Abyssinian cats are extremely active, playful, extroverted, and intelligent. In photography, I personally believe they’d be excellent feline sports models because of their slender shape and muscular body.
They love to explore and play more than many other cats, so they are not usually lap cats. Photographer Peter Hasselbom from Gothenburg, Sweden has many Abyssinian babies that he loves dearly. Those frisky, feisty little furry buddies never get tired of jumping and playing around in front of the camera. He has taken so many beautiful pictures of these little guys in action.
Just in case you are wondering why one of the kittens is wearing a neck band in the photos. She has a wound on her neck, the neck band is to protect it from being scratched.
Check out the photos below to meet some of Peter’s feline buddies. You can visit his flickr site to see more pictures.
The Norwegian Forest Cat has a beautiful, thick, luxurious, water-proof double layered coat. They are fluffy from tip to toe with tufts of hair around the ears and in between their toes. Their tail is bushy like a huge brush. They use it to wrap around them when they sleep to prevent getting cold from the weather.
It is said that these long haired cats explored the world with the Vikings, working as mousers for the grain stores. Domestic breeding of the Norwegian Forest Cat started in 1930 by farmers in Scandinavia. They were named Skogkatt which means forest cat in Norse.
Egyptian Maus are an energetic breed that is perhaps the oldest cat breed alive. The Egyptian Mau has natural spotted fur and skin. Their look has not changed much from thousands of years ago. They still retain the regal, elegant figure as those depicted in the artwork from the ancient Egypt.
Egyptian Maus are the only natural breed that has spotted patterns unlike Ocicat that is crossed between a Siamese and an Abyssinian, or Bengal or Savannah cats that are hybrids crossed between a domestic cat and a wild cat.
The domestic cat is a predatory animal. They hunt mice and rats and will kill snakes. There are many breeds of house cats and even “small breeds.” Different breeds can be pinpointed by their appearance, vocalizations, body language, being more or less playful, and eating habits. The small cats are also called lap cats or teacups.
The weight difference in a normal size cat and a small cat is that medium to large house cats weigh from 10 pounds and up. While the biggest small cat weighs 7 pounds. Teacups cats are an even smaller version of the miniatures. The miniatures are around a third to half of the size of the standard cat of a specific breed.
The Cornish Rex weighs from 5 to 7 pounds (male) and from 3 to 5 pounds (female). Their ears are high and erect and their eyebrows and whiskers are crinkled. It has a small head and high cheekbones. Their fur is downy and they need a dry environment and survive best indoors. Being outside in cold weather could easily cause hypothermia. Their colors are white, black, tortoiseshell, tabby, dilutes blue, orange, lilac and cream.
Cornish Rexes are also called “greyhound cats” because they are sleek and they run in a gallop. They are social cats, very vocal, and their body looks very curved. The Cornish Rex keeps its kitten like playfulness and is affectionate. It is a smart, problem solving cat. It likes playing with people and animals. They are high energy felines that were bred in Cornwall, England from a male cat that was distinctly different from his litter that was born in a barn in 1950. Breeders recognized the potential to refine and standardize a new bred of cat.
There are a few breeds that have short tails or even no tail. One of them is called the Manx.
The Manx originated from the Isle of Man in the 1700s. The natives believe that the Manx came from the Far East long time ago. According to legend, the cats went on a Spanish ship named Armada. When it was near the Isle of Man, the cats escaped from the ship and swam ashore where they found new settlement on the island.
The cause of their tail-less feature has to do with a naturally occurring mutation. In terms of breeding, mating two tail-less cats together can be fatal to the kittens. Most of kittens born with two tail-less parents would not survive due to a list of severe health problems as a result to their spinal cord damage. However, this can be avoided if breeders do not combine two tail-less Manxes together.
There are many legends that go about explaining why Manxes do not have tail. One of them is about Noah’s ark. A Manx was distracted playing outside, and almost forgot to get on the ark. When Noah was closing the door of the ark because the rain started pouring down, the cat realized he was not in the boat yet, so dashing back to the ark. Most of his body made it inside except his tail that was cut off by the door.
The Manx has longer hind legs than front legs. Their ears are generally smaller than other breeds and their heads are round.
The Exotic Shorthair looks exotic with their interesting features. In fact, the way they look has to do with how the breed came about.
Back in the 1960s, breeders from the United States decided to secretly cross the Persian with the American Shorthair. They wanted to improve the body type and fur color for the American Shorthair by mixing the Persian into their bloodlines. During that period of time, the Persians were the most popular cat breed in various cat shows and they had received numerous accolades for their elegant build and beautiful coat. In order to push American Shorthairs into the shows, breeders went through a series of remodeling and finally settled down on a heavier sized new hybrid with a rounder face, flatter nose, and longer and thicker coat. They appeared to be quite welcomed in the shows, though they were not recognized as a valid breed at the time.
However, there were many oppositions against breeding these hybrids. Many American Shorthair breeders were enraged by the changes made in the breed, furious, they pledged to ban any practice of hybridization in the United States. Till CFA judge Jane Martinke came along, she suggested that the American Shorthair and Persian hybrid deserved to have a place of their own. Soon after that the Exotic Shorthair became widely accepted in shows and by the breeders of the American Shorthair. The first CFA Championship granted to the Exotic Shorthair was made in 1967. It was when the Exotic Shorthair finally gained their own classification as a legitimate cat breed.
The Exotics are playful and lively. They inherited the energetic characteristic from their American Shorthair forebears, thus are not as laid-back as the Persian. They are loyal, affectionate and somewhat quiet. They have the perfect marriage of personalities from both breeds. Also, they are fond of being cuddled and petted, and will purr and lick in return to show a plethora of affection to their owners. They enjoy being involved in their owners’ lives and following them around in the house.
Since their coat is much shorter than the Persian, grooming requires far less work. Weekly brushing and combing is sufficient to remove loose hair and reduce chances of getting hairballs. Exotics have a flat face just like the Persian, their tears tend to build up, thus staining and dampening the face. Regular cleaning with a wet cloth will help fix the problem.