The ancient Chinese Li Hua, also known as the Li Hua Mao, or simply as the Li Hua or Dragon Li, is a natural breed of domestic cat that has existed in China for thousands of years. They’re one of the earliest known breeds of domestic cat. Both a skilled hunter and an easy-going companion, it’s not hard to understand how this cat has won its place throughout history.
The Li Hua has appeared throughout Chinese folklore and dynastic culture and still today features prominently in Chinese popular culture. For all of that, the Li Hua is still incredibly rare, particularly outside of China. Formal breeding only began in the early 2000s, and it’s not currently accepted by any of the large breed registries.
Appearance / health:
The Chinese Li Hua is a medium to large cat, big boned, generally weighing between 8 and 11 pounds. The Li Hua has sturdy, muscular legs and large paws. The muscular tail is shorter than the Li Hua is long with a blunted tip. The neck is thick and the head is longer than it is wide, and somewhat hexagonal. The ears are medium and pointed, and may be tufted. The large, rounded almond shape eyes come in shades of yellow and green.
The coat is short and thick, and comes in only one color: a brown mackerel tabby. The ticked fur is black at the root, with a band of yellow, and a brown tip. The lower belly is a golden brown, and the same hue may occur beneath the chin. The legs and the tail are black ringed, and the tip of the tail is black.
Behavior / temperament:
The Chinese Li Hua is an intelligent and friendly cat with a gentle disposition. They are loving and devoted with their family, and even other cats. They’re moderately active but extremely athletic and acrobatic. These mild-mannered cats do well with children especially if they enjoy playing with him and teaching him tricks. The clever Li Hua is said to learn tricks surprisingly well, and one Li Hua from Chinese history is said to have fetched the paper.
Rodent-hunting is in their blood, and the quick and powerful Li Hua is a deadly hunter. While the Li Hua gets along well enough with dogs, small household pets like birds or hamsters might be at risk.
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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. .
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