About Cashmere Cat
Height: 8-10 inches
Weight: 6-15 lbs
Physique: Muscular, athletic
Lifespan: 9-15 years
Best Suited For: Singles and families with children and other pets
who can handle a cat that requires a lot of activity and attention
Temperament: Playful, social, loyal, active, energetic
Comparable Breeds: Bengal
Cashmere Cat Breed History
The Cashmere cat also goes by the moniker of Bengal Longhair. The modern Bengal breed, which gained popularity in the 1980s and was recognized as a separate breed by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1986, is essentially this type’s longhaired variant. Longhaired Bengal cats were produced during that time, but it wasn’t until 2017 that TICA formally recognized the cats as Championship cats.
When Bengal cats were being created, longhaired Bengals, often referred to as semi-longhaired Bengals or cashmere cats, were always a part of the breeding scheme. Because the longer hair was once seen to be an ugly trait, it took some time before these cats were recognized as both a sub-breed of the Bengal cat breed and as a separate breed in their own right.
In 2013, the NZCF (New Zealand Cat Fancy) registry granted the longhaired Bengal preliminary breed status, which is when the name Cashmere was created. At that time, breeder Damian Vaughan asked if these cats might be registered under the Cashmere name.
Bengal cats with the longhair gene, a recessive trait that may cause certain kittens to be born with longer hair, can have longer hair. Breeders may now use genetic testing to identify Bengal cats that have this recessive mutation, and they can then breed these cats to produce Cashmere kittens. The Cashmere is still thought to remain rare, despite these efforts.
The Cashmere cat also goes by the moniker of Bengal Longhair.
Qualities of breeding
Bengal longhairs will exhibit the same personality traits as Bengal shorthairs. They make wonderful companions and are devoted to their human family. Particularly when they are normally properly introduced, they get along nicely with everyone, including other pets. They are also inquisitive, confident, and social.
It’s important to keep in mind that Cashmere cats are known for being active and spirited, and they enjoy climbing up high objects inside the house. These cats prefer being occupied even though they may be lap cats when they want to be. To occupy the time, they like to play, climb, explore, and chase. They are also boisterous cats who may even show an interest in playing in the water.
Cashmere cats also enjoy spending a lot of time with their family since they like to be near the action all the time. If you show your Cashmere cat a lot of love and attention, play with it, and provide it with a variety of entertaining toys, it will keep out of trouble. These cats are intelligent and relatively easy to train, so it could be wise to take the time to go through house rules with your cat.
It might also be able to teach your Cashmere to perform tricks or go for leashed walks, both of which could be a lot of fun.
Like the shorthaired Bengal, the Cashmere possesses a soft, silky coat with a marbled or speckled appearance. In addition, certain cats could have “glitter,” which is essentially an iridescent shine that can be seen on the coat.
Cashmere cats varies in size from medium to enormous, with males often being bigger than females. These cats are very muscular and athletic as well. A Cashmere cat’s body will also be balanced, so none of its characteristics won’t be too overt or excessive.
The most typical coat color for the Bengal breed and Bengal Longhair is the black/brown tabby shade. Their coats might, however, be any color from a cool gray to a warm mahogany, copper, bronze, or gold. Marbling or rich black to brown spots are both possibilities. The coats of silver Bengals, on the other hand, will be nearly white or gray, and their markings will range in color from black to dark gray.
Bengals’ cream, light tan, or ivory-colored coats may also exhibit marbling or color patches that range from dark chocolate to light brown. These cats may also have tabby-patterned face markings and almost white undersides.
Even though the Cashmere cat has a longer coat than the shorter-haired Bengal, you may assume that it would require more maintenance. However, due of the coat’s smooth nature, even the longer hair just requires a minimal grooming routine.
Regular brushing will keep your cat happy and make him feel loved. Long hair is less likely than short curly hair to tangle or mat because of its thickness. Brushing is an excellent way to deepen your bond with your pet in addition to helping to massage the skin and maintain the Cashmere’s soft, smooth coat. Like any other cat, a Cashmere’s grooming routine may include routinely trimming its claws with cat nail trimmers.