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Sokoke ( "Sokoke Forest Cat in Long Form", and formerly the African Shorthair) is a native race of house cats, evolved and standardized, beginning in the lat 1970', from the wild rural race Sokoke of the east, coast Kenya. Sokoke is recognised by four large cat family tree organisations as a standardized cat race.
1 ][proof required] It is called after the Arabuko Sokoke National Forest, the area from which the basic stand was obtained, for racial evolution, especially in Denmark and the USA. Although a rumor to be a domestically x wild cat hybrid has not confirmed this faith. Its indigenous inhabitants are close relatives of a group of islands, the Lamu cat, further on.
Kenya's unmistakable, free-living, wild cat - known as Kyadzonzo or Cadzonzo and found from the roads of the town to the Arabuko Sokoke forrest - was "discovered" in 1978 by Jeni Slater, a breeders and animalist near the Watamu plantation of coconuts, although the kittens were of course known by locals much longer.
At that time, the country people were considered almost deserted due to man -made interventions in the forests and their natural-ressources. Although there were notions that this might be a new variety of cat, the tame nature of the kitten Slater raised indicated that it was unlikely to hybridise theoretically with cats, as were characteristics such as the long, pointed tip end (not typical of any ferocious type in Africa), a general shape that matches those of Asiatic household cat races (unlike the wolf cat's cobbaby), and the speckled, spotted fur-patterned (
3 ] The wild khadzonzos were evolved into a standardized race, the sokoke, which has a much more consistent look than the landraces. With tickled fur, the woodland tends to "breed" consequently in shades of browns with distinctive speckles with large rosettes that can meld. Apart from certain patters, they do not seem to look very different in this group.
City dwellers (probably by crossing with non-native cats) come in a greater diversity of colors and designs, include speckled whitish cloaks, and some that are mostly bog. 2 ] urbane diversity is very similar to an insular populace a few hundred kilometers northerly, the theme of the publication The Cat of Lamu (by Jack Couffer, 1998, Lyons Press).
Each of these species has a slender face in comparison to other native Africans, long eyes, long legs and a slender, unpunched bodys. Lamu people are under strain from a sterilization drive supported by the youngest immigrants, while the woodland community has become rarer and more mysterious for ambiguous reason.
Eight individuals (only two females) were caught from the woods for reproduction in 2001; photos show that some very large black spots have some reminiscences of the non-related, cloudy leopards (a feature now present in newer blood lines of the domestic animal breed), but both have high ears and a long corpus with the already existing official race.
2 ] As with most indigenous land-race cat population, they must be at risk of being genetically eroded by contemporary cat that have been brought into the area by alien colonists and are permitted to spread and cross there. The Manx cat, for example, is almost deserted in its home, the Isle of Man, and is raised by the importing UK and other immigrant breeds, although the standardized breed of Manx cat that has been derived from the land breed is widespread and loved all over the inland.
The similar threat to the Van cat has prompted the Ottoman authorities to quickly establish an offical breed program to rescue it in a purer way than the poorly related, standardized races Turkey Van and Turkey Angora, which have little similarity to the wild Van Cat and Lake Van area land races.
Slater's girlfriend Gloria Moeldrop took a couple of Slater kittens with her to Denmark in 1983 because Slater was afraid for the local cat's life in Kenya. They were first shown in Copenhagen in 1984, then in Odense. 2 ] The breeder and official of the North American Sokoke Association, Pat Longley, has proposed that this cat has adopted the point patterns seen in some Sokokes.
2 ] In 1989 Moeldrop brought in more Kenyan kittens to reinforce her herd. This standardized race was first recognized by the Belgian Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe) under the name Sokoke nach dem Wald. In 1993, after a multi-breeder demo of the consequent evolution of the new race at a cat show in Denmark.
It is also officially certified by the International Cat Association (TICA) in the United States and can be exhibited in the "Preliminary New Breed" category at TICA approved show. Sokoke is now recognized by two cat registers, the UK Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) and the Canadian Cat Association (CCA).
Sokokes' body is mid-size, long and thin, with long buttocks. "Chaotic ", "chaotic" and "cloudy" marble samples were seen with the emergence of the "new line" as divergences from the previously existing, modifi ed blotchy tobacco samples, which are clearly derived from the genetic analysis of landrasse wood samples from the 1990s.
Possibly due to the addition of urban monkeys, the initial Slater line also quite often produced small speckled rather than speckled ones, which may indicate an early cross with non-native cats (the Mau in Egypt, for example, has such a pattern). They are very energetic and like to climb. It tends to be noisy towards people and other females with whom it lives.
Because of this characteristic, they are difficult to re-introduce, although adults and older, already bound kitties can expect a longer acclimatisation to them. Sokoke is best used in a regulated setting as it has little tolerance to the frequent New World cat diseases often found in kennels and multi-cat houses. As all shorthaired asiatic females, they do not grow over a longer term in extremely low temperature.
In contrast to earlier accounts, however, they can be accustomed to cooler climate zones and do not need more than similar short-haired asiatic males. They have the same life expectancy as any thoroughbred cat, with an avarage life of 15 years.