Though the idea for this breed has its roots in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it was not until 1995 that the Chausie achieved foundation registry with TICA. This was after jungle cats from south central Asia were crossed with Abyssinians. It was a further six years before the breed was advanced to evaluation status. In 2003, the Chausie was granted advanced new breeds status, where it remains as of this writing. Chausie cats can compete in shows, but not yet earn points or titles.
The Chausie, which can weigh up to 30 pounds, is a large-sized cat with a short, fuzzy coat and ears that are a little larger than normal. There are only three color combinations allowed. These are brown ticked tabby, black grizzled tabby, and solid black. The coat is short enough that it needs very little maintenance, but it will become dull if not brushed regularly. To keep your cat looking its best, brush the coat once a week with a soft brush. This had the added benefit of removing dead hair making your cat more comfortable.
These cats are highly intelligent and easily bored. For this reason, Chausie cats do not do well when left on their own. They prefer human companionship, but a feline friend will do. Just don't leave your pet home alone for hours on end unless you want a very upset kitty indeed.
These cats like to have games to play. They are graceful and agile, and can frequently be found perched on top of drapes or slipping behind a bookshelf. They like activities that allow them to really move, so make sure your cat has plenty of room to run, even if it's just around the kitchen.
Chausies are among the healthiest of cat breeds but they do need a glueten-free diet. Because of this, they can't eat most commercial cat foods. A diet of pure meat is best, so you may have to prepare special meals for your cat if you choose this breed.
If you're looking for an unique and athletic companion, the Chausie may be for you. Though they are not a truly recognized breed yet, they probably will be sometime soon. At this point, they may become easier to find. These little house cougars are energetic, however, so bear this in mind and be sure to keep your feline companion occupied.