helpless, regal, cute, photogenic, cuddly and solitary .... what
is it about cats?
With a long and dramatic history, cats and human history are closely intertwined. While they were
persecuted during the Middle
Ages as witches, they later emerged as heroes when they
helped wipe out the Plague in 14th century Europe.
Today, cats & kittens are happily curled up around millions of
homes worldwide, eclipsing even Rover and Fido as the planet's
most popular pet!
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breeds for the serious fancier ...
Most Popular Cat Breeds
Abyssinians are - despite their regal appearance - more dog-like in behavior than most other cat breeds. Intelligent and energetic, the Abyssinian requires lots of stimulation and exercise, although for most owners that is not hard to do since these cats are generally a delight to be around.... more about Abyssinian cats.
Exotic cats make up one of the newest breeds in the feline pantheon, first created in the U.S. in 1960 by crossing an American Shorthair with a Persian.
Since then, the Exotic has become one of the top ten most popular cat breeds in America, sometimes jokingly referred to as "the lazy man's Persian" for its ease of grooming compared to its longer-haired cousin .... more about Exotic cats.
Cooncats are a curious combination of playful, regal and rugged, and their popularity is based on their large size and striking good looks.
Of all the domestic breeds, Maine Coons are less apt to be lap cats but more apt to follow you everywhere around the house exhibiting a marked dog-like desire to stay with the pack ..... more about the Maine Coon cat.
Orientalcats were first seen in the West when they were brought to Britain from Siam (Thailand) in the 19th century. A close relative to the Siamese, the Oriental is often known as "the rainbow cat" for the breed's 300 various coat color patterns .... more about Oriental cats.
Persiancats are some of the most docile pets and make for excellent lap cats and very affectionate friends. Quiet and undemanding, they are less likely to "talk" like the chatty Siamese, and their calm natures often adapt to any family situation where they generally fit in well with other household pets .... more about Persian cats.
Ragdollcats first originated through the selective work of a Persian breeder in California in the 1960's. Since then, the Ragdoll has become one of America's most popular cat breeds, and gets its name from the tendency to go completely helpless and limp when picked up .... more about Ragdoll cats.
Siamesecats were first introduced in the West in the late 19th century. Since then, their bright blue almond-shaped eyes, distinctive color points, elegant bearing and "talkative" personality, have made them one the most popular cat breeds worldwide. Their legendary low-pitched call is a form of communication called "meezer" - sounding all the world like a crying baby - which all but guarantees our absolute devotion to them .... more about Siamese cats.
Sphynxcats continue to make it to the Top Ten list of most popular cats around the world due mainly to its highly unusual hairless appearance, elongated ears, and entertaining antics. They often find warm bed covers irresistible, so be prepared to share your bed with the hairless Sphynx - an experience sometimes likened to sleeping with a soft suede hot water bottle .... more about the Sphynx cat.
- Virtual catnip for cat lovers everywhere, this mega-resource offers detailed
descriptions of breeds, a directory of cat shows and clubs, tips
on buying or adopting a cat -- and don't miss a great collection of
related links to cat
care, cat pictures and cat lore.
- Get expert tips and how-to's on care and feeding, claw trimming,
declawing, safety hazards, and more fact sheets and articles
on keeping your cat healthy and happy, from the Humane Society.