It's no secret that the tail for the cat is one of the most important parts of the body, allowing the animal to not only balance and distribute weight, but also to show mood. However, the Cimrick breed stands out against the background of its “tailed brothers” - these are long-haired domestic creatures with a difficult history of origin and recognition, which are distinguished by a strong physique and funny habits ...
Despite the fact that they are often called “cats with a hare tail”, not all representatives of this species are completely deprived of a “mobile hind limb” ...
Kimrick is a breed of cats with a tightly knit body structure, characterized by a fairly wide chest, an arched shape of the back (it stretches from the shoulders to the "loin" part) and muscular hips.
These creatures have a rounded head with prominent cheeks, large eyes (combined with coat color) and wide ears with rounded tips (in some cases, with a “brush”).
The front limbs of the Cimriks are short and widely spaced, and the hind limbs are long with heavy legs (but in both cases they are quite strong). At the same time, due to the structure of its hind legs, the cat looks like it is always ready to make a jump.
Despite the fact that kimriki are considered to be tailless, they can also have either “stumps” or even full-fledged tails that qualify depending on length:
- Dimple rumpy - complete lack of tail,
- Riser - a small tail of several vertebrae, which is usually hidden under the hair,
- Stumpy - a short tail (not as long as that of ordinary cats),
- Tailed / longy - tail of standard size.
Representatives of this species "flaunt" a heavy and shiny coat, delicate and silky to the touch. The length of the coat increases when approaching the back of the body, and on the stomach and panties it becomes even more abundant. In addition, in purebred cimriks tufts of hair between the fingers and tassels on the ears are usually observed.
Animals of this breed develop quite slowly, which is why they can reach their full size by only five years (despite the fact that their average life expectancy is 8-14 years).
The weight of healthy adult cats usually ranges from 4 to 6 kg, and cats from 3.5 to 4.5 kg.
Cimmerian cats are friendly and intelligent creatures that, by some habits, resemble dogs: they like to hide and bury their toys, and are also loyal to water procedures.
But at the same time, these creatures are real hunters (especially for rats and mice) and territory defenders: they quickly respond to all kinds of threats and are able to attack even a dog or person if they feel a threat to themselves or their master (but if he is not alarmed - instantly calm down).
When the Kimriks are safe, they are the cutest creatures with a calm and balanced character. They quickly become attached to people, get along well with children and love active games. These cats adore being the center of attention, can’t tolerate loneliness, and with great pleasure are ready to keep company with their master when traveling.
Cimmerian cats are easily trained animals that respect the rules of the house. Unlike most cats, they can be trained, and they also quickly remember short commands and their own nickname.
But it is worth remembering - these creatures are strongly attached to the owners, which is why long loneliness or separation from the family can become a stress for them.
Health, Feeding and Care
In general, with proper care and a balanced diet, kimriki are distinguished by good health and lack of tendency to serious diseases.
And their main problem is taillessness, and more precisely, in the structural features of the spine (this, in some cases, can lead to various kinds of genetic abnormalities) ...
One of them is Manx Syndrome: it is a fatal “side effect” of a mutation that does not depend on the quality of mating and heredity, which can develop in kittens under the age of six months and is guaranteed to lead to death.
Kimryks are not picky about food and do not need natural nutrition, but their diet should be complete and balanced and contain the necessary vitamins and minerals - only in this case the animal will please the owner with good health and a shiny and smooth "fur coat".
Cats of this species need a moderate amount of grooming. Their straight and long hair should be combed several times a week in order to remove dead hair and prevent the appearance of tangles in it.
In addition, it is advisable to examine and cleanse the animal’s ears and teeth weekly, as well as to cut its nails.
The name of the breed comes from the Celtic word “Cymru”, which means Wales in the language of the native Celts (but geographically, cats have nothing to do with this area - such a move was made only to give them Celtic color in the image).
Initially, Cimriks were considered only a species of the Manx breed that arose on the Isle of Man back in the 16th century ... And only in the 1960s in Canada began attempts to register these animals as a separate species, which ended in failure ... But the breeding work revealed that the gene is “tailless” "Kimrika is recessive, while menks are always born without tails ...
