The Somali cat is a lively and clever feline with luxurious fur and a sporty physique that has earned it the nickname “fox cat” due to its reddish color and large, fluffy tail. This breed is known for being playfully inquisitive and enjoys human interaction, but it can become easily bored if not stimulated. The Somali makes an excellent pet for households with other animals or for those who spend most of their time at home. They are very loving but do not typically like to be held and are not considered cuddly cats. If left alone, the Somali can become quite mischievous and cause trouble around the house. The breed is medium-sized, weighing up to 12 pounds and growing up to 26 inches in length. They have medium-long fur in colors such as red, ruddy, blue, fawn, and sorrel, with ticked patterns and green or gold eyes. Somalis have a high level of energy, so they require plenty of exercise and playtime to stay happy and healthy. They are also highly intelligent and tend to be vocal only when necessary. While they shed moderately, they are not hypoallergenic. Originally from Australia, the Somali has a lifespan of up to 14 years.
The Somali cat is a breed that has a vague and mysterious history. It is believed by some experts that the Abyssinian cat breed was crossbred with long-haired cats of unknown origin in the early 1900s, introducing a recessive gene into the population. However, there is no concrete evidence to support this theory. The first Somali cat, previously referred to as a “long-haired Abyssinian,” made its appearance in Australian cat shows in 1965. Since then, breeders have actively worked towards developing the Somali as a distinct breed, which is now recognized by all major cat associations. When it comes to grooming, Somali cats have soft, silky coats that require regular brushing once or twice a week to prevent tangles. Fortunately, Somali cats typically enjoy being groomed, making the job easier for their owners.
Regular tooth brushing is essential for these cats as they are prone to periodontal disease. It is also recommended to take them for occasional dental cleanings to avoid gum or tooth problems.