Somali’s are curious, entertaining, and highly active cats, originally from Great Britain during the Victorian Era. Their semi-longhaired coat is generally soft, but the texture can vary depending on color. Their bushy tail gives them the nickname as ‘fox cat’, and they are known for the distinctive markings on their face. They are often referred to as the long-haired version of the Abyssinian cat. Somali’s are happiest when running and jumping great heights, and are good for homes with children.
Common Health Conditions
- Hyperesthesia syndrome, a neurological problem that can cause cats to excessively groom themselves, leading to hair loss.
- Pododermatitis, aka “Pillowfoot” is a rare condition in which kitties will experience inflammation of the foot pads – typically caused by immune stimulation, although the exact cause is unknown.
- Feline stomatitis is a severe, painful inflammation of a cat's mouth and gums. Dental disease, certain viruses, and some other inflammatory conditions can cause feline stomatitis.