Purrrfect Facts About The Chausie Cat Kids Will Love

Chausie facts on the cute yet adorable jungle cat breeds also known as brown ticked tabby

These feral beings typically reside from the Nile valley to the Caspian sea as well as in South Central Asia. Chausies are also known as the brown ticked tabby. Ancient Egyptians would domesticate these wild animals as pets. The Chausie is a mixed breed of Abyssinian and wild jungle cat breeds. The Chausie was named after the Latin name Felis chaus meaning 'jungle cat'. Chausie cat personality is described as wild, athletic, and adventurous. Chausie's have short hair so they are easy to keep and maintain. Moreover, cats are very particular about personal hygiene and keep themselves clean.

A Chausie can be bought in shelter homes or rescue groups and are wonderful companions as a pet. However, if you are considering adopting them with small children and valuable personal belongings around, take special consideration since they have wild instincts and are not best around small children and valuable property. They can be trained however and adjust to older people and other canine species easily. Read on for fun facts about Chausies. For more, visit Balinese cat and leopard cat]facts.


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What do they prey on?


What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

11-16 lb (6-9.1 kg)

How long are they?

14-18 in (35-45 cm)

How tall are they?

45 cm

What do they look like?

Solid black, black grizzled tabby and brown ticked tabby

Skin Type

Short hair

What are their main threats?


What is their conservation status?

Least Concern

Where you'll find them

Shelters and rescue groups


Egypt, southeast Asia





Scientific Name

Felis Catus




Cat Felis

Chausie Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Chausie?

The Chausie domestic cats are a type of cat animal. The Chausie was given foundation registry status in The International Cat Association Cat (TICA).  

What class of animal does a Chausie belong to?

The Chausies are a domestic cat classified as a mammal in the animal species. They are a wonderful family companion, outgoing and affectionate in nature, and were names after Felis chaus.

How many Chausies are there in the world?

The exact number of Chausies in the world is not measured. However, the breed is claimed to originate in Egypt and Asia and now is bred in parts of North America too.

Where does a Chausie live?

A Chausie cat lives with its owners in a house as a pet or shelter homes or rescue groups. They are also some who live out in the open as wild or jungle cats.

What is a Chausie's habitat?

This jungle cat ideally prefers a habitat of savannas, dry tropical forests, and lowland lakes and rivers. They don't mind living in wetlands and dry habitats. They are also good as pets in homes and adjust to other canine species in the home quickly.

Who do Chausie live with?

Chausie cats live on their own but don't mind living with people as well as other canine species. They do not enjoy living alone for long hours hence it's advisable to consider keeping it around people or other pet animals

How long does a Chausie live?

A Chausie, the jungle cat, lives on average up to 15 years.  

How do they reproduce?

The Chausie is a mixed breed of Abyssinian and wild jungle cat breeds. While adopting these species it's advised to adopt C-generation species. Jungle cat has an estrous heat cycle. Female cats referred to as queens are induced ovulators and mate along with a male cat and give birth after the gestation period of two months. When pregnant there are clear signs including a large abdomen and swollen mammary glands that are responsible for creating milk when squeezed. Post-birth the mother takes care of the little ones until they grow up to be able to sustain themselves.

What is their conservation status?

The domestic cat species is considered the Least Concern species by the International Union For Conservation Of Nature (IUCN). The first breeding of this jungle cat was recorded in 1990. Post this breeders began working towards creating this hybrid species.

Chausie Fun Facts

What do Chausies look like?

A Chausie size is that of a large-sized cat with a beautiful grizzled tabby coat or a brown-ticked tabby. These adventurous beings have long ears and an elongated snout. Their legs resemble athlete's legs and are long, fit for running at considerably good speeds. These cats can leap up to six feet on their back. They have a relatively short tail compared to their body size which is a result of them being a mixed breed. They have a mid-line stripe on the back of their coat which is usually black in color. Their eye color is usually gold or yellow which also suggests that they are closer to their origin species of the breed.

Chausie cats with the eye colors gold and yellow are preferred to adopt.

