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

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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

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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

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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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cat litter cabinet

We know that there are many things for pet owners to consider when raising a feline, and a cat litter cabinet is one investment that can make your home and your cat life even more enjoyable! Cats make wonderful companions but sometimes it's tricky to find a great way to deal with the odor and mess of their litter box. Cats are just like the rest of us - they need to go and they need a place to go! Litter boxes don't have to be smelly, unsightly messes. Here are some of the benefits of having a cat litter cabinet in your home.

What Is a Cat Litter Cabinet

A cat litter cabinet is like a small house for your litter box. Instead of just being a flat box with litter in it, it is designed with a top or is a standalone cabinet with an opening for the cat to crawl in and out of and a door that opens to allow you to remove the box for easy litter scooping and changing. You can think of it like a dog house but a place where the kitty doesn't hang out or sleep - just a place to use the bathroom!

Conceal the Mess

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The number one benefit of a cat litter cabinet is to hide the mess of the litter box! Many people have clever spots to tuck away the litter box, like a bathroom or laundry room, but sometimes there is not enough room or no convenient space to hide it away. There's no reason you have to have a big box of cat litter out in the open in any room. A cat litter cabinet lets you keep the litter box behind closed doors so it doesn't look messy.

Hide the Smell

Another benefit of a cat litter box is that it keeps the smell of the litter under wraps. If you scoop litter regularly, which we all should, litter boxes shouldn't smell too bad, but it's also never pleasant to have anyone's toilet right out in the middle of a room! Investing in a cat litter box is a good way to prevent the smell of the box from permeating the whole room.

Extra Decor

different versions of cat cabinet

Cat litter boxes can also make wonderful decor in any room. They come in all kinds of cool and funky designs that make interesting additions to any rooms, including living rooms, family rooms, bathrooms or bedrooms - wherever is convenient for you to keep it. Some double as side tables or bathroom stands and you can pick a color and style that match whatever room you choose.

Privacy for Your Cat

Cats like a litter box that is in a quiet space and gives them a little privacy. However, they don't like to be boxed in completely. Having a cat litter cabinet means a space where a cat can retreat to in peace but also be able to see out through the opening to be able to see and hear other people or animals and not feel trapped.

Cats, like the rest of us, need a good place to go when they have to go! You have to keep a litter box in your home somewhere so a cat litter box is a great way to make sure it is both attractive and hides the sight and smell of the litter. It also gives your cat a cozy and private place to go to the bathroom! Do you use a cat litter cabinet in your home?

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Roundworms are common parasites that many cat parents will have to deal with at some point. These nasty critters are especially dangerous for kittens and elderly cats, as well as cats with weakened immune systems.

Thankfully, there are preventative measures you can take to help keep your kitty safe and healthy, and there are also treatments available that can keep an infestation under control or eradicate it completely.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about roundworms, and probably some things you wish you never learned.

What Are Roundworms?

Roundworms found in cats are officially known as Toxocara cati, as opposed to the rarer Toxascaris leonina, which can infect both cats and dogs. As the name implies, roundworms are, well, round worms that look like white strings when seen with the naked eye. They can be up to 6 inches long and often resemble spaghetti. They "swim" through the intestine and steal precious nutrients from your cat's digestive system.

While healthy adult cats can get by with an unwanted roundworm guest, large numbers of the parasites can cause serious, even life-threatening symptoms, especially in weak cats that are very young or very old or otherwise suffer from various health problems.

Symptoms of Roundworm Infection

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Many cats infected with roundworms are asymptomatic, meaning you might never know about the ailment. One of the easiest symptoms to observe is seeing white, rice-like flecks in your cat's stool or stuck to the fur around the cat's behind.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Lethargy
  • Abdominal swelling, typically referred to as a "potbelly"
  • Vomiting
  • Chronic hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Stomach upset

In severe cases, cats can develop a cough and/or pneumonia, which is a sign the worms have migrated from the intestine and infested the lungs.

How Cats Get Roundworm

Roundworms are highly contagious and very common--never a good combination. The parasites are frequently present in kittens, as the infection can pass through the placenta and through the mother cat's milk. Many cats are thus infected as kittens, but they can also acquire roundworms by eating infected animals like rodents, worms, and birds. The infection can also be passed by a cat eating or even just sniffing infected stool, plants, and dirt, as roundworm eggs can lie dormant for months or years before hatching.

Roundworm Prevention

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There is no foolproof way to totally prevent roundworm infection, but there are steps you can take to help protect your furry friend. The best prevention begins very early on. Because kittens are commonly infected at birth, they should be given deworming treatments regularly. Your veterinarian will establish the proper schedule with you, but usually this entails treatment about every two weeks from age three to nine weeks, and then at regular intervals afterward.

After that, try to keep your cat indoors as much as possible to limit potential exposure. Indoor-only cats are highly unlikely to encounter infected animals, soil, or waste. That said, be diligent about pest and insect control to keep your cat from eating something that might be infected.

If you suspect your cat has roundworms, take him or her to the vet for an examination. The vet will likely test a stool sample in addition to doing a physical exam. If it's determined that the cat is infected, your vet will then begin deworming treatment.

