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Chausie

A Chausie is a hybrid between the Jungle Cat and a Domestic cat, typically the Abyssinian. A Chausie can weigh 15 to 30 pounds with the males being larger than the females. Their breeding began in the 1960s or 1970s to provide a safer alternative to having wildcats as pets.

Because of their size, Chausies require much more space for activity. Like normal cats, they cane take up to 2 to 3 years to reach full size. There are not many known health issues associated with this breed, but they do have some. The most common issue with the Chausie is digestive tract problems in which they can not process wheat or gluten grains, so the Chausie may have trouble digesting commercial cat food.

Chausie