The California Spangled Cat

California Spangled CatThe California Spangled Cat was the result of a 10 year breeding program which was started in 1971 by a Hollywood scriptwriter and a leading cat geneticist. The program took in Siamese, Angoras, Manx, and a number of non-pedigree domestic cats along the way. It’s aim was to produce a spotted cat which had all the characteristics of a wild cat but had the ability to adapt to an indoor life. One objective of the program was said to be to create a memorial to all of the wild cats who were slaughtered over the years in the interests of the fur trade. The California was originally marketed at $1400 and had attracted the interest of cat fanciers with money but as of yet the breed has not been recognized by any cat fancy organization.

The California is a long, low-slung cat with a long and tubular, yet well-muscled body with strong legs. The tail is blunt-tipped. Their head is medium-sized and has a slightly rounded forehead, with a wide and full muzzle. Their ears are medium-sized as well and set high on the head. The eyes are medium-large, almond shaped, and set wide. Their coat is velvety and short, with spots covering the back and flanks. Markings continue onto their legs in the form of bars, and the tail should have at least one dark ring.

California’s have been bred in charcoal, bronze, silver, gold, blue, red, brown, and black. Those who are lucky enough to be able to afford one report that they are super-intelligent and even tempered cats. Grooming twice weekly is recommended. Kittens are born black and develop their markings as they grow.

California Spangled Cat Image via Wikipedia

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  1. Dentist says:

    This cat looks like jaguar)) my friend has the same cat and it is very cute!

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