Sokoke cat walking.

Sokoke Cat Breed

This rare breed with a ticked tabby pattern has a peaceful nature but can be possessive of home and family.

A native of the coastal Arabuko Sokoke Forest in Kenya, this spectacular tabby was discovered in the late 1970s, when a British Kenyan resident adopted two feral kittens with distinctive markings and used them for breeding. Sokokes were later imported to Europe and the US, and new bloodlines were introduced in the 21st century.

The modern Sokoke combines the traits of what are known as the Old and New Lines. These cats develop close family bonds, and some have a natural talent for communicating vocally with their owners. They remain fairly active beyond kittenhood and enjoy playing games.

A unique pattern combined with the ground coloring give the coat a see-through effect.

Origin: Kenya, 1970s (modern breed)

Breed registries: FIFe, TICA

Weight range: 8–14lb (3.5–6.5kg)

Grooming: Weekly

Colors and patterns: Ticked brown tabby only.