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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.

Owner:
L D
City:
Richibucto
Province, Country:
NB, Canada
Type/Breed:
Mixed
Date of Birth:
2005
Sex:
Male
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
9
Coat Colour:
Gray/white
Eye Colour:
yellowish green

Jigger was a stray that was hanging around the neighborhood since late summer 2006. In November 2006, I couldn't bear seeing him out in the cold, so I took him in. He was a sorry sight the first time I noticed him: matted coat, dirty, skinny and had a huge lump on his left hip. Eventually he gained weight because some neighbours were leaving food outside for the strays. Now, he has a shiny coat, gained weight, is playful and is quite friendly. He's about 1 1/2 to 2 years old. He gets along well with the other two, Minou, Cosmo and my dog, Nicky.

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