Cats


Not all cats are the same and they can very often own you!

If you haven’t got your heart set on a particular breed of cat, why not consider adopting one? Animal shelters have many kittens and cats just longing for the opportunity of adopting you and bringing some joy and happiness in to your home!  The added bonus with a cat adopted from a shelter is that all the hard work will most probably be done, the cat will most probably be de-sexed, microchipped and treated for fleas and worms already.

Cats can often be quite aloof and cuddle only when they want to. A lot of how they are with you as an adult is a direct result of their early experiences with you – or lack of them.

First up, you should have your cat neutered between 4 & 6 months of age, this will take care of any unwanted off spring or having the smelliness of a ‘Tom’ about the house. Your cat will also need to be microchipped, wormed, given flea treatments and vaccinated on a regular basis.

A cat will more easily fit into your life than say a dog and can quite easily live in an apartment. If you are out all day and only have a few hours to spend with your cat, you will need to research the breed of cat best suited to this style of living – some breeds of cats are quite needy of human attention. Also, if you are not prepared to groom your cat daily, choose one that doesn’t have a long coat.

If you allow your cat outside access, then be prepared to receive gifts from time to time – half eaten mice, birds, baby rabbits would all be popular gifts!

Cats are also a long term commitment as they can live to 22 years, but that can be 22 years of great companionship!

For more information:

Love that Pet

International Cat Care

 

Some common cat breeds:

abassinian Abyssinian The Abyssinian is a breed of domestic shorthaired cat with a distinctive “ticked” tabby coat, in which individual hairs are banded with different colours.  It is named after Abyssinia (now called Ethiopia) the country from which it was first thought to have originated; more recent research now places its origins somewhere near the Egyptian coast. The Abyssinian has since become one of the most popular breeds of shorthair cat in the USA.

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Aegean_cat Aegean The Aegean cat is a naturally occurring landrace of domestic cat originating from the Cycladic Islands of Greece. Development of the Aegean cat as a formal breed began in the early 1990s by breeders in the fledgling Greek cat fancy, but the variety has yet to be recognised by any major fancier and breeder organisation. It is considered to be the only native Greek variety of cat.

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100px-American_bobtail_2 American Bobtail American Bobtails are a very sturdy breed, with both short- and long-haired coats. Their coat is shaggy rather than dense or fluffy. They can have any colour of eyes and coat, with a strong emphasis on the “wild” tabby appearance in show animals.  The breed was developed in the late 1960s. It is most notable for its stubby “bobbed” tail about one-third to one-half the length of a normal cat’s tail.

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100px-American_curl_2 American Curl The American Curl is a breed of cat characterised by its unusual ears, which curl back from the face toward the centre of the back of the skull. An American Curl’s ears should be handled carefully because rough handling may damage the cartilage in the ear. The American Curl is a medium-sized cat (5–10 lbs), and does not reach maturity until 2–3 years of age. They are strong and healthy, require little grooming and enjoy spending time with their owners.

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100px-American_Shorthair American Shorthair The American Shorthair is a breed of domestic cat believed to be descended from European cats brought to North America by early settlers.  Although it is not an extremely athletic cat, it has a large, powerfully-built body.  They are intelligent cats who are interested in their surroundings. They will watch birds, other animals and any outside activity from a window perch. These cats are calm, yet playful and some enjoy sitting in laps. They get along with children, so they make good family pets. Even though they are social cats, they are still independent.

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100px-American_Wirehair_-_CFF_cat_show_Heinola_2008-05-04_IMG_8721 American Wirehair American Wirehairs are similar to American Shorthairs, with the exception of a springy, wiry coat, including ear fur, and whiskers. This coat is similar to the wire coats of some dog breeds, such as terriers. Their fur requires little grooming, although lighter cats may require sunblock. Wirehairs are of a moderate, sturdy build, with round heads, high cheekbones, and a pronounced muzzle. Females are generally smaller than males.  The Wirehair has an even, balanced temperament which is essentially identical to that of its American Shorthair relative. They have been described as cute and somewhat humorous. They are gentle and quiet, but also playful and active. They have quiet voices and generally prefer to stay indoors.

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3yoArabianMau.jpeg Arabian Mau The Arabian Mau generally have very loving temperament. The main feature of this cat breed is their devotion, love and affection for the owner. This cat will always be a reliable companion to an individual that loves it and cares for it. The Arabian Mau gets along very well with elder children and other animals. These cats are neat and take care of themselves very well.  Arabian Mau cats were adapted to a desert life style and had to hunt for food themselves; possibly because of this they are not picky about food and they seem to love eating. They like to play and so this breed is very active and curious. They are good hunters, quick and agile.