Roundworm Treatment

If your cat develops a roundworm infection, your vet will most likely prescribe a pill or liquid dewormer. Because adult roundworms, eggs, and larvae are not affected equally, it will take at least two (and possibly more) treatments to fully eliminate the infection. The first dose of medication will kill the adult roundworms, but not any larvae and/or eggs that are present. A second visit, usually a month or two later, is necessary to administer another dose to kill those eggs that have hatched. If symptoms persist, a third treatment may be required.

If you have a multi-cat home and suspect one is infected, you should have all your cats treated at the same time. The parasite can be passed quickly, so even if a second cat isn't showing symptoms yet, it might already be infected.

Finally, make sure to keep your cats' bedding and litter boxes clean to help reduce the possible spread of infection.

Have you ever had to battle a roundworm infection in your home? Share your stories and tips in the comments below!

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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

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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.

Conclusion

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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When cats get bit by fleas, it can cause them to be very uncomfortable because their skin can become irritated and very itchy. It’s best to do everything that you can to treat flea bites as quickly as you can and prevent them if at all possible. The following guide walks you through a few tips and tricks to use to keep your cat as comfortable as possible when it comes to fleas.

Make Flea Prevention Treats

Preventing the fleas from biting your pets at all is the best way to keep their skin from becoming irritated. A great way to keep your cat from being bit is to make flea prevention treats for them to have once a day. Mix 1/4 cup of brewer’s yeast with ¾ cup of melted coconut oil in a blender. Pour the mixture into a small square dish with a flat bottom. Put the dish into the refrigerator and allow it to harden. Cut the mixture into even sections and store in a zippered bag in the refrigerator. Give one to your cat a day to keep fleas at bay.

Feed Your Pet the Right Food

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In order to prevent fleas from biting your pet, try to keep them as healthy as possible. Feeding them healthy food that isn’t filled with fillers or chemicals can make them less tempting to fleas and make their skin less sensitive if fleas bite them. Read the labels on the bag and see if the first ingredient is corn or wheat. The first ingredient is the one that is used the most and it should be a meat or protein, rather than a filler like corn or wheat.

Create a Flea Spray

Another great way to keep fleas at bay is to spray your cat daily with a preventative flea spray. Mix ½ tsp of baking soda with ½ a teaspoon of salt. Mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup warm water. Slowly add the wet mixture to the dry mixture so that the reaction that occurs when you mix vinegar and baking soda can be kept to a minimal. Transfer the mixture into a spray bottle and spray your cat daily to avoid a flea infestation.

Create a Smoothing Shampoo

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If your cat has been infested with fleas, mix ½ cup of mild dish soap, ½ cup of white vinegar and 2 cups of water together to create a shampoo. Wet the cat slightly and lather him or her with the shampoo. Let the lather sit for five minutes and then rinse the cat thoroughly. The mixture will suffocate the fleas and soothe your cat's skin at the same time.

Create a Skin Balm

Flea bites can irritate the skin. Mix ¼ cup coconut oil, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/8 cup beeswax, with 8 drops of lavender essential oil and peppermint essential oil and microwave for thirty seconds. Stir everything together, place the mixture in a container, and allow to harden in the refrigerator. Rub some of the balms on affected areas of your cat's skin and within a few days, the tenderness should subside.

If you notice that you aren’t able to prevent fleas or able to treat bites your cat has, you may want to take him or her to the vet. A veterinarian can provide medicated treatments that can soothe the issue quickly and easily.

 

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Did you realize that you can easily sign up for a monthly cat litter subscription?

That's right, every month - new fresh cat litter is waiting at your front door. And it only gets better from there...

But first - if you own a cat, you need good cat litter. 

That's a no-brainer.
 
But, you also need cat litter which is good quality, will last a long time, and won't keep putting out a terrible smell.
 
These should be no-brainers as well, but every cat owner has been let down at some stage.
 
Plus, is there anything more annoying than having to buy cat litter?

Shopping for cat litter is pretty boring. Lifting and carrying heavy bags is not fun.

Don't carry the weight. Let it come to you.

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Does this sound familiar? You're at the supermarket with a full shopping cart when your brain decides to chime in with: “...oh, by the way, don't forget to grab that gigantic 40-pound bag of the cat's special toilet sand!
 
There should be a better way. Cat litter that never runs out. Cat litter which completely absorbs all the bad smells, and doesn't need changing all the time. Cat litter that can even tell you when your cat is sick – wouldn't that be a life changer?
 

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The last thing any cat owner wants is for their little fur baby to be hiding a medical problem. PrettyLitter actually changes color to help identify common illnesses, such as kidney or bladder infections. This is great news for your furry friends, and can also take the stress out of worrying about your cat's health.

People love PrettyLitter almost as much as cats love naps.

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Being a cat owner is a lot like becoming a parent – you have to provide shelter, food, entertainment and even consider cat birth control. What measures are you taking to prepare for the day your cat becomes a parent? Just as with children, it’s essential to take precautions to ensure this happens at the right time.

Some cat owners love the idea of having litters of kittens, while others want just one cat. Either way, it’s important to use some type of birth control to either regulate when your cat has kittens or prevent it altogether.

