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A Bit of Background

Chinchillas renown for there beauty.

Chinchilla cats named after the South African Rodent. This manmade cat breed has origins that date back to around 1882 in England. That is when a smoke-colored kitten named Chinnie was born after a stray tomcat mated with a blue Persian. Chinnie’s owner then had her mate with a silver tabby cat, and then one of the kittens from that litter would go on to give birth to the first male Chinchilla cat.

Chinchillas are different in that they typically have doll faces, which are more traditional than the flat or "Peke-faced" profile you see in other Persian cats.

While they have Persian features they are softer. Their eyes are either green or blue green and their striking eyes are rimmed with black that looks like black eyeliner again their beautiful white fur. Their nose is not as extreme as the Persian and the Chinchilla’s coat is long with a pure white undercoat. The fur of the Chinchilla is tipped with both silver and gold the chinchilla Persian cat is considered by some enthusiasts to be the most beautiful of all Persians. Perfect, doll-like facial features along with a spectacular coat of fur in colors like silver and gold, make these cats a popular choice.

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About the breed

Behaviour and Personality

Quiet and peaceful, the Chinchilla is not a very active cat, nor a particularly demanding one. They are very loyal and affectionate with their owners, and do enjoy company. The Chinchilla doesn’t love cat exercise too much and can become lazy. They do need some motivating to play and move and, if you’re thinking about leaving your cat home alone, they don’t cope well – especially if it’s over long periods.  Although, they will get along well with other household pets if raised appropriately and socialised well when young. 

This is more of a cuddling, grooming, pampering cat than a boisterous companion, so don’t expect too much mayhem or intricate problem solving.


Chinchillas require a fair amount of grooming and they are heavy shedders so they require daily brushing so their coat doesn’t become matted. Chinchillas can also be bathed but cats must be introduced to water form a young age. Brushing your Chinchilla cat daily is important, but you do not need to spend a long time brushing your cat, as just five minutes could be sufficient. Another option would be to groom the cat at least every other day for about 10 to 15 minutes. And if your Chinchilla cat develops any discharge from the eyes, you could gently wipe it away using a damp cloth or cotton ball.



Chinchilla Silver Persian Cats

  • The undercoat is pure white.

  • The fur on the back, flanks, head and tail are tipped in black.

  • The legs may also have some slight tipping.

  • The ear tufts, chin, chest and tummy should be pure white.

  • The nose is brick red.

  • The paw pads are black.

  • The eye rims, nose and lips are outlined in black.

Blue Chinchilla Silver Persian Cats

  • The fur is tipped in blue instead of black.

  • The nose is rose-colored.

  • The eye rims, nose and lips are outlined in blue.

  • The paw pads are either blue or rose.

Chinchilla Golden Cats

  • The undercoat of the golden chinchilla is described as ranging from pale honey to apricot.

  • Like the chinchilla silver, the fur is tipped with black.

  • The fur on the chest, tummy, chin and ear tufts is lighter than the undercoat.

  • The nose is rose-colored.

  • The eye rims, nose and lips are outlined in black

  • The paw pads are black.

Blue Chinchilla Golden Cats

This coloring is similar to the chinchilla golden coloring, with the following differences.

  • The undercoat is described as ranging from ivory to pale honey.

  • The tipping on the fur is blue.

  • The coloring of the ear tufts, chin, chest, tummy and underside of the tail are the same as the rest of the undercoat.

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