Routine Care: Somalis need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from their bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.
Grooming: Their longer hair will need brushing several times a week. Daily brushing may be required in the spring and fall, when shedding occurs.
Dental: Somalis often have serious dental problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times 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!
Somalis are incredibly affectionate and form close bonds with their family. Clever, curious and highly entertaining, their mischievous behavior will be the source of much laughter.
May remain playful as a kitten throughout her life
Energetic and alert
Excellent companion and independent
Good with children and other pets
Quirky, entertaining personality
Long coat needs to be brushed regularly
Can become chilled in cold weather
Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a kitten
May want to constantly be involved in your activities
Easily bored and may find trouble
Whether you are considering adding a new Somali 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 Somali will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Somali 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. They're counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Somali could encounter:
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency
Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus
Increased Osmotic Fragility of Erythrocytes
The Somali is a longhaired Abyssinian cat. Somalis come in a small variety of colors, the most common being Ruddy. They have a plush and dense double coat. The hair will be longer on the ruff, britches and tail. The Somali cat's bushy tail is what earned it's nickname, the "fox cat." A natural clown with a vibrant personality, Somalis are lively and active, ready to investigate all that draws their attention. Fox cats are highly intelligent and very curious, fetching toys and opening cabinets is not uncommon activity. Somalis are very affectionate and enjoy regular interaction with others.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Somali shows signs of the following: