Males 25-30 cm
Females 23-25 cm
Males 3.2-4.5 kg
Females 2.2-3.7 kg
Colorpoint with white
Category IV: “Oriental” Breed designation – SYS
Short-haired cats, cats for apartments (docile cats), cats for kids
History of Origin
The modern Seychellois cat has nothing to do with the famous islands. The homeland of these Oriental beauties is Great Britain. Siamese, Oriental, and Seychellois are like three sisters; they are the closest related breeds, which differ mainly by color and coat type.
The history of the origin of the Seychellois Shorthair cat is quite vague; there are several versions. According to one of them, the Seychellois were inhabited by unusual cats, which helped the natives to get rid of rodents. The sailors, and probably pirates, were so attracted to the unusual cats with huge ears that it was decided to bring them to England for breeding.
The second, more realistic version says that the Seychellois cat came into existence thanks to the famous female feline breeder Patricia Turner. The experienced breeder decided to cross Siamese cats with Persian cats. The resulting unique offspring pleased Patricia, and in 1988 the new breed was introduced at the show in Britain. Unfortunately, other breeders did not share Turner’s joy and enthusiasm. The Seychellois Shorthair was long considered an experimental breed. Only recently she managed to achieve official recognition.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The Seychellois Shorthair cat is slender, flexible, with long delicate lines. Very graceful and, at the same time, strong, it can weigh up to four kilograms. Seychellois cats can be short-haired and long-haired. The Seychellois Shorthair cat is endowed with very silky and shiny hair, tight to the body. The only thing that distinguishes the Seychellois Shorthair from other Oriental-type breeds is the colorpoint color, where clear spots on the animal’s body are obligatory.
Seychellois cats are very athletic, agile, with a lean muscular body. Long legs, floppy tail, slanting blue eyes, and wedge-shaped head with large protruding ears – elegance and grace ooze from Seychellois cats.
The Seychellois Shorthair is a playful cat, prefers to be constantly surrounded by family and cannot tolerate loneliness. Seychellois loves children, can play and have fun with them for hours. Get along poorly with small animals; hunter instinct makes itself felt. It is a talkative breed; Seychellois are ready to tell you about their adventures round the clock, pausing only for sleep. If you’re not a fan of noisy and fussy cats, the Seychellois Shorthair is not for you.
The Seychellois Shorthair cat is unpretentious in care. Hair combing once a week is enough. It is desirable not to overfeed this slender cat because of the stomach overload you may have general health problems. Give the pet as much time as you can. Brush your Seychellois cat’s teeth regularly; they are problematic. Tartar or even gingivitis can form. Give the cat as much space in the apartment as possible. A place for the Seychellois cat to climb on.
Seychellois Shorthair cats are very compliant, ready to fulfill any requirements of the owner. But you need to find the right key to educate the pet. All that is required for training is daily exercise, constant contact, and conversation with the animal. The breed is extremely talkative; let it speak out, listen carefully to what it says, you can even have a dialogue with the cat or a full conversation!
Pets are clean, they quickly understand what is required of them, but all the hard work of training and education comes to naught if you leave the pet alone all day or give it to a porter during your business trips.
The Seychellois Shorthair cat breed can be considered quite healthy and hardy. The Seychellois inherit cardiovascular problems and a tendency to catch colds from Siamese cats. Also, these graceful creatures can have problems with their teeth and gums.
If you follow the health of your pet, it will live a long feline life. The average life expectancy of a Seychellois cat is 15 years. Throughout its life, the animal remains active and ready to defend itself or its owner. Seychellois Shorthair cats need vaccinations, prophylactic treatment against parasites, and regular visits to the veterinarian.
The Seychellois Shorthair cat is unpretentious about the choice of food. Suitable for their diet:
- natural foods (lean meats and fish);
- ready-to-eat foods (dry pellets, canned cat food).
Variety menu pets can also use dairy products, and once or twice a week, pamper them with fresh cottage cheese or low-fat natural yogurt, preferably sugar-free.