is muscle! American Shorthairs are strong animals, after all: a true working cat breed that excels at vigorous exercise. Shorthairs come in almost every color known to man, with over 80 colors and patterns.

Care and Health

american shorthair

Caring for your American Shorthair’s coat is important—stick to daily brushing. Your cat will take care of the rest. You can expect the coat to thicken during the winter months and thin back out when summer arrives. Trimming nails should be part of a regular bathing regimen as well.

American Shorthairs are notoriously resilient companions. However, there are a few medical problems common to cats that may crop up. For example, a malformation of the hip joint, or hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia can range from a minor annoyance to debilitating pain. Causes are genetic, so taking your cat in for a check-up regularly is a good idea, and especially if your friend shows signs of pain when moving.

It’s a good idea to have your veterinarian keep an eye out for early onset enlargement of the heart muscle (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM). HCM is the result of genetic factors (not nutrition!), so keep an eye out for any breeder that tells you otherwise.

Keeping your kitty’s smile spotless is not the easiest task in the world, but it’s important for maintaining dental health. Start a dental hygiene program from a young age—use pet-specific feline toothbrushes and paste and get your cat used to the process. It’s not unusual for cats to dislike brushing at first, but slowly working your way towards regular brushing is an excellent idea.


If you’re looking for an adaptable and versatile feline companion, the American Shorthair cat is an excellent choice. It’s the most popular cat in America for good reason—happy alone or with friends, the American Shorthair is independent and takes minimal care. Beautiful, playful, and always happy to see you, this is a breed that simply does not disappoint!


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colorpoint shorthair cat

If you've ever wondered about this unique looking kitty, here is all about Colorpoint Shorthair cats. This is a friendly, affectionate breed with very distinctive features that make them easy to pick out of a lineup - not that they want to do anything bad. In fact, these cats love playing with toys or curled up in your lap to talk about their day.

The History of the Colorpoint Shorthair Cat

According to the Cat Fanciers Association, this is a man-made breed.
In the 1940s-1950s, a few adventurous breeders decided that the     beautiful Siamese would look nice in red. A seal point Siamese was bred to a red tabby American Shorthair, and a breed was born! CFA advanced the Colorpoints to championship status in 1964 with the red and cream points, and advanced the lynx and tortie points in 1969.

In today's world, the Colorpoint has a head type just like the Siamese and includes 16 amazing colors.

Features and Characteristics

colorpoint shorthair cat

One of the most distinctive features of the Colorpoint Shorthair is its unique face. They have a wedge-shaped face with huge ears that flare out like sound-seeking beacons.

Their eyes are a striking blue color and almond shaped. While the eyes slant towards the nose, it is in perfect synchronicity with the shape of their face - making them look regal and fit for royalty. 

Their bodies are sturdy and long with an elegant presence that will fit in at any cocktail party or fundraising gala, but seriously, this is one beautiful and graceful cat.

The Colorpoint Shorthair Cat Personality

One of the areas that the Colorpoint Shorthair Cat excels is its personality. This is a cat that is very vocal and loves to talk about everything from their favorite play toy to what they had for dinner. 

Along with being vocal, the Colorpoint Shorthair is also extremely loyal, which means he'll never talk behind your back. In fact, this is a cat that loves to cuddle and be near you whenever possible. This is not the cat for you if you want peace and quiet because much like the Siamese, they can be loud, but for those of you who love a chatty catty, this is a perfect addition to your home.

These cats are very intelligent so keep them entertained with plenty of toys and things to keep them athletic and mind-busy. 

Health Concerns

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Since the Colorpoint Shorthair is identical to the Siamese, the health concerns are the same. However, these are the usual health concerns that you find with any mixed breed or full bred cat.

Keep an eye out for things like crossed eyes, lymphoma, amyloidosis, asthma, heart defects, and renal issues. However, these are examples of what to look for with any cat - not just this particular breed. 

This is a cat that usually lives 12 to 17 years, so, with attention to their care, you'll have a friend for many years. 

An Excellent Family Member

Since the Colorpoint Shorthair is easy to groom, good around children, pet-friendly, and loves to play - this is a cat perfect for most homes. 

Have you ever had a Colorpoint Shorthair Cat? If you answered "yes!", tell us in the comments what your thoughts are. 


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