Are you looking for a cat that is affectionate, intelligent and quiet? Well a Havana Brown may be the right breed for you. They originated in Thailand sometime in the 1300s and were one of the first felines to enter England from Thailand (formerly known as Siam), during the 1800s. The first Havana Brown cats were imported to the USA in the mid 1950s.
Physical Characteristics: The Havana Brown breed has vibrant green eyes with a deep mahogany colored coat. Some people believe the name came from its resemblance to the rich color of a Havana cigar and others think the name originated from the Havana rabbit. Their bodies are medium-sized and the males are commonly larger than the females. Males weigh from 8 to 10 pounds and the females weigh from 6 to 8 pounds. When Havana cats are first born they are brown colored with tabby markings that eventually disappear as they age to adulthood.
Personality Traits: These cats enjoy playing and attention from their owners but can also be independent when need be. They are gentle and pleasant around children or other pets. Ideal pet owners for this breed are seniors, families with older children, and first time pet owners that want a devoted companion.
Health Conditions Respiratory difficulties are commonly seen in this type of cat breed and are something owners should be aware of. Signs of a problem could include coughing, trouble breathing, sneezing, nasal discharge, and positioning in a crouched posture with the elbows positioned away from the cats body. This condition can originate from a viral or bacterial infection. Also commonly seen with this breed is Hemophilia, which is a disorder that creates an inability to clot blood. Even a simple injury can create major bleeding if this condition persists. Urinary tract disorders have been reported as reoccurring events with the Havana Brown cats and it is important to watch out for any change in frequency, color or volume of urine. Unfortunately like most creatures genetically transferred diseases can be past down from generation to generation and it is important to be prepared with cat insurance for anything that might come up!