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Havana Brown

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An Alert and Curious Cat

Charming, Intelligent, Sociable

Havana Browns are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Havana Browns, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Havana Brown and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Medium-length, muscular Coat:Short to medium, smooth, lustrous

Length of fur
2

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
5

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Her short coat makes her sensitive to temperature. She should be kept indoors at all times. Wash her face regularly with a damp cloth to keep tears from staining her face. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: She has a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

Dental: Havana Browns have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


She is a curious friend ready to paw at your heart.

Positive Traits:

  • May meow to communicate with you!

  • Lively, with a friendly personality

  • An excellent family cat that loves human companionship

  • Does most of her own grooming

  • Compact; does well in small living quarters

  • Alert, curious, and busy

Negative Traits:

  • People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time


Whether you are considering adding a new Havana Brown to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Havana Brown will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Havana Brown you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Havana Brown could encounter:

Suspected Disease Risks

Heart Disease

FLUTD

Hemophilia

Renal Failure

Hyperthyroidism

The Havana Brown is a rare breed. She is a hybrid, created by breeding a black part-Siamese domestic shorthair cat with a chocolate point Siamese cat in the late 19th century. The Havana is the only all-brown cat breed from nose to tail, with the exception of its emerald green eyes. They are very people oriented and prefer lots of attention. Havanas have an inquisitive nature and will use their paws to investigate new things as well as to demand attention from their person.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Havana Brown shows signs of the following:

  • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • Bruising on the gums or skin, unusual bleeding from minor injuries

  • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

  • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

  • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

  • Care

    Routine Care: Her short coat makes her sensitive to temperature. She should be kept indoors at all times. Wash her face regularly with a damp cloth to keep tears from staining her face. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If she won’t drink water from her bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: She has a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine.

    Dental: Havana Browns have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    She is a curious friend ready to paw at your heart.

    Positive Traits:

    • May meow to communicate with you!

    • Lively, with a friendly personality

    • An excellent family cat that loves human companionship

    • Does most of her own grooming

    • Compact; does well in small living quarters

    • Alert, curious, and busy

    Negative Traits:

    • People oriented and should not be left alone for long periods of time


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Havana Brown to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Havana Brown will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Havana Brown you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Havana Brown could encounter:

    Suspected Disease Risks

    Heart Disease

    FLUTD

    Hemophilia

    Renal Failure

    Hyperthyroidism

  • History

    The Havana Brown is a rare breed. She is a hybrid, created by breeding a black part-Siamese domestic shorthair cat with a chocolate point Siamese cat in the late 19th century. The Havana is the only all-brown cat breed from nose to tail, with the exception of its emerald green eyes. They are very people oriented and prefer lots of attention. Havanas have an inquisitive nature and will use their paws to investigate new things as well as to demand attention from their person.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Havana Brown shows signs of the following:

    • Weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    • Bruising on the gums or skin, unusual bleeding from minor injuries

    • Increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

    • Voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

    • Abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

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