Not Classified by the IUCN.
The chausie, Felis catus x Felis chaus, is considered a domestic breed of cat that began by breeding domestic cats, Felis catus, with the small wild cat known as the jungle cat or reed cat, Felis chaus. Within the domestic breeds, the chausie is categorized as a “non-domestic source breed” by The International Cat Association. In that regard, the bengal and the savannah cat are similarly classified.
Though only recently recognized officially by breed clubs, the chausie has been developed as a breed for centuries and dates back to the ancient Egyptian empire.
An athletic and active breed, chausies are constantly in motion. Sociable in nature and often described as good natured and affectionate, the breed is commonly heard to portray an uncommon trait for cats: fetching. Their high level of intelligence and need for stimulation demands a high level of involvement from human companions. The chausie’s gregarious nature also makes for a very strong bond with their families.
Chausies are typically larger than standard domestic cats and take after the jungle cat in overall appearance. Due to their non-domestic nature, careful consideration must be made for their diets as they can develop allergic responses to commercially available and processed foods.
This breed is not recommended for beginners.
Calamity Jane enjoys sunning herself, loudly expressing her opinions on a wide range of topics, and romping around the tall grass and platforms in her enclosure. Arriving with her sister, Tessa, in 2000, she is among the eldest of the Center’s residents. You would never know her age from her activity level, as she still plays with toys and leaps easily around her enrichment platforms. She lives in pleasant indoor/outdoor quarters, including a building provided by donors who know just how sweet she is at heart. Well…sweet to humans and her sister, Tessa.
Tessa is the most genuinely affectionate of our chausies. While her sister Calamity has a slightly grumpy streak, and her brother Termite is supremely self-confident, Tessa is a totally warmhearted kitty. When Tessa spots someone she knows, she rubs against her furniture and makes all sorts of noise to make sure she’s not overlooked. Once a keeper has come to visit, Tessa is game for any sort of attention or petting. If they are momentarily focused on cleaning or filling the food bowl, Tessa will jump to a shoulder height platform and try to bonk heads with them in greeting. Tessa shares an indoor/outdoor home with her sister, Calamity. The two have been inseparable for their whole lives, even before arriving at the Center in 2000.
Miss Buggie is a very shy elderly kitty who arrived as an adult in 2000 and is rarely seen out and about. A leopard cat x domestic cat hybrid, Miss Buggie looks like a very spotted housecat with a naturally bobbed tail and extra toes (7 on each front paw and 6 on each back paw). While she looks very domestic, her favorite treats include both mice and canned cat food. Miss Buggie prefers to snuggle into confined spaces, particularly her special shelf in her indoor area. Her caregivers have worked hard to earn her trust, and as a reward have received some quick, flitting attention from this elderly lady.