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With Curled Ears and Plenty of Toes, This Gentle Domesticated Cat Resembles a Lynx

Highland Lynx Kittens For Sale

Within the genetic heritage of the Highland Lynx is the American Bobtail Cat, which first became available as a breed around 1960. The American Bobtail was generally thought to be a crossbreeding between the house cat and the wild Bobcat but such origins have never been proven in DNA testing. Regardless of its unknown ancestry, the American Bobtail has become an extremely popular cat, in that quite a few other breeds have used it as one of their foundation parents in breed development. One of these is the Highland Lynx Bobtail Cat, also known as the Highlander.

History
First brought into development beginning in 1993, the Timberline Cattery in North Carolina began to work on the Highland Lynx breed as a cross between the Desert Lynx and Jungle Curl breeds. On July 1, 1995, the very first litter of Highland lynx "cubs" were born. Although these are completely domesticated cats, the Highland Lynx is bred to resemble the Bobcat, in that it looks like the Desert Lynx (which was specifically bred to resemble the Bobcat), but has curled ears. In fact, the Desert Lynx and the Highland Lynx are the same breed with the exception of the difference in the ears.

Desert Lynx cats, one of the parent breeds, were thought to have been hybrids of American Bobtail or Maine Coon cats, for example, and a wild Bobcat. The Jungle Curl Cat, the other parent breed, may also be a hybrid mix of "curly-eared" cats, like the Bengal, American Curl, or Hemingway Curl, and the African Jungle Cat.

The Highland Lynx breed was recognized by the International Cat Association in 2008 as the "Highlander," in the Preliminary New Breed Class.

Appearance
Large and muscular, the Highland Lynx was bred specifically to look like a Bobcat but as a completely domesticated cat. With several generations between the first breeding and the currently available cats, the Highland Lynx nonetheless retains its wild cat appearance. Larger than the average house cat, the Highland Lynx is muscular and has long hind legs. These cats will be fully mature at three years old, at which time females can weigh between 8 and 16 pounds and males, from 12 to 25 pounds.

These cats offer a variety of coat patterns and colors, such as sorrel, marble, fawn, silver, lilac, red, chocolate, blue, ebony, cameo, silver, sepia, milk, cream and snow. The Highland Lynx's coat colors have spotted leopard, ticked, or clouded leopard, which are smoky spots. They can also have tabby colors as with the standard domestic cat, as well as solid markings.

The Highland Lynx can have short, medium, or long hair, and can have tightly, or lightly, curled ears which may also be tufted. As for its toes which also can be tufted, this cat may have the average number of five in front and four in the back, or 6, 7 or 8 toes in any combination on the front and back. This breed, as you might have guessed already, has polydactyl tendencies.

Similarly, tails can be long, medium, short, or absent completely; the latter condition is called "rumpy."

Eyes can be green, gold, green-gold as with wild cats, or a deep blue if the cat in question is a "snow."

Personality
Despite this cat’s possible wild ancestry, it has been carefully bred to produce a loving, domesticated temperament. Extremely intelligent, the Highland Lynx learns very quickly, especially if training is begun as a young kitten. While cautious at first, the Highland Lynx will be friendly even to those it doesn’t know, but will establish a deep, permanent bond with you once a connection is made. It's been said that the Highland Lynx, in fact, will even listen for your car and for you to come home, wanting only to be with you.

Be aware that if you adopt a Highland Lynx, you must do so for life. Once attached, this cat will have a very difficult time changing owners.

Highly playful, energetic and entertaining, this cat is smart enough to teach you a few things like the games it enjoys – bringing you favorite toys in order to play fetch, for example, or for a good cuddle.

The Highland Lynx, as you might guess, is also a good hunter thanks to its ancestry, and will love to bring you prizes such as mice, lizards, or bugs as offerings. Don't take offense – this is just another way that the Highland Lynx shows its love and its need for your approval.

Finally, the Highland Lynx gets along well with just about any pet with the exception of prey animals. Other cats, dogs, and children – even small children – are perfect companions for the Highland Lynx as long as you are patient while this cat adjusts. If you bring it home as a kitten, you'll find that things will settle in nicely.

Health
It's best to feed this cat a diet that's high in animal protein and low in grains or fillers, and one that is free of sugars, colors, preservatives, etc. At the very least, feed your pet high-quality dry food or, if at all possible, a diet that's rich in meat and more naturally based. Life expectancy is generally 12 to 15 years.

Grooming
In general, the Highland Lynx requires less grooming than some breeds, and should simply be able to be brushed every other week. Start grooming as young as possible to increase bonding with your pet, and to keep on top of any skin or other health problems you may see during its development.

The Highland Lynx's ears can have greater wax build-up than some other breeds; this is not normally a sign of ear mites, as is true of other breeds. Your cat won't generally like having its ears cleaned, but utilizing a paper towel or soft cloth and some ear cleaner from your vet should facilitate the process.

Finally, you should trim your cat's nails regularly starting at a young age, in addition to providing a scratching post for its regular use.

References
About Highland Lynx Cats.
http://www.shepherdslairbobtailcats.com/highland-lynx-cats.html
Retrieved November 2, 2014.

Felid hybrid.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felid_hybrid#American_lynx.2C_desert_lynx.2C_alpine_lynx_and_highland_lynx
Retrieved November 2, 2014.

Highland Lynx.
http://rareandexoticfelinereg.homestead.com/breed_HLX.html
Retrieved November 2, 2014.

Highland Lynx Breed Information.
http://www.americanexoticcats.com/highland-lynx-breed-info.html
Retrieved November 2, 2014.

History of the Highland Lynx Breed.
http://alderwyld.weebly.com/history.html
Retrieved November 2, 2014.