Canadians Blay Welch and Leslie Folsakeyk showed particular persistence in the struggle for independence - it was they who achieved the fact that in 1976 the organization Lovebunny Catery allowed Kimriks to participate in the championship under their own name ... And in the 1990s, these creatures were already internationally recognized (but not everywhere as a separate breed).
A bit of history
Kimrick comes from the islands of Great Britain, namely, from the Isle of Man. This place is considered the birthplace of all felines, the breed Mankas. But the breeders from Canada dispute the primacy for the Kimrik breed. They believe that kimrik cats with long hair were the first to introduce them to the world.
The year 1750 dates to the first information about short-tail cats. Since Father Man is small, the natural crossing of cats with short tails led to the formation of a feline population on the island with very small tails or with their actual absence.
In parallel, existing manks with long hair were regarded as non-standard and were a deviation from the local population. When similar cats appeared in Canada, they began to cultivate and create a breed. Hence the confusion in the primacy of the breed.
What are the signs of thoroughbred in Wales
Individuals of this breed reach a weight of 4-6 kg and are considered average in terms of parameters. The standard parameters for kimrik and manks are identical. But Welsh cats are distinguished by the presence of longer hair, pants, the presence of thick hair in the spaces of the fingers on their paws and original brushes on the tips of the ears.
Key Features for TICA (International Cat Association):
- The head of the Wales has rounded outlines; it is more elongated in length than in width. The head is medium in size, with a rounded frontal part. The muzzle is distinguished by a pronounced part of the cheekbones, a relatively powerful chin. Mustache pillows in the shape of a regular circle.
- The ears of kimrik are widely set, have a wide base, not large sizes. The rounded tips of the ears adorn prominent tassels.
- The eyes of this breed have a slightly raised outer corner, a large shape in the form of buttons. Eye color is usually combined with color.
- The body is stocky with a short and even back, with a squat line on the stomach.
- The paws have a pronounced muscularity, the hind legs are larger in length than the front. In the spaces of the fingers there is wool in the form of bunches. Paws have rounded pads, not large.
- The kimrik breed has no tail or is extremely small.
The coat is medium or long; there is an undercoat. A silky texture is felt to the touch, which varies depending on color or season.
What is the character of Wales
Kimrik has a perky and affectionate character. Having longer hind legs (see photo), they are able to bounce high, any elevation of a cat's house is available to them.
This breed is very smart and smart. The cat learns quickly, knows how to perform simple, but necessary for her actions, for example, to open the door for herself. She knows that she wants and achieves this.
Kimriks have a habit that is more natural for dogs. They often hide food or toys, burying them in secluded places. Another feature is their love of water procedures.
Cats of this breed are talkative, often make not loud and very pleasant sounds. They are friendly to children and other animals in their environment. Get used to the owners and prefer communication to loneliness.
Features of content and health
The absence of a tail, as a feature of the breed, affects the health of the cat. If the tailless gene is transmitted to kittens from mother and father, then such kittens do not survive. A gene transmitted from one of the parents can subsequently provoke a Manx disease, which is expressed by splitting of the vertebral elements and their various defects. In addition, undesirable changes in the functioning of the urinary system and intestines can occur.
Such diseases and changes appear in the first six months of a kitten's life. For this reason, acquiring kimrika earlier than after 6 months is not recommended. A Welsh cat lives an average of 8-14 years.
In the absence of a tail, the nerve endings of a cat are present in its place, and they are poorly protected. For this reason, “dragging the cat by the tail” or what has been preserved from it is not permissible. This will cause her discomfort and pain. To stroke the Welsh cat in the tail area should also be careful and gentle.
If you take the cat in your arms, then you need to exclude the possible load on the back. To do this, support her behind the hind legs.
Hygienic care measures do not differ from ordinary ones. It is necessary to comb the hair twice a week, brush your ears, eyes and teeth. Be sure to keep the animal’s toilet clean so that the coat does not get dirty and is in order.
The feed should contain all the necessary substances that help the animal maintain itself in an active form and in an attractive appearance.
Welsh cats can have a variety of coat colors and different patterns (see photo).
According to the standards of the association of cats, the coloring for kimrika should be as follows:
- White coat, blue, multi-colored or copper-colored eyes.
- Red or cream color.
- Coloring of chinchilla silvery.
- Smoky silver.
- Smoky with black or blue tint.
- Various tabby (stripes), namely varieties of blue, silver, red, brown and mackerel.
