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Somali Cats - The Somali is a long-haired Abyssinian cat. The breed appeared spontaneously in the 1950s from Abyssinian breeding programs when a number of Abyssinian kittens were born with bottle-brush tails and long fluffy coats. Abyssinians and Somalis share the same personality (active, intelligent, playful, curious) and appearance. The only difference between them is the fur length and therefore the amount of grooming required. Unlike most long-haired cats, Somalis shed very little excess hair. Their coat is generally shed en masse, or "blown", once or twice a year, rather than constantly shedding like a Persian or other long-haired cat.

Somalis have a striking, bushy tail, which, combined with their ruddy coat, has earned them the nickname of "fox cats" in some circles. In addition to the fluffy tail, the Somali breed features a black stripe down its back, large ears, a full ruff and breeches, contributing further to the overall "foxy" look.

In the 1990s, many purebred Somalis had significant dental problems due to congenital problems magnified by inbreeding. As a result, many Somali cats had to have all their adult teeth removed. (Dental abscesses, especially below the gumline, can cause cats to stop eating, which often leads to hepatic lipidosis, a condition that's often deadly.) As of 2006, the CFA breed standard makes no mention of this, and breeders say they've made much progress in breeding out this unfortunate trait.

The Somali cat breed along with its parent breed the Abyssinian have been found to suffer from Pyruvate kinase deficiency (PKDef), with around 5% of the breed carrying the defective gene. There is now a genetic test to identify this recessive disorder within the breed, and as such all breeding stock should be tested to ensure no more affected kittens need be produced.

This information is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Somali Cat article on Wikipedia.org.

Community Listings:
Somali Cat Breeders - Advertise your cattery kittens and cats here.

  Abyroad Cattery - New York - Breeding and showing Abys and Somalis since 1984. Home raised, underfoot, in our beds and in our laps, with love and the best of care. Ruddy, Red/Sorrel/Cinnamon, Blue, Fawn and Silvers. TICA and CFA registered.

  Hillstblues Abyssinians & Somalis - California - Imported Lines 4 colors, Loveable Flying Squirrels, health guaranteed, shipping to nearest airport.



 

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