Males 23-26 cm
Females 21-24 cm
Males 3-4.5 kg
Females 2-3.5 kg
White with colored spots
Category IV: “Oriental” Breed designation – SYL
Long-haired cats, cats for kids, popular cats, cats for apartments (docile cats)
History of Origin
Although the name of the Seychellois Longhair cat hints from Seychelles, this breed originated in Great Britain. Breeder Patricia Turner started the breed. She was inspired by reading explorers’ travel magazines, which told about a breed of cats with unique coat and color pattern patterns inhabiting Seychellois. In the 1980s, Patricia tried to reproduce the appearance of a cat living on the islands. As a result of crossing bi-colored Oriental cats with Siamese and Oriental cats, a breed was created that matched the local Seychellois breed description. It is why the breed was named the Seychellois cat.
At first, these cats were not recognized as a separate breed, but they were registered as experimental cats of unidentified color. After a long time, breeders managed to meet the requirements to present the TICA show’s breed in 1983 and at the FIFe show. At the latter, the Seychellois cat was recognized as a separate breed.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The Seychellois Longhair cat is a breed with long hair that belongs to the oriental cat family. In appearance, it is similar to the Siamese cat, but unlike the Siamese cat, it has a white coat color. The color of the Seychellois Longhair cat can be white with colored spots all over the body, white with colored spots on the tail, head, and paws, white with colored spots on the tail and head.
She is of medium size, slender, elegant, supple, and with good musculature. The Seychellois Longhair has thin and long limbs, a wedge-shaped head, large ears, wide at the base, and rounded at the tips. The eyes are almond-shaped and slanted to the nose. The color of the eyes is bright blue, which is a distinctive feature of the breed.
Seychellois Longhair cats share many character traits with Siamese cats. They are intelligent and sociable; Seychellois Longhair cats have mischievous, playful behavior, and a bright character. Seychellois are very curious, so they love to explore all around.
Seychellois Longhair cats are extroverted cats. They are a people-oriented breed that enjoys their company and always have a warm relationship with them. Seychellois would prefer to spend most of their time with members of the family they live in. They love to sleep with their owner and sit on their lap for hours. At the same time, Seychellois Longhair cats distrust strangers who do not easily earn their trust.
Like other oriental cat breeds, the Seychellois cats are not demanding in their care. The first step is to take care of Seychellois Longhair cats’ hair – it must be combed regularly to remove dead hair and prevent tangling. You should also examine your cat’s eyes daily to prevent infection. Seychellois can be curious and inquisitive, so it will be wise to protect your cat by keeping dangerous and sharp objects locked in a closet away from mischievous paws. Seychellois are energizer cats, so care should be taken to have enough space in the apartment. You should walk this cat breed on a leash because it is prone to running away.
The Seychellois Longhair cat is generally well-trained. It is easy to accustom it to the litter box, scratching post, and feeding bowl. At the same time, it is almost impossible to accustom them to a separate sleeping place because Seychellois is very fond of spending the night with its owner. Since this cat is very active, you should play with it, and you can even teach it simple commands and tricks. Various kinds of toys will help in teaching commands.
The Seychellois Longhair cat is a relatively new experimental breed, so its diseases are still being studied. The most common diseases among Seychellois cats are such as cataracts, amyloidosis, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Seychellois Longhair inherited these pathologies from Siamese cats.
Also, Seychellois cats can be diagnosed with diabetes. Symptoms of diabetes in this breed may include sudden weight gain or loss, constant thirst, frequent going to the litter box, sadness in the eyes, and lethargy for no apparent reason. If any of these symptoms occur, you should take your pet to the veterinarian immediately.
Seychellois Longhair cats need a good diet, which is the key to this breed’s successful development. Cats can be fed dry industrial food, which will contain a lot of protein.
If fed with natural food, meat should form the diet’s basis, as it is the main source of protein. The food should be low in carbohydrates. Sometimes a cat can be given vegetables, but it should not be done daily. Water is very important for any pet, so it is necessary to ensure the Seychellois cat has access to clean and fresh water.