- Stripes of different shades with white.
- The Association considers the color different from the standard color: chocolate, lavender or Himalayan, which may include white spots.
The approximate cost of a kimrik cat and its acquisition
The cost of a thoroughbred cat is largely determined by its pedigree, gender, length or absence of a tail, color and many other parameters. Approximately the cost of a cat can reach 2-5 tens of thousands of rubles or more.
Getting a Welsh cat is pretty hard. This is due to the lack of nurseries for the breeding of this breed in Russia and neighboring countries. Before buying a kitten, you should carefully check the buyer for his good faith. You should not get a kitten younger than 6 months old. And it is better to examine it before buying from a specialist veterinarian.
Popular nurseries of this breed:
- Russia - (here is your nursery),
- Belarus - (take a seat),
- Ukraine - (apply).
Breed Description and Standards
Kimrik is a tailless breed of long-haired cats that externally have a strong physique and a rounded head shape with well-defined cheeks. They are strong and active with beautiful, clear eyes and a magnificent shiny fur coat. The size of the cats is average, but due to their physique, they are much heavier than it might seem.
Kimrick develops quite slowly, it can reach its full size, as well as the brightness of color and eye color only by 5 years.
Head and face
The head is rounded with well prominent cheeks, a little less in width than in length. The forehead is rounded. Pads for vibrissae are well defined. There should be a slight indentation in the profile on the nose. Ears are wide at the base with rounded tips, can be with a brush. Set far apart and tilted out. The eyes are large, wide open, set a little obliquely. Eye color should be combined with coat color.
Kimrick has a fairly wide chest and strong forelimbs. The shape of the short back is more like an arc that stretches from the shoulders to the back. The hips are muscular and rounded with a low groin line. The limbs of kimrik have a heavy build. The front legs are short and widely spaced, due to which the roundness of the chest beautifully looms. Hind legs longer with heavy legs. The length of the hind limbs lifts the croup, which looks like a cat is always ready to jump. If you look at the hind legs from behind, they are straight. Paws are strong, rounded.
Varieties of tails at kimrika
The fact that kimriki belong to tailless cats does not mean that they cannot have a tail at all. There are also “stumps” and full-fledged tails. Depending on the length, they are called differently:
- Dimple rumpy — The tail is completely absent. A depression is noted on the back of the spinal column, that is, at the place where the tail begins in other breeds. A minimal protrusion is allowed, which is barely perceptible,
- Riser is a short tail of several vertebrae, often hidden under the hair,
- Stumpy - a short tail (shorter than a normal cat)
- Tailed or longy - the usual length of the tail.
The main difference between kimrik and the original Manx breed is double, heavy and shiny coat, medium length. It is silky and delicate to the touch, has a fine texture. The coat should always look shiny and healthy. Cats have lush tanks, and their frill reaches the shoulders, forming a beautiful bib on the chest. The length of the coat increases towards the back of the body and smoothly drops. In this case, the hair on the stomach, on the pants and frill is longer than the wool on the body. Brushes on the ears and small tufts of hair between the fingers are desirable.
Maintenance and care
Kimrick adapts well to life in an apartment, but it is better if he has the opportunity to often walk outside and hunt in the grass, for example, for insects. During walks, these cats should be protected from jumping from a height. The developmental features of the hind limbs did not make the best dart frog out of a kimrik, and the often vaunted cat landing on four legs was often beyond their strength. Even their run is special, outwardly it strongly resembles a rabbit run, that is, its run is wide jumps.
Cohabiting with other pets
With other pets, kimrik is more likely to be neutral. Although it is worth saying that with friendly dog breeds, these cats often find a common language and even play together. Small rodents, birds, or fish living in the house are usually watched from the side, but it is better not to leave the predator and the potential prey alone.
Origin of breed
The homeland of the kimrik breed is the Isle of Man, which is located near the UK. It was on this territory that all external features of animals were formed.This is due to the fact that the territory of the island is relatively small and all mating took place with local representatives. Therefore, taillessness, rounded shapes and thick hair are firmly fixed at the genetic level.
Initially, long-haired kittens that appeared in the litter of cats of the Manx breed were considered defective and were not included in the breed. After some time, such kittens came to the territory of Canada, where they began to breed them as a separate breed. For a long time there was debate about the recognition of the Cimriks, as in many organizations they were considered a long-haired subspecies of the Manx.
