Although one could conclude from her name that she comes from Cuba, the Havana cat is a mix of several races. She is very playful and demands the attention she needs.
Her elegance, green eyes, and a short, smooth, red-brown coat are the hallmarks of the Havana cat. These are not the only features.
The Havana cat is intelligent, loving and gentle and loves to play with her human family members.
Caribbean name and English origin
The name can be misleading as it originates in England and does not originate from the Caribbean island of Cuba. She was named Havana Cat because her color reminds of Havana cigarettes.
Not only is the tobacco similar to the brown fur of this kitten, it is also reminiscent of chocolate and coffee. In any case, we are dealing with a very beautiful animal that comes from a cross that was bred by English breeders in the middle of the last century.
For breeding the Havana cat, Siamese cats with Chocolate Point and Seal Point, European Shorthair and Russian Blue were crossed. Soon the breed was recognized in the UK and shipped across the Atlantic to be introduced to the United States.
Currently, the breed standards for the Havana cat in the United Kingdom and North America differ. The former tend to have a more oriental aspect of this kitten, while the latter prefer features closer to the Russian Blue.
We introduce the Havana cat to you in this post. A cat that is characterized mainly by its color, because it reminds of chocolate, tobacco or coffee, but also characterized by curiosity, intelligence, and playfulness.
The appearance of the Havana cat
In addition to the typical chocolate color in the breed standard of this cat, no other color is allowed. Other features of the Havana cat are:
- Body: muscular and flexible.
- Head: longer than wide (wedge-shaped) with a strong and rather broad jaw.
- Eyes: oval and far apart in green and with a smart and mischievous appearance.
- Ears: large, wide neck and triangular shape, rounded at the tip. They stand upright, are far apart and are slightly inclined forward, which looks very alert. The ears are pink inside.
- Nasal sponge: short and angled.
- Legs: strong and straight. The hind legs are longer than the front legs.
- Tail: long and thinner towards the tip.
Affectionate and active at the same time
Havana cats are curious, happy and playful because they are always looking for attention and employment. If they do not get it, you will realize that they are asking for it.
Havana cats adapt easily to different situations. Although they are very active, with proper employment they can also be considered a housing cat.
As an open and self-confident cat, she often attaches herself to one of the human members of the family: Will you be the lucky one?
The care of the Havana cat
This breed is usually healthy and strong and has a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. Nevertheless, she may suffer from the following symptoms:
- Cold (protect from cold, drafts and too much moisture)
- Pulmonary or respiratory complaints
For the animal’s health, you must go to the veterinarian regularly and follow the vaccination and worming plan.
Nevertheless, weekly brushing is enough to take care of the short and shiny coat. You should provide daily exercise so that the cat can train their muscles and satisfy their play instinct.