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Hairless Cats – Pet tip 145

For many, just the thought of a hairless cat is enough to make them shudder. For these people, the sight of a hairless cat is shocking, and touching one is downright scary. If you are one of these people, then this article is unlikely to sway you in the other direction. However, if you are the kind of person who has always been a little bit intrigued by the unique look of hairless cats, read on. Behind their striking appearance is a fascinating background, and if you are considering making a hairless cat part of your family, there is also a plethora of information to know about the proper way to care for these beautiful creatures.

Congenital hairlessness in cats is an extremely rare trait. Essentially, a hairless cat is the result of genetic mutations in one or more of the genes which encode for normal hair development. While the word ‘mutation’ implies that this genetic condition is unwanted and accidental, there are actually many breeders who select specifically for the hairlessness trait and work to maintain the hairless lineage in their cats.

Maggie Barron
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Maine Coon Type (mix)
Date of Birth:
April 25, 2000
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Coat Colour:
brown, black, tan, white
Eye Colour:

Rothy was adopted by my friend/roommate (now boyfriend) July 16, 2000 and he lived the first 6 monthes of his life as an indoor-only cat in downtown Ottawa in a house with a huge group of 19-21 year olds. He was (and still is) the cutest kitten I have ever seen and had the cutest personality! He used to get really hyper and go sliding across the coffee table and fall off, and while washing the dishes he'd come running and 'latch onto' my back with his claws and climb until he was up on my shoulder (he loved to watch). The strangest habit he had was nibbling on my earlobes while kneading my neck and purring! He ended -up being adopted my my parents in October 2000, as became an indoor-outdoor cat living in the rural Ottawa area (Munster). He came home one day in April 2001 with a broken leg (we have no idea how it happened), but luckily it healed perfectly. He went to play in the back field with the other cats on the morning of October 24, 2002.........and never came home again! I have tried EVERYTHING to try to find him, I even called animal bylaw to be 100% sure he wasn't hit on the road, and went searching 3-4 km into the back fields accepting that I may be looking for a dead body. I went to the Ottawa Humane Society every second day for just over a year looking for him and we still put posters up in the nearby towns. He is/was my perfect angel cat and I miss him more than anything!! I just hope that wherever he went that he's happy and not suffering (whether he's dead or has been adopted by another family). Rothy I love you and miss you!!

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