Somali Cat Advantages and Challenges
Somali Cat Physical Characteristics
Somali Cat Personality
Described as an 'Abyssinian in an overcoat', the Somali cat has been compared to a sweet-faced wild fox with its long ears, full ruff and luxuriously fluffytail.
Somali Cat History and General Information
History and Origin
The long-haired cousin to the Abyssinian, this cat resembles the Aby in temperament if not in looks. The Somali’s long, silky coat was at one time considered an undesirable and accidental Abyssinian trait by breeders, who took care to work only with shorthaired Aby kittens. In the 1960's, however, a few breeders saw the beauty of these longer-haired “mistakes” and soon the Somali cat breed - named after the country nextdoor to Abbysinia was born. By the late 1970s, the Somali was accepted by all North American cat associations for championship status.
Despite the luxurious look of the Somali’s coat, it’s surprisingly easy to care for. Resistant to matting, the thick coat only requires a combing or brushing once a week or so. Well known for its “hairdressing gene”, your Somali cat will likely want to “groom” your hair for you in return!
Somali Cat Health
Overall, the Somali cat is a remarkably hardy cat, with few associated health problems.
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