Ceylon cat is amazing already because of its one origin. As the name implies, the ancestors of the eastern beauty come from the island of Ceylon, only her residence permit is European. Italy is officially considered the birthplace of the breed. The main difference between Ceylon cats is a very beautiful ticked color.
Ceylon cats are a relatively young breed. In 1984, Italian doctor Paolo Pelegatta visited Sri Lanka, who was fascinated by the local Murky with an unusual ticked color, and therefore took several cats with him.
Paula and several other breeders developed a breeding program for the new breed, wrote a standard and gave it a name. The breeding program involves the admixture of new blood in every 4th and 5th generation. This practice helps maintain the traditional look and good health of a Ceylon cat.
Data on what other breeds took part in the formation of Ceylon cats are still not disclosed. They are described as an indigenous breed that spontaneously originated on the island of Sri Lanka. In 1988, the breed was recognized by the Italian Felinological Association FIAF, and then in the World Cat Federation WCF. Little is known about the breed in Russia. She only appeared once at the PCA cat show in Moscow in 2004.
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Ceylon is a well-balanced medium-sized cat with a surprisingly quiet gait. In general, with its harmonious and compact physique, it is thin, elegant and flexible.
The head is round, wide, with pronounced cheekbones. The forehead is slightly flattened, the profile is moderately curved. The ears are large, the bases are wide, the tips are slightly rounded. The eyes are wide apart, large and expressive, the upper eyelid is almond-shaped, lower round. Eye color - from yellow to green. Legs of medium length, thin with rounded paws. The tail is strong, not short, tapering to a rounded tip. Very well developed chest.
The coat is short, hair is thin, silky texture, fits snugly to the body. There is practically no undercoat. On the back, legs and tail, a tabby pattern is clearly visible. On the neck, the lines of the so-called necklace are usually broken. The spots on the abdomen are arranged in two rows.
Ticked cats are also called non-patterned cats. Color has no ordinary spots or stripes. Its feature is zoned dyeing of wool due to the fact that each wool is painted with dark stripes on a light background. This is a toning of the hair and gives the ticked coat an unusual color. Depending on the color of the coat, cats can be - black, red, tortie, blue, cream and blue.
It is the ticked color of the cat that is its most striking distinguishing feature. Another name for the color - agouti in nature is found in hares, chinchillas and some other animals. Among cats, Abyssinian and Singaporean have it, but only Ceylon has tabby marks on it. In other breeds, a ticked color may be present, but it was bred artificially.
Ceylon cats have a lively temperament. They are curious, active, quickly adapt to the new environment, get used to people and other animals. They are very contact and in all their games and affairs they are trying to lure the owner. These creatures are sociable even with strangers. It is better to keep Ceylon cats in pairs so that animals have the opportunity to entertain each other.
Maintenance and care
Ceylon cats prefer free walking and open space, but also coexist quietly in an apartment in which there is where to take a walk. Reproduction, as a rule, goes smoothly. Cats and cats reach puberty by the age of one year, they have a well-developed maternal instinct. There are usually no more than 4 babies in the litter, which the mother feeds, surrounding her with care and love.
In general, grooming is standard for shorthair breeds. Once a week the cat is combed, brushing its ears, eyes and teeth. They rarely bathe - up to three times a year. It is very important to provide the cat with proper nutrition. If the diet is inferior, it will immediately affect the health and condition of the animal’s coat. Both industrial feeds and natural products are suitable for feeding.
Health and Life Expectancy
Ceylon cat is a very rare breed, and therefore there is no information about their health and the presence of genetic diseases. Life expectancy is 14 years.
Where to buy a kitten breed Ceylon cat. Price
Outside of Italy, meeting the breed is extremely difficult. To get information about nurseries and breeders, you will have to make a request to the organization that registered this breed (in this case, WCF or FIAF). There is no data on the sale of cats or kittens of this breed on the Internet, nor about nurseries.
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