Indian Cat Federation (ICF) is working to get our indigenous cats recognized internationally thus raising its chances to get adopted by cat lovers with a promise of a better life. These felines up till now haven’t been lavished with the right treatment and acceptance among people or existing cat owners. There is a natural drift towards adopting foreign breeds like the Persian cat, Siberian, Bengal or British. (Chairman Meow Motif by Obey the Kitty)
This move is attempted to bring about a shift in people’s mindsets who view the Billi as a free-roaming street animal. These feisty felines are not just beautiful but can be tamed as excellent house pets. When given the right care and comfortable environment these cats live upto 18 years. As a stray their life is majorly diminished to just about 10 years due to uncongenial factors such as accidents, unattended illnesses and brawls with dogs.
ICF has collaborated with veterinary colleges across India to carry out research programmes on the Indian Cat and gather detailed information on its unique traits. This study will offer a deeper understanding of these cats as a distinct breed deserving international recognition.