About the Ussuri Cat
Ussuri cats are rare indeed - in fact, this unusual cat is among the rarest breeds on the planet. They’re very difficult to find, even in Russia.
In the unlikely event that you’re able to bring one of these cats into your home, plan ahead! These are not lap cats by any stretch of the imagination; in fact, they have a very strong prey drive and their instinctual need to hunt makes them poor candidates for life as a pet in a small, confined home. A large catio or a safe outdoor run might help ease the stress of confinement when free roaming isn’t possible.
These wild-looking cats do have the ability to develop strong bonds with humans, typically choosing a single person to lavish with affection.
Expect some surprises if one of these kitties makes its way into your family: When allowed to hunt, Ussuri cats present their favorite humans with a share of whatever they have caught.
Ussuri cats retain the wild nutritional needs of their close relatives. These felines cannot survive on a diet of commercial kibble; instead, they require fresh meat and veterinary-formulated nutritional supplements.
Ussuri cats look after their own coats. Brushing might present a good opportunity for bonding, and if you begin handling from a very young age, you might be able to convince your Ussuri cat to allow light nail trimming and perhaps some toothbrushing. Don’t be surprised if your cat avoids your help with grooming, and don’t force the issue if they seem to dislike the attention.
These cats are natural athletes, with outstanding abilities. They require a safe space to run and climb, as well as high perches and sturdy scratching posts. Toys are a necessity, but average options might be too flimsy: Small dog toys designed to withstand tough chewing and clawing have a better chance at surviving more than a single play session.
If you have a Ussuri cat or a similarly feisty feline, you’ll want to check their toys for damage frequently since loose pieces are at risk of coming off and being swallowed or creating a choking hazard.
Given the opportunity for a life that’s as natural and low-stress as possible, Ussuri cats can be very healthy individuals. Kept in confinement, they are at risk for severe stress and can develop problems with mental health. As the population is so low, there are no known genetic issues.
The Ussuri cat is a naturally occurring feline hybrid. These rare cats originate in the Amur River region of Russia, which is situated in the Amur Forest.
It is possible that Ussuri cats are the result of an Amur leopard or an Amur Forest cat mating with domestic cats. As one of the world's rarest cat breeds, The Ussuri is not formally recognized by any cat Association.
Did You Know?
Ussuri cats love to swim. Given the opportunity, they’ll play in faucets, wade in shallow streams, and immerse themselves in deeper water.
Ussuri cats may have Amur Leopard cat DNA. If this supposition is true, then they are closely related to Bengal cats, which were developed with the help of the Amur Leopard cat.
In Russia, it is said that Ussuri cats interbred with local domestic felines, greatly reducing the number of purebred Ussuri cats available. As of 2020, a search for Ussuri kittens left us empty-handed.
The Breed Standard
There is no current breed standard for Ussuri cats. They are generally described as large wild-looking tabbies, with strong markings and ear tufts similar to those seen on the lynx and other wildcats.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a Ussuri cat cost?
Ussuri cats cost between $800 - $1500.
How big do Ussuri cats get?
Ussuri cats tend to be medium in size. A fully grown Ussuri cat might weigh between 11-15 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 9"- 11" inches tall.
How long do Ussuri cats live?
The Average lifespan for Ussuri is 12-15 years.
Do Ussuri cats shed?
Ussuri are short-haired cats. Therefore, they do not shed as much as long-haired cat breeds.