Cat Breeds

Learn more about popular cat breeds

Advertiser Links for Cat Breeds
[what's this?]

The different cat breeds seen in homes around the world include everything from regular, everyday tabby cats to exotic cat breeds like the feminine, graceful Siamese cat and the hairless Sphynx. While rare cat breeds like the Sokoke and Kinkalow will set you back a bundle – if you can even find them – most domestic cat breeds are affordable, low-maintenance pets that will provide you with years of joy and companionship.

One of the most popular large domestic cat breeds is the Maine coon, a hardy and tough cat with raccoon-like facial and body markings and a trademark bushy tail. Despite their fierce appearance, Maine coon cats are gentle and highly intelligent and excel as family pets. If you want a unique pet, choose one of the rare cat breeds such as the American bobtail, an uncommon cat with a short tail and either a long-haired or a short-haired coat.

Small cat breeds are especially popular with people who have limited living space, and miniature versions of large cat breeds like the Persian are also available if you're willing to meet the high asking price for kittens.

Hypoallergenic cats are also specially bred for cat lovers who get wheezy and stuffy when exposed to the dander found in feline fur; however, most professionals warn that severely allergic people or individuals with extrinsic asthma triggered by cat exposure should not live with a pet cat for health reasons.

Consider the following list of cat breeds as a guide to help you start thinking about what type of cat would make a good match for you:

  • Ragdoll. Ragdoll cats are large, gentle and affectionate, tending to behave more like dogs than most other large cat breeds.
  • Bengal. Bengal cats are specially bred to bear the spotting pattern of its wild leopard ancestors with all the sweetness of a domesticated pet.
  • Abyssinian. Abyssinian cats are one of the world's oldest recognized breeds. Short-haired and active, these cats are the consummate feline, remaining aloof and taking regular jaunts outdoors.
  • Scottish fold. Named for their unique flat ears, Scottish fold cats are heartbreakingly adorable and highly sought-after. They make a good choice if you have other pets, particularly dogs, in your household, as they get along well with other animals.
  • Russian blue. Taking their name from their soft, silver-blue coats, Russian blue cats are popular show cats since they have a standard set of physical features that include not only their distinctive fur, but also their brilliant, piercing emerald-green eyes.

Of course, this list is just a sample of the dozens of different cat breeds you can enjoy. Your best bet is to spend some time getting to know each breed a little better so you can make an informed choice when the time comes to visit your local pet store or shelter.

8
Posted by sew sanders on May 11,2011 at 11:20 AM
i love kitty - cats
Posted by william T. on April 24,2010 at 02:56 PM
the other day i rescued a kitten approx. 4 weeks old, can i/should i feed her a milk replacer & for how long, when should she go in for her vac. & check ups, i have limited knowledge on cats.
Posted by Cat on September 05,2010 at 06:30 PM
you actually done have to wait for the kitten to be 6months to start vaccinating. I rescued mine when they were 1 and 1/2 to 2 months old. I had them started on their first round of shots within a week and they were fixed before they were 5 months. have the vet advise you on when to start. the VET will know when the kitten is ready.
Posted by PEG on July 21,2010 at 10:08 PM
SO STRANGE,I FOUND A KITTEN AND IT LOOKED AS THOUGH IT'S TAIL HAD BEEN CUT OFF!I TOOK HER TO MY VET AND HE TOLD ME SHE WAS A MANX BREED I'D NEVER HEARD OF THIS BEFORE BUT HE ALSO TOLD ME SHE WAS 4 WEEKS OLD DO NOT GIVE MILK IT CAUSES DIHARREA,VAC.&CHECK UPS ARE 6 MONTHS AT WHICH TIME SHE CAN BE SPADE AND CLAWS REMOVED.HOPE I HELPED AND GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY HER.
Posted by Nightpelt on January 25,2010 at 07:54 PM
I think it's omnivore I read books called Warriors and they use plants as healing things and in most cases they eat them an please take notice Cat Nip is a plant
Posted by Ashonte on January 10,2010 at 01:06 PM
They are omnivores because a carnivore ONLY eats meat that is olny cheethas and lions. But an omnivore eats PLANTS and MEAT!! I looked your question up on Ask.com and they said what i wrote I hope I answered your question. Ashonte
Posted by CatPhD on September 08,2010 at 12:09 PM
Cats are true or obligate carnivores, which means they MUST have meat in their diet in order to survive. They cannot get all the nutrients they need from plants. This does not mean that they do not eat plants - it just means they cannot survive without meat being a substantial component of their diets.
Posted by Sunshyne625 on January 10,2010 at 01:03 PM
Are cats carivore or omnivore?
*Name:
*Comments:
*Are You Human?
Share on Facebook
*Name:
*Comments:
*Are You Human?
Share on Facebook