Table of contents:
- History of the Brazilian shorthair cat
- Brazilian Shorthair appearance
- The nature and temperament of the Brazilian shorthair cat
- Brazilian Shorthair Grooming
- Brazilian shorthair cat food
- 20 nicknames for the Brazilian shorthair cat
Video: Brazilian Shorthair Cat
The Brazilian shorthair cat (Pêlo Curto Brasileiro) is a cat breed that appeared naturally in Brazil. This is the first Brazilian cat breed to receive international recognition. Despite the fact that more than 20 years have passed since the recognition of the breed, the Brazilian cat is still quite rare. The main livestock is in the United States, not Brazil.
Interesting cats with pronounced almond-shaped eyes have long lived in Brazil and have become, so to speak, indigenous to the feline population of this country. No one paid attention to cute animals, leaving the Brazilian shorthair to herself. Everyone believed that they were quite ordinary and unremarkable representatives of the feline family. No one thought to isolate them into a separate breed.
Weight: 4-6 kg.
Height: 35-40 cm.
Cost (price) of a kitten: from 1000 to 1200 $ USD (in America).
Country of origin: Brazil
Life span: 12-15 years.
History of the Brazilian shorthair cat
The ancestors of the cats living in Brazil are considered to be the European shorthair cats brought by Portuguese sailors on their ships in the 16th century. It is generally accepted that the Brazilian Shorthair was naturally formed. Studies of common street cats conducted by experts from the Brazilian Federation of Cat Fanciers (FBG) in the early 1980s in several large cities (Rio de Janeiro, Ceara and Porto Alegre) showed a large uniform population that had marked differences from recognized breeds …
In 1985, a breeding and standardization program for the national breed was adopted. The first proposal for recognition of the standard was made in the WCF, as a result of which in 1994 the standards of the European and Brazilian shorthair were combined under the general name "Celtic Shorthair". In 1996, the breed was pre-registered with FIFe. In August 1998, the WCF recognized the Brazilian Shorthair as an independent breed.
Brazilian Shorthair appearance
The Brazilian Shorthair is a medium sized cat with a muscular, slightly slender body. The general appearance of the cat is very lively and elegant. A distinctive feature of the Brazilians is considered to be a piercing gaze and expressive, large, intelligent almond-shaped, slightly slanted eyes. The space between the eyes should be equal to the size of one eye. Eye color should match the color of the coat.
The head is small and slightly wide (wedge-shaped). The chin and lower jaw are strong. The large ears of the Brazilian cat with small tufts of fur are almost vertical. Their height is greater than their width. The nose is medium with a characteristic curvature at the base. The neck is long enough and strong. The body is slender and medium in size. The chest is wide. Legs are strong, of medium length, legs are rounded. The tail is long, should not be too wide at the base, slightly tapering towards the tip.
The coat is short, without undercoat, tight to the body, silky to the touch. Any color is allowed in the breed, except for color-point.
The nature and temperament of the Brazilian shorthair cat
Brazilian cats are real family pets. They are immensely attached to their master, loyally love, honor and respect him. Without attention, these cats become overly nervous, irritable, distrustful and often destructive (they spoil and tear things, plants, tag, etc.). Therefore, the Brazilian must be taken care of, giving him a lot of consolidated time. In order to further avoid various deteriorations in relations with the Brazilian, including resentment and irritability, you should, as mentioned above, pay enough attention to the cat. This cat is not one owner, she loves company, and therefore adores everyone with whom she shares a house. However, sometimes the Brazilian Shorthair can show a touch of independence, expressing their independence.
Curious, outgoing and intelligent, they love to take part in everything that happens in their environment. Kittens are very active and mobile. Growing up, Brazilian Shorthair cats become calmer, although they remain playful until old age. Therefore, they should always be able to “let off steam” by running after ping-pong balls, candy wrappers, a laser pointer, playing interactive games and puzzle games.
The Brazilian Shorthair is easy to educate, easily learns various tricks, loves walks in the fresh air, outdoor games and trips. Plus, she can be a great mouse-maker. Can live both indoors and outdoors. Some members of the breed love to "talk", especially when they are hungry or bored.
Brazilian cats are very easy to adapt and adapt to new life situations and environments, they love to explore and meet new people. This makes them a great choice for home with children or other pets. Since they like to climb higher, it is advisable to put a cat tree in the house and equip window sills, since Brazilians love to observe the outside world from windows.
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Brazilian Shorthair Grooming
The Brazilian Shorthair cat does not have special requirements for caring for its person. These cats are rarely washed, as they become dirty. Cats usually take care of their short fur themselves, so you should comb your pet with a special rubber glove no more than once a week. During seasonal shedding, wool is combed out twice a week. After combing, you can walk with a wet hand over the coat to remove non-dead hairs.
Brazilians' teeth, like other cats, should be brushed at least once every 7-10 days, especially if the cat eats canned food, and not dry food. To brush your teeth, use a special toothbrush and animal paste.
The claws are trimmed twice a month with a special claw cutter for cats (you cannot use ordinary scissors, since the claws after such a procedure begin to flake and crumble).
The ears are checked once or twice a week and, as they become soiled, they are cleaned with a gauze cloth dipped in vegetable oil, a special lotion, or a solution of apple cider vinegar and water (50/50). Drops are available at pet stores to remove large amounts of earwax.
Discharge from the eyes is removed daily with gauze dipped in cool boiled water or a special eye lotion. A separate napkin is used for each eye.
Brazilians are very playful and must be provided with a variety of toys. Toys can be made by yourself or bought at a pet store. Brazilians are especially fond of interactive (moving, noisy, ringing, blinking) toys, as well as puzzle toys that can keep your pet busy for a long time.
Brazilian shorthair cat food
Brazilian cats are not picky about their food, just stick to standard feeding rules. The only exception is the molting period - at this time it is advisable to add a special prophylactic paste to the food (which prevents the formation of lumps of fur in the stomach). Cats should have constant access to food and water, preferably running water.
The amount of feed depends on the weight of the animal, its physical activity and age. It is advisable to choose premium and super premium feeds, since they are the most balanced. Up to a year, a Brazilian kitten needs from 30 to 60 g of food per day, for an adult cat - from 40 to 60 g of food per day.
The Brazilian Shorthair cat is a fairly healthy breed; no genetic diseases have yet been identified. Due to the lack of undercoat, they are sensitive to cold. Despite the good health of these cats, do not forget about preventive vaccinations and deworming (3-4 times a year).
There are usually 4-6 kittens in a litter. Cats are often great fathers and help cats in raising kittens.
Allergic owners of Brazilian cats claim that this breed is hypoallergenic as they have no problem communicating with their pets.
20 nicknames for the Brazilian shorthair cat
For male kittens: Antero, Bruno, Vili, Garcia, Dario, Leonardo, Mario, Orlando, Ramiro, Sancho.
For female kittens: Adelia, Barbara, Viviana, Gerda, Deborah, Ida, Kvisha, Lana, Malvina, Nuria.
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