About the Chausie Cat
If the Chausie cat reminds you of an extra-large Abyssinian, you're on the right track! These incredible felines were developed by crossing jungle cats – also known as swamp cats or reed cats – from Southeast Asia with domesticated Abyssinians.
Weighing in at up to 30 pounds, Chausies are among the largest domesticated cats in existence. As a hybrid, every Chausie cat is a unique individual, with a big personality to matChausie it's size. Chausie cats develop strong bonds with their families and do not like to be left alone.
The Chausie requires an all meat diet. Many Chausie cats are incapable of breaking down plant matter, so it's important to avoid foods that contain vegetables or grains.
Chausie cats have short coats that require very little attention. A weekly brushing gives you an opportunity to bond with your cat while reducing shedding.
Because Chausie cats are so energetic and playful (and so large!), it's a very good idea to keep their claws clipped short. They don’t mean to damage their families’ belongings, but it can happen easily.
Chausie cats require plenty of exercise. Their wild nature demands access to a tall cat tower, multiple scratching posts, and plenty of toys. A Chausie cat happily engages in exercise on its own, but appreciates interaction from human family members.
Chausie cats are generally healthy, but can suffer from malnutrition without a diet that consists of animal products alone.
It is believed that Chausie cats share some Characteristics with early domesticated hybrid cats from Egypt and the surrounding area. These cats share similarities with some of the mummified cat remains found in Egyptian tombs.
Even though hybrid cats have been in existence since ancient times, the Chausie cat stands out for its fairly modern roots. Breeders began to experiment with crossing jungle cats (Felis Chaus) with Abyssinians in the 1990s. The result was the Chausie, a robust hybrid cat with wild looks and an independent personality.
The Chausie cat breed was formally recognized by The International Cat Association in 1995.
Did You Know?
The Chausie is capable of making incredible leaps, easily jumping 6 feet straight in the air from a standing position. These cats love to jump and experienced pet parents keep surfaces clear to prevent delicate items from being broken.
Chausie cats enjoy walking on leashes, and appreciate the ability to explore the outdoors along with their human companions.
While Chausies are sociable and friendly, they are not ideal for families with small children or little prey-type pets. They tend to do very well with other cats, particularly other Chausies.
The Breed Standard
Legs & Paws
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a Chausie cat cost?
Chausie cats cost between $500-$2500.
How big do Chausie cats get?
Chausie cats tend to be large in size. A fully grown Chausie cat might weigh between 12-25 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 14"-18" inches tall.
How long do Chausie cats live?
The Average lifespan for Chausie is 10-15 years.