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  • Asian Cat
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Weight: 3 - 5kg M | 3 - 5kg F
Life Expectancy: 11 - 15 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.

book icon History

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.

comb icon 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.

bulb icon 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.

food icon 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.

stethoscope icon Health and Exercise

On average, the Asian cat’s life expectancy ranges from 16-18 years. This cat breed is among the healthiest and is not known to be affected by hereditary health issues.

To prevent the Asian cat from becoming overweight, make sure that it gets enough exercise and manage its diet well. Being an intelligent breed, it should be provided with toys and activities that will also challenge its mental abilities.

pound icon Cost of Ownership

The costs of owning and buying a pedigreed Asian cat will vary depending on its kind. For vaccinations, boosters, annual checks and other veterinary costs, pet care costs may add up to more than £500 each year. The monthly costs in rearing this feline are dependent on the area and the special needs depending on the specific breed.

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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