Foto: Source: Wikipedia, AbuDun91919
Somali cat | Personality
The Somali cat is a rare breed with a big personality. They are known to be among the more intelligent cats to exist, which will get noticed if you share a household with one.
The Somali has a lot in common with the Abyssinian breed; in fact, they are the same cat but with different lengths to their coat. Abyssinia is the prehistoric name for Ethiopia, located next to Somalia.
The Somali cat has an urge to be active and social at most times of the day, which means it prefers to live in a household where someone is almost always home. The more, the merrier when hanging out with people, be it adults, children or even other pets.
If the Somali is left alone for too long, it will become depressed, lonely and restless to the point where you should expect to come home to a messier house compared to how it was when you left. A good measure could be to get another cat of the same calibre to entertain each other.
When people are home, they Somali wants to witness everything that happens from the sideline. They want to be around their owners at all times but do not enjoy snuggling in their lap as they will feel trapped.
The Somali breed is docile to the point where it can learn a range of different tricks if trained the right way.
Somali cat | appearance
Often the Somali is compared to a European red fox, not only in its lurking, mischievous nature, but they look strikingly similar. Big triangular ears, always alert and pointing upwards, a bushy tail, and they also commonly, but not always, share the same colour of red fur.
Somali cat | Maintenance
The Somali got a need for attention that exceeds their own need for stimuli and social bonding. Their fur needs daily brushing to avoid tangles, remove dead hairs to prevent spreading hairs all over the house as it sheds a lot.
Grooming needs to be done regularly, so the cat sees it as a part of its routine. The nature of its restlessness can make it hard to make the Somali sit still while grooming. It will gradually become more accepted by the cat as time goes by if it becomes a routine.