The Aegean cat, as its name suggests, originates from the Cycladic Islands in the Aegean Sea, where they occur as a natural land race. The Aegean Cat, named for the surrounding sea, is thought to be one of the oldest types of domesticated cats. They are common as feral cats in Greece, where they are found amongst fishing ports begging for food. In Greece, Aegean cats are considered a national treasure.
Aegean Cats tend to be smart and lively, with good communication skills. They are generally friendly toward people and can be excellent cats for families with children.
Aegean cats don’t disdain water and may even go fishing for themselves. If you have an aquarium or Koi pond, you might want to make sure its denizens are protected from a curious cat with a grasping paw.
The Aegean Cat usually likes being part of the family and is well suited to most types of homes. They appreciate having an enclosed outdoor area where they can climb or lie out in the sun, but they shouldn’t be allowed to roam.
- Aegean cats are a medium-sized, muscular, semi-longhaired cat. The coat is bicolour or tricolour; one of the colours is always white, without signs of yellowing and usually covers one third to two thirds of the body. Other colours can be black, red, blue, and cream, with or without tabby striping.
- The paws are medium in size and have a round shape.
- The ears have a wide base and rounded tips and are covered by hairs.
- The eyes have an almond shape and their colour can be any shade of green.
More About The Aegean Cat
The Aegean cat is a naturally occurring land race of domestic cat originating from the Cycladic Islands of Greece. Development of them as a formal breed began in the early 1990’s by breeders in the fledgling Greek cat fancy, but the variety has yet to be recognized by any major fancier and breeder organization. It is considered to be the only native Greek variety of cat.
Although the Aegean has only very recently begun to be bred systematically, it has been domesticated for many centuries and thus has become adapted very well to humans. They are a social pet that tolerates living in an apartment well. They are intelligent, active, lively and also communicative, not hesitating to draw a person’s attention and Aegean cats are noted for their affinity for water and fishing.
Aegean Cats are generally healthy because they are not products of selective breeding, so they may be less likely to carry genetic diseases.
The Aegean Cat has a semi-long haired coat. In spring, they typically shed excess hair for a cool, summer hairdo. Cats who live indoors, however, tend to shed some year round. Brush your Aegean Cat weekly with a wire slicker brush to remove dead hair.
The only other grooming the Aegean Cat requires is regular nail trimming and ear cleaning.