Let’s take a look at why this is important and what methods you can use today.

Why Cat Birth Control is Essential

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If you’re a cat owner and have yet to consider why cat birth control is important, then this section is for you. Let’s take a quick look at some of the reasons why you should start using some form of cat birth control:

  • Your cat can become impregnated at just 5 months old
  • Your cat can have two liters of cats per mating season
  • Neonatal kittens must feed every few hours (just like an infant)
  • Shelters have a problem with adopting adult cats due to an influx of kittens
  • Roughly 70% of cats in shelters are euthanized

Some of these facts are rather dismal but can be hindered with cat birth control. Let’s review how.

Quarantine as Cat Birth Control

No, quarantining isn’t just for viral diseases. You can also use it to keep your cat from getting pregnant. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to keep your cat locked up forever – however, timing is everything.

The idea is to watch when your cat is in her heat cycle (like ovulation). This can last around a week but can range anywhere between 3 and 14 days. Once her heat cycle is over, you can let her loose again.

Be wary that your cat may get rowdy during this time. She may scratch up carpets, yowl, and attempt to escape.

Cat Birth Control Injections

There’s a feline version of the Depo-Provera birth control shot females take, and like in humans, it prevents the ovulation cycle. Be aware that this type of birth control can put your cat at a higher risk for diabetes, uterine infection, and mammary tumors.

Some also gain weight due to lower activity rate and higher appetite.

Triggering Cat Ovulation

Another way to gain control over your cat’s ovulation is to trigger it. This sounds counterproductive, but it can actually work. By triggering ovulation, it can end the heat cycle by tricking their body into thinking it has conceived.

This method is used by cat breeders. They use a Teaser Tom, which is a male cat that’s had a vasectomy to mate with the female cat. No impregnation occurs because he is sterile. Yet, this tricks the female’s body into believing conception has occurred.

Ovuban Prescriptions

This is a hormonal supplement you can use to halt your cat’s heat cycle. It’s frequently used by breeders in the animal show business.

It’s a safe and effective form of cat birth control. However, long-term use can lead to a higher risk of liver disease, diabetes, uterine disease, and mammary gland cancer. Consider using it during mating season in the spring and fall to prevent impregnation.

Using Cat Birth Control

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Now that you know alternative options to spaying and neutering your cat, you can make a more informed decision for birth control. As a pet parent, you want the very best for your cat.

So, continue doing research to see which cat birth control methods are right for your family. Then let us know in the comments what’s worked and what didn't!

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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

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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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chinese li hua cat

If you’re interested in learning more about Chinese Li Hua cats, then you’ve landed in the right place! Maybe you are wondering what makes this breed of cat so unique, or what cat litter box needs are specific to this cat? Whether you already own one of these beautiful felines, or whether you are researching more about them as a potential pet, this article will give you all the important information you need.

History of the Chinese Li Hua Cat

Chinese Li Hua cats, also known as Dragon Li and Li Hua Mao cats, originated in China. In fact, these cats are recognized as one of the earliest breeds of domestic felines. Dating back centuries, the Chinese Li Hua breed is a natural one, meaning without crossbreeding. The name Li Hua Mao translates to fox flower cat, in reference to its wild appearance and flower-patterned coat.

Physical Characteristics

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With thick, short hairs, the Chinese Li Hua breed’s coat can be described as tickled or mousey, with hairs that are black at the root and brown at the tip. Black rings around the legs and tail are common to this breed. While green is the most common eye color of the Chinese Li Hua, brown and yellow are also commonly found.

Chinese Li Hua Temperament

Chinese Li Hua are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and playfulness. If you are looking for a family-friendly cat, then this breed could be a potential addition to your home, as the Chinese Li Hua are known to be great with children due to their mild manner. This breed can also pair well in a home with a cat-friendly canine. Remember to introduce a new pet slowly and with care to other members of the family, both human and furry companions.

Hunting Abilities

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Known for their hunting abilities, the Chinese Li Hua makes a great vermin catcher. With amazingly quick reflexes and retrieval skills, this breed’s ability to hunt is worth noting. There is even a story of how one Chinese Li Hua cat learned how to fetch the morning newspaper!

Special Considerations

As with most breeds, there are a few things to consider before adopting/buying one of these felines. With a higher need for attention and playtime, you should make sure that you will have the time and energy to devote to this playful, engaging breed. Weekly brushing of the coat is recommended to maintain its health and shine. As with all breeds, periodontal care is also necessary to prevent disease. This can be achieved with a weekly brushing of your cat’s teeth. 

Litter box cleanliness is also going to be important, as with most breeds they can be particular about their designated bathroom area. PrettyLitter is designed with litter box cleanliness and safety in mind. Our litter formula is designed to absorb and eliminate moisture, which translates to a clean litter box that requires minimal maintenance. 

 

After reading this article you should have a better understanding of the Chinese Li Hua breed’s history, characteristics, temperament, hunting abilities, and overall unique needs. This is an amazing breed that would make a wonderful addition to any home. If you have a personal experience with the Chinese Li Hua, we would love to hear about it! Comment below and share your love for this beautiful furry feline!

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