The Somali Cat is the mid-long haired variety of the Abyssinian. It thus regains most of its character and almost all of its morphology. It’s gentle and very attached to Its owner. This cat is also lively, full of vitality and joy.
It never stops moving. The few illnesses that It can contract during Its life will not prevent it from living a great life.
History of the breed
The Somali Cat is not from Somalia. Indeed, this breed of cats comes from Australia. The Somali descends directly from the Abyssinian since it is actually a variety with medium to long hair.
During the first appearances of half-haired cats in Abyssinian litters, breeders decided to rule them out until they persist and show up at shows across the Atlantic, in Canada more precisely.
It is in this country that research began to make this particularity of the Abyssinians a unique and recognized breed.
Evelyne Mague, a breeder from New Jersey, fixed the half-length character of the Somali coat in 1967. It was she who baptized it in reference to Somalia, a country bordering Ethiopia, the country of origin of the ‘Abyssinian.
- Its body: The Somali cat shares almost all the characteristics of the Abyssinian. It has a muscular body. It is both slender and flexible, and the males are taller than females. It has a well-rounded rib cage and thin, but muscular legs.
- Its coat: The Somali simply differs from the Abyssinian in terms of Its coat. Indeed, it has a mid-long to long coat. It is silky and quite fine. The undercoat is dense, but not woolly. Note that the collar and the panties have thicker hair, while it is shorter on the shoulders and back.
- Its color: The Somali cat standard has especially 2 predominant colors: hare and sorrel. We then see a warm and shiny dress. The coat still has the same peculiarity: it is ticked. His hair alternates dark and light bands. The standard tolerates all colors, as far as is reasonable, and provided that the color is not dull, but contrasting.
- Its head: That of the Somali is medium in size, quite triangular, but softened. The contours are rounded, like the skull and forehead. The stop should not be too sharp, just as a too triangular head is a fault.
- Its eyes: They are quite large and almond-shaped. They are bright and expressive according to the LOOF. Their colors vary from gold to green to hazelnut.
- Its ears: They are large, flared, and slightly pointed. They point slightly forward.
- Its tail: It is quite thick at the base and unraveled as it goes. It is long and well proportioned to the rest of the body. It should never be whipped.
Behavior and Characters
The Somali is a cat “of royal appearance” according to its standard at LOOF. Like the Abyssinian, the Somali is particularly playful. it has a lively and playful character. It knows what It wants and will do anything to get it, whether by mischief or by being clever.
It’s a cat who does not like to sit and do nothing. It won’t hesitate to walk around the house or hunt instead of slipping on a sofa.
Sofa that it appreciates nevertheless during the caresses It seeks. Indeed, it’s can be a pot-of-glue feline at times, because it cannot do without the company of its master.
It’s independent but does not like solitude. It’s gentle, caring, and needs a lot of attention. It’s curious, agile, and very close to humans. It also tolerates children, strangers, and even other animals very well.
The Somali cat likes a spacious home. Therefore, an apartment is not prohibitive. A house with a garden can allow It to go about Its business. It will also need accessories for climbing and entertaining.
A cat tree and a scratching post are essential to its well-being. The Somali simply needs to be careful not to catch a cold during winter, because It can only tolerate the cold moderately.
Health & Maintenance
Despite Its fairly solid health, the Somali cat is prone to some health issues. Note the possible appearance of amyloidosis, which is a disease of the kidneys. In addition, Its oral cavity may be affected by some pathologies such as tooth decay or concerns about Its gums.
It’s important to check Its teeth regularly. Just as it’s important to take care of its diet. Indeed, the Somali has a fierce appetite and can easily find Itself overweight.
In addition, it should be vaccinated against the usual diseases developed by cats: rabies, typhus, leucosis, and coryza.
Hypoallergenic Breed: No
The life expectancy of a Somali is between 12 and 16 years.
Its medium to long hair does not require any particular maintenance. Only regular brushing is needed. It’s not prone to knots, a good brush stroke smoothes its bristles and prevents them from tangling.
Its fur is very low maintenance. You have to remember to brush it once a week at least to allow it to retain its vitality. In addition, because of Its dental concerns, it is important to regularly check the condition of Its teeth.
Be careful, the Somali cat loves food. It loves to eat and can quickly become obese. It will therefore be necessary to ensure that it does not ingest more calories than it burns. Thus, a diet based on human or industrial food will do.