Sokoke is a breed of cats that originated from Kenyan forest cats. African aborigines call these animals “hadzonzo”. This is one of the few recognized breeds that not taken by breeders, but by nature itself.
Thanks to nature, Sokoke became unique for a specific locality: the birthplace of the breed is the Sokoke district in Kenya. They began to develop their breed characteristics: at the same time, not the breeder, but natural selection, eliminated all the unnecessary from the breed. Therefore, the more interesting these cats have become for man.
History of origin
In 1978, a local woman Jeni Slater found on her coconut plantation, wild kittens. She liked their unusual appearance so much that she decided to take two of them. After a while, Janie brought them together and already introduced her Danish friend Gloria Moldrap as a new breed to Sokoke. She began to take out the kittens: first to Denmark, and then to Italy.
These cats and their descendants considered be an old line of the genealogy.
In the early 2000s, another Kenyan resident, Ginny Knoker, explored the Sokoke. Local children helped her to find cats and these representatives poured fresh blood into the breed and became the basis of a new line: some taken to Europe, others – to the USA.
To establish the natural origin of Sokoke, a special study recently conducted. It turned out that these cats have a common DNA with cats of the island of Lamu and spotted street cats of Eastern Kenya. Now they are all collected in a separate cat’s racial group called the Arabian Sea. Their DNA is a mixture of Asian domestic and Arab wild cats.
Description of the Sokoke breed
Cats Sokoke have average sizes, while they are 10-40% more cats. Cats are muscular and athletic, but they look very graceful and elegant in their shorthaired tight coat. The average weight of the juice is 3-5 kg.
Standard of breed and detailed description according to TICA organization:
- Head – the shape of a modified wedge, longer than wide, and seems small compared to the body, the upper line of the skull is practically flat, the cheekbones are high and prominent, a strong wide chin, the mustache pads neatly round the contours of the muzzle;
- Ears – medium in size, wide at the base, vertical tips slightly rounded, there may be brushes. Planted at medium height;
- Eyes – moderately large, widely planted, slightly inclined to the base of the ears, resemble an amygdala, bright and expressive. Colors: from amber to light green, with a black rim;
- Nose – wide, medium length, straight, with a slight bend on the bridge of the nose;
- Body – medium length, slender, graceful, flexible, with well-developed thorax and rounded sides, developed musculature is especially visible on the neck and shoulders;
- Paws – long, slender, hind legs longer than the forelegs, and appear inclined. Therefore, it seems that the cat goes on tiptoe, which is very typical for this breed. Paws are oval and small;
- Tail – long or medium length, dense, muscular from the base to the tip, tapering towards the tip;
- Wool – very short, tightly fitting to the body, almost hard to the touch, with little or no undercoat.
The photo shows what Sokoke looks like.
Being descendants of wild cats, Sokoke can have color in different shades of brown tabby: from cold to warm tones. Wool ticked, including the black tip of the tail.
Ticking and the modified marble (classic) tabby are the main features of Sokoke difference. What are the features of the color of these cats?
- At least one strip around the neck – the so-called necklace, not necessarily continuous;
- A butterfly pattern on the back, the lines can also be intermittent;
- On the side, there is a picture in the form of a bull’s eye with intermittent lines, on the forehead – a ruptured letter “M”.
Sokoke cat character
How to determine if this breed suits you? Sokoke is very active, talkative, and like to climb around everything that falls under the paws. Their wild roots do not allow them to sit still. They can always play themselves if the host is not around. If you own a cat for the first time or are accustomed to lazy pets, then for you such activity may be too much.
At the same time, the cats of the Sokoke breed very loyal to the person and to each other. They are extremely hard going through divorcing and moving, not to mention the new owners. However, they do not require your attention; do not sit for long on your hands, but just everywhere, you escorted.
Sokoke is perfect for families with children. Firstly, they will play together, and secondly, the Sokoke will be tolerant when they carelessly grabbed by children’s hands. They do not show claws, they just run away.
Care and health
Nature conceived that Sokoke lived in their own limited African world. Because these cats do not tolerate low temperatures, although they can acclimatize. In addition, they may be sensitive to various diseases that are not characteristic of their home terrain. Because this breed is best kept in a controlled environment, at home, outside of access to other cats.
In addition, these cats had a tendency to nervous breakdowns, neuroses, hysteria, meningitis and convulsions. In this case, such nerve violations inherited, so do not risk buying Sokoke from other hands.
The average life expectancy of Sokoke is 15 years. Ripen cats early – by 8-10 months. Male cats can helpfemale cats to bring up kittens.
Standard care: regular combing, cleaning of teeth and ears, bathing once a month. Most cats of this breed love water and swim well.
Feeding Sokoke needed in the same way as other cats: balanced feeds and proper food. It is important that the cat received vitamin E and taurine – they will strengthen the cardiovascular system and improve metabolism.
The kitten of Sokoke costs an average of $1000. The price may be less – $500, depending on gender, pedigree and compliance with standards.
In fact, Sokoke is a very rare breed of cats, which are very difficult to find. That’s why the cost can reach and $2000.