In 1976, after much debate and effort by Canadian breeders, the Kimrique breed was recognized and admitted to exhibitions and championships by Lovebunny Cattery. After a few more years, several other eminent companies joined them.
Kimrick ideally is a completely tailless cat of massive physique with a general impression of roundness of lines: a rounded head with rounded eyes and peculiarly set ears, forming when viewed from the back, a baby cradle shape, a massive muscular short body with a characteristic convex arched back, roundish broad croup and strong powerful ends , and the rear is much longer than the front.
Due to the fact that the absence of a tail is a mutation, cats of this breed may have health problems. Therefore, breed standards allow the presence of a shortened tail.
The body of Cimrick cats is heavy and stocky. The chest is wide, strong. High-breed cats have well-developed muscles.
The hind legs of the kimrik are longer than the front, which is expressed in the raisedness of the sacrum relative to the shoulders and in a peculiar way of running - irregularly like a rabbit. Since the tailless gene is hazardous to health, assumptions are made in the breed for animals with several tail vertebrae (rumpy riser), which participate in the championships but are rated lower than absolutely tailless (rumpy), as well as animals with a short movable tail (stumpy) and normal long tail (longy), which are not shown in the championships, but must participate in breeding, if they meet other breed standards.
The head is large, with prominent cheekbones. The eyes are large and round, with a slight bevel to the nose. Eye color should be consistent with the main color. Kimry cats have long shiny hair with undercoat. In adult animals, the thick undercoat is even longer than the outer hair.
Most American cat lovers' societies recognize almost all the colors of kimrik, except for chocolate, pale purple and with marks.
Kimrik is a medium or large cat (from 3.5 to 6 kg), recognized as a separate breed by CFA and WCF. Standard:
- The body of the cat is dense and rounded with a short back, a sacrum is round in shape, strong and slightly sunken sides, strong and muscular hips.
- The forelimbs are wide apart, the bones are massive. The hind legs are longer than the front.
- The back bends from the shoulders to the sacrum.
- Paws are rounded and neat.
- The head is large and round, the cheekbones protrude.
- The neck is thick and strong chin. The nose is medium, graceful nose bridge.
- Vibrissae pads are rounded, there is a clearly visible recess at the base of each vibrissa.
- The ears are large and wide, slightly tapering and pointed at the tips, set high on the head, and have tassels at the ends.
- The coat is double, medium or long.
- The undercoat is thick and soft.
- The coat is very silky and shiny.
- Many colors are allowed, as well as their combinations, for example, white with tabby. But chocolate, purple and Siamese colors are not allowed by the standard, as well as their combination with white.
- The tail is completely absent; there is a recess at the end of the spine. The residual tail is a vice.
- The eyes are large, round in shape and very expressive, located at an angle to the nose (the inner corner of the eye is slightly lower than the outer).
The main difference between the Kimra cat participating in the exhibitions is the complete absence of a tail. The cat's shape should resemble a hare, it has a short back, long hind legs, and the legs form a square with the body.
Kimrik can be of any color except color-point, lilac and chocolate
Types of tails
In total, kimrik has four types of tail:
- ramp - the complete absence of the tail, in its place - a small hole, such cats are most valuable,
- riser - 1-3 vertebrae, the length is considered to be no more than 2 cm, the cat is disqualified for a longer length,
- stumpi - tail from 4 to 13 vertebrae, can be twisted, broken or with nodules,
- longs are the usual cat's tail, but slightly shorter than that of the caudate breeds.
Stampi and longi cats do not participate in exhibitions, but are used in breeding.
Being an indigenous breed, kimrik is unusually strong, hardy and healthy. He does not suffer from any heart disease, is not prone to infections and colds, has no problems with the intestines.
However, some deviations associated with structural features of their body are characteristic of the Cimics:
- The mutant gene that is responsible for the taillessness of the Cimriks. It is recessive and penetrate (that is, it may or may not be both tailless and tailed). For the birth of healthy kittens, one of the parents should not be a carrier of the gene. If the carriers are both, then the offspring will be born dead.
Competent selection is important for Kimrik’s birth of healthy offspring
Manx syndrome affects kittens up to 6 months old
Food brands for kimrik
The Welsh cat is best suited for holistic food, but you can also give super-premium. The main thing is not to overfeed the cat.
