If you are considering adding a cat to your family, you may want to consider the Mexican Hairless Cat. This type of cat has a unique appearance and responds well to a name with meaning. These cats are bred from a recessive gene and are found in many rainforests, deserts, and savannas.
Aztec cats were the last of their kind
The Aztecs of Tenochtitlan were a culture that dominated central Mexico for nearly two centuries. Their empire covered Central and Latin America and extended as far as Honduras and Nicaragua. They practiced a wide variety of activities, from trade to taxation.
Animals played a part in their religion and were an important component of their culture. They were honored by the Aztecs and dedicated to their gods Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli. Hundreds of animal species were collected and deposited in their capital, Tenochtitlan.
There were 60 ritual burials of animals between 1440 and 1520. Some of the most notable specimens found include jaguars, eagles, and pumas. Other creatures included lynxes, snakes, deer, fowls, and cats.
Aztec cats were a pet of Dr. Cecil French
There is no doubt that the Aztec cat was the coolest kitty of them all. It may have spawned a generation of hairless cats who have a unique set of coping skills. Not to mention a few ogling worthy humans who have taken to the cat business for good. For the record the aficionado is a proud member of a club with some of the most dedicated feline enthusiasts you’ll find. So, what is the next challenge? This is the most important question of the day, and it can be solved in one swoop. Luckily the aficionado is an all natural feline connoisseur, a task made easier thanks to a cat friendly home.
Aztec cats are a recessive gene
The Mexican hairless cat is a pseudo-breed whose name is a mouthful. Its ancestors can be traced back to the Aztecs, who bred hairless dogs as far back as 1300 AD. They were not to be confused with the Munchkin or Minskin cat varieties of the modern era.
Although not as ubiquitous as their kin, the Aztec cat does have a sibling in the form of the Sphynx. Unlike its long-haired cousin, Sphynx is often thought to be a chamois in the making, though it can be found in all colors of the cat spectrum. It is also worth noting that the hairless mutation is not restricted to the Mexican border.
Aztec cats thrive in the rainforests, deserts, and savannas
The Aztec cat is not a new breed. It was a breed that was imported from Mexico to New Mexico in the early 1700s. At the time, it was among the largest of its kind in the world. A well preserved specimen of the species still resides in a barn in New Mexico. As with all other species of the ilk, proper management and preservation of this little beauty is the key to its continued existence. Luckily, modern breeders have a knack for reproducing this rare species, or so it seems.
One of the most interesting aspects of the Aztec is its multilingual nature. Many people are surprised to find out that the majority of the inhabitants speak English. In fact, the lingo is so commonplace that the odd one out will sometimes go unspoken.
Aztec cats are represented on the modern show-bench by the Canadian Sphynx, the Donskoy Sphynx and the Peterbald
Hairless cats originated hundreds of years ago in the ancient Aztecs. They were believed to have died out during the early XIX century. It was not until a few years later that two hairless cats were brought to New Mexico by a couple. The breed was then fictionalized by Mr. Shinick.
After many years of research and selective breeding, the modern breed of Sphynx emerged. The first standard for the breed was proposed in 1992. In 2002, the CFA accepted the Sphynx into their Championship class.
The average life span of a Sphynx cat is about ten to seventeen years. However, some cats can live up to thirty years. Because of their hairless coat, the cat is susceptible to ringworm and eye infections. So, it is best to seek veterinary care if these problems arise.
Aztec cats respond well to a unique name with meaning
One of the many reasons I moved west was that my wife, a native New Mexican, was a cat fanatic. Aside from having her own dog she was always in the know about everything cat related. Not surprisingly, she had her eye on a few sexy felines. And who can blame her, they are cute. So it was no surprise that her favorite specimen was an octuple. Thankfully, she didn’t have to settle for the tetra tetra. As is to be expected with any sexy female, they have a few nip and tucks a plenty. This is not to say they don’t get on the same page though.