The fishermen of the cat world, the Aegean cat has a surprising affinity for water and catching fish. Though rarely found outside of Greece, they are a common sight in feral colonies there, especially near fishing ports where they befriend the local fishermen in hopes of a handout. The Aegean cat is also valued as a pet, and is considered a national treasure. They are one of the oldest domesticated cats on earth, and have been on the Greek mainland and the Cycladic Islands for thousands of years. The Aegean cat is a naturally occurring breed, meaning that they developed without the intervention of human breeding programs, though a formal breeding program was started in the 1990s.
Appearance / lifespan:
The Aegean Cat is medium-sized with a muscular build, generally weighing 9lbs to 10lbs. They have almond-shaped eyes, most commonly in a shade of green. Their coat length varies by season, with semi-long hair during cooler months, shedding to a shorter coat in the summer.
Aegean cats have bicolor or tricolor coats, with white always present as one of the colors. In addition to white, they may have colors of black, red, blue, or cream. They may have tabby striping.
As a naturally occuring breed, Aegeans have developed as a very healthy cat.
Behavior / temperament:
The Aegean is a very tolerant and social breed, and enjoys interracting with people. They are intelligent and active, and have developed excellent skills as predators. Aegean cats developed on the islands of the Aegean Sea, and thus have a natural affinity for water and fishing.
sweetheart, best friend, perfect companion, glorious coat
constant attention, hairballs
Greece, quiet cat, stray cats, incredible jumping ability, large scratching post
Rid Your Cat of Hairballs
It is a well-known fact that most cats do not drink large amounts of water. When examining their urine, we find they concentrate their urine greatly- confirmation of smaller amounts of water intake. When pets take larger amounts of water, they produce more urine that is more dilute. In order to encourage water intake, some owners feed only wet (canned) cat foods. There is more water in canned food than dried kibble, thus increasing the water intake. Other owners may elect to add a small amount of salt to the diet. This can increase the thirst and therefore increase the amount of water taken. Another option may require some investigative work. Owners observe their pets closely, I have discovered. They find their cat's water intake preferences. These include fresh water during the day, use of fountains for water intake or faucets. Some cats only like to drink outdoor and some only indoor. There are challenges with each pet. Finding a great way to increase water intake helps moisten the stool in the end and therefore helps prevent constipation - a goal for every cat owner. .
From T Lee 443 days ago
Physical exam before beginning treatment
A comprehensive physical exam is a must before beginning any treatment for a "behavior problem." Any sudden changes in your cats behavior may indicate an underlying medical problem. Your veterinarian will do a complete physical exam to check for any obvious signs of pain or injury. Also, they will check a temperature to ensure there is no fever. Another important indicator is checking the weight of your pet. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain may indicate an underlying metabolic disorder. Based on their physical exam, the vet may recommend bloodwork as well to check the kidney, liver, and thyroid functions of your cat. They may also need this information before starting medication for your cat as a baseline, so that the values can be monitored if your pet is on behavior-altering medications long term. .
From sat14 484 days ago
Adopt a Aegean from a shelter near you