Top 5 feeds for kimrik:
- Bosch Sanabelle Light. Premium class. Low calorie cat food with 30% protein. The amount of fat in the feed is reduced, herbs and vitamin complexes are added. Main cast:
- at least 20% chicken and duck meat,
- yellow millet
- dehydrated meat flour,
- marigold flowers,
- yucca extract
- ground chicory root,
- vitamin and mineral supplements.
- Carnilove Salmon Grain & Potato Free. Holistic. Czech low-fat (6.5% fat) canned food designed specifically for long-haired cats. Composition:
- broth - 43%,
- turkey fillet, liver and heart - 35%,
- cranberries - 1%
- fish oil - 0.1%,
- salmon fillet - 20%,
- vitamin and mineral complex with taurine and biotin for wool - 0.9%.
- Orijen Fit & Trim. Holistic. High protein content (44%) and low fat (approx. 13%) make the food ideal for kimrik. The product contains fiber and vegetable carbohydrates. Main cast:
- chicken fillet -14%,
- chicken eggs - 6%,
- herring - 6%,
- turkey - 6%
- chicken liver - 6%,
- flounder - 4%
- hake - 4%
- heart and liver of a chicken - 8%,
- dehydrated poultry (turkey and chicken) - 8%,
- dehydrated fish fillet (mackerel, hake, flounder, pollock) - 16%,
- legumes (lentils, chickpeas, yellow peas),
- wild berries (cranberries, blueberries, alder berries),
- vegetables (pumpkin, carrots, white cabbage, zucchini, beets, turnips),
- fruits (apples, pears),
- greens (spinach, beet leaves),
- medicinal herbs (parsnip, chicory, milk thistle, turmeric, marshmallow, rose hip, burdock, lavender).
- Carnilove Duck & Pheasant Grain & Potato Free. Holistic. 40% protein, 15% fat. Removes lumps from the stomach. Composition:
- duck fillet - 34%,
- pheasant fillet - 25%,
- yellow peas - 12%,
- beets - 5%,
- chicken fat - 6%,
- dehydrated duck meat - 5%,
- chicken liver - 3%,
- tapioca - 2%
- apples - 2%,
- carrots - 1%,
- flax seed - 1%,
- chickpeas - 1%,
- vitamin and mineral complex.
- 1st Choice Vitality Indoor. Super premium food. Its advantages are accessibility and low price with a balanced composition. The product contains enough vitamins and minerals. Composition:
- chicken meat - 34%,
- yellow peas
- chicken liver
- chicken eggs
- yeast extract
- flax seed,
- extracts of chicory, yucca and green tea,
- dried mint and parsley.
Photo Gallery: Kimrik Feed
For kittens fit:
- Acana Regionals Wild Prairie Cat & Kitten,
- Orijen Cat & Kitten,
- Carnilove Kitten Salmon & Turkey Grain-Free,
- Wahre Liebe "Junge",
- Duke’s Farm Kitten Fresh Duck,
- NOW Fresh Grain Free Kitten Recipe,
- Almo Nature Legend Kitten Chicken,
- ROYAL CANIN Kitten,
- ROYAL CANIN Kitten Sterilised - for sterilized kittens,
- Royal Canin Pediatric Weaning Kitten canned - for kittens up to 4 months old.
Natural nutrition should also be high in protein and less fat. The main products that kimrik needs are:
- meat - lean beef, chicken fillet, rabbit meat - should be at least 70–75% of the diet, you can add bird’s liver, kidneys and heart, give it boiled or cooked,
- porridge - oatmeal, rice, buckwheat - approx. 10-15%
- vegetables and greens are mandatory, you can give anything other than potatoes, garlic and onions: they are usually ground raw into gruel and added to the main feed (3 parts of meat 2 - cereals and 1–2 vegetable puree), vegetables and greens should not be less than 10% of the diet,
- cottage cheese and dairy products are given 100 g per week, divided into 4-5 servings,
- raw quail eggs - two times a week, two, can be replaced with two chicken per week,
- marine white low-fat fish - 3 times a week for 20-40 g, hake is good.
You can’t feed the cat with human canned food, pork, fatty meat, sweets and sausages. Seasonings are not added. Millet and cereal are not suitable for cats. No food from a human table should fall into a cat's bowl.
