The Jungle Curl is not quite as wild as the names implies, but close. This hybrid breed was developed with the hope of creating a cat with a wild look, exuberant yet friendly personality, and distinctly curled ears. They’re the result of a cross between the wild Jungle Cat (or sometimes the Chausie, a Jungle Cat hybrid) and an American Curl, Highland Lynx, or Hemingway Curl. Today, most Jungle Curls are many generations removed from the wild Jungle Cat, with outcrosses to breeds like the Bengal, Serengeti, or Abyssinian, and are considered entirely domestic.
The “curl” in the name Jungle Curl refers to the cat’s unusual out-turned or “curled” ears, a feature they’ve inherited from the domestic side of their hybrid cross. The curl of the ears may be slight, or the tip may curl all the way around to touch the backside of the ear.
Appearance / health:
The Jungle Curl is a larger cat with a long and lean frame. The hind legs are slightly longer than the front legs. The Jungle Curl’s tail may be mid-to-full length, and a bobtail is discouraged in the breed. Extra toes, also known as polydactyly, are a preferred trait, and the toes may be tufted. The eyes are wide-set and slanted, and come in shades varying from gold to green.
The distinguishing characteristic of the Jungle Curl are the ears which curl away from the face. The degree of the curl can vary from slight, to a tip that curls all the way back to touch the back of the ear. The ears are somewhat smaller than average, and may be tufted.
The Jungle Curl may have long or short hair. Recognized coat patterns are tawny (ticked), leopard, and clouded leopard. Colors are silver, mink, lilac, fawn, chocolate, sorrel, blue, ebony, with the occasional red and cream.
Behavior / temperament:
The Jungle Curl is an intelligent and affectionate cat. It is often described as being “doglike” The Jungle Curl is energetic, playful, and fearless and enjoys playing and interacting with its owner. They thrive on attention, and a lonely and bored Jungle Curl may find themselves creatively destructive! They are good with other pets and children.
For their own safety, and the safety of local wild life, the Jungle Curl should not be allowed to free-roam. However, they should be given lot of opportunities to play and climb, and an outdoor enclosure is ideal for this breed.
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's but especially a cat's digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 53 days ago