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asian Asian The Asian, also known as the Malayan.  It is a medium-sized cat, with a muscular and compact body, which is devoid of fat. It has a broad and rounded chest, and slender legs. The straight tail is of medium length. The pleasantly rounded head has no flattened areas, and there is a very visible spot in profile. This gives the Asian a full-looking face. The round and wide-set eyes come in the colour of yellow.  The short-haired coat of the Asian is fine, satiny, and glossy. The breed is mostly-even a solid-coloured cat. Asian Shorthairs are classified in four different varieties: the Asian Self (including the Bombay, which is a black Asian Self), the Asian Tabby, the Asian Smoke and the Burmilla (which is a shaded Asian).

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asiansemilonghair Asian Semi-longhair The Asian Semi-Longhair is a cat breed similar to the Asian Shorthair except it has semi-long fur. The breed is also known by the name Tiffanie or Tiffany. It is recognised in any of the Asian Shorthair or Burmese colours and patterns.  The Tiffany is a gentle, active and curious breed.[3] Cats of this breed are attached to their owners, but do not always get along with other cats, since they can be quite jealous. The Asian Semi-longhair is spirited and expects its keeper to dedicate a lot of time to it. Asian Semi-longhairs can be very vocal and are not recommended for small apartments.

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100px-Australian_Mist Australian Mist The Australian Mist (formerly known as the Spotted Mist) was developed in Australia by crossing the Burmese, Abyssinian, and miscellaneous domestic short-haired cats.   Australian Mists are medium-sized short-haired cats, with a round head and large eyes. Australian Mists are tolerant of handling and are not inclined to scratch. As kittens they are lively, but are less so when mature.  They can be excellent indoor cats, which also protects native wildlife. Some can be trained to go for walks on a lead. Neutered/spayed cats and kittens of this breed fit in easily with other cats and dogs, a trait further enhanced through selective breeding.

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balanese Balinese The Balinese is a long-haired breed of domestic cat with Siamese-style point coloration and sapphire-blue eyes.  Like their Siamese ancestors, Balinese are sociable, vocal, playful and inquisitive, with a tendency to vocalise often and persistently, albeit at a lower volume and considered among the most intelligent of all long-haired breeds.  Balinese are claimed to cause many fewer problems with allergies than most breeds. They are reputed to have the highest intelligence of all the long-haired breeds. They are also reputed to be notably acrobatic, and to enjoy intimate contact with their owners.

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Bambino_5688955 Bambino The Bambino is a breed of cat that was created as a cross between the Sphynx and the Munchkin breeds.  The Bambino has short legs it inherits from the Munchkin, and huge upright ears. It has the hairlessness of the Sphynx, with skin of white or pink. With no fur to absorb the cat’s natural oils, the Bambino needs regular bathing with water and mild soap. The Bambino’s hairless skin means that the cat is vulnerable to cold, strong sunshine and skin injury.  Since the breed is new, more research needs to be done to confirm presence or absence of possible genetic health issues. The lifespan is about 12 years.

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100px-BengalCat_Stella  Bengal The Bengal is a domestic cat breed developed to look like exotic jungle cats.  Bengal cats are typically larger than the average house cat. Males on average weigh between 10-15 lbs (4.5 – 6.8 kg) and females 8–12 lbs (3.6 – 5.4 kg).  Bengals are known for liking water, and require a large amount of attention to keep them happy. Bengals also enjoy playing, and have been recorded jumping over 4 feet from the ground.  Bengals are extremely efficient self-groomers, therefore they require little grooming.  However, vets do recommend grooming once a week to limit shedding and keep their coat healthy.

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100px-Birman2 Birman The Birman, also called the “Sacred Cat of Burma”.  Like all colourpoint breeds, Birman kittens are born white and begin developing their points after one week if a dark colour (i.e. seal point) and 14 days or more if the points are “clear” or lighter-coloured (i.e. lilac point). Their coat does not reach full development until the cat is two years old.  The most severe threat to their health is feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the most common heart disease seen in cats. In Birman cats, it is thought to be inherited as an autosomal dominant trait.

