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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.

Peggy Dalling
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Abissian DSH
Date of Birth:
July 2002
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I think he's an abyssian because he has to “conquer” every flat surface, the higher the better! Plays fetch with his ball, likes being on his leash and harness, talks to me, the birds, the neighbours, the other cats in the neighbourhood (he even sounds like he’s saying “Hello…hi…hello.” So weird! But he’s a big suck that loves to cuddle, loves getting his belly rubbed, his tail, head, feet, anything. He also waits for his humans to come home. He sits on the window ledge and watches us come up the driveway. Then, he’ll meow at us through the window and watch us come in. It’s so cute! Or when the door is open and just the screen door is closed and he sits there and watches you outside and all you can see is his little beige head and ears? He’s my baby boy and I love him way too much (I’m “obsessed”)
I don’t know why everyone thinks I’m so cute…ok, well I do know…I work very hard at it! I love to chase people around and play fetch with my ball (I have a stash of them hidden currently where no one can find them...come to think of it...where are they?) I sleep either at Grammy’s feet or at Mom’s feet. I keep Grammy company in the bathroom while she gets ready and make sure Mom gets up for work. Her alarm clock doesn’t seem to work cause she keeps turning it off! So I come in, lick her nose, lick her fingers and nibble on them and purr loudly. It takes about 3-4 visits but I’m training her quite nicely, I think.
Loves-Roller sticky thing (I get my massages from that, feels sooo good! Mom thinks it’s for getting rid of my fur but I would have to disagree. I shed WAY more than she can pick up with that thing. Jokes on her!), sleeping (bathroom counter, sink, fireplace, top of tv, mom’s bed, grammy’s bed, back porch, chair), eating my wet food (grammy’s got me on no name brand right now but not for long if Mom has anything to say about it…she’ll have me back on whiskas and fancy feast before you know it), and being outside in the grass and dirt (I talk to the birds, eat grass, lay down and sunbathe and just enjoy the fresh air…but I don’t go to the bathroom out there. I’m a polite little…ok not little…cat and I wait until I’m inside to do my business).
I’ve already had lots of adventures outside. We had baby bunnies born, baby skunks and a baby bird fell right on top of me out of its nest (Mom didn’t want me playing with it and neither did that baby bird’s family…what? I wouldn’t have eaten him…just played hide and seek with him!)
Anyway, I love my life. My family is great, especially Mom and Grammy. I have many places to sleep,lots of great food and toys to play with...sigh!

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