Sokoke cat | Information & Cat Breed Facts


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The sokoke cat comes from the exotic African continent, where we find a feline whose appearance only highlights these origins. The sokoke cat has a spectacular coat, because its pattern resembles that of the bark of a tree, which is why in Kenya, its country of origin, it was called “Khadzonzos” which literally means “bark”.

Sokoke Cat
Sokoke Cat

Did you know that these cats live together and actually continue to live with African tribes in Kenya like the Giriama? In this ‘ Pets Feed ‘ article , we will learn more about this mysterious breed of cats with arboreal customs which gradually seems to make a dent in the category of domestic cats. Find out all about the sokoke cat below!

Origin of the sokoke cat

Sokoke cats, which were originally called Khadzonzos cats, are native to the African continent, in particular they are common throughout Kenya, where they live wildly in urban areas.

Some specimens of these felines were captured by an English breeder, named J. Slater, who, with one of his breeder friends, Gloria Modrup, decided to breed them and therefore to produce copies suitable for domestic life. The breeding program was quite successful, because after starting in 1978 a few years later, in 1984, the Sokoke cat breed was officially recognized in Denmark, extending the breed to other countries such as Italy, where they arrived in 1992.

Currently, the TICA catalogs the sokoke cat as a new preliminary breed, the FIFe has recognized it since 1993 and the CCA and the GCCF have also collected its standard, despite the small number of specimens that exist in America and Europe.

Origin: Kenya, Denmark, United States

Sokoke Cat
Sokoke Cat

Physical characteristics of the sokoke

The sokoke is a medium-sized cat, with a weight of between 3 and 5 kilograms. In addition, the life expectancy of sokoke cats is between 10 and 16 years. This feline has an elongated body, which gives it an elegant bearing, but at the same time its members have developed musculature, being very strong and agile, the hind legs being a little longer than the front.

The head is rounded and small, with the upper part, which corresponds to the forehead, flatter and without marked stop. The eyes are brown, brown or almond-shaped, oblique and of medium size. Their ears are medium and always erect so that it seems that they are always alert, although this is not essential, the existence of plumes in the ears is positively valued.

The most striking thing about the Sokoke is its fur, which is brindle or tiger, which makes the coat look like the bark of a tree with its brown color. This coat is short, amber in color with a brindle pattern and a very shiny appearance.

Sokoke Cat
Sokoke Cat

Character and temperament of the Sokoke cat

Being cats that, in many cases, live in the wild or semi-wild, we might think it is a dangerous breed or that it avoids contact with humans, but nothing is further from reality. Sokoke cats are one of the most friendly and special breeds in this regard. They are friendly, active and energetic cats, who need the attention and well-being of their owners, who ask for petting and are constantly looking for game.

Although for the level of activity he needs, it is recommended to have the Sokoke cat in large places such as houses that have land or landscaped areas. However, these cats also adapt to apartment life, provided they have areas where they can play and release their energy in a positive way.

The Sokoke cat also adapts very well in terms of living together, so much so that he is extremely respectful of other animals, be they cats or other pets, provided they are properly socialized. In the same way, he gets along with people of all ages and all conditions, being very affectionate and careful with everyone. Of course, it has been proven to be one of the most empathetic breeds of cats, fully perceiving the emotional needs of others and giving them to keep them happy and happy.

Sokoke Cat
Sokoke Cat


Since he is such a loving cat, the Sokoke will need us to pay attention to his emotional needs. This is why they are cats that do not take too long to be alone. If we do not pay enough attention, our feline can be sad, anxious or demanding, emitting continuous mews in order to attract our attention.

Having very short hairs, it will not be necessary to brush the Sokoke cat every day, once a week or both will be enough, baths are not necessary unless for some reason our cat has become dirty or muddy and we have to remove excess dirt. In these cases, we need to take a series of measures such as using an appropriate shampoo or ensuring that after the bath is finished, our cat is completely dry, otherwise it could catch a cold.

Because of his energy, we will have to provide our sokoke with the tools and resources necessary to exercise and thus maintain an adequate level of energy. For this, we can buy toys or scrapers of different levels to climb them, because they love this activity, in addition in Africa, it is common to spend the day climbing and descending trees. If we don’t want to buy them, we can also make our own toys at home.

Sokoke Cat
Sokoke Cat


Due to the genetic characteristics of the Sokoke cat, no congenital or hereditary disease has been found. Indeed, it is a breed of cat that emerged naturally, following the course of natural selection, which made the strongest and most resistant specimens that survived on this wild African terrain.

However, we must not neglect the health and care of our Sokoke cat, we must, for example, ensure that their food is adequate and of quality, that they have the vaccines up to date, that examinations veterinarians are carried out in which the vaccination schedule is included and a regular deworming, which can be exercised daily or that his eyes, ears and mouth are clean and healthy. We will visit the veterinarian every 6 or 12 months.

One aspect to which we must pay particular attention is the weather conditions, because having a coat so short and not too dense, without woolly layer, our sokoke cat is quite sensitive to cold. Therefore, we must take care that the temperature in the house is warm, that when it is wet, we dry it completely or that our cat does not go outside when the temperatures are too low.

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