Friday, July 22, 2005

A visit from Izzy


At 7/23/2005 6:01 PM, Anonymous Kristi said...

How is Izzy doing? Is she considered a long hair or a medium hair kitty?

At 7/23/2005 7:03 PM, Blogger frightwig said...

Jenn says she's a medium hair, because the length of her fur varies. We think she is a Somali, or at least in part.

The Animal Planet breed description has this to say about the Somali:

With all the virtues of the Abyssinian and adorned by a gorgeous semi-long coat, the Somali is a beautiful and lively addition to any household. Don’t get a Somali if you want a cat that can be taken for a furry doorstop, or if you want a cat that will do your bidding. Like the Abyssinian, the Somali is active, curious, and high-spirited, and loves to prance around the house, opening cupboards and generally getting into mischief. Their voices are soft, their minds active, and their food dishes are always empty. They also tend to be determined cats: Once they get an idea in their furry little heads, there’s no dissuading them. They’re not aggressive or unfriendly, just tenacious.

Somalis are affectionate, but are not lap cats. They don’t like to be cuddled and would rather be near than on you. They do, however, want to be involved in every aspect of your life. Open a drawer and your Somali will be there to peer in.

Like the Abyssinian, the Somali is a ticked or agouti breed. Like the Abyssinian, Somalis are susceptible to gingivitis, tooth decay, and the renal disease amyloidosis.

The Somali is a lithe, well-proportioned, medium to large cat with a distinctly ticked coat.

Medium long, lithe and graceful; showing well-developed muscular strength. Conformation strikes a medium between the cobby and svelte types.

Modified, slightly rounded wedge without flat planes; slight rise from bridge of nose to forehead; no break; muzzle not sharply pointed; no evidence of snippiness, foxiness, or whisker pinch; full, rounded chin.

Alert, large, moderately pointed; broad and cupped at base; horizontal tufts in inner ear.

Almond-shaped, large, brilliant, expressive; neither round nor Oriental; accentuated by a fine dark line. Eye color gold or green.

In proportion to torso; feet oval and compact. When standing, the Somali gives the impression of being nimble and quick.

Thick at base; slightly tapering; length in balance with torso; full brush.

Medium length, except over shoulders where a slightly shorter length is permitted; ruff and breeches desirable; texture very soft, extremely fine, and double-coated.

Ruddy, red (sorrel), blue, and fawn.

White anywhere other than nostrils, chin and upper throat; any skeletal abnormality; wrong color paw pads or nose leather; any colors besides the four accepted colors; unbroken necklace; kinks in tail.

Allowable Outcrosses

She also makes a cute trilling sound when she runs around the house, which is common to the Somali breed, too.

So far she's been doing very well. She just doesn't like the heat much, and lately can get to panting very easily. But we've found that she seems to like playing with water, and doesn't even mind falling in the shower (which she did once) or a cup poured over her back to cool her off.

She's very active and happy. Her liver operation apparently is a great success.

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