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Cats from Kenya — 12 Comments

  1. I have a beautiful sokoke cat, rescued from a road side vendor in Nairobi, as a very tiny kitten. I was initially unaware that she was a Sokoke and had her spayed as there were a few un neutered Tom’s on our compound.

    I took her to the vet for a health certificate as we were due to leave and wanted to bring her with us to South Africa. It was the vet who recognised her as a Sokoke.

    She has all the traits and markings described bar one,she is very loving and follows my husband and I around demanding we sit so that she may sit on our laps. She is now 9 years old and as demanding and chatty as ever.

  2. Beautiful cats. With their slender faces, almond shaped eyes and high cheekbones, they have a very regal look about them.

    • I thought Joyce’s description of their behaviour and appearance was interesting. They look like fairly regular domestic cats but there appears to be differences. Black cats are feared in Africa so their lives might have been in jeopardy there. The Africans are even more superstitious than we are in the West in respect of black cats. I have that on first hand advice from a lady who I know who is Kenyan.

    • New pictures are coming, my indoor lights are all LED, and the pictures are so dark, so I must corral them and it will take 2 of us to contain them long enough for pictures.

      It’s been over 25 years since I’ve had kittens born in our home, I’ve forgotten, the pleasure of kittens,and the speed of the tiny ones.

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  3. Michael i turn nostalgic on “KENYA” akin to you Britishers being nostalgic on “India” although you’ll as colonizers and me as a ordinary Indian origin Kenyan as i was born in Mombasa under British rule !Spent 8 years of my life in that city.Remember having “hedgehogs” as pets in my house and also a pet Siamese cat presented to me by my parents friends, the first cat i ever owned in my life.Sadly, today Kenya is in the headlines more for its religious intolerance than for its beautiful natural wild-life.Strangely the “Sokoke” cat resembles the “Bombay Cat” in the photo

      • Honestly Michael, Kenya could have become the “SINGAPORE” of Africa with its gift of “Natural Resources” and “Wild-life wealth. Just after Independence it was a wealthy country although most businesses were in Indian hands and its currency higher than the Indian rupee.I have seen the rise of Singapore also a former British colony just during a mere 20 years of my shipping career.Bizarrely, never got to see its fabled “Singapore Cat”, the smallest pedigree cat in the World.The World is getting to be a more dangerous place due to religious intolerance as well as natural forest degradation.

        • Yes, Kenya had massive potential. Africa is a great place being badly managed. It is a great shame. The Singapura cat which I meant to be a ‘drain cat’ (feral cat living in the drains) in Singapore never existed in my opinion. It is more likely that the breed has been created in America. Breeders like to create interesting cat breed histories as it makes their cats more marketable. Sarah Hartwell went there and never found one she said.

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