This post is intended for lovers of naked cat breeds such as the Sphinxes. All those who, at the sight of them, experience feelings such as these: “Fu! What an abomination! ”- pass by, for in this post we will talk about another rare, completely hairless cat breed.
Kohona or Hawaiian Rubber Cat.
As the name implies, the breed was born in a warm Hawaiian climate, due to a natural gene mutation, no one specifically brought this breed of cats. How is Kohona different from his fellow Sphinxes? She has absolutely no hair on her body due to the fact that on the skin of cats there are no hair follicles, including a muzzle, eyebrows and the whole body, Kohona is a completely hairless (naked) cat from birth. This is a unique case in nature. After all, even human children are born with a small fluff on their heads, and over time, in old age, people lose their hair due to the death of hair follicles, but not because of their complete absence. Outwardly, Kohon can be taken for the same Don Sphinxbut the skin of the Sphinx feels like a peach, and the skin of Kohona is a warm wax candle. Kohona also has more skin folds in the head and neck, giving the general appearance a kind of “shriveled old people”.
Kohona is a very rare breed of cats, and has no more than 50 individuals around the world. Kennels are registered in Hawaii, in the USA and England, work on the breed began around the 80s of the last century, and is ongoing to this day. Kittens are not sold on a global scale, everything is strictly individual.
Due to its small size, it is difficult to say about the temperament and character of Kohon cats. Breeders mention that cats are friendly, very attached to the owner and loyal to the dogs.
Caring for them is complicated and expensive as well as for the Sphinxes. But not every mortal can allow such a cat, agree. Careful care of the eyes of cats is necessary, since they do not have eyelashes; skin and crease care involves wiping the skin with special wet wipes or a soft rag with special lotions. Frequent bathing with shampoos is not recommended. In winter, cats need to be dressed and in no case exposed to drafts and hypothermia. Cats are suitable for a warm climate, living in a cozy and bright room, good care, high-quality feeding. The average life expectancy is 13-15 years.
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Kohona or hawaiian hairless
Kohona or Hawaiian hairless appeared as a result of a spontaneous mutation, presumably in the late 80s of the 20th century in Hawaii. The first representative of the cohon breed was not specifically bred, but was found by chance. Kohana "the breed was named only because when the Hawaiian veterinary clinic saw the naked kittens, they said -" kohana ", which translates as" naked, undressed, naked. "
Little data is yet available, as the Kokhon breed (Hawaiian hairless or just rubber) is scarce. In general, the existence of the breed is in question. There is speculation that kokhona is a breed of "myth."
According to the breeder who lives in Hawaii, the population of these cats today totals only eighteen representatives. According to other sources, from twenty two to forty individuals. The following nurseries are known: one each in Hawaii, in the UK and in the USA.
from the article - Karolina Leitnerova, "Dalsi bezsrstu plemena a jejich genetické zaloћeni" (Other hairless breeds and their genetic basis), the material was posted on the Czech website www.fife.nimblecat.net
"On July 25, 1998, an orphaned litter of 5 kittens was brought to sleep at one of the veterinary clinics in Hawaii (the city is not indicated in the original). Two of them were completely naked, and there was not a single hair on their bodies. The kittens were completely healthy during the examination and one cat was taken to her by an employee of the clinic Victoria L. Smith. The cat got the name Cleopatra and lives with the hostess to this day. (article dated 2005) Initially, Victoria suggested that this is a natural mutation of the sphinx.
(remember that in any foreign source if the sphinx is mentioned, it is ALWAYS the Canadian sphinx).
Victoria decided to take care of naked cats herself. Then she contacted breeder Kim Everett, whose nursery was registered with the CFA. Cleopatra was tied with a canadian cat. March 13, 2000 Cleopatra brought 6 kittens. Three cats (one Kohana, two with hair) and three cats (2 Kohana and one with hair). The naked cat died a week later for unknown reasons. One of the naked kitties was sent to California, the famous sphinx breeder Michelle Berge, the owner of the Belfry nursery.
Crossbreeding confirmed that Kohan's hairlessness induces a dominant gene that suppresses both the sphinx's hairless gene (hr) and the normal coat gene (Hr). Cleopatra received a heterozygous gene from Cohan (the second gene of her genotype is the Hr gene), and her cross with a sphinx led to mixing, when half of the kittens received the sphynx hairless gene - hr, and part of the normal gene - Hr from Cleo. Another part of the kittens received the hairless gene from the sphinx - hr, which was amplified by the dominant gene from Cleo. The dominance of the Cohan gene means that already in the first generation (F1), naked Cohan kittens will be born. Depends on the genotype. While Kohana is homozygous, she will crush naked kittens even with hairy cats.
Cohan does not have a single hair, as is the case with the Sphinxes. Kohana is smooth as rubber, it is impossible to stroke. She does not have a mustache, a biopsy was performed, which showed that Cohan does not have the hair follicles that all other sphinxes have. Cohan's type is similar to the sphinx, but her head shape is slightly different and skin folding is different. Kittens are born with open eyes and have wider mouths than sphinxes. "Like the Kokhan sphinxes, they sweat and their skin secretes a fatty secret."