All cats are worth loving, but only the best and brightest will become memes. And one cat in particular, named Zuu, is full of meme potential. He’s so round that he looks like a ball of fluff. He’s lovably grumpy. He has markings on his fur that make it seem like his mouth is constantly open and that he’s eternally surprised. What’s not to love?
If you thought that one fantastic cat was enough for you to stay motivated, lift your spirits and keep you working hard until the weekend, well, have we got a surprise for you. It turns out that the adorable Zuu lives with another cat — Bocco. The two felines are sure to give you a laugh and make you want to cuddle them. They both look so chunky and disappointed with life that it’s nearly impossible not to smile.
Bocco and Zuu’s owner pechanko_bocco regularly uploads their photos on Instagram, with a huge archive of 1,720 posts and counting. Over 47,400 people follow the two cats’ antics. Bocco is an Exotic Shorthair cat born on June 26, 2016. While Zuu is an Exotic Longhair who’s a bit younger — he was born on August 21, 2017. Both cats are male.
Some of you might have already fallen in love Bocco and Zuu (we know we have). But it might be the first you’re hearing about Exotic Shorthair and Longhair breeds. Fear not! Here’s some basic information you need to know to get started.
Exotic Shorthairs first came into existence in 1967, after crossing Persians with British Shorthairs. The Trupanion cat guide writes that the new breed inherited traits from its forefathers, including the “easy-going attitude of the Persian, and gained the easier coat maintenance and higher energy levels of their shorthaired cousins.” Exotic Shorthairs are great pets for families with kids because they’re very playful, but also don’t demand constant attention.
Meanwhile, Exotic Longhairs are exactly what it says on the tin: they’re longhaired versions of the Exotic Shorthair breed. Quite unexpected, we know. Longhair’s love playing with toys and having cuddle-time with their hoomans, but they require a bit more extra care. So you have to comb a longhair’s coat every single day. Otherwise, it’ll start looking like Boris Johnson’s hair. And then, inevitably, it’ll become Mayor of London or Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
A couple warnings to keep in mind, though. Exotic Shorthairs are prone to gaining a lot of weight, so it’s very important you don’t overfeed them, no matter how much they give you the Puss in Boots sad kitty look. Otherwise, your chonker will turn into a mega chonker. Furthermore, these cats are very attached to people, and they start getting anxious if they’re all alone for too long. But who in their right mind would leave them alone?
There’s also more and more evidence that Exotic Shorthairs and other similar breeds have some problems breathing, because they have a flat face. Claire Bessant of International Cat Care expressed her opinion: “It is very depressing to see the life which has been deliberately dealt to some breeds of cats because of a human desire to develop a certain look.” However, this doesn’t mean that all Exotic Shorthairs are constantly suffering or that they are all unhealthy: with proper care and lots of love, and attention, these cats can live long lives up to around 16 years. However, if you’re on the fence about getting an Exotic Shorthair, consider picking one up at an animal shelter and giving it a forever home, instead of buying one from a breeder.
We might all have our favorite cats and feline memes, but there’s always space in our hearts for someone new to make a purrfect first impression. So tell us — what did you think of Bocco and Zuu? Which one would you rather bring home with you? Have you ever kept Exotic Shorthair or Longhair cats? Let us know in the comments below!
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