Chinchilla is an aristocratic cat in a huge feline family. At various competitions, she often wins first places, thanks to her angelic beauty. Her unusual, colorful appearance constantly attracts the attention of specialists and lovers of furry pets.
Snow-white or light "Arctic Fox" fur coat, huge open eyes of aquamarine color, pink nose, lips outlined by a dark rim, make this cat a real beauty queen. This is a born fashion model - she can often be seen on the covers of magazines, posters, calendars. With such an appearance, these animals have a measured and calm character, they are affectionate and trusting.
From the history of the breed
In 1880, a "girl" was born to a smoky-colored cat with a silver tabby in the USA. Later, she also had her first chinchilla cat. He became the most eminent winner of international exhibitions. Today, his effigy is in the National History Museum in London. Cats called "chinchilla", which are sometimes also referred to as "lambkins", are rightfully among the most beautiful in the world. Their furas if wrapped in the most delicate muslin. What gives the animal some kind of unusual brilliance.
Many cat lovers are misled by the word "chinchilla", because the famous rodent from America, which "gave" the name to this breed, the fur is colored completely differently. However, the name has been firmly entrenched in this breed since the nineties of the last century. The first British chinchilla cat was darker in color than the current ones. She looked more like her modern silver and tan cousins.
There is a version that chinchilla cats are bred from silver tabbies with an absent or not pronounced pattern when crossed with smoky or blue Persians. As a result of selection, the eyes of these animals acquired an unusually beautiful color, which later became the standard: green-blue or emerald green.
Initially, only the Persian Chinchilla existed. The cat had an unusual long and smooth coat. 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. Around the same time, felinologists began to call the non-Persian color tipped.
Currently, the name of the color does not affect the definition of the breed, it is used only to designate varieties of animals.
According to the approved CFA standard, the chinchilla cat breed has soft, rounded body lines. Head of medium size with a rounded skull, with small, rounded ears set low and tilted forward.
The eyes are wide-set, large. Intense, greenish color. The nose is short and wide. The body is medium in size, compact, slightly squat. The back is wide and even. The disqualifying factors are signs of obesity.
Most of all, it is not the size of the animal that is valued, but its exterior. Limbs should be powerful and short, paws - round, between the fingers - tufts of wool. The tail is short and thick.
The coat is usually long and fluffy. There is a large frill on the neck.
Chinchilla - silver cat
This is an animal of extraordinary beauty. A white fur coat with slightly blackened hair ends gives him a fabulous look. Wool as if covered with a thin black veil. The eyes, nose and lips are underlined in black. Expressive emerald eyes and black paw pads make a spectacular contrast with the fox fur coat.
This animal has an unusual color. The golden chinchilla is a cat in which each hair is uniformly colored in a zone. That is, each hair has a black and light brown color. In general, the coat looks uniform - without stripes and spots.
Golden Chinchilla - a cat with a thick undercoat of warm orange-apricot tones.
The chinchilla cat breed has a playful and kind character. She likes extroverted owners. Chinchilla is a cat that requires increased attention from its owners. In his absence, she becomes lethargic and apathetic, so leaving her alone for a long time is not worth it.
Chinchillas are quite friendly to children. With cats of other breeds, relations somehow do not add up. These cats are not disposed to vagrancy and other adventures. They love to be in the spotlight (or at least in sight) of their beloved owners, so they often follow them from room to room.
Care and maintenance
Caring for this animal is quite simple. Chinchilla is a cat that does not need daily brushing. The wool of these animals does not fall into tangles. It is enough to comb it out at least twice a week with a special brush.
Before the exhibition, the animal should be bathed. Owners use several methods to prepare wool. Some powder the animal with baby powder for three to four days, others rinse the fur with a solution of vinegar. On the eve of the exhibition, the wool should be combed.
Chinchilla is a cat that requires a balanced, varied diet. It can be natural food or prepared food. You cannot mix them. Chinchilla needs the following foods:
- Fish and meat (turkey, chicken, rabbit - raw, finely chopped meat, scalded with boiling water).Only ocean fish.
- Offal (kidneys, heart, liver boiled).
- Dairy products (low-fat cottage cheese, kefir, yogurt).
- Oils and fats (1/4 teaspoon of refined oil per day).
- Grains and vegetables (carrots, cabbage, bran, rice, buckwheat porridge).
You need to feed your pet 2-3 times a day.
Supplements & Vitamins
If you decide to feed your cat with natural products, then you need to add vitamins to her diet. A veterinarian will help you choose the right ones, taking into account the age of the animal, weight, gender.
If you opted for dry food, it is better to give preference to quality varieties from well-known manufacturers. For example, Hill`s, Nutra Gold.
Chinchillas often have problems with their eyes, skin, and breathing. Due to the specific structure of the nose, on dry and warm days, the cat's breathing becomes difficult.
Poorly formed lacrimal glands provoke eye problems that are manifested by profuse tearing. To help your pet, you need to regularly clean the eyelids with a weak solution of boric acid. In case of suppuration, use tetracycline ointment.