Status / Details
- Simon & Skylark Bonded Pair
About Skylark (and Simon)
Adopted by Li-Hung C, Lisa & Denise
Skylark and Simon MUST be adopted together. There are NO exceptions. See Simon here.
Well, it is a safe bet to guess that few people have seen a kitty like this one. Highlanders are a newish breed that was started around 1993 by crossing a Desert Lynx with a Jungle Curl. As the breed was developed other breeds like Abyssinians and Bengals have been mixed in. In 2008 the TICA accepted Highlanders into their registry for show breeds. Skylark’s beautiful blue eyes are a sign of her Snow Bengal genes. Sometimes these unusual cats are called Snow Leopard Highlanders. Classic Highlanders have bobbed tails though some like Skylark have short tails rather than one that is bobbed. Some breeders dock the longer tails showing recessive genes (as in from a Snow Bengal) to a uniform length. I am glad that didn’t happen here.
This kitty is a darling girl. I named her Skylark because of her light, elegant nature. Her photo’s don’t really seem to show that. She walks lightly. Her heritage gives her a lithe, muscular body. She holds her strength in reserve and can seem very girly. But that is misleading -she has the confidence and clout to handle whatever she wants. You can see I am having trouble describing her. She is a complex, fascinating kitty.
Highlanders form strong bonds with their owners and change can be difficult for them. Skylark, however, was very affectionate from day one. “Pet me. Pet me. So glad to see you.” She is good-natured and agreeable, an easy cat to pick up and cuddle. She was found with two other kitties in very strange and unpleasant circumstances which I won’t go into, and from there into a shelter. She is good friends with both of those cats, one is a rather huge black and white Turkish Van named Simon. The third cat was a Bengal, Romeo Magnificat, who has already found his forever home.
Skylark and her very affectionate and also unusually large, macho Simon are quite a dynamic duo. They need an experienced cat home with a family that are happy to design part of their lives around them. I tell people Bengals and exotic hybrids are “a life style choice” I don’t know how these two are around dogs though both would certainly be dominant. Highlanders are known for being patient and tolerant and Skylark is a good example of this. I would be more concerned about Simon. However, I have seen these two around a number of adult cats and kittens and they seem cat friendly.
I need to add that the previously neutered Simon simply could not stand the third cat in this group, the sweet Bengal male, Romeo, who arrived unneutered. Simon growled like a jungle tiger (really) whenever he saw Romeo and would clearly have attacked him despite our efforts to distract him. We separated them right away. Romeo did nothing to cause this. I am not sure how to explain this animosity other than to guess that the neutered Van resented that Romeo was “responding” to his Skylark’s being in heat. (When he was neutered the vet said Romeo had the “biggest balls” she had ever seen on a cat,) Skylark is now spayed. Would the Van be confrontive with another male? I don’t know. He has been fine with other neutered males so far.
As to their new home I would suggest that their family have no young children. It would probably be best if they were the only cats in the family but I would be willing to consider a family with appropriate cats. Their adopters need to enjoy spending time daily with these two kitties and creating the deep bond these two are looking for with their humans. Your Highlander will greet you at the door when you arrive home.
Skylark eats wet and dry high protein food and is litterbox perfect.
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