The Neva masquerade cat got its name for its characteristic dark markings on the face, which really resemble a carnival mask.
In general, this is a point-type variety of the Siberian cat breed, and so far many felinological organizations do not stand out as a separate breed. Some experts believe that in the 80s of the twentieth century, the genes of the Siamese cat and, probably, Persian color points were introduced into the breed.
For the first time, Neva masquerade cats were bred at the St. Petersburg club Kotofey in 1989. The process was led by the famous Russian breeder Olga Mironova. Subsequently, many breeders took up breeding. Now Neva masquerade cats are a huge success around the world.
Characteristics of the Neva Masquerade cat
Neva Masquerade cat is a large, strong, but at the same time very graceful animal. Cats are especially impressive in size. The head has the shape of a wide trapezoid, with a wide forehead and chin and large nose. Their neck is short and muscular, and the triangular ears are wide apart and slightly inclined forward. Large, round, widely set eyes are always blue (light or dark). The limbs of cats are of medium length, with massive fluffy paws, and the tail resembles foxes – long and shaggy.
Compared to other cats, with the exception, perhaps, of real giants, the Neva Masquerade cats are quite large. The weight of a cat reaches 5-6 kilograms, and the weight of a cat can even reach 9 kilograms.
A distinctive feature of the breed is its dense thick coat, especially long on the chest, neck and legs. Double thick undercoat sheds twice a year, so you won’t have to suffer with the constant cleaning of the fallen pet hair. If you have acquired a smooth-haired Neva masquerade, but most likely it’s a mestizo, not a purebred cat.
The colors of the representatives of the Neva Masquerade breed are very diverse: black-brown, orange-white, silver-blue and their variants. But this is always a color point: that is, the body is a lighter shade, and the muzzle, ears, tail and legs are dark and generally black. A cat with a tabby color looks especially impressive when, in addition to dark spots, there are stripes on the face and legs. The most amazing thing is that kittens are born completely white and within a month their coat takes on color.
Fur coats of the Neva Masquerade cats can be quite varied. The most common option is seal point, in which the fur on the body has a light shade, but the tail, legs, muzzle and ears are darkened.
Neva Masquerade cat Character
Neva masquerade cats are very affectionate and attached to their master. Representatives of this breed get along well with other family members, especially with young children. By the way, with other pets, these cats get along well, including dogs. Cats love outdoor games, hide and seek, hunting for balls and candy wrappers and will be very happy if you take part in this. If you have no time or no mood, then the cat will not be offended and will not take revenge, as it has a sense of innate tact.
Despite his friendliness and sociability, the Neva masquerade cat has a sense of self-esteem and will not tolerate familiar relations, persistent squeezing and “hugs”, especially from strangers.
Important! The positive side of this breed is that cats have good behavior at the genetic level. Some incidents of misconduct or aggression can only be detected if the cat is not provided with the minimum necessary conditions for life, or it is severely offended.
Important! If you come home from work tired and upset, you can expect that the Neva masquerade cat will come to your aid with a melodious soothing purr and she will sit quietly on your lap
Neva Masquerade Basic Care
The main thing that breeders and owners of Neva masquerade cats say is that their hair has unique dirt and water repellent properties, and at the same time it does not get tangled and practically hypoallergenic.
However, grooming needs to be thorough and regular. For example, you should get a nipper and a massage brush, and comb out the cat several times a week, and more often during molting. At the same time, many breeders do not advise combing the tail at all (well, or doing it as carefully as possible), because it is easy to pull out the remaining hairs, and they grow back for a long time.
Bathing a cat is worth no more than two to three times a year, be sure to use special shampoos for long-haired breeds. Also, the mandatory ritual of hygienic procedures includes: cleaning the ears and eyes with a moistened cotton swab, as well as brushing your teeth with a special brush and toothpaste, which can be purchased at any veterinary pharmacy.
To keep the Neva Masquerade cat’s fur fresh for as long as possible, do not forget to regularly change the filler in the tray: woody and clumpy is well suited – they reliably “lock” the smell inside themselves. To increase the effect, buy a cat deodorant in a veterinary pharmacy that will protect you from “aromas”. So that the cat doesn’t get used to sharpening claws on your favorite sofa, buy her a comfortable scratching post or carefully trim the very tips as she grows.
