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European cat

European cat

European cat, or call him a short-haired Celtic, if you prefer, he is not a type that is formalized too much, also because he is often mistaken for a common cat, for any cat, not purebred. Instead the race of the European cat it exists indeed: it was recognized by the FCI in 1982.

This "misunderstanding", the cliché that the cat in question is an ordinary cat, is partly due to the varied set of aspects it can take on. The one we most frequently encounter on the street is the brindle, in particular with a coat with a brown or beige background, black streaks and a cat "M" on the forehead.

European cat: origins

It is not out of sympathy or out of convenience, or even out of pain, that the recognition of the breed has arrived with a lot of standards: the European cat it even descends directly from the ancient Egyptian cat (Felis silvestris lybica or Felis lybica)and it is known that this animal in the civilization of the pharaohs was considered a deity. Far from the idea of ​​being "just anyone".

From Egypt on European cat he embarked with merchants and soldiers for Europe. The people of traders, the Phoenicians par excellence, clandestinely exported specimens, while on board they began to be appreciated for their ability to hunt mice. This talent has saved the skin and the race of the European cat which owes its entry and the spread of the breed on the European continent to the mice. From the Mediterranean countries, up to the colder ones, this breed has conquered ground spreading easily thanks to the Roman people.

Today the European cat is the most widespread everywhere, the first recognition arrived in England in 1925 by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, but the official and unique one arrived in 1982. First there was the English and Scandinavian versions. Today the "real" European Cat is the second, selected only from common cats.

European cat: variety

There are many examples of European cat that can be counted in the world, there are many varieties. Some are common, like the brindle, others more sought after, which we may have seen but not identified, by cat lovers who are not yet too experienced. Let's see them all, so in the future we can try to recognize them instead of dismissing our cat as "a non-purebred" and that's it.

Let's start with the white European Cat, then there is the "colored" single color and the tortoiseshell one. Smoke follows and also the brindle, which we also find called tabby or tabby cat. The European cat silver is a nice gray, special, while when the coat has white mixed with other colors, that's it the two-tone, the van and the harlequin. To compete in frequency, the brindle, there is that light red, very present too.

European cat: appearance

We said the colors, but what does this feline look like? That of a cat as we usually imagine it, with a robust and muscular but agile body, ready to leap. Broad chest, pronounced shoulders, broad head and rounded skull: the European cat it has straight ears that occasionally have a few longer hairs on the tips, rounded at the ends. The eyes are also round in shape, slightly oblique, of various colors to form a thousand and more combinations with the colors of the hair, normally short and shiny.

We have already noticed, looking at the varieties of European cat existing, that the coat can take on the most varied shades, the most frequent are gray, white or off-white, brown, dark orange and black. To remember is that only females have the coat of three different colors, usually paired with white, brown and orange, for genetic reasons, while all of them can show some sort of mask next to the eyes, dark brown.

European cat: character

Intelligent, curious, lively, playful and with a strong predatory instinct preserved for centuries: the European cat has a cat character. And very pleasant: we are lucky since it is the breed that we can most frequently meet on the street and in life. Who among us does not have, at least as a neighbor or a backyard a sly European cat? I challenge you!

This cat has aenterprising nature, although he loves to doze off every now and then: he devotes several hours to exploration missions, engages in simulated and non-simulated ambushes. He gets along well with the man and, if he does not feel caught in the chest or suffocated, he also gets a little trained, in order to make cohabitation, domestic or otherwise, pleasant. However, this happens if a deep bond of trust is established: the European cat, like a good cat, he is deeply distrustful and does not listen to the first one who passes by. Man, feline or whatever.

European cat: curiosity

I don't know how true this is, but I like to tell this theory of correlation between the color of the coat of the European cat and the degree of dominance or submissiveness it displays towards other living beings. There are those who, as scholars, argue that it is true, we can experiment ourselves with the cats we know, if the accounts add up.

It would appear that the lighter tints of the European cat correspond to a more dominant nature: as you go towards dusk, the animal becomes more submissive. Other rumors about the character indicate females as more affectionate and fond of cuddles while males are the “great brave hunters”… A generalization that I don't know how many hits it has.

European cat: breeding and care

Both sexes of the European cat they love life in the countryside while adapting to the city. Better if the owners have a garden and let them roam freely. Both the European cat he has no problems with resistance to cold, he is a citizen of the world and gets along well with other cats as well as with dogs or other animals.

As regards aesthetics and health, and self-care, this breed does not require great care. The hair only needs to be brushed once a week with one bristle brush, except during the moulting period when it is better to remove the dead hair also to avoid flying hairs.

A little attention should also be paid to the ears, to be cleaned with a specific product, every now and then, without obsession. The same goes for the nails, to be trimmed with the special scissors for save the sofas and the jambs or at least try.

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