Poetry in Motion

The Chausie's wild heritage lends it elegant good looks complemented by a friendly, domestic personality.

By Stacy N. Hackett

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Cat Fancy- Chausies' Communication- August 2011

When he was feeling particularly friendly, Cristy Bird, PhD's first Chausie would "talk" to her in a voice she compares to a rusty hinge. "He reminded me of the Wookiee in Star Wars," explains the breeder from Sunland, Calif. "Imagine a large, tall cat with a rather big mouth who suddenly lets out a sound like a groaning door — then follows it up by butting you affectionately with his big head."

That "groaning door" sound is just one of many Bird has heard her Chausies use to express themselves. Her cats also rely on chirps, barks, "brips" and howls to communicate with their owners and other cats.

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