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Is the Seychellois right for you?

The basics:
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:

  • Seychellois Septieme – white with large patches of color on the body, legs, and head, and a colored tail
  • Seychellois Huitieme – white with small patches of color on the head and legs only, with a colored tail
  • Seychellois Neuvieme – white with small patches of color on the head only, with a colored tail

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.

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