Gold Chinchilla (cat)
Chinchilla is an aristocratic cat in a huge Cat family. At various competitions, she often wins the first places, thanks to her angelic beauty. Her unusual, colorful appearance constantly attracts attention of specialists and fans of furry pets.
A snow-white or light "fox" fur coat, huge wide-open sea-colored eyes, pink nose, sponges outlined by a dark rim, make this cat a real beauty queen. This is a born fashion model - it can often be seen on the covers of magazines, posters, calendars. With this appearance these animals have a measured and calm character, they are affectionate and trusting.
From the history of the breed
In 1880, in the United States, a cat of smoky color with a silver tabby had a "girl". Later, she also had the first chinchilla cat. He became the most eminent winner of international exhibitions. Today, his effigy is in the National Historical Museum in London. Cats called "chinchilla", sometimes referred to as "lambkin", are among the most beautiful in the world. Their fur is wrapped in the most delicate muslin. What gives the animal some extraordinary brilliance.
Many cats love the word "chinchilla" is misleading, since the famous rodent from America, who "gave" the name to this breed, fur is painted quite differently. At the same time, the name was firmly entrenched for this breed since the nineties of the last century. The first British chinchilla cat had a darker coloration than the current ones. It was more like modern silvery relatives with a tan.
There is a version that cats of chinchilla are removed from silver tabby with missing or not pronounced pattern when crossing with smoky or blue Persians. As a result of the selection of the eyes, these animals acquired an unusually beautiful color, which later became standard: green-blue or emerald green.
Originally there was only a Persian chinchilla. The cat had an unusual long and smooth hair. The history of this color is interesting. At first, it was divided into the color of "chinchillas" and "shaded silver cats". By the end of the seventies of the last century these varieties began to be added to other breeds, for example, to the British and exotic. At about the same time, felinologists began to call the non-Persian color typed.
Currently, the name of the color does not affect the definition of the breed, it is used only to denote species of animals.
According to the approved CFA standard, the breed of chinchilla cats is characterized by soft, rounded lines of the body. Head of medium size with a round skull, with small, rounded ears, planted low and inclined forward.
Eyes wide set, large. Color is rich, greenish shades. Nose short, wide. The body is medium-sized, compact, slightly squat. The back is wide and even. Disqualifying factors are signs of obesity.
The most important thing is not the size of the animal, but its exterior. Limbs should be powerful and short, paws round, between the toes - bundles of wool. The tail is short and thick.
Wool, as a rule, long, fluffy. On the neck is a large "jabot".
Chinchilla - silver cat
This animal is of extraordinary beauty. White coat with a little blackened hair tips gives its appearance a fabulous look. The wool is covered with a thin black veil. Eyes, a nose and lips are underlined by a black line. Expressive emerald eyes and black pads paws make a striking contrast with the "fox" coat.
This animal has an unusual color. A golden chinchilla is a cat, in which every hair is uniformly tanned. That is, each hair has a black and light brown color. In general, the wool coat looks homogeneous - without stripes and stains.
The golden chinchilla is a cat that has a thick undercoat of warm orange-apricot tones.
The breed of chinchilla cats is characterized by a playful and kind character. She likes extroverts. Chinchilla is a cat that requires the attention of its owners. In his absence, it becomes sluggish and apathetic, so you should not leave it alone for a long time alone.
Children of chinchilla are quite friendly. With cats of other breeds, relations somehow do not add up. To vagrancy and other adventures, these cats are not located. They like to be in the center of attention (or at least in the field of view) of their beloved hosts, so they often follow them from the room to the room.
Care and maintenance
Care of this animal is pretty simple. Chinchilla is a cat that does not need daily combing. The wool of these animals does not fall into the tangles. It is enough to comb it at least twice a week with a special brush.
Before the exhibition, one should bathe an animal. Owners use several methods of preparing wool. Some within three to four days powder the animal with baby powder, others rinse the fur with a solution of vinegar. On the eve of the exhibition, wool should be combed.
Chinchilla is a cat that requires a balanced varied diet. It can be natural food or ready-made food. You can not mix them. Chinchillas need the following products:
- Fish and meat (turkey, chicken, rabbit - raw, finely chopped meat, scalded with boiling water). The fish is only oceanic.
- By-products (kidney, heart, liver in cooked form).
- Dairy products (low-fat cottage cheese, kefir, yogurt).
- Oils and fats (per day 1/4 tsp of refined oil).
- Cereals and vegetables (carrots, cabbage, bran, rice, buckwheat porridge).
Supplements and vitamins
If you decide to feed your cat with natural products, then you need to add to its diet vitamins. Correctly to pick them up will help the veterinarian taking into account the age of the animal, weight, sex.
If you chose dry food, then it is better to give preference to quality varieties from well-known manufacturers. For example, Hill's, Nutra Gold.
Chinchillas often have problems with eyes, skin, breathing. Due to the specific structure of the nose on dry and warm days, the cat's breathing becomes difficult.
Poorly formed tear glands provoke problems with the eyes, which are manifested by abundant lacrimation. To help your pet, you need to regularly clean your eyelids with a weak solution of boric acid. In case of suppuration, use tetracycline ointment.