|Height:||11 – 12 inches|
|Weight:||6 – 12 pounds|
|Lifespan:||12 – 15 years|
|Colors:||Skin color can vary, hairless|
|Suitable for:||Families, couples with other cats|
|Temperament:||Sweet, friendly, active, social|
The Donskoy cat is a relatively rare breed that originated in Russia in the 1980s. These hairless cats are known for their energy, playfulness, and sweet disposition. They do well in families with or without children, as long as someone will be around to play with them and give them the attention they crave! Read on to learn more about the Donskoy and if it is the right cat for you.
Donskoy Kittens – Before You Bring One Home…
3 Little-Known Facts About Donskoy Cats
1. The Donskoy breed can be traced back to one kitten.
The original Donskoy was an abandoned kitten found in a bag in Russia in 1987. The kitten lost all of its hair as it grew up. The cat later gave birth to both hairless kittens and kittens that later lost all their hair. These kittens were determined to have a genetic mutation that caused them to be born without hair or to lose their hair as they got older. The gene is believed to be a dominant gene which is why a Donskoy bred with a non-Donskoy can still produce hairless kittens.
2. They may need an extra layer or two.
Because they are mostly or completely hairless, the Donskoy needs help keeping warm when the temperatures drop. They should always be kept indoors for their safety and love to snuggle when it gets cold outside. Some may even benefit from a sweater to help warm them up.
3. The Donskoy loves activity.
Donskoys are active and curious cats that love to play. They spend more time moving around when they are awake than the average cat. If you have a Donskoy, make sure to provide them with plenty of engaging toys to keep them busy.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Donskoy Cat
Donskoys are very intelligent and love to play. They are active, curious, and like most people and other animals. Unlike some other cat breeds, the Donskoy is very social and needs plenty of attention from their families. Interactive toys and plenty of space to explore will help keep your Donsky entertained and happy.
Are These Cats Good for Families? 👪
Donskoys are great family pets. Their social nature makes them wonderful companions for families, even those with young children, provided the children have been taught how to properly play with and treat a cat. The Donskoy does not do well if they are left alone for long periods, so they are better suited for a family in which someone is usually home.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
Donskoys usually get along just fine with other cats, especially other playful cats. Their curiosity and activity levels might be too much for an older cat, but otherwise, most Donskoys don’t have problems with other cats. They can also get along with dogs if they are properly introduced and monitored when they are young.
Things to Know When Owning a Donskoy Cat:
Donskoys make great family pets but there are some special requirements you should be aware of before bringing a Donskoy into your home. Doing your homework will ensure a happy and healthy cat and years of joy for your family.
Food & Diet Requirements
The Donskoy is a medium-sized cat and generally will not have any special food requirements. However, you should always talk with your veterinarian to ensure your pet is getting the right nutrition for their needs. High-quality canned and dry cat food are ideal as they contain less oil than cheaper foods. It’s important for the Donskoy’s skin health that they do not consume too much oil. The only other thing to be aware of with a Donskoy is that it might need to eat a little more in winter to maintain its body temperature. And don’t forget about keeping it out of direct sunlight for long stretches as its skin is sensitive.
Donskoys love to play, so be prepared for an active, fun-loving cat. They enjoy playing with any toys including feather sticks, balls, soft mice, and treat toys. They also love to explore, so make sure that they have safe places to climb and perch on. If you have another active kitty, your Donskoy will try to engage them in play too.
Donskoys are very intelligent, so it is possible to train them to do certain tricks. A popular trick is to have the Donskoy give you their paw, like a dog. Treats are a good way to interest your cat in learning and following commands, just be careful not to overdo the treats.
Even though they are considered hairless cats, Donskoys actually can have one of four different coat types:
All Donskoys, regardless of coat type, need daily care to keep their skin healthy. A daily wiping is necessary to control the oil from the skin. Donskoys need a full bath at least twice each month as well.
They are prone to sunburn and should not be kept outdoors. Cold weather is also problematic for the Donskoy. You will need to provide extra blankets, cozy sleeping spots, and maybe even a sweater in the colder months to keep your cat warm.
Health and Conditions 🏥
The Donskoy is considered a pretty healthy breed and does not suffer from too many serious health conditions. There are a few things to look out for, though, to ensure that you have a healthy cat.
Male vs Female
There aren’t any recognizable differences in the temperament or behavior of male and female Donskoys. Both are generally social, friendly, affectionate, and playful. Males do tend to be slightly larger than females.
If your family is looking for a cat that loves to be cuddled and always wants to be the center of attention, then the Donskoy might be a good choice for you. Although this breed is rare, the lucky family that owns a Donskoy will have a loyal friend for life. These great cats love people and other animals so they make a great fit with families.
If you can provide them with the care they need, perhaps you should consider getting a Donskoy!
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