The California Spangled Cat is a rare and gorgeous breed who looks something like a miniature ocelot. A West Coast breeder actually developed the Californian Spangled Cat to evoke sympathy for efforts to conserve full-sized leopards in Tanzania.
This breed grabbed Americans' attention when Neiman Marcus advertised these dappled darlings in their 1986 Christmas catalogue. Precious and pricey, they sold for $1,400 a piece! But don't bother looking for them in this year's edition: animal activists protested the advertising of a pet in a catalogue that also sold ermine, fox, and beaver fur coats.
They might look wild, but these kitties make wonderful house pets. California Spangled Cats are devoted, affectionate, and social.
Daily play, please
I talk when necessary
You can SEE me thinking
I'm a cat and proud of it
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE CALIFORNIA SPANGLED CAT'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Intelligent and determined, the California Spangled Cat will love you back every bit as hard as you love her. She is so convincing and charming that she'll make you believe fulfilling her every whim was your idea. It was totally your idea to get out that catnip mouse, right?
WHAT IS CALIFORNIA SPANGLED CAT BEHAVIOR LIKE?
This is an athletic and energetic breed. California Spangled Cats like getting themselves to your eye level so they can be sure they have a front-row seat for whatever's going on around them. They're jumpers and they like high places, so don't leave breakables on any surface wide enough for them to land on. (You didn't like that vase anyway, right?)
HOW CAN I KEEP MY CALIFORNIA SPANGLED CAT ENTERTAINED?
The prey drive on a California Spangled Cat is no joke, so they'll be happy to chase a laser pointer or a lure toy you drag across the floor. They'll also enjoy bird watching, so consider putting a feeder outside your window. That way your furry friend can watch her own version of Twitter while you're at work.
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO CALIFORNIA SPANGLED CATS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
California Spangled Cats look like tiny leopards. The “Snow Leopard” color variety always has blue eyes.
Your cat's coat and skin can tell you a lot about her health and well-being. Healthy cats have coats that are smooth and shiny; they should have supple, clear skin. Nutrition and wellness factor heavily into the texture and luster of your kitty's coat, but you can help keep her looking and feeling her best with regular skin care and grooming.
Brushing your furry friend often helps remove dead skin and loose hairs, as well as shaking debris and dirt loose. Most healthy, grown-up cats won't need regular baths in addition to their own grooming routines—though if your cat is older, you might want to do some research on helping her keep up appearances.
And remember: even if your cat gets the at-home brush-and-comb treatment regularly, she still might benefit from professional grooming once in awhile.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO CALIFORNIA SPANGLED CATS HAVE?
California Spangled Cats aren't known to suffer from any specific genetic issues. Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
ARE CALIFORNIA SPANGLED CATS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
California Spangled Cats aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with daily brushings. If your pet allergies are mild, a regular grooming session could have a big impact on your quality of life with your pet.
WHAT IS MY CALIFORNIA SPANGLED CAT'S BEST DAY?
Like any true cat who walks by herself, the California Spangled Cat will never tell. But if you give her something to chase and a lap to curl up in after, this will be one content kitty. And why not give this huntress a challenge? Hide treats around the house to keep her tracking and munching all day long.
SHOULD I ADOPT A CALIFORNIA SPANGLED CAT?
Sure, if you can find one! There are fewer than 200 California Spangled Cats alive, so they're pretty hard to obtain. But if you do get lucky, this is a smart, loving, and devoted feline friend to have.
Have you decided that a California Spangled Cat is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.