How cute are they?

The Chausie is a grizzled tabby playful, cute, active, and intelligent cat and has a tolerable temperament. They love being around people and enjoy playing games and staying active throughout the day.  

How do they communicate?

Apart from their meow and purr which is a common form of communication among all cats, they communicate with their eyes as well. Their eye color is usually gold or yellow and communicates feelings of arousal and trust to dominance and aggression.

How big is a Chausie?

A Chausie cat size is 45 cm tall. Chausies are five times bigger than the Siamese cat who is between 27-31 cm tall. The Chausie cat (Felis catus) is one of the largest cat breeds.  

How fast can a Chausie run?

Chausies are active and adventurous breeds and are built for their speed and agility. They might not have the highest speed but they can run somewhere between 22-30 mph. Chausies can also jump a height of six feet.

How much does a Chausie weigh?

Chausie is a jungle cat species that weighs 11-16 lb (6-9.1 kg). Once trained, Chausies are affectionate and loyal companions to their owners.

What are their male and female names of the species?

The female domestic cats can be referred to as queens and the males are just referred to as males of the species i.e. a male Chausie cat. Their Chausie's body appearance is more or less similar regardless of gender however you could consult a professional in the field to clarify.

What would you call a baby Chausie?

A young Chausie is referred to as a Chausie kitten and is extremely cute and adorable to look at. They are louder as kittens compared to when they grow up.

What do they eat?

These cats need a large amount of meat-based diet which can include fish but excludes any form of gluten. Avoiding cat food that contains grains or vegetables is a good choice for this cat as they face a hard time digesting this food. Given that they only eat a meat-based diet it should be ensured that they get enough of all nutrients with an adequate supply of clean water to drink as well. Regular visits to the vet are essential to ensure their good health and also monitoring their bowel movements.

Are they slobbery?

Cats are less slobbery in nature as compared to dogs who are more likely to drool. A Chausie cat too will be slobbery only in instances that cause worry or stress but otherwise not really.

Would they make a good pet?

This jungle cat, although has some wild instincts, can make a great friend and companion to a person who doesn't stay away from home for too long. They are easy to groom and need a minimum of weekly brushing to avoid any clumps of hair. It's a good idea to invest in pet hair remover if you own more than one cat species. These cats enjoy being in the company of other people as well as dog species.  

Did you know...

Chausie cats are extremely adventurous and love to take walks on leashes similar to other species of cats like the savannah and the Bengals. Although the Maine coon is bigger than the Chausie, the Chausie as a breed is a more popular breed among the two. They don't enjoy cuddling and like to be left alone.

Chausie's massive size has given rise to them often being referred to as an 'Abyssinian on steroids' as well as 'the Arnold Schwarzeneggar' of among all the international cat species out there.

Chausies or jungle cats have acrobatic skills and can jump great heights on their small legs and feet. Cats who fall from a height always land on their four paws.

Why do Chausie cats like leashes?

Leashes are usually associated with dogs as compared to cats however in the case of a Chausie cat they enjoy wearing leashes because they are intelligent, active, and adventurous in nature hence they enjoy going on walks and playing with their owners. The owners can also make use of the leash as a form of identification for their cat and to ensure their wild cat doesn't stray.  

Keeping a pet Chausie

These jungle cats cost approximately $500 -$2000 excluding medical costs and are good family cats for people who don't have small children and have previously owned cats. You can buy them at pet stores or even at a rescue group or even contact breeders. Ensure you read up on more information before you consider adopting them.

These cats shed less as compared to other cats and their coat needs to be groomed from time to time. They have health issues that include chronic intestinal inflation, bowel disease caused by consumption of plant food allergies in their body among others. But if regular health examinations are conducted this can be avoided and treated on time.

They are a mix of a wild and a domestic breed and have inherited an equal amount of genes from both species making them genetically a more advanced breed. These domestic cats are fun, loyal, and are full of adventure and activity, and a perfect companion for experienced owners or breeders.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including Norwegian forest cat, or Birman cat.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Chausie Cat coloring pages.



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