The Somali is a very intelligent cat that loves to play; many will fetch toys, open cupboards and play with water.
Adult Somali cat sitting in black and white on a white background

About the Somali

The long-haired cousin of the Abyssinian, Somali cats are a combination of beauty and personality.

They are the epitome of everything most people want in a companion animal: lively, alert and actively engaged in everything that piques their curiosity, but when playtime is over, they will seek all the attention and affection their caretakers are willing to give.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from World Cat Congress (WCC)

Breed specifics

Country: Somalia

Coat: Medium coat

Size category: Medium

Active / Intelligent / Playful / Affectionate

Key facts

  • Needs a lot of exercise
  • Requires an outdoor enclosure
  • Needs moderate grooming
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