Cat Breeds

Cat breeds are generally divided a couple of different ways: pedigree and non-pedigree, as well as longhaired cats and shorthaired cats.

We'll take a look at some of the popular cat breeds to give you a better foundation of knowledge when choosing a cat.

Maine Coon Cats

Maine Coon Cats are one of the longhaired breeds. However, compared to the Persian cat, they do not require much maintenance. One of the largest domestic cats, Maine coon cats are known for their intelligence and playfulness.

A Maine Coon Cat won "Best Cat" at the first major cat show held in the United States, in 1895, at Madison Square Garden. At that show, a Maine coon cat named Cosey, named "Best Cat," was awarded a silver medal engraved "National Cat Show, 1895," along with a silver cat collar with similar engraving. The Maine Coon Cat is the official Maine State Cat.

Persian Cats

Persian cats, known for their beautiful long, soft fur and affectionate nature, are one of the oldest breeds of cats. Persians are warm and affectionate cats, and are loyal and close to their owners. Because of their thick fur, Persian cats and kittens require more grooming than other cats. Daily combing is needed to control tangles and hairballs.

Persians have short legs, a long thick coat, large wide-spaced eyes, and a short, almost flat muzzle. Persian cats can be any color, including tabby, blue, pointed (or Himalayan), and tortoiseshell.

Persian cats are the most popular cat breed, and with good reason. Their gentleness and loyalty, their affection, their calm nature, and their natural beauty make them a delightful addition to almost any household.

Siamese Cats

Siamese cats are well known for their distinctive features and loud voice. They are lean and carry a poised stature. They are highly intelligent, sociable and very close to their owners

Siamese cats are one of the most sociable and extroverted of all the cat breeds. They are also very popular and distinguishable. Siamese cats are known to have originated from Southeast Asia. The exact origin of the Siamese is unknown but that did not deter the breed from gaining popularity.

Siamese cats have very distinctive features. They have almond shaped eyes, distinct facial features and lean body shape. They also carry strikingly contrasting colors on their body.

Besides their unique appearance, Siamese cats have distinct personalities as well. They are known to develop strong bonds with their owners and therefore less independent as well. They are very affectionate, warm and like to stay close to their owners within the house. This makes them a very popular breed for cat owners looking for a pet to spend time with.

Siamese cats are not easy to train. This is not because they are not clever. As a matter of fact, Siamese cats are very high in intelligence. It just takes some time to train them into listening to the owner's instructions, especially those that are more playful. Even then, it should be a relief to know that Siamese cats do not usually scratch on furniture. You should be quite safe if you provide a scratching post for your Siamese cat.

Ragdoll Cats

The Ragdolls are one of the most adorable cat breeds. They are very affectionate and love to stick around their owners. They are very placid and go very limp when you pick them up. That is why they are called Ragdolls. They are also very gentle and can be quite vulnerable.

Abyssinian Cats

Abyssinian cats have strong and lithe bodies. They are said to have originated from ancient Egypt. Abyssinians are very intelligent, playful and good with children. They seek a lot of attention and are easy to train. That makes them a popular breed, especially for families with children.