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100px-Bombay_cat Bombay Bombay are a type of short-haired cats developed by breeding sable Burmese and black American Shorthair cats to produce a cat of mostly Burmese type, but with a sleek, tight black coat.  The Bombay is a highly social breed that loves to be in the company of others.  They tend to be attached to their families and crave attention, and for this reason this breed is highly suitable for children.  Most Bombay cats are not independent.  Overall, the breed is intelligent, playful and attention-seeking.  They have a very distinctive purr and love to snuggle.

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brazilian Brazilian Shorthair The Brazilian Shorthair is a medium-sized cat of great agility. The breed can be distinguished from the American Shorthair by its sleek and elegant appearance. Yet, cats of the breed are not as thin as the Siamese. The coat is short and close to the skin and comes in a wide variety of colours and patterns. The space between the eyes should be equal to the size of one eye. Brazilian Shorthairs have dramatically expressive eyes. They are longer than they are tall. Males have bigger heads than females.  The Brazilian Shorthair is viable as an indoor as well as an outdoor cat, and is keen on human contact. Very playful as a kitten. As they get older, they sober up a little, though they stay fairly active.

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100px-British_Longhair_-_Black_Silver_Shaded British Longhair Apart from its coat length, the British Longhair is identical to the British Shorthair.  The coat is lustrous and physique is stout in general. The head is broad, and round or even squarish, with bright circular eyes and short ears.  British Longhairs are quite calm and easy going.  British Longhairs make good indoor cats, as they are less active than many breeds, and content with a sedentary, comfortable life.  Like most longer-haired cats, they require brushing or are prone to matting.

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100px-Britishblue British Shorthair The British Shorthair is the pedigreed version of the traditional British domestic cat, with a distinctively chunky body, dense coat and broad face.  They are slow to mature in comparison with most cat breeds, reaching full physical development at approximately three years of age.  The British Shorthair’s coat is one of the breed’s defining features. It is very dense but does not have an undercoat, thus the texture should be plush rather than woolly or fluffy, with a definitely firm, “crisp” pile that breaks noticeably over the cat’s body as it moves.

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burmese  Burmese The Burmese is a breed of domestic cat, originating in Southeast Asia.  Burmese are a notably people-oriented breed, maintaining their kitten-like energy and playfulness into adulthood. They are also said to have a number of overtly dog-like characteristics, forming strong bonds with their owners and gravitating toward human activity, often learning to play fetch and tag.  They are persistently vocal, in a manner reminiscent of their Siamese ancestry, but have softer, sweeter voices. Burmese are not as independent as other breeds and are not suited to being left alone for extended periods of time.

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100px-Male_Burmilla_cat Burmilla The Burmilla is a breed of domestic cat which originated in the United Kingdom in 1981. It is a cross between the Chinchilla Persian and Burmese breeds and comes in two coat lengths, semi long hair and shorthair.  The Burmilla is quite an irreverent and independent cat who adores its owner and displays many kitten-like characteristics even into adulthood. In temperament they are sociable, playful, and affectionate, and get along well with children and other animals. Burmillas should be fed a balanced diet.  Weekly brushing of the coat is recommended.

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100px-Star_Spangled_Cat California Spangled The California Spangled is a breed of domestic cat that was bred to resemble spotted wild cats, like the ocelot and leopard.  This cat gives the initial impression of being a miniature leopard. It has a long, lean, somewhat muscular body and a low slung walk, along with spots.  California Spangled Cats are said to be affectionate, social, curious, and extremely devoted to their owners. They are big on eye contact and being in on the action, they love to perch on places that are at your shoulder or eye level so that they can see exactly what is going on. They are known for their well-honed intelligence, athletic abilities, high energy level, and accidental acrobatics.

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chantillytiff Chantilly-Tiffany Also known as the Chantilly or the Foreign Longhair, is a breed of cat derived mainly from cross-breeding long-haired Asians and Burmese, the breed originated in North America.  The Chantilly-Tiffany is slow to mature and usually does not come into its full stature until about two years old. The coat is silky, soft and smooth; the lack of undercoat usually makes grooming simpler than that of cats with an undercoat.  Eye colour tends to be a very bright and clear yellow while the cat is young. As the cat becomes older, the colour will become more golden.

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chartruex Chartreux The Chartreux is a rare breed of domestic cat from France. The Chartreux is large and muscular, with relatively short, fine-boned limbs, and very fast reflexes. They are known for their blue (grey) water-resistant short hair double coats.  Chartreux cats tend to be quiet, rarely making noises such as mewing or crying, and some are mute. They are quite observant and intelligent and are playful cats well into their adult years.  They are non-aggressive, affectionate, good travellers and generally very healthy.

