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Weight: 3 - 5kg M | 3 - 5kg F
Life Expectancy: 16 - 18 Years

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The Asian cat is a variety of felines renowned for having a good temperament. The Asian cat is also known as ‘Malayan’ cat in other countries. It is a classification of the Burmese descendants crossed with other pedigreed cats.

List of Asian cat breeds are as follows:

  • Asian Self – It includes the Bombay and the Tortie.
  • Asian Smoke – This refers to the smoke variety of the Asian Cat.
  • Burmilla – This refers to the shaded variety.
  • Asian Tabby – This includes the Spotted, Ticked Tabby or Mackerel, and the Classic.
  • Tiffanie – The Semi-longhaired of the group.

Do you plan on getting an Asian Cat? Here is a brief background of these incredible cat breeds.

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The Asian cat came from a breeding programme led by Baroness Miranda von Kirchberg in the UK. It can be traced back to an unplanned mating between a Burmese and a Chinchilla cat in 1981. It resulted in the very first litter of Asian cats known as the Burmilla breed. The kittens were strikingly beautiful that they attracted a number of enthusiasts who developed the breed. With the combined efforts of the breeders, they have set a goal of creating a Burmese-type of cat but with varying coat colours, patterns, and length. The breeding programme led to all five diverse felines achieving the GCCF Championship Status.

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Appearance and Grooming

The Asian cat is a medium-sized cat with a well-muscled, lean body. Much like the Burmese breed, it is described as a shorthaired cat with a glossy coat. Its head is round with medium to large ears that are set wide apart. As the Asian kittens are still growing, they usually have ears that look too big for their bodies. Overall, the ears should appear tilting slightly forward.

Its eyes are also set widely apart and appear large and lustrous. The accepted eye colour depends on the variety but could be anywhere from yellow to green.

Further, coats and its colours vary in each type. The Asian Shorthair has a short coat and the Asian Semi-longhair, like the Tiffanie, has a medium length but without a woolly coat. Both lengths look fine and silky. Its coat colours can be apricot, black, blue, blue tortie, caramel, caramel tortie, chocolate, chocolate tortie, cinnamon, cinnamon tortie, cream, fawn, fawn tortie, lilac, lilac tortie, or red.

The Asian cats require less grooming because of their short coats. Once-a-week brushing will suffice. On the other hand, for the semi-longhair Tiffanies, you need to give a bit more attention. The grooming routine must include nail trimming, teeth brushing, and ear cleaning.

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Temperament and Intelligence

The Asian cat is the first breed that includes a good temperament as part of the Standard Points. It is an extrovert feline that loves to interact with humans and other animals. It would gladly answer when spoken to because they are also expressive.

Further, this feline is affectionate and people-oriented. It enjoys being picked up and cuddled by their owners. It adapts well as an indoor pet. It may not appreciate being left alone, so leaving it with another cat or a cat-friendly dog to play with would be beneficial.

The Asian cat is intelligent and inquisitive by nature. As such, it would enjoy the challenge provided by puzzles and interactive toys.

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Nutrition and Feeding

The Asian cat should be given a proper diet that fulfils its nutritional needs. It should be consistently given the same food following the same feeding schedule. If there are changes to its diet, those must be done gradually to prevent digestive problems.

The serving portions should depend on the cat’s weight, age, and activity level. Its diet must include at least 25% protein and just 5% carbohydrates.

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Health and Exercise

On average, Asian cats have a longevity range of 16-18 years. They are regarded as decently healthy due to the absence of known specific issues. However, they may likely develop conditions associated with the Burmese, which are more prone to diabetes mellitus. Asian cats may also suffer other health issues common to cats in general like hypokalaemia, polycystic kidney disease, and retinal atrophy. These health problems can be avoided with regular vet visits, proper nutrition, and exercise.

Asian acts are considered to be active and assertive felines. They enjoy hanging out with their people and following them around. Asian cats are known to be demanding and often cry for their people’s attention. Be sure to engage them in interactive games a few times a day to satisfy them. Play sessions and interactive toys can help them stay physically fit and mentally sharp.

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Cost of Ownership

Acquiring a healthy and well-bred Asian Cat will cost you around £500–£1000. Providing her with high-quality cat food may lead you to pay approximately £20–£55 per month.

Turning your home into a comfortable and welcoming environment for your Asian Cat involves furnishing it with basic cat necessities such as cat toys and scratching posts. The total expenses can range from £50–£400.

Ensuring that your Asian Cat remains healthy requires regular visits to the vet. The fee for every session is estimated to be £30–£60. Vaccinations to protect your new feline from contagious diseases cost approximately £40–£100.

Protect your Asian Cat from parasite infestation by administering tick and flea treatments and heartworm treatments. These will set you back around £50–£60 and £60–£120 respectively.

Vet care for your cat does not come cheap. However, you can offset the vet expenses with the help of pet insurance. Choosing a time-limited package will add £6–£15 to your monthly bill, whilst opting for a lifetime package will cost you over £10 per month.

Asian Breed Highlights

  • The Asian cat enjoys human interaction, so it tends to follow its owner around the house.
  • It is a sociable cat loves to mingle with other pets.
  • It requires less grooming.
  • It is an expressive cat that can be loud if desperate for attention.

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