This cat has a short silky coat. It comes in four different colors; champagne, natural mink, blue mink, platinum mink.
They don’t require a lot of grooming. Combing them once a week will do fine.
Lovers of the Tonkinese can report that the Tonkinese cats received the best traits from the Burmese cats and the Siamese cats.
They are very social cats. These cats are not as noisy as the Siamese cats, but they are vocal and love to chat.
The Tonkinese are active. They do need a lot of space to play.
These are highly intelligent cats.
The Tonkinese cat owners will be well advised to get plenty of cat toys.
If the Tonkinese does not have entertainment from cat toys,the cat is known to be mischievous.
They love to climb and jump to high places. This is a cat that will truly love to have a large cat gym or cat tower to play on.
These cats will not be happy being left alone. They do need to interact with people or other cats.
It certainly would be a great idea to get two Tonkinese instead of one.
The Tonkinese are very friendly and will do great as a family cat.
Tonkinese Cat History
The breeding of these cats started in the 1950’s when American named Milan Greer set out to create what he called “The Golden Siamese” by crossing a Burmese male with the Siamese female.
He went on for five generations and considered the program to be very successful stating that he had created “a prodigy in fur”.
He did not pursue the breeding program any further and other breeders soon started their own programs.
In the 1960’s a Canadian cat breeder named Margaret Conroy was the first ever to register the Tonkinese with a cat club in 1965. She worked extremely hard and did a fabulous job promoting the Tonkinese cats.
The club that has the honor of being the first to recognize the beautiful Tonkinese was the Canadian Cat Association.
This is the reason many consider the Tonkinese cats a Canadian cat breed.
Confusion about the name
There seems to be some confusion as to how the Tonkinese got their name. Some books report that the name was given to the cat breed by Edith Lux who decided to change the name from Golden Siamese to Tonkinese.
The cat was named after the Gulf of Tonkin which is close to Burma and Thailand (Siam) but does not belong to either one of the countries.
Others report that the name was not originally Tonkinese, but was given the name “Tonkanese” in Canada. Tonkanese was known as an island in the South Pacific were half-breeds were treated as equals.
Many do still call the cats Tonkanese , making this explanation plausible. The spelling was only changed when the cats were registered in the United States.
Different cat breeds in the same litter
When two Tonkinese are mated the female will have a litter consisting of different cat breeds, half of the litter are in that case Tonkinese.
The rest of the kittens will be Siamese and Burmese. If a Siamese cat is crossed with a Burmese cat then all the kittens will be Tonkinese.
This is the reason many were reluctant to accept the Tonkinese as a separate cat breed.
All North American societies do accept this cat breed today. The Tonkinese cat breed was accepted by the GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) in Great Britain in 1991.
The Somali cat is a long-haired version of the Abyssinian cat. These two cat breeds are very similar.
This cat is often nicknamed “The Fox Cat”.
The reason for this is that the Somali cat has long and very bushy tail. In many ways there is a likeness to a fox as far as appearance goes.
The Somali cat comes in many different colors. The coat of the Somali is softer, longer and silkier than that of the Abyssinian cat.
The hairs also have more color-bands per hair.
These cats will benefit from grooming about two to three times a week.
The Somali cat is an extremely active cat. This cat loves to run and play.
Considering the high level of activity, this is not a cat you want to choose if you live in a small cramped apartment or if you are elderly.
These cats need lots of space.
For an active family the Somali cat certainly is great fun.
This cat will enjoy the company of another equally active cat.
You may just think about getting two cats. The cats will be happier and you will have twice the fun.
The Somali is talkative. It does love to chat and has a very cute cat voice.
The cat does tend to be a little more reserved than the Abyssinian cat. Once the Somali has accepted you as a true friend, they are very affectionate.
Somali Cat History
This breed started as an “accident” breed. In the 1950’s a few long-haired Abyssinian kittens were born into a litter.
The Abyssinian is a short-haired breed. At first these long-haired Abyssinian cats were neutered and given away as pets.
Then some breeders started to show extra interest in this uniqueness.
Breeders from Australia, New Zealand and the United States loved this fabulous cat and with great enthusiasm started to breed these unusual long-haired Abyssinians.
Long-haired Abyssinians were exchanged and serious breeding programs were soon in progress to improve and establish these cats as a new and independent breed.
It was a cat breeder named Evelyn Mague from the United States who thought up a name for this special breed.
She suggested they be called “Somali Cats” because Somalia is a neighboring country to Ethiopia.
Abyssinia is the old name for Ethiopia. The Abyssinian has its name from Abyssinia.
A Somali belonging to Evelyn Mague named George is by many considered to be the founding father of the Somali cat breed in the United States. George was born in 1967.
The Somali Cat Club was established in 1972. The Somali cat received championship status in 1978 in the United States.
In Britain the Somali cats were not well accepted at first. It was not before countries, like Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) were raving about this cat breed that Britain decided it was time to give the Somali a second chance.
Finally in 1982 the Somali received the recognition they deserved in England.