In general, the diet of the Neva masquerade cat does not differ from the nutrition of its closest relative – the Siberian cat, and indeed all the mustachioed – striped in general. If possible, it is better to choose professional varieties of premium and super-premium class. There are vitamins and minerals – all in full balance.
With constant care and proper nutrition of the Neva Masquerade cat, its coat will only delight. Even moulting periods won’t be too much trouble.
If you decide to feed your Neva Masquerade cat from your table, choose lean meats such as beef, rabbit, turkey or chicken, once a week – boiled offal and egg yolk. Occasionally – boiled fish, for example, salmon, but try to get all the bones out of the treat. Regularly include sour-milk products in the diet, for example, cottage cheese, kefir or fermented baked milk, unsalted cheese.
Do not forget about the side dish: boiled pearl barley, rice, millet and buckwheat porridge, as well as heat-treated vegetables like zucchini, cabbage, carrots. Any delicacies from the master’s table are unacceptable in food: fatty, smoked, salty, spicy foods. All of this can cause an allergic reaction or serious digestive problems. And of course, do not forget to pour clean water into the bowl.
On a genetic level, the health of Neva masquerade cats is more than good. They are not afraid of frost or heat and are not susceptible to any specific genetic diseases.
As we mentioned above, the genetics of this cat is very positive. Experts note that the Neva masquerade is distinguished by good health and longevity (18 years on average)
Examples are known when Neva masquerade cats lived to be 20 years old!
However, there are exceptions when a cat can get sick with typical feline ailments:
If you do not plan to breed kittens, it is better to castrate / sterilize the Neva masquerade cat: this will protect it from many health problems and extend its life.
The first vaccination of a kitten is done between 9 and 12 weeks. It is usually complex and will protect your pet from:
One month after the vaccination was given, it is necessary to re-vaccinate. If you take a pet in the cattery of Neva Masquerade cats, then usually the first vaccination is done by the breeder, and then by the owner of the animal.
Important! Deworming is a prerequisite. It should be carried out one and a half weeks before vaccination.
Also, along with the re-vaccination of the first complex vaccination, you can give an injection against rabies.
The next revaccination is carried out when the kitten reaches one year old. Further – annually.
A distinctive feature of the Neva Masquerade Cat breed is that the reproductive age of these cats is somewhat faster than that of other breeds. This is due to the fact that the breed has a past experience of living in a natural wild environment.
Due to the fact that the life of wild cats is much more difficult than that of domestic cats, their death also occurs much earlier. Therefore, maturity is observed at an earlier age.
In some cases, Neva Masquerade cats are ready for mating from 5-6 months. However, in order to reduce the chance of death of kittens, it is recommended to mate no earlier than the cat reaches one and a half years.
Important! If you are the owner of a young cat, for the first mating it is best to choose a cat that has already been mated more than once. Accordingly, an experienced cat is best suited for a young cat. The first mating is best done no earlier than one year old.
Mating is usually carried out on the territory of the cat. The owners bring the cat, watch it for a while, and then leave it for several days. If the cat becomes pregnant, then the cat will need more attention and affection, so it is not recommended to plan long trips after that.
On average, pregnancy is 9 weeks. After giving birth, don’t worry, as Neva Masquerade cats are excellent parents and will tirelessly take care of their offspring.
The Neva Masquerade Cat is an excellent family friend: reliable, quivering and gentle. This cat will perfectly communicate not only with the owner, but also with the rest of the family. The health of cats is quite strong, and compared to other felines, they live a long time.
How to choose a Neva Masquerade kitten?
When choosing a Neva masquerade kitten, pay attention to: the color, the muzzle, paws, ears and tail should be of a darker color. In particular, the standard assumes the following parameters:
- The pet’s body is strong by standard.
- The neck should be fairly short and the chest broad.
- The limbs should be strong and of medium length.
- Tufts of wool are observed on the paws between the toes.
- The ears are slightly tilted forward.
- The shape is medium in size, with a rounded top.
- The eyes are usually set wide apart and of a fairly large size.
- The coat is dense, has a double undercoat.
- There is a “collar” on the neck, and “pants” on the hind legs.
- The color should not be chocolate or lilac.
It is better to take Neva masquerade kittens at the age of 12 weeks or more, otherwise, when separated from their mother, they may experience severe stress.