Like other cats of the oriental/foreign type, the love of a Seychellois cannot be replicated. Intensely affectionate, loyal, and loving the Seychellois is on a mission to be your best friend. They are truly the cat lover’s cat, and they will take as much of your time as you’ll give them – and then maybe a little more. Though some might describe the Seychellois as clingy, enthusiasts of this and other oriental type breeds would prefer to call them devoted – they’ll make you their world, and you’ll never fail to feel loved. Whether to cuddle or to play, the Seychellois is happy to spend time with you.
With so many varieties of oriental-type cats, it can be confusing to differentiate them. The Seychellois originated in the United Kingdom in the 1980s. A breeder there decided to cross Siamese and Orientals with bicolor Persians in the hope of replicating cats she had seen on the East African island of Seychelles. The result of her efforts was a breed of a cat with Siamese and Oriental coloration with bicolor patterns of color and patches of white. They’re distinguished from the Snowshoe by the degree and location of white on the body, legs, and head.
Despite their obviously appealing look and personality, a genuine Seychellois is very difficult to find! Though the Fédération Internationale Féline once recognized the breed as distinct from other Oriental breeds, as of January 2016, they consider them a Siamese variant.
Appearance / health:
The Seychellois is a cat of distinctly oriental type. In build they are nearly indistinguishable from the Siamese: Fine-boned with a long, tubular torso, equally narrow at the hips and shoulders, and well-muscled though lithe. The legs are long and somewhat delicate with small oval feet, and the tail is long and tapering. The neck is long and slender. The wedge-shaped head is recognizably oriental with a long, straight muzzle and a flat plane from forehead to nose. The ears are large with a wide base, set wide apart. Almond-shaped eyes slant towards the nose. The eyes are usually green, but blue occurs in colorpoint varieties.
The fur is short, sleek and glossy. The full range of coloration possible in Siamese and Oriental Shorthairs is also possible in the Seychellois with one significant difference: the Seychellois has bicolor white spotting. The degree of spotting is categorized by the amount of white present:
Behavior / temperament:
The Seychellois has a similar temperament to other oriental breeds: intensely affectionate, social, and people-oriented. They bond very closely to their families, and they don’t do well if left alone for long periods of time. This is a cat who loves to be loved, and many can even be described as “clingy”. You’ll never be lonely with a Seychellois in your life. They’ll follow you from room to room, winding between your legs and butting their head against your shoulder. The Seychellois is truly a cat for the cat lover, and not for the casual cat owner.
Intelligent, curious, and active, the Seychellois will liked to be engaged in games and puzzle, especially if they involve interaction with you. They’re limber and athletic and they’ll have no difficulty finding the quickest way to the tops of your bookshelves and cupboards. From their perch high above, they’ll supervise the household activities offering comments and advice in their own chatty way. If you love the sound of silence, think twice about a Seychellois. Though they are described as having a somewhat sweeter voice than the typical Siamese, they possess the same gift of gab and will be delighted if you chat back.
The Seychellois can appreciate the extra attention they get from children in the home, and keeping a second cat is often advised to keep the Seychellois company in your absence.
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 52 days ago