Acquired: Pet store
LONDON, Essex, United Kingdom
Posted Jun 06, 2014
The Toyger cat is well known for its striking resemblance to a real tiger. The name Toyger is quite easy to comprehend. It literally means 'Toy tiger'. The peculiar thing about this specific cat is that rather than being naturally identical to a tiger it was created by a woman in America named Judy Sudden, who selectively bred the animal to replicate its larger cousin. So much so that the Toyger's eyes replicate that of tigers. They reflect light in a far more effective way than the majority of cats and have elongated toes much like tigers do.
From my personal experience of this animal i believe it to be a stunningly beautiful creature. Though the Toyger that I owned did not conform to what is usually expected from such an animal. Rather than being sociable this cat was rather lonesome. It kept to its own company and did not interact with humans. It much preferred the company of cats and went out of its way to be with rather than us.
Though it maintained itself, the cat came in and ate any food that had been left out for it. Apart from that, there was no need for grooming or intervening to maintain the appearance of the cat. The majority of posts I have seen have said that it is important to groom this cat regularly, however I had no need to maintain its coat as it maintained its own in a very professional manner.
These cats can develop cataracts, and if this is not treated quickly then it can lead to loss of sight. Though because of its selectively bred nature, there are no other real genetically common problems.
I would say that this cat is very easy to care for; it keeps itself occupied and engages in company which it prefers. It grooms itself spectacularly and is a wonderful looking animal.