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.
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 this 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.
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.
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.
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.
In general, Neva masquerade cats are distinguished by good health and longevity. Examples are known when representatives of the breed lived to be 20 years old! But the heart of these cats is a weak side. The most common disease is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (stagnation of blood in the pulmonary vessels) – a very dangerous disease that begins and proceeds almost asymptomatically, but can lead to the death of the animal. Since the cat often licks, it can then spit up wool or get an upset stomach (although overfeeding and fatty foods are more affected by gastrointestinal problems). Talk to your veterinarian about a special paste for removing wool from your stomach naturally.
If you do not plan to breed kittens, it is better to castrate / sterilize the pet: this will protect it from many health problems and extend its life.
Do not forget to complete the entire course of necessary vaccinations, as well as regularly treat parasites and prevent helminths. Well, always show your Neva Masquerade cat to the veterinarian if it seems to you that he is lethargic or does not feel well.