With natural feeding, kimrik will need additional vitamins:
- Excel Brewers Yeast 8 in 1,
- Anivital Feliimmun,
- Beaphar Irish Cal,
- Beafar Top 10 Cat.
For kimrik, balanced nutrition is important
Care and maintenance
Kimrick needs as much space as possible. It will be difficult for him to live in a small apartment. If the place allows, then it will be useful to install game complexes for cats, cat trees and other structures that will allow the pet to climb to a height. Kimrik loves to walk on a leash, so once every 2 days he can be taken outside. The main thing is to accustom him to this from childhood.
Kimrik needs a lot of space, so you should not keep it in a small apartment
Hair Care & Wash
The long double coat of kimrika with copious undercoat needs regular combing and washing. For pet care you will need:
- comb comb
- furminator for long-haired breeds,
- bristle and iron comb,
- rubber comb
- anti-static spray.
Combing kimrika is enough every 3-4 days:
- First, a comb is used to even out the coat, on which an antistatic agent is applied.
- Once again, they comb the hair with an iron comb.
- Use a rubber brush to remove dead hair.
- Comb the hair with a bristle comb.
During molting, the procedure is repeated every day. The finisher is used after the combined comb and no more than 2 times a week. Wash kimrika is made no more than 1 time in 3-4 months with special shampoos.
Eye, Teeth, Ear, Claw Care
Not only wool, but also other parts of the animal’s body need constant care:
- Kimryk's ears are cleaned with drops and cat ear lotion. First, drops are instilled, the base of the ear is massaged for about a minute, then the auricle is wiped with a cotton pad dipped in lotion. Repeat every 4-5 days.
- The teeth of the cat are brushed once every 2 days. To do this, you will need cat toothpaste and a special toothbrush. Teeth should be cleaned carefully but thoroughly.
- Eyes are rubbed with a piece of natural fabric dampened in a cat's eye lotion.
- The claws of a kimrik are longer and tougher than many breeds, therefore, in addition to clawing, you will need a nail file (not iron). First, the claw needs to be cut without touching the pink sensitive part, and then gently file with a nail file to a rounded state.
Kimriks are very rare and few in number. Nurseries of these cats are only in Western Europe, USA and Canada. It is forbidden to export uncastrated and unsterilized cats to people who do not own a professional cattery. Therefore, to breed these beautiful animals is unlikely to succeed. However, several interesting details of their breeding are known:
- You cannot cross two Cimriks with a ramp tail, as offspring are born dead (a side effect of the mutant gene): breeders have solved this problem by crossing ramp cats with longi and stumpi cats.
- The percentage of completely tailless offspring rarely exceeds 25%.
- 25% of kittens die even in the first stages of fetal development, therefore, in a litter, a kimrik never has more than 4-5 babies.
- Kimriks and Menks, as related breeds, are allowed to cross. The offspring is considered kimriki regardless of the length of the coat. Shorthair kimriki (which are actually Manxes!) Are considered pet-class animals even with a short tail.
Cimrick breeding is not trusted by beginners and lay people
How to choose a thoroughbred kimrika
- tail conformity to generally accepted types,
- long silky coat
- round croup,
- the hind legs are longer than the front,
- the head is round and wide.
Carefully inspect the tail of the cat. It should be completely pubescent and not trimmed unless it has been cut off for preventive purposes (ask the breeder for confirmation in the form of a certificate from the veterinarian).
Buy kimrika in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries of the near abroad will not work. The easiest way to make a purchase is in America. It is advisable to contact proven nurseries with a good reputation and come there to inspect the kittens in person.
The price for kimrika varies depending on the class: a pet (pet) will cost $ 500, a brid - $ 800, and the best representative of the breed - show - from $ 1000.
Unfortunately, buying a purebred kimrik in Russia is not possible due to the lack of a professional nursery
Kimrik, despite the lack of a tail, is a complete pet. When he first saw him, only one word comes to mind - magnificent. The cat will be a great friend and pet, but in return will require no less love and attention.
Difficulties in breeding are one of the reasons why kimrik did not gain well-deserved popularity. A pair of absolutely tailless can not have offspring, a genetic mutation leads to the death of embryos or the birth of non-viable kittens.
Tailless cats can only be crossed with tailed cats.
