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Sokoke Cat: Adorable, active, and scarce

If we talk about exotic or rare cat breeds, we will undoubtedly find the Sokoke cat at the top of the list. Have you ever heard of them? Maybe not, because despite being an incredibly cute cat, there are not many specimens worldwide.

This beautiful domestic cat originates from Kenya, possibly from the Arabuko Sokoke Forest Preserve, where it was first seen (at least by one cat lover who recorded its existence). In 1978, professional horse breeder Jeni Slater discovered them in her backyard and decided to breed a pair and later transport it to Europe. As you noticed, this kitten is not a hybrid, but its breeding is still very recent.

If its beauty and aura of mystery have already caught your attention, go ahead, you are in the right place to learn more about this extraordinary animal.

Physical Characteristics of the Sokoke Cat

Because of its wild appearance, it was considered a hybrid of a house cat and a wild cat. However, it is not, and its rebellious appearance is entirely due to its former home, the forest. Its colors and patterns make its coat resemble the trunk of a tree, a very advantageous feature to protect itself from large predators.

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In addition to their fur, Sokoke cats also possess one more attribute that makes them look like they are always alert: their paws. Yes, that’s right, their hind legs are slightly longer than the front ones, so their normal posture simulates that of a cat preparing to attack.

Another curious fact about its legs is that due to the disparity in length, the Sokoke does not walk like any other cat and always goes on tiptoes, making it look even more like it is looking for prey. But don’t worry, even though they are natural-born hunters, Sokoke cats are known to be very friendly and people-oriented, not to forget that they are still domesticated house cats.

These furballs grow up to 8 inches long and are slender and athletic in build, weighing between 5 and 10 pounds. And if you still don’t think the Sokoke cat is beautiful, let me tell you, they have a small head, making their long ears look even longer. These features, combined with their green eyes, make this specimen a true jewel.

Sokoke Cat Personality

Don’t think that because they are scarce, these cats don’t know how to live with people. On the contrary, they are extra friendly and never show problems integrating with their human family.

Any owner of a Sokoke cat will tell you that it is like having a cat with a dogged attitude, always happy, very playful, always following you, and waiting at the door until you come back to greet you with lots of cuddles. Due to their high intelligence, it is an excellent idea to teach them tricks so they work their mind and have fun simultaneously. They are so playful that you can even teach them to fetch.

If there is one thing that characterizes these cats, it is their fierce love for the water. They never pass up the opportunity to take a dip, so close the door when you take a bath, or you will have them in the shower every day.

Another thing they also love is to be up high, just like when they lived in the woods and climbed to the top of the trees. To avoid having your cat climbing up to your refrigerator to watch the world from there, try to have cat trees where he can climb and play.

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This kitty likes to be surrounded by his family and share the love with snuggles or lying down to take a nap on his owner’s lap. For this reason, it is recommended not to leave him alone for long periods, but if you have to work, it could be a good idea to have two cats to keep each other company. With a Sokoke cat, you can be sure you will have the most loyal and loving companion and a chatty and inseparable friend.

Possible Health Issues

These wild cats are as strong as an oak tree, and there are no genetic diseases that appear regularly in this breed. However, because they hate solitude, if you notice that your cat has acquired a strange behavior, for example, grooming excessively to the point of leaving bald patches or destroying anything in his path, you should pay attention to his emotional health.

In addition, we recommend that you take your cat for regular check-ups with the vet. This way, you can ensure that your cat is in excellent health.

Grooming Needs

If you already love this cat, you will love him even more because the Sokoke has minimal shedding throughout the year! Because of their terse hair, the shedding is minimal and not very noticeable.

Now, to make sure they lose even less hair, it is recommended that you brush their fur at least once a week. With this care, your cat will always have a clean, shiny coat.

Sokoke: Have you found your ideal cat?

Now that you know all there is to know about this stunning and unique breed, the Sokoke cat, it’s time to ask yourself if you are ready to have one of these jewel-like cats as a new member of your family.

If you are lucky enough to find a Sokoke kitten available for adoption, you will get a cat with a heart of gold. You will see that although they may seem mischievous and with endless energy, these kittens will steal your heart and make you smile every day.

Do you own a Sokoke cat? Tell us all about him in the comments!

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