Chausie

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Get to know the Chausie Cat Breed

Chausie cats are domestic cats developed by breeding a few felines of non-domestic species jungle cats with a far greater number of domestic cats. In 1995, the Chausie cat was initially recognized as a domestic breed by The International Cat Association (TICA). Since Chausies are essentially descended from domestic cats, by the fourth generation, they are entirely fertile and wholly domestic in temperament.

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Background

The original crossbreeds of the jungle cat (Felis chaus) and the domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus) may have been from Egypt many thousand years ago. Jungle cats are from the vast region spanning Southeast Asia, India, and the Middle East. It is an Asian variety of wild cats that resides by lakes and rivers for the most part. Although the species live mainly in a remote area of North Africa called the Nile Delta. Today, we know that the ancient Egyptians had domestic cats as pets. Searchers discovered several domestic cat mummies interred in Egyptian temples. The ancient Egyptians occasionally preserved one other cat species after death via mummification, the jungle cat. The jungle cat is not a shy breed; they go into deserted buildings and live freely by irrigation canals and wild rivers. Of course, provided that sufficient prey and shrubbery for cover are available. The hybrids of the two species were often born in the region since domestic cats were likely to encounter jungle cats along the Nile and occasionally within their own homes.

Breeding of Chausies

A few people experimented with breeding these two species in the late 1960s and 1970s. They meant to produce a practical alternative to having non-domestic cats as pets. Still, the Chausie breed did not begin until the 1990s; until a dedicated group of breeders identified the breed “Chausie” and created a planned breeding program and goals. Those breeders requested and received registered status from TICA by 1995. The breed ran throughout the New Breed Class from May 2001 into April 2013, becoming TICA’s newest Championship breed on May 1, 2013. Breeders of Chausies are presently in both Europe and North America.

Personality & Temperament

Since breeders outcrossed the jungle cats to mostly outgoing, intelligent breeds like the Oriental Shorthair and Abyssinian, the Chausies kept these cats’ intelligence, activity level, and athleticism. As kittens, they are often very “busy.” However, as adults, they are calmer while still retaining their playfulness and lifelong curiosity. They do not like to be left alone. They need to have company from other cats and humans most of the time. Chausies get along very well with dogs and will do nicely if raised with a canine at home. They are loyal and form deep bonds with people, making them have more difficulty adjusting if re-homed as adults.

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Characteristics

At the moment, the most genuine Chausies bred are late-generation cats with fully domestic temperaments. They are more than four generations beyond the handful of non-domestic ancestors. However, the official, sanctioned outcrosses for the Chausie breed at the early breed development were the Abyssinian and the domestic shorthair. Consequently, breeders used various breeds to create the Chausie breed. They still do it occasionally for outcrosses. This means that the breed has a diverse and healthy genetic foundation.

Nevertheless, the characteristics of the recognized Chausies cats are standardized. Their body is medium to large, as contrasted to common domestic breeds. They are larger than a Siamese, yet smaller than a male Maine Coon. Since they are built for jumping and running, they have long bodies and are leggy with medium boning. Their ears are tall, broad, and placed high on the head, around two fingers apart. The eyes are flattened on the top and form a half oval underneath.

Coat colors of Chausie cats

Since the Chausie breed is moderately new, they are often born with various colors and patterns. TICA’s Chausie breed standard allows three colors: solid black, black grizzled tabby, and black (a.k.a. brown) ticked tabby. But only three colors are permissible and considered ideal. For the moment, they only accept cats in the three acceptable colors to enter breed classes at cat shows, which are eventually eligible for championship classes. Gold or yellow eye colors are the norms, but yellower and lighter shades of green are becoming noticeably familiar. Solid black Chausies can have soft tabby markings as kittens, called ghost, that typically obtain a dense, black pigmentation with maturity. Often, grizzled black-tabby will seem indistinguishable from solid black Chausies when grizzling is minimal. But exposure to intense sunlight can make black Chausies lighten lightly and appear brownish.

Adult Chausie cats that are black grizzled are unique to the Chausie breed among domestic cats. The grizzled pattern originates from the jungle cat, which is never seen in domestic cats unless they have the jungle cat in their genetics. These kittens are usually born totally black but might have light-colored fur on the neck or chin at birth. Once they get older, they start to look more like tabbies.

Adult Chausie cats that are black ticked have black stripes on the interior of the upper legs and a bit on the outside, a black tail tip with rings and black markings around the eyes. Although the markings are black, they have a brownish background color, with varying hues across an extensive range. Their background color may be reddish gold, light golden brown, cold beige, warm beige, and even a cool light gray. Their true colors reveal only until the cat matures.

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Caring for your Chausie

Your Chausie cat is very low-maintenance and only needs to be brushed occasionally. It doesn’t even require you to bathe them.
Trimming the nails once a month, cleaning their ears, brushing their teeth routinely with vet-approved toothpaste is ideal for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Provide a nice tall scratching pole to help their natural scratching instinct so that your furniture will not suffer the consequences.

Since Chausie cats are very active, they don’t get overweight easily. Ideally, you should be fed them twice a day with high-quality food, with treats on demand. Also, give your cat fresh, clean water every day. Filtered drinking water fountains can also be a great alternative instead of a water bowl.

Health and recommendations

Chausies are an overall healthy breed, but some may inherit intestinal tracts similar to the jungle cat. Causing the intestinal tract to be a little shorter than that of the ordinary domestic cat, which is considered less able to process ingredients derived from plants. Ingredients such as cereal, vegetables, herbs, and spices, can trigger chronic intestinal inflammation. It also ultimately lead to chronic inflammatory bowel disease continued by various allergies to proteins in commercial cat food. Thus Chausies do show somewhat to develop food allergies. Therefore, Chausie owners should feed them only very high-quality commercial cat foods containing as few plant-derived ingredients as possible. Better yet, it is to feed them homemade raw or cooked meat diets with appropriate supplementation. However, owners should provide homemade diets with the guidance of experts since the meat should contain all the nutrients that Chausies need.

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