The Chausie cat is a hybrid that was created in the late 1960’s. Breeders crossed the Abyssinian cat with a wild jungle cat. This breed is very smart and athletic. If you are considering adopting one of these amazing cats, you should know a few things about him.
1. Physical Characteristics
This cat has an amazing capability to run and jump long distances. His legs are very muscular and his hind legs are longer than his front ones. He has a triangular shaped head with high cheek bones and a strong chin. His eyes are oval shaped eyes and they are either gold, yellow, hazel or green. He has a medium-short coat that is either brown, black, or black grizzled.
2. He Needs to Burn Energy
This cat needs space to move around. He has a great deal of energy that he needs to burn off. He can be either an outdoor or an indoor cat. If you keep him indoors, you need to be home with him. If you work 80 hours a week, this might not be the best cat breed for you. He needs attention and playtime if he is going to burn energy and be happy. He can be leash trained so you can take him for walks safely. If he is left along too long, he could get into mischief. These cats are known for opening doors and cupboards and can make a big mess if he feels neglected.
3. He Can Be Socialized
This breed of cat can be great with children and other pets as long as you start when he is a kitten. If your Chausie cat is raised with other pets and children, you should all be one big happy family. If you get this breed later in life, he will already be set in his ways. It could be difficult to socialize him when he is older. It is not uncommon for these cats to choose one specific family member that he will bond with the most. This will be his favorite person and his go-to person when it comes to cuddling. He will like the rest of the family, but he will choose one favorite.
4. He Doesn’t Have Any Major Health Concerns
When it comes to genetic health issues with this breed, you don’t need to worry. There are no health concerns associated with this breed. Like all cats, however, you would need to have him vaccinated each year to prevent diseases that are common in all cat breeds. Also, it is a good idea to have him de-wormed every 3 months. If he is properly cared for, you can expect him to live a long and healthy life. The average lifespan of the Chausie breed is between 14 and 18 years old.
5. He Might Have An Allergy to Gluten
Many Chausie cats have difficulty digesting gluten. This means that if you were going to adopt this breed, it is best to put him on a raw food or a gluten free diet. Since this is easily manageable, it is not considered a serious health concern.
If you are looking for a loyal companion who is both energetic and intelligent, you should consider adopting a Chausie breed.