Chausie Cat - Complete Information, History, and Care

Chausie Cat

The Chausie cat is a new cat breed that originated in the United States in the 1990s. The Chausie (pronounced "chow-see") was created by crossing domestic cats with the Jungle Cat, a wild cat species (felis chaus). The Chausie may have a wild appearance, but this totally tamed dog is a friendly, loving, and good-natured home companion.

The Chausie is designed to look and perform like its wild forefather. With a large, slightly rounded chin and wide nose with puffy nose leather, it has a long, sloping forehead, high cheekbones, and a long snout. It is a huge, tall cat with long legs and a deep chest that is not bulky. The athletic, lanky, slender frame of the Chausie is developed for sprinting and leaping; the breed standard compares their body type to that of a basketball player or an Olympic long jumper.

The triangular ears are tall, big, and wide, with rounded ends and ear tufts (small hairs sticking up from the points of the ears). The tail can be shorter than a standard cat tail, ranging from three-quarters to full length, with a little shorter tail being preferred.

Brown ticked tabby (sandy gray to reddish gold with two to three bands of dark ticking around each hair and preferably tabby barring on the tail, upper inside of the front legs, and to the hock on the back legs); black grizzled ticked (a pattern inherited from its Jungle Cat ancestors, the hair shaft is banded with lighter coloration at the skin, alternating dark and lighter bands of ticking and ending with dark and lighter bands of ticking (solid black).

The Chausie is a very lively and playful cat who requires a lot of attention and excitement. This is not the breed for those who spend a lot of time away from home. Chausies are confident, aggressive, and extroverted with their human families, and get along well with people of all ages, especially respectable youngsters. When appropriately introduced and nurtured with dogs and other cats, they may coexist happily.

Breed Overview

Weight: About 15 to 25 pounds

Length: About 20 to 22 inches

Coat: Short to medium, with a dense, soft undercoat and a somewhat resilient, slightly coarser outer coat

Coat Color: Brown ticked tabby, black grizzled ticked tabby, or black

Eye Color: Any color, including blue or odd-eyed

Life Expectancy: 15 to 20 years

Characteristics of the Chausie Cat

 Affection Level  High
 Friendliness  High
 Kid-Friendly  High 
 Pet-Friendly High 
 Exercise Needs  High
 Playfulness  High
 Energy Level  High
 Intelligence  High
 Tendency to Vocalize Medium
 Amount of Shedding Medium
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History of the Chausie Cat

The Chausie is a hybrid breed that was formed by crossing domestic cats with the Jungle Cat, a wild species (felis chaus). The Jungle Cat is an old wild cat that has been domesticated and adored as pets since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Drawings and Jungle Cat mummies discovered with their human owners in Egyptian tombs attest to this.

Some breeders set out in the 1990s to produce a domestic cat breed that looked like the Jungle Cat. The Abyssinian and domestic shorthair cats were among the domestic cat breeds employed in the early Chausie breeding program (mixed-breed shorthaired cats).

The breeders eventually succeeded in their mission to create a new breed, which they named the Chausie after the Latin word for the Jungle Cat (felis chaus). Since 1995, the International Cat Association has recognized the Chausie. TICA conferred championship status to the breed in 2013, allowing cats to compete in cat events for titles.

Chausie Cat Care

The Chausie's short, coarse coat is simple to maintain. Brush with a soft slicker brush once a week to keep shedding to a minimal. Bathe your Chausie once in a while and clip her nails every two or three weeks. At least once a week, examine into your cat's ears. In the ears, there should be no redness or significant dirt. Make an appointment with your veterinarian if this is the case. If the ears appear to be slightly filthy, use a pet-safe ear cleanser and a cotton ball or square of gauze to clean them (never put a cotton swab into a cat's ear).

Chausies are highly active and curious cats. Chausies are always on the go, and they like playing, running, jumping, climbing, and exploring, as well as swimming. They have been known to access cupboards and dig through the contents; child locks may be useful in preventing particularly curious Chausies from causing havoc. Scratching is a normal and fun feline pastime, therefore provide a range of appropriate scratching surfaces. For cats who like to scratch vertically, scratching poles or cat trees are ideal. Scratchers made of cardboard or sisal that lie on the ground are ideal for cats who scratch horizontally.

Chausies are quite clever and like learning new things. Some Chausies are described as "dog-like," and they like playing fetch and even walking outside with a harness and leash. The breed is often simple to live with and entertaining to be around. They are very sociable cats who require a household who can spend a lot of time at home with them to give engagement and friendship. Most Chausies use a litter box consistently, while certain Chausies with more wild blood may be more prone to spraying or litter box problems.

Common Health Problems

Chausies are very bright people that like learning new things. Some Chausies, who are described as "dog-like," like playing fetch and even going on walks outside with a harness and leash. The breed is often easygoing and entertaining. They are very sociable cats who require a family who can spend a lot of time at home with them in order to offer them with stimulation and friendship. The majority of Chausies use a litter box, however certain Chausies with more wild blood may be more prone to spraying or litter box troubles.

Diet and Nutrition

While obesity is a problem with cats in general, most Chausies are naturally active and rarely get overweight. Adult cats should be fed a high-quality diet twice a day rather than being given free food (leaving food out all day). Consult your breeder or veterinarian for advice on the best diet to feed.

Pros
  • Easy-care coat

  • Intelligent and active

  • Friendly with people and pets

Cons
  • Rare; hard to find 

  • Needs a lot of attention

  • Doesn’t do well if left alone

Where to Adopt or Buy a Chausie Cat

Chausies are quite uncommon. On its website, the International Cat Association keeps track of active breeders. If you're thinking about getting a Chausie kitten, go to a local cat exhibition where you may see a variety of breeds and meet trustworthy breeders. Do an internet search for "cat show near me" to discover a cat show in your region. You're unlikely to discover a Chausie at your local animal shelter due to the breed's rarity, although breeders typically help when one of their cats needs rehoming.

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