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The Havana Brown

Posted September 17, 2013 in Cat Breeds

Background:

In the 1950’s a group of breeders crossed Siamese and domestic black cats resulting in the Havana brown. Their coat is a tobacco-like color, and they got their name from their resemblance to Cuban cigars.

Cat Facts:

  • The Havana brown is the only cat that has brown whiskers.
  • The Havana brown has emerald green eyes.
  • The Havana brown cat weighs in around 6-10 lbs.
  • According to the International Cat Association, the Havana brown can also come in lilac, but these cats are known instead as Havanas.

What is the Havana brown like?
Havana browns are a lot like dogs, they love humans: are playful, curious and will follow you everywhere. Like a human trying to get someone’s attention by tapping you on the shoulder, they will use their paws to pull your focus. They are also very intelligent and love to learn.

Havana browns are typically very healthy, although they may be prone to developing calcium oxylate stones in the urinary tract.

Takeaway Points:

  • If you have a job that requires long hours away from home, don’t get a Havana Brown. They are very human oriented and playful.
  • Havana browns do not shed much at all, so a weekly brushing will be sufficient.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.