Colorpoint Shorthair Cat

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Colorpoint Shorthairs can be described as a variety of domestic cat. Depending on the cat registry, they possibly will be considered a separate breed of cat, or more often a variant of a pre-existing one, if accepted at all.

These cats are well-known by their conformance to wide range of sixteen different point colors, beyond the four standard Siamese colors.

The effort to produce a Siamese-style pointed cat in colors other than the traditional four began in England and in America in the 1940s, carried out by breeders who used foundation crossings between the Siamese, Abyssinian, and the red domestic shorthair.

The American Shorthair also became part of the matrix. Initially, the Colorpoint breeders experienced setbacks and failures; in the effort to achieve the proper colors in the proper places, the Siamese body type was often sacrificed.

Do not get a Colorpoint if living with a chatty busybody would drive you insane. On the other hand, if you enjoy having someone to talk to throughout the day, a Colorpoint can be your best friend.

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Just be sure you have time to spend with this demanding and social cat. Colorpoints do not like being left alone for long periods, and if you work during the day it can be smart to get two of them so they can keep each other company.

errty6thugjughji7yujthgjghjghjhThe Colorpoint is highly intelligent, agile and athletic, and loves to play. Keep his busy brain active with puzzle toys and his body exercised with teaser toys that he can chase and a big cat tree he can climb. He is fully capable of opening doors and drawers or rifling through your purse in search of something interesting or shiny to play with.

Never leave him without any form of entertainment, or you will likely come home to find that he has reprogrammed your DVR to record only nature shows or at the very least decided that your toilet paper rolls and tissue boxes look better empty.

This breed requires a small amount of grooming just to keep the skin and coat healthy, shiny, and soft. Nutrition also plays a key role in the glossiness and beautiful colors of this breed’s coat, so feed a high quality diet to keep these cats looking great.

To achieve their ends, breeders used foundation crossings between the Siamese, Abyssinian, and the red domestic Shorthair (the American Shorthair was also used). After years of struggle and innumerable failures, the breeding program succeeded. This breed was again crossed with the Siamese to retain its body style and personality.

To quell protests from Siamese breeders, cat fanciers finally agreed to give this cat a new name, the Colorpoint Shorthair. This breed now has very few non-Siamese genes, as many generations have passed, though technically it is still a hybrid.

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