Chausies are also known as stone cougars because they resemble miniature mountain lions. They were created by breeding domestic Abyssinians with Asia’s wild jungle cats, Felis chaus. They are huge and powerful, with a broad chest and lengthy legs, and are usually black or grey in appearance. They were accepted by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 2001 and are eligible for competition in the Advanced New Breed Class.
These are high-energy cats who require a lot of environmental stimulation to keep them occupied. And keep your breakables hidden because their boisterous jumping and climbing will most likely extend beyond their cat trees. This breed is very gregarious and enjoys socializing with its families.
Chausie cats are thought to have some characteristics in common with early domesticated hybrid cats from Egypt and the surrounding regions. These cats resemble some of the mummified cat remains discovered in Egyptian tombs. Despite the fact that hybrid cats have existed since ancient times, the Chausie cat distinguishes out for its relatively recent origins.
In the 1990s, breeders began experimenting with crossing jungle cats (Felis Chaus) with Abyssinians. The Chausie, a robust hybrid cat with wild appearance and an independent temperament, was the outcome.
It wasn’t long before the hybrid breed was fully recognized and became popular. The Chausie cat breed was formally recognized by The International Cat Association in 1995.
Because of its wild beginnings, the Chausie is one of the largest cat breeds, with a long, tall, and slim body. However, in addition to its enormous frame, the cat has a wild appearance due to its elongated snout, which resembles a cougar’s nose, and its enormous, sometimes-tufted ears.
This breed does not required intensive grooming. Because the hair is short and the loss is low, a weekly brushing should be sufficient to keep the skin and coat healthy. The Chausie is available in three colors: solid black, grizzled tabby, and brown-ticked tabby. This is the only cat with the distinctive grizzled pattern, which it inherited from the Jungle Cat. The brown-ticked tabby features barring down the hind legs, as well as on the front legs.
- Weight: 6 to 12 kg
- Coat length: Short
- Amount of shedding: Low
- Color: Solid black, grizzled tabby and brown-ticked tabby
- Pattern: Solid and tabby
The Chausie, like other hybrid cat breeds, is a high-energy feline. To keep these cats entertained, they require a lot of attention as well as a lot of toys, cat trees, and scratching posts. They do not perform well in houses with a lot of delicate goods or in families with little children because they still have a lot of wild inclinations. They do, however, perform well in households with other pets, such as dogs.
These cats are also very social, clever, loving, and extroverted, and they crave their owners’ attention. They like socializing with their families in addition to playing, therefore they should not be left alone for lengthy periods of time. Only cat owners who spend a significant amount of time at home every day should consider getting this breed, as it is not safe to leave these cats alone for extended periods of time.
- Lifespan: 11 – 14 years
- Active: High
- Intelligence: High
- Vocalize: Low
Responsible breeders thoroughly test their cats for any known or unknown health conditions associated with the breed. Chausies need to be a fed a diet that consists of meat and no plant matter because their digestive systems are unable to break down grains and vegetables. Feeding the wrong type of diet can lead:
- Malabasoption of nutrients: They are incapable of breaking down plant matter, so it’s important to avoid foods that contain vegetables or grains.
- Intestinal inflammation:
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