|Chase is a Ruddy or “Usual” Somali cat. This was one of the first colours to be accepted for showing. The other was sorrel. The base coat is a deep “red-brown shade of apricot”1 and the ticking is black. This foxy face combined with this fox like coat have earned the Somali the nickname of “fox cats”. I can well remember Chase being photographed by Helmi in Oklahoma. He looked an outstanding cat. He caught the eye. He certainly caught my eye. He also behaved confidently in front of the camera as this photograph demonstrates.
“With the qualities of cleanliness, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?” – Fernand Mery – Yes, yes and yes again. Agreed. Fernand Mery seems to prefer cats to people. – see cat quotes.
The Somali face has the classic tabby M marking and white spectacles around the eyes – very striking. The Somali is a longhaired Abyssinian and loses a lot of its coat in summer months.
1. Encyclopedia of the Cat by Dr Bruce Fogle page 225
Somali Cat Chase to Somali cat