Last Updated on September 27, 2021 by Pets Feed
Cat lovers with a preference for fluffy breeds will surely enjoy the look of an extraordinarily beautiful cat with a magnificent coat and a pronounced fluffy collar. On its extremities there is wool, the length of which is also slightly longer than on the entire body. The name of this breed is unusual – the creators named it “Chantilly-Tiffany”.
It is not always possible to name the exact time when the founders of the new breed were born. In Chantilly-Tiffany cats, you can name not only the year, but also the names of the feline babies, who became the ancestors of the family of fluffy beauties. Breeder Jenny Robinson bought a pair of wonderful kittens, decorated with long chocolate-colored hair. It was 1967 and the pet store was in New York.
The chocolate babies got names that match their gender. The kitty became Thomas, and the kitty became Shirley. It took about two years before the first offspring of this couple appeared. In May 1969, kittens were born that exactly resembled their parents – the same long-haired chocolates. Seven years later, there were already six dozen such babies. Thomas the cat with his descendants even participated in the cat show in the early seventies.
However, in the future, Robinson stopped working with these cats and sold her pets to the breeder Sijin Lund, who continued to breed them. At first she introduced her pets as “Foreign Longhair”. However, the judges found this name unacceptable. Then Lund began to present her cats as Tiffany Theater, associating the name of the breed with symbols of high class and elegance.
Everything would have been going great if it had not been for the erroneous information that the Tiffany, represented by the new breed, are in fact the long-haired descendants of the Burmese, who were also bred by Sijin Lund. In 1979, Tiffany was recognized by the largest TICA association, but only as a subspecies of Burmese cats. However, at the same time, the American Association ACA refused to recognize these cats at all.
This approach of “cat experts” to this rare breed became the reason for Sijin Lund’s refusal to breed it. The breed was already on the verge of extinction, but in 1988 the Canadian breeder Tracy Oraas became interested in it. She conducted a real investigation, based on its results, having concluded that Burmese cats were not involved in the emergence of a new breed.
Then, together with companion Jan DeRegt, the breeder developed a completely new breeding program. Famous breeds took part in it – together with the European Angora cat and the Havana, the Somali and Nibelungs were used. A few years later, the breeder was asked to rename the breed, in order to avoid confusion with the Tiffany cats bred in Britain. Oraas has come up with a new name for her pets, also associated with sophistication. So, after a long history of recognition, a rare breed of fluffy chocolate-colored cats named “Chantilly-Tiffany”.
Characteristics of the breed
The slender, slightly elongated body, characteristic of this breed, is covered with elegant silky fur. There is no undercoat, so no tangles appear in its long coat. Such a remarkable property of wool is also ensured by its natural structure, which makes it silky.
Some external features of the breed:
- The body of the Chantilly-Tiffany ends with a bushy tail that is the length of a cat’s body. Her wide-set ears are also decorated with fur coming down from them in a long wave. However, cats are even more decorated with a fluffy collar framing the neck.
- The muzzle is wide, but the fluffy collar softens its contours.
- The head, slightly wedge-shaped, seems small against the background of a fluffy collar.
- The oval-shaped eyes, with their bright yellow, amber, golden color, stand out against the background of the coat, especially if it has a dark chocolate color. It is worth noting that initially the breed standard recognized only chocolate brown coats. However, according to the standards accepted today, a variety of colors is allowed in Chantilly-Tiffany.
A cat can weigh more than five kilograms.
The friendly and balanced nature of this breed quickly makes the pet that has appeared in the house as a favorite of all family members. Keeping Chantilly-Tiffany is easy. Even if there are already pets in the house, the cat easily gets along with them. Even with dogs, she will always find a common language.
Chantilly-tiffany is very fond of everyone who lives next to her, but especially singles out one chosen by the cat for the role of the owner. She constantly tries to be near him, and with a purr responds not only to his affection, but also to the words of the owner. The cat is patient with children, loves to play with them.
