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York Chocolate
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York Chocolate Energy Level
Playfulness
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OVERVIEW

York Chocolate sounds delicious, no? And these cats with their rich brown coats absolutely are delicious. They look like fancy farm cats—big, strong, and hardy—except that this vigorous breed also has a long-ish and lustrous coat. These cats love to be a part of everything you do and welcome any chance to play with their favorite folks.

York Chocolates can grow to between 10-16 pounds.

FAST FACTS
Size: Large
Energy Level: High
Playfulness: Daily play, please
Affection Level: I looooove being with you
Vocality: I talk when necessary
Intelligence: Average
Grooming Needs: We'll be doing this a lot
Dog-Like?: I'm a cat and proud of it

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS THE YORK CHOCOLATE'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

York Chocolates are affectionate and quiet kitties who are usually happy to let you cuddle and hold them. They are devoted to their chosen people but can be shy around strangers.

WHAT IS YORK CHOCOLATE'S BEHAVIOR LIKE?

This is a “helpful” breed, which means it will help if you know that your York Chocolate's definition of “help” involves sticking her nose, paws, or butt into whatever you happen to be doing. They are also deeply—if you'll forgive the pun—interested in water, so don't leave the bathroom door open while you're in the bathtub unless you want company. York Chocolates, needless to say, are inquisitive, active, and somewhat insistent in their affections.

HOW CAN I KEEP MY YORK CHOCOLATE ENTERTAINED?

This breed likes interactive toys that move (or get moved by you). York Chocolates want playtime to be about playing with you, so be sure to plan several short daily play sessions. Regularly rotating toys in and out every few days and “marinating” toys that are on the bench in catnip can help re-energize kitty's enthusiasm for them. You might also consider getting yours a cat perch so she can watch the Bird Channel from a sunny window-spot.


CARE & HEALTH

WHAT DO YORK CHOCOLATES LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

York Chocolates have light undercoats that aren't especially prone to matting. They're usually a deep brown or vivid lavender.

Your cat's coat and skin can tell you a lot about her health and wellbeing. 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.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO YORK CHOCOLATES HAVE?

York Chocolates are a hardy, healthy breed. Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.


IDEAL FAMILY

ARE YORK CHOCOLATES GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?

York Chocolates 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. This will reduce pet dander and loose hair floating through the air you breathe and landing on your clothes and furniture. Bonus: think of the money you'll save on lint rollers. 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 YORK CHOCOLATE'S BEST DAY?

You know how this kitty craves your attention, so don't be surprised if you wake to find her sitting on your chest or breathing in your nose. Let her splash in the sink while you get breakfast together. Maybe try out that new harness and leash and go for a stroll around the block in the afternoon? The evening, obviously, should be dedicated to kitty cuddles. But really, as long as she's with you, your York Chocolate's having her very best day.

SHOULD I ADOPT A YORK CHOCOLATE?

If you're looking for a laid-back and disaffected cat, this is not the breed for you. York Chocolates want to “help” you in every way they can, so you have to be in the market for a furry friend who's going to make her love for you clear at each opportunity. Affectionate, attentive, and devoted, York Chocolates make yummy feline companions. Treat yourself.

Have you decided that a York Chocolate 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.

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