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Chantilly-Tiffany Cat

The Chantilly-Tiffany Cat is a medium-sized domesticated feline known for its characteristic semi-long coat, fluffy tail, and long ear-tufts. This moderately active cat has been produced mainly by crossing the Asian and the Burmese cats and comes mostly in color chocolate. They have a round face, square muzzle, protruding ears, long whiskers and a bright pair of golden eyes, set far apart.

Quick Information/Description

Other Names Chantilly/Tiffany, Chantilly, Foreign Longhair
Coat Type Dense, semi-long
Color Chocolate, blue, cinnamon, lilac, fawn
Coat Pattern Solid, spotted tabby, ticked, mackerel
Life Expectancy (Lifespan) 9 to 16 years
Weight 6 – 10 pounds
Litter Size About 5-6 kittens
Personality Traits Affectionate, demanding, loyal, interactive
Shedding Moderate to less
Good with Children Yes
Vocalization/Call Frequent, low
Hypoallergenic Yes
Competitive Registration/Qualification Information TICA, AACE, ACFA, TCA, UFO

History

It was back in 1967 that the first breed of the Chantilly-Tiffany started with two chocolate-brown cats, whose origin was then unknown. Jennie Robinson of New York bought these two cats named ‘Thomas’ and ‘Shirley’ that were probably siblings, but not litter mates.

Later, in 1969, a six-kitten litter was born to Shirley for the first time. All the kits in the litter were of the same color (chocolate brown). This surprised Jennie, who, in the long run, arranged for breeding programs to produce new kittens in order to emphasize these unique traits.

In the first half of the 1970s, Shirley, Thomas and their offsprings were registered by the ACA as the ‘Foreign Longhairs’. Nevertheless, the breeders thought that this name is inappropriate for a breed, and they registered the cats as ‘Tiffany’. However, this new name too didn’t prove to be much effective since there was already a British breed in the name of ‘Tiffanie’ that was registered by a UK-registry GCCF. Finally, the new breed was renamed as ‘Chantilly’, and in due course became popular in its modern name ‘Chantilly/Tiffany’.

Temperament and Personality

Chantilly cats are characterized by moderateness. They are neither too gentle or lazy, nor too active. This is one trait that has mostly appealed to the cat fanciers and owners. However, the CT kittens are very playful and mischievous.

These cats are good with children and all other pets. They would also take part in games and activities with their family members. Being a human-oriented breed, they would follow their favorite family members from room to room and vocally interact with them in a low mewling voice. However, they are reserved when they have strangers around.

Chantillies love playing with toys and would steal those play items that they find exciting. They are affectionate and do not enjoy being alone, or if ignored.

Care

Grooming

These cats need very less grooming and have a low-maintenance coat. Brush them at least twice a week, if you can’t make it every day. It is recommended that you pay special attention to the comparatively longer fur on its hindquarters and the ruff. This will keep it matt-free as also remove dead hairs. They have hairy ears, which needs special care so as to avoid wax buildup or infection, redness and rashes.

Health Problems

Chantilly/Tiffany cat is a long-living breed. They are normally healthy and have no breed-specific diseases. However, they might be prone to getting digestive problems. Also, insist on common preventive measures to keep away diseases and ailments that are common to all cats. Get them annually vaccinated by booster doses for resistance to common problems like the flu, enteritis, and feline leukaemia, especially if they go outdoors.

Training

You can say, the well-behaved Chantilly is ‘born-trained’. They don’t need any breed-specific training. Give them general house training to adapt itself to the rules and etiquettes of your domestic life like all other breed of cats. The intelligent feline will pick up your training right away.

Diet/Feeding

Tiffany cats have a delicate digestive power. A proper cat-specific diet must be followed to keep a check on this health issue. It is better to avoid dairy and corn products since that might upset its stomach. Like any other cat, a healthy diet plan will certainly help your Tiffany cat live for long, enhancing its general health.  Also, remember that, the chantilly kittens are quite slow in accepting solid foods during their transition from breastfeeding.

Interesting Facts

  • The chantilly cat has the habit of pulling its own hair, which often results in bald patches all over its body. This might eventually end up forming hairballs in the stomach.
  • The chantilly-tiffany cat shouldn’t be confused with the British breed ‘Tiffanie’ cat, whose name sounds almost the same as the former.

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Published on May 20th 2015 by under USA Cats. Article was last reviewed on 26th May 2017.

One Response to "Chantilly-Tiffany Cat"

  1. Shar Taylor says:

    All the wonderful things they say about this breed it very true. I had my
    Chancey for 18 fabulous years and miss him more than I can say. He was a sheer delight in every way; smart, funny, affectionate, talkative and almost magical in the ways he knew how I was feeling and knew the right way to respond.

    I live north of Vancouver Canada and have been trying to find a breeder
    of Chantillys’ with no luck. I know I will never be able to replace my
    Chancey but I know absolutely that I want another Chantilly. I would
    appreciate any help with finding a breeder. Life is just not complete
    without a Chantilly to share it with.

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