Chantilly-Tiffany does not tolerate loneliness extremely well, so cats of this breed live better in such a family where there is always someone at home. Other pets living next to the cat can be a cure for longing for the owner. The quick wits and intelligence of the Chantilly-Tiffany cat make it easy to train. She can learn to perform various tricks, walk on a leash. She especially enjoys carrying various small items.
Even for the arrival of the pet in the house, you should provide it with the most necessary items that make its life comfortable. Like any of the cats, the Chantilly-Tiffany must have a sleeping place, a litter tray, a scratching post, and toys. In case you need to go to the vet, you need to purchase a carrier, which often also serves as a sleeping place.
Of course, you should also take care of the dishes for your food. It is best not to buy plastic bowls, as they quickly absorb dirt and odors. Moreover, they cause discomfort to long-haired cats during use, as plastic tends to accumulate static electricity.
Although Chantilly-Tiffany rarely gets sick, their health should still be taken care of. This breed has one problem that requires constant care – discharge from the eyes. To remove them, use paper napkins moistened with boiled water or tea leaves.
If the discharge is abundant and does not go away even when using tetracycline ointment, then you need to go to the veterinary clinic for advice.
The complete absence of discharge should also be a cause for concern. In this case, the lacrimal canals may be clogged, which also requires consultation with a veterinarian.
Chantilly-tiffany has no problems with food. These cats treat any form equally well, including dry food. Since this breed is long-haired, at least once a week it needs to be given a special paste to help dissolve the wool that gets into the stomach.
Many cat owners are unaware that their pet’s teeth also need to be cared for. Once a week, they must be cleaned with special wipes. And there are also special dry foods that help cats live with clean teeth.
All owners know that long-haired cats, even if their hair does not get tangled, need combing. You should comb the Chantilly-Tiffany at least twice a week, combining this procedure with cleaning your ears with cotton balls soaked in warm water.
Possessing enviable health by nature, the Chantilly-Tiffany cat will delight its owners with a chic appearance and boundless devotion for many years. With proper care, fluffy pets live for about twenty years.
Health and diseases
The breed is in good health, but there are problems that need to be cared for. One of them is discharge from the eyes. They must be removed with a napkin dipped in boiled or distilled water. You can add tea leaves.
If the discharge is strong, contact your veterinarian, most likely, he will advise ointment or drops. The complete absence of secretions should also alert the owner, possibly clogging the tear stream. Here, too, the help of a veterinarian is needed.
Obesity can also be a problem if this process is not stopped in time. If the weight of the cat exceeds the norm by 20% or more, if it is breathing heavily, shows low mobility, and its spine cannot be felt, put it on a diet. However, consult your veterinarian in addition about taking hormonal medications.
Nervous diseases are the protection of a cat from stress, most often from regular loneliness. It happens that the animal even has bald patches from the nervous licking of the fur. It becomes irritable and tired, drinks a lot of water, wags its head or tail for no reason, looks into space for a long time, hunts for “air”. Here again the help of a specialist is needed and more attention.
The easiest way to feed the Chantilly-Tiffany is premium ready-to-eat food or holistic (natural) for long-haired breeds. All trace elements and necessary substances are already balanced there. When choosing natural food, you should consider the following rules:
- The basis should be lean meat, about ¾ of the entire diet.
- The rest is cereal porridge, pureed vegetables.
- Sour milk products make up about 5% of the menu.
- Raw quail eggs and a little boiled sea fish are added to the weekly diet.
These are all the basic rules. You need to feed twice – in the morning and in the late afternoon. The amount of food is calculated as follows: 40 g of food per 1 kg of weight. Drinking water must be fresh. All dishes should be washed daily. Plant a special herb on the windowsill. It is also necessary to give vitamins and minerals. And a special agent (gel or paste) to facilitate the removal of wool from the stomach.
- Elegant appearance
- Unlimited devotion to the owner.
- Intelligence and ingenuity.
- Absolutely not aggressive, unpretentious, friendly breed.
- Good health.
- Good life expectancy.
- Loneliness is hard to bear, a companion is needed – either a relative, or another animal, or the constant presence of the owners.
- The rarity of the breed.
- The high cost.