But this does not end there. It is very difficult to find a suitable pair for Cimrick, such that kittens born from the union meet all breed standards. In addition to interbreeding, crossing with male cats is allowed.
At first glance, it may seem that the long hair of cats requires daily combing. But, with proper balanced nutrition, Kimrik’s hair will always be neat, and comb it enough 1-2 times a week, while you need to accustom to combing from an early age - adults can protest against this procedure. Cats are well aware of the purpose of the claws, and will never sharpen their claws on any other piece of furniture. But again, this is provided that the kitten will be accustomed to it from a young age.
Kimrik is not picky about food, but given the fact that among large breeders, especially foreign ones, industrial feed is common, modern representatives of the breed are perfectly adapted to them and do not need natural nutrition. The activity of kimrik needs to be supported by balanced, nutritious nutrition, and in order for the fur coat to be brilliant, it is necessary to provide it with the necessary vitamins and minerals.
Choosing the optimal food, take into account the age category and physiological state of the animal (castration, lactation, pregnancy). In addition, it is important to pay attention to the labeling according to the level of energy consumption, which is individual for each animal (even one breed).
Health and Life Expectancy
Proper and balanced nutrition allows you to maintain their excellent state of health and beautiful appearance.But, the structural features of the spine and taillessness left their mark, and in some cases entail various kinds of genetic abnormalities. Some inherited diseases of Kimrique are inherited from other breeds.
- Tailbone atrophy in cats with partial tails,
- Progressive corneal dystrophy often develops at the age of 4 months and invariably leads to blindness,
- Manx syndrome involves a collection of birth defects, which may include pathologies of the development of the spine, urinary tract, intestines and, as a result, digestive problems. Unfortunately, this genetic abnormality affects about 20% of cats and appears from 4-5 months of age.
- This breed is more vulnerable to various kinds of neurological disorders.
Kimriks for a long time were formed by natural selection, their immune system is quite strong, but this does not save the owners from the need to carry out planned veterinary and preventive measures. Life expectancy is 8-14 years.
Kitten selection and price
To find kittens of the Cimrik breed is quite problematic, because they are rare not only in Russia and neighboring countries, but in the rest of the world. In the USA, kennels set prices individually for each kitten, on average they vary between 200-400 dollars.
When choosing such an unusual and expensive kitten, you should be very careful. It is likely that taillessness is the result of trauma or amputation, and the seller is an ordinary fraudster. It should also be understood that the cost of a good kimrik cannot be symbolic, and the pedigree must be registered at least until the fifth generation.
If kittens are born with a long tail, then breeders can stop it in order to quickly find new owners for babies.
Given the possibility of manifestation of Manx’s syndrome in kittens from the age of 4 months, babies are in no hurry to take home earlier than six months of age, and also not making sure that the baby is healthy and does not have a developmental pathology.
Health & Care
Cat breed Kimryk photo
First of all, grooming requires wool. Despite the fact that she is not inclined to stall, it is recommended to comb out at least 1 - 2 times a week with special brushes. If the animal often walks in the yard and climbs trees, such a procedure is carried out more often.
Claws, in the natural environment, animals grind on their own. It is recommended that room representatives regularly trim them or place a special device in the room so that they sharpen them. It is also recommended to scan your ears 3-4 times a month for dirt and clean them carefully if necessary.
Kimrika treats water well, so the bathing process is fast and smooth. It is recommended to purchase special shampoos for long-haired cats. The bathing process is not often carried out, for street cats, if necessary.
The health of this breed is quite good and with proper nutrition and timely treatment, if necessary, the pet will live happily ever after. Sometimes there are cats in which leg weakness can occur. It affects walking.
Long-tailed kittens may be born in the litter when mixing short-tailed representatives of the breed. Therefore, in nurseries usually keep all representatives with different tail lengths. Also, thanks to genetics, kittens with a shortened vertebra may appear in the litter, which negatively affects vital activity. Such cubs are usually euthanized.
Usually, giving birth to cats is easy, but for the peace of the owners, a specialist is usually called who can immediately determine the quality of the litter.
Cats and cats of kimrik breed will be great friends for all family members. They are playful, kind and affectionate and will never scratch a child. The absence of a tail, thick hair and rounded shapes make them look like soft, soft toys, which also purr.