Spotted cats: breed
It is impossible to meet in nature two animals with exactly the same pattern on the wool. The cat is spotty, the patterned color of which is very individual and resembles the coloring of leopards, tigers and other large felines.
The history of feline drawings
The spotted pattern on the skin is a disguise in wild animals. He helps them quietly sneak up on the prey or wait for it while sitting in ambush. Domestic cats, having such a coloring, have among their ancestors real wild cats that were distinguished by strong health and stable psyche. All this was genetically transmitted to their descendants. Spotted color of cats suggests that these animals adapt very easily to new conditions, they are unpretentious and therefore will be an excellent option for people who, due to employment, can not devote much time to their pet.
In Russia, the most common and common cats are gray-brown in color with a variety of patterns. In addition, many of these animals have a completely different color. But very often there are today artificially bred spotted cats. Bengal breed - a typical representative - was obtained as a result of crossing a domestic cat with a leopard cat. As a result, the types of drawings on the coat of these creatures are very different. Spots are located in such variations that the cat can resemble the coloring of a leopard, a tiger, and even a leopard.
A lot of these animals can be found today in the wild. The smallest representatives look slightly larger than the domestic cat. They have the closest family relationship with large predators of the cat family, such as the tiger, leopard, lynx, so their appearance and anatomical features have much in common.
Serval is a wild spotted cat of medium size, inhabiting the steppes and tropical forests. A very close relative of the lynx, but unlike her, she does not particularly like climbing trees, hunting mostly in the grass and bushes.
Manul also has many trot features, but also some anatomical features and habits of the European wild cat. It is a long tail decorated with dark rings, small ears and a thick long coat. Habitats - steppes and foothills of Central Asia, Mongolia, Transcaucasia, China and Afghanistan.
The larger one is a reed cat (house). Externally very similar to the lynx (the same tassels on the ears and reddish color), weighs half as much. The nest arranges from cane directly on the ground or in old fox holes.
In our country there are wild cats of small size. This steppe cat, the Far Eastern forest cat and European cat.
The most rare breed of spotted cats
Among affectionate pets, numbering about one hundred only officially recognized breeds, there are also rare enough, which can often be seen only at major international exhibitions. The most rare in the world is a large spotted cat, the toyger - almost like a small tiger, a real handsome man with an inoffensive character. This is also one of the most expensive breeds.
Funny spots adorn another rare representative of the cat family - stately and graceful serengeti. Endowed with the grace of a wild predator, this cat has a completely domestic, affectionate and sociable disposition. There is absolutely no wild blood in it, as the breed was derived from Bengal and Abyssinian cats.
Another rare breed is Sokoke. The merry active animal has a very good-natured disposition, although it is derived by the method of domestication of semi-wild relatives. This spotty cat has a rather complex pattern on its skin, slightly like the bark of a tree.
One of the most popular cats, the breeding of which has recently become especially fashionable. The spotty color of the tabby assumes the presence of obligatory elements in the color of the animal, such as the forehead pattern in the form of the letter "m", a bright spot on the surface of the ear, similar to a fingerprint, and a stroke of the primary color around the eyes and nose.
According to existing standards, it is required that the British spotted cat has one of three types of color: marble, tiger and spotted. With a marble color the pattern is very tight, with wide lines. Dark stripes stretch along the back and end with rings on the tail. Tiger tabby is notable for a few - it's narrow cross strips on the sides, coming from the back. On the neck there is a necklace of small closed rings. The tabby is characterized by spots of different size and shape, chaotically located throughout the torso, including the paws. On the back and sides these spots are more ordered.
Kittens of this breed are born with straight ears. Only by the end of the first month of life they acquire their original form. A feature of this breed are round or oblong spots with clear outlines. On the back, these specks merge into one continuous strip, stretching to the very tail. Kittens lop-eared color tabby is very mobile, playful. But, as they grow, they become more calm and do not practically bring their masters any inconveniences.
Australian Smoky Cat
Spotted coat of this beauty can have a variety of colors: from blue to chocolate. But the pattern will always be spotty or marble. From the name of this breed it is already clear that it was bred in distant Australia. And, like many animals of this continent, it is distinguished for its uniqueness. Muzzle has a pronounced triangular shape, tapering to the chin. Ears with rounded tips are slightly outstretched. A very accommodating and benevolent disposition is distinguished by these spotted cats. The breed suits people who often have to be absent at home. Cats are very tolerant of solitude and solitude. They are distinguished by the amazing patience with which they relate to children and pets.
The breed was bred in the 70s of last century. As a result, a cat appeared, spotted like a leopard, and having a very large external resemblance to it. Representatives of this breed have a strong, muscular body, developed hunting instinct and athletic qualities.The stains on the body have a rounded shape, but triangular or square are also allowed. The California shining cat is very similar in appearance to the wild, but in character it is a very gentle and benevolent creature, unusually devoted to the master.
Crossing a wild leopard cat with a domestic cat led to the emergence of a new breed - a Bengal cat. This is a fairly rare breed, combining the appearance of a predator and tenderness, petting a pet. Unlike other domestic cats, Bengal loves to splash in the water so much that they can make a company to the host taking a shower.
Dark rounded spots are located along the trunk, forming beautiful rosettes - a business card of the breed. The main color may be yellowish or reddish-golden, but it is important that the stains are contrasting. This cat spotted has another interesting feature - depending on the lighting, it can change the shade of the coat. Often you can see how the fur glosses as if sprinkled with sequins.
Some cat lovers believe that the nature of this animal can be determined by color. In fact, absolutely different factors play a role here. Therefore, choosing your own pet, you can safely give preference to the coloring that you will like.