Thanks to Dr. Pellegatta, the cat of Ceylon has obtained official approval to participate in exhibitions, compete for the Championship and has enabled the general public, to know him and appreciate. This meeting occurred in January 1984 during a trip to the island of Sri Lanka was love at first sight at the point that, upon return from the East, brought with him to Italy the first subject. Despite their exotic origins are well adapted to the new temperature, although, to be truthful, to make it less traumatic impact with different climate, they were prepared, in the new house, a separate space with reproducing conditions of temperature and humidity similar to those they had just left. In May of 1984 were officially presented at the Expo in Erba and was taken a serious breeding program and in order to widen the gene pool and prevent inbreeding too push others were imported with the desired characteristics. Subjects were considered to present a natural-colored coat, which was later named "Manilla", with tiching basic and obvious streaks on zampre, tail, sides, face and neck, abdomen and spotted the "cobra" forehead. The decision affected only very meek and docile cats, ready to be pampered and pamper. In October 1988, the first standard was drawn up. In January 1993 the Ceylon officially entered in the studbook of FFI. In October 1993 he received official recognition as a new breed FIAF and WCF.
And 'A BREED NATURAL Ceylon must be reckoned them among the natural races, those that have retained their original identity because they were pressured by the man. And that was spontaneously found in nature and which has not been handled the cats also show the last born. Comparing, in fact, the first imported cats and their offspring with the most recent arrivals are noticed almost no difference, keeping in mind that the selection of 1 Dr. Pellegatta the ever made on the spot.
Head: is characteristic and very special thanks to the rounded cheeks and high cheekbones. The area of ??the whiskers is highlighted by a fissure at the base which makes it slightly leaning forward.
Ears: large, wide at base, placed high on the skull.
Eyes: large, almond-shaped upper bag with rounded bottom. They can have colors ranging from yellow to green. The eyelids have a black border and the coat that follows the outline clearly. This peculiarity makes sure that the eyes appear to 'loaded'.
Neck: Strong and muscular, but not long or slender, is brought a little 'bent forward to mo' swan.
Nose: brick edging.
Tail is relatively short.
Body: small to medium, with fine structure.
Legs: fine structure, not long, rounded and small feet.
Mantle: How many cats eastern Ceylon has no or little undercoat, this makes sure that the guard hair fine and silky, and the intermediate are not raised, are indeed close to the body
COLOR: Being spontaneous is a race bred and selected only the colors that nature offers. They are therefore banned coats with white spots or those due to 'Siamese', of course, the penalty is ticking but you can 'sbizzarire' in different shades. Classic black ticking in the coat is better known as 'manila': shade from pale apricot and gold reflection as a basis, in contrast with the dark bands of ticking and the black tip of the hair. Its dilution is blue, a soft color but decidedly cold light beige base, blue steel tip. Magnifico is also the red that unlike dell'abissino is true genetic red (nell'abissino what we call erroneously red, is nothing more than cinnamon). Delicate cream, its dilution: light and dark bands alternate color to give a sweet and delicate as a whole. When red and black 'scales of sposano'ecco tartaruga.L' effect is very attractive, red spots appear on the black ticking harmoniously arranged that play with the lines of the muzzle, the collar of the legs and tail. More light and delicate but no less beautiful is the scale diluted black to blue, red cream melt and mix with a wonderful harmony.
When it comes to ticking cat Ceylon and its nuances, one can not talk about the ticking, even this is perhaps its most striking distinguishing feature. The Ceylon shares this peculiarity of the mantle with only two other breeds of cats: the Abyssinian and the Singapura. Their coat has a particular background color is called agouti. Agouti is a word of Indian origin indicates the color of the coat of some wild rodents, hare and rabbit. In agouti gene indicates that each individual hair is not a single color, but is divided into bands of color where light and dark alternate. The brightest part is at the base close to the skin, the darker the tip of the hair and this gives the coat the typical ticchettato. The more the hair is crossed by alternating light and dark bands, plus the coat is nice and appreciated. Experts, when examining a puppy, they already know to predict how it will be their final coat, it is impossible for the layman to see how the hair a bit 'gray and fluffy puppy can become, as in fairy tales, a shiny coat, silky, brilliant and with the ticking perfect. Here in manila (genetically black cape, what is called a hare-colored nell'abissino) will black bands on an apricot or red, for example, apricot and orange stripes alternate with each other creating a play of colors much hot. The Ceylon 'ad hoc' (is that which corresponds to the mantle Bentota) must submit stripes superimposed on this base color, deftly drawn lines on the face and neck, rings on the legs and tail, and especially should not miss the 'cobra' sacred forehead.
COBRA The Ceylon cat presents on the forehead between the ears and a distinctive pattern called the Sri Lankans 'Cobra'. For the locals this is a good omen for the family home to the cat. The cobra is an animal sacred to Buddha, is the sacred serpent which stands on his head, shield and protect him from the heat of the sun.
DREAMY LOOK 's easy to get lost when you contemplate how these eyes! Large, open, alive, intelligent but not limited to, those eyes are a plus. It is the color yellow, green or greenish is always fascinating, is not even the particular form given by the upper eyelid, and almond-shaped than rounded bottom. What is truly remarkable is the look, dreamy and a bit 'sad, if you keep it as some kind of shameful secrets or thoughts. It affects the viewer so that his 'dreamy look' has become one of its distinctive characteristics, that something mysterious, even for a moment, opens her arms to the imagination and dreams, and that makes us fly with him, in a 'resplendent isle', far away paradise where smiles, kindness and courtesy are mixed with scents of spices and herbs ........
The Ceylon cat is a good, sweet Scottish Fold and extremely helpful not only against the members of the family but also with strangers. Availability is particularly evident with the children because he is very patient and always ready to play. His openness makes it an ideal companion for the lonely and elderly. It 'a cat who lives actively within the family does not behave as a spectator but participates in the first "person".
Despite coming from a country with warm, humid climate is perfectly suited to our temperatures. It 'a cat whose breeding healthy and sound poses no particular problem. The grooming is quite simple: its coat is shiny, smooth and silky with no or little undercoat that needs an occasional brushing. Is much more useful and effective to smooth the surface, occasionally with a damp chamois leather.
Since kittens cats Ceylon have a good appetite and did not have any special preferences for food: wet or dry as long as plenty of it!
Females and males are quite early, generally reach sexual maturity before the year. During estrus male and females are not much chatter. The cats are great mares, playing well and without difficulty about four kittens per litter. They have a highly developed maternal instinct, they are very careful and thoughtful Cubs are nursed with care and can be weaned from the mother to the 30-35 day.