Their peculiar fur and their inexhaustible pursuit of games, climbing or jumping, are the most distinctive signs of the sokoke cats. In fact, in their native Kenya they are called khadzonzos (‘bark’), alluding to the resemblance of their mantle to the bark of a tree.
Sokoke are agile, slender and strong cats. Despite being almost wild in urban and rural areas of Kenya, it is one of the most empathetic feline breeds that exist . They need the company of the humans they seek to receive their caresses.
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Characteristics of the Sokoke cat
Its body is elongated and its bearing is elegant. Its legs have developed powerful muscles in contrast to its small body. Not surprisingly, the hind limbs are somewhat longer than the front ones.
|Origin Africa (Kenya)|
|Weight from 3 to 5 kg males and females|
|Short hair, not very dense and shiny. Amber or marble patterned tabby (I atigrado)|
|Rounded head with flatter forehead and no marked stop|
|Medium ears, always erect and with tufts in some specimens|
|Oblique, medium-sized eyes in shades of brown, chestnut or hazelnut|
|Long, fine tail with characteristic wide dark rings|
|Estimated longevity of 10 to 16 years|
|Difficulty caring for it low|
How is the character of the Sakoke breed?
This breed hides a very affectionate and sociable feline. As we announced, it is one of the most empathetic cat breeds that exist. They are able to recognize the emotional needs of their human relatives, always offering to comfort.
To the pampering and caresses that they demand from humans, it is necessary to add their active and energetic temperament. They do not stop climbing, climbing and jumping, turning any object into a toy. Therefore, they appreciate the wide spaces and if they are outdoors, the better.
They adapt to small experiences, but they must have a space for the game in which to release their energy. They enjoy the company of humans of all ages and also that of other animals.
Sokoke cat care
To enjoy their affectionate company, this breed requires very basic care that is summarized in company, warm temperatures and space to vent. They do not tolerate being alone and manifest it with constant meows, anxiety or sadness.
Due to their little dense coat, they are very sensitive to sudden changes in temperature, so it is recommended to keep the home at a warm temperature , do not allow them to go outside if it is cold and dry them whenever they have gotten wet.
Their need for exercise and play demands wide spaces. If we do not have a garden or a safe balcony, it is recommended to use toys such as scratchers of different levels or trees for cats, so that they can climb.
Sokke enjoy playing with water. If you have access to a fountain you will be the happiest in the world . Their care is completed with a weekly brushing using a brush with short and separate bristles and with the hygiene, also weekly, of the eyes, ears and teeth.
Their diet must be consistent to counteract their wear and tear, betting on fresh meat and offal or quality feed. You should not neglect hydration or periodic check-ups to the veterinarian to administer the vaccines and deworming that they touch.
General health of the Sokoke cat breed
Its genetic characteristics correspond to a resistant breed. Not surprisingly, they have had to survive in a rugged environment, such as the African, so the sokoke have evolved by natural selection as strong cats.
Therefore, they are not known congenital or hereditary diseases . However, the need to keep their body temperature stable, especially in the first months of life to avoid colds, deserves your attention.
As curious cats, whenever they can, they spend much of the day outside being especially vulnerable to flea and tick infestations. Therefore, we should take advantage of weekly brushing to inspect the presence of these external parasites such as fleas, ticks or lice .
In advanced ages or in specimens that have been sterilized, it is advisable to reduce caloric intake to prevent obesity and its associated conditions (joint or cardiovascular pathologies).
History of the breed and fun facts
The sokoke comes from East Africa, specifically the Sokoke rain forest, from which it takes its name. Do you know that today it continues to coexist with indigenous tribes such as the Girianna?
It was the English breeders J. Slater and Gloria Modrup who were responsible for its breeding as a domestic breed in 1978. In 1984 it was recognized in Denmark and from there it became known in other European countries, such as Italy in 1992.
Barely 25 years have passed since they were imported to Europe, where they have had to learn to adapt to low temperatures. Perhaps that is why today there are few specimens in America and on the old continent.
The FIFe (International Feline Federation) officially recognized the breed in 1993 and the TICA qualifies it as ‘New Preliminary Breed’. In short, an adorable feline with a peculiar aesthetic that will surely soon win over many cat lovers.