Somali Cat Breed


  • The Somali cat is a medium-sized breed with a slender and graceful body. They have a similar appearance to the Abyssinian breed.
  • They have a semi-longhaired coat that is thick and soft. The fur is known for its ticked pattern, which gives it a beautiful, shimmering effect.
  • Somalis have a variety of coat colors, including ruddy, red, blue, and fawn. The ticking on the coat is usually a lighter color than the base coat.


  • Somali cats are known for their playful and active nature. They have a curious and adventurous personality, and they enjoy exploring their surroundings.
  • They are intelligent cats that enjoy interactive toys and puzzle games. They can be trained to perform tricks and are known for their agility.
  • Somalis are sociable and enjoy the company of their human family. They form strong bonds with their owners and are generally friendly and affectionate.
  • They can also get along well with other pets, including dogs, if introduced properly and given time to adjust.

Care and Health:

  • The Somali cat has a medium-length coat that requires regular grooming. They have a thick undercoat, so brushing a few times a week helps prevent matting and keeps their fur in good condition.
  • Regular nail trimming, teeth brushing, and ear cleaning are also important parts of their grooming routine.
  • They are generally healthy cats, but like many breeds, they can be prone to certain health conditions such as dental issues and amyloidosis (a kidney disorder). Regular veterinary check-ups are recommended.
  • Providing them with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and a stimulating environment helps maintain their overall health and well-being.

The Somali cat is a beautiful and active breed that makes a wonderful companion. Their playful nature, intelligence, and striking coat make them a popular choice among cat enthusiasts.

The Somali is essentially the longhaired version of the Abyssinian. The Abyssinian was developed in Great Britain from a cat brought into that country by Lord Robert Napier, following a military expedition to Abyssinia.

The cat Lord Napier brought to Britain was named Zulu, and he was the foundation of the beautiful breed known today as the Abyssinian, as well as the Somali breed.

The unique ticking pattern on the coat of the Abyssinian reminded people of the camouflage pattern on the coat of the wild rabbit. In order to perpetuate this, Zulu was bred to random-bred cats that carried a similar look to their coat and the Abyssinian breed was created. Some of the kittens born in the Abyssinian litters seemed to be long haired. Since long hair was not a trait desirable in Abyssinians, the long haired kittens born were altered and placed as pets. However, many breeders loved the way the long hair looked on Abyssinian cats and, in the late 1960s, these breeders created a longhaired version of the Abyssinian and called her the Somali. The beautiful ticked coat can be seen on the Somali just as it can on the Abyssinian. Thanks to her unique look, lovely personality, and her easy care, the Somali quickly became popular.


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