Full Profile, History, and Care of the Peterbald Cat

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The "dog-like" Peterbald cat is a loyal and affectionate feline companion. These cats of Russian origin are exceptionally loving and affectionate, and can usually be found underfoot their favorite humans.

Weight: 7-14 pounds

Length: Medium-sized

Coat: Bald, flock or chamois, velour, brush, or straight

Coat Colors: All colors and patterns

Eye Color: Varied

Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

Characteristics of the Peterbald Cat

Affection Level High
Friendliness High
Kid-Friendly High
Pet-Friendly High
Exercise Needs Medium
Playfulness High
Energy Level Medium
Trainability High
Intelligence High
Tendency to Vocalize Medium
Amount of Shedding Low

History of the Peterbald Cat

The Peterbald cat has a rather little history due to its recent breed status. When a Don Sphynx cat and an Oriental Shorthair cat were mixed in 1994, a Russian breeder by the name of Olga S. Mironova created the first generation of the breed. The resultant breed, which came to be known as the Peterbald after spreading like wildfire around St. Petersburg, Russia, is now acknowledged by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), albeit it is still a rather uncommon purebred or pedigreed domestic cat breed.

The small- to medium-sized Peterbald has inherited several special traits from the Don Sphyx, such as its irregular hair growth, agile front paws, and wrinkled skin. The exquisite breed adopted the Oriental Shorthair's long, lean body style and oblong head shape. Peterbalds have lengthy front toes with webbing, which gives them the ability to grasp and move toys and other objects. Compared to ordinary Oriental or Siamese cats, they typically have a friendlier, more outgoing demeanor.

The Peterbald's coat can range in texture from a soft, fluffy velour coat to a cat that is absolutely "nude." There is also a "ultra-bald" kind that lacks even eyebrows and beards (and their skin often feels sticky to the touch). The coat a Peterbald cat has at birth might not be an accurate representation of that cat's lifetime fur; within the first two years of a cat's life, the coat can vary substantially, and the texture of the cat's hair might change, grow, or be lost.

The International Cat Association (TICA) recognized the Peterbald breed in 1997 and granted it championship status in 2005. In May 2008, TICA approved the brush coat variant of the breed for championship status. Blue Belle, one of the first brush coat Peterbald cats to do so, stands out from other Peterbald cats because of her vivid blue eyes and gray body color.

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Peterbald Cat Care

The Peterbald cat is typically regarded as a low-maintenance breed of cat. Their hair kind will eventually define the degree of maintenance they'll need because they come in any hue or pattern. Although excessive shedding won't likely be an issue for prospective Peterbald owners, even the hairless types will need a weekly regular bath or wipe-down. It's crucial to take care when showering to prevent the buildup of oils that might irritate the skin. Due to their lack of fur, which makes them susceptible to cold, these cats will also need to stay indoors.

Peterbald cats are incredibly social and active. They are a breed that is intelligent and independent and will develop close relationships with its family members, even other cats (and even dogs). These vivacious cats are really regarded as being somewhat "dog-like" in that they are devoted and loving while also longing to participate in daily home activities. They have a high level of intelligence, are capable of learning tricks, and, like dogs, frequently use their voices to interact with their humans. These and exceptionally athletic cats adore nothing more than spending time playing with their owners, and they're always up for puzzle toys or other activities.

The Peterbald is a great family pet since it is so energetic and active and loves connection with its family. However, playing with kids (or other animals) should always be under adult supervision as cats are particularly prone to damage due to their lack of hair.

Common Health Problems

Many Peterbald cats lack hair, which increases their risk of sunburn, susceptibility to heat and cold, and other skin conditions. Additionally, their sensitive skin is susceptible to damage, such as when playing roughshod with kids or a cat friend. Other than that, these cats have relatively few breed-specific health problems (provided they are properly cared for).

Diet and Nutrition

The Peterbald cat should be fed a high-protein, high-quality food and get enough of exercise by playing with their families since, like other breeds, they are prone to weight-related problems like obesity or heart disease. The good news is that Peterbalds often have a higher metabolism than cats with full coats, which means that they have healthy appetites. Their fast metabolism also helps them heal from wounds or scratches more quickly than fully-coated kitties.

Pros
  • Social

  • Affectionate

  • Friendly

Cons
  • Highly sensitive to hot/cold

  • Susceptible to injury

  • Require weekly bathing/wipe-downs

Where to Adopt or Buy a Peterbald Cat

Check your neighborhood animal shelters, rescue organizations, and reputable breeders for any available peterbald cats as they are still rather uncommon. Finding a breeder for a Peterbald kitten may be challenging because they are not frequently accessible; in addition, hairless cats are sometimes sold for greater costs.

More Cat Breeds and Further Research

Do your research before selecting a cat. To find out more about this specific breed and its upkeep, speak to other Peterbald cat owners, trustworthy breeders, and rescue organizations. There are many different cat breeds, so you can be sure that with a little study, you'll find the ideal cat to bring home.

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