A Chinese Li Hua cat is a dream come true for most families. Not only is this cat smart and loyal, but he is an exceptional hunter who will rid your home of rats and other pests.
Weight: 9-12 pounds
Life Expectancy: 9-16 years
Temperament: loyal, lively, and intelligent
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The Li Hua cat is a natural breed, which means it’s not the result of a hybridization between two or more different breeds. The origins are ancient; however, Li Hua is a pedigreed cat that is actually young. This breed was first exhibited experimentally during a Cat Aficionado Association show in 2003, located in Beijing. The Li Hua was officially recognized by The Cat Fanciers’ Association in 2010. Unfortunately, this breed didn’t quite catch on and is no longer recognized for champion status.
Despite not being recognized by the association, this cat is quite intelligent and friendly, making him the perfect family cat. The Li Hua is a gorgeous cat with large, almond-shaped eyes and a diamond-shaped head. A Li Hua stands with a strong body, muscular tail, and big paws. They have a small black spot on the corner of their mouth, which makes it look like they are smiling, just adding more charm to the breed.
Someone has claimed that they trained their Li Hua to fetch the daily newspaper. There’s no doubt this is possible as this breed is highly intelligent and trainable. Due to their gentle disposition, not only can you teach this cat a few tricks, but he will get along just fine with kids and other pets as long as they are introduced properly.
Not only is this breed intelligent, but he is also full of energy. He puts that energy to good use, too; it’s a good idea to always be one step ahead of him as he can figure things out. A Li Hua would enjoy an enclosed outdoor area in which to climb and be out in the sun, but it’s not a deal breaker if you don’t have that option.
The Li Hua has a short coat. By brushing it weekly you can keep the coat shiny, prevent hairballs, and remove dead hairs. Just like other pets, regular nail trimming and ear cleaning is important.
Although the Chinese Li Hua is a robust cat with no known health issues, they can still be at risk for obesity and injuries. Additionally, regular veterinary appointments are important to ensure your cat remains healthy.
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