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colourpointshort Colorpoint Shorthair Colorpoint Shorthairs are the first cousins of the Siamese.  These cats are distinguished by their elegance in sixteen different “point” colours beyond the four Siamese colours. The Colorpoint Shorthair is a highly intelligent, playful, and people-friendly breed. They are extremely affectionate and outgoing and enjoy lounging around and playing with people, causing them to also be described as “extroverts”. They can also be very sensitive with nervous temperaments, which do not adapt well to changes of environment or to strangers.

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cornishrex Cornish Rex The Cornish Rex has no hair except for down.  The breed is sometimes referred to as the Greyhound of the cats, because of the sleek appearance and the galloping run characteristic of the breed.  These cats tend to stay playful and kittenish throughout their long lives. Some Cornish Rexes like to play fetch, race other pets, or do acrobatic jumps. The Cornish Rex is an adventurous cat and is very intelligent.  They are also extremely curious, seeks out the company of people and is friendly towards other companion animals. It is a suitable pet for timid children.

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cymric Cymric,
or Manx Longhair
The Cymric is a muscular, compact, medium to large cat with a sturdy bone structure, weighing between 7 and 13 pounds. They have a cobby body, and an unusually rounded appearance. Cymrics have large and full eyes and have widely spaced ears.  In the breed of Cymrics there are four different tail types:  The “rumpy”, “rumpy-risers”, “stumpies” and “longies” or “fully tailed”.

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100px-CyprusShorthair Cyprus The Cyprus cat is linked with the Byzantine monastery peculiarly named “St. Nicholas of the Cats”), which was founded in the fourth century AD.  The Cyprus cat is an athletic and energetic variety found throughout the island of Cyprus; from mountainous and cooler regions to the lower, hotter areas near the coasts. As such, this cat has adapted to different climates.

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100px-Devon_Rex_Izzy Devon Rex The Devon Rex is a breed of intelligent, short-haired cat that emerged in England during the 1960s. They are known for their slender bodies, wavy coat, and large ears. This breed of cat is capable of learning difficult tricks. They are even known to recognise their owner’s name, just as they do their own.  They have a curly, very soft short coat. The typical Devon is active, mischievous, playful, and very people-oriented. They are high-jumpers and will try to occupy any space large enough to admit them.

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donsky Donskoy,
or Don Sphynx
 The Donskoy is a hairless cat breed of Russian origin.  The standard of points describes the cat as being medium-sized and muscular, with large ears, almond shaped eyes and distinctive long, webbed toes. They require frequent grooming, in spite of their lack of coat.

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100px-Dragon_Li_-_Li_Hua_Mau1 Dragon Li Dragon Li is a Chinese breed of domestic cat originating from nascent Chinese folklore and dynastic culture.  The Dragon Li displays a unique golden brown, broken mackerel (also known as broken striped) tabby pattern, distinctive ear tipping, large round almond shaped luminescent yellow/green eyes, and a strong full bodied stature reminiscent of its wild nature. The Dragon Li is valued for its unmistakable intelligence, an uncanny cognisance in relation to its surroundings, and its ability to interact perspicuously with humans.

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Dwelf_5689399 Dwarf cat,
or Dwelf
The Dwarf breed of cat is any domestic cat which has dwarfism due to a genetic mutation. They are not “toy” or “teacup” cats. These cats are not short cats of normal proportions, they have a genetic disorder of bone and cartilage which is typified by noticeably short legs. Unfortunately cats inflicted with the condition of dwarfism have been developed for commercial sale. These cats are largely not recognised by registries and associations as a legitimate breed and as such are excluded from most major pet shows.

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100px-Egy_mau Egyptian Mau Egyptian Maus are a small- to medium-sized short-haired cat breed.  They are one of the few naturally spotted breeds of domesticated cat. The spots of the Mau occur on only the tips of the hairs of their coat.  Egyptian Maus are a relatively rare breed and are typically slender and muscular.  Maus are more temperature sensitive than most breeds being fond of very warm temperatures.  Maus come in five colours. From most to least common these colours are: silver, bronze, smoke, black and blue/pewter.

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100px-European_shorthair_procumbent_Quincy European Shorthair The European shorthair, also called the European or Celtic shorthair, is a breed originating in Europe, an elaborate way of referring to common European cats. Most European Shorthairs are strong and active, and as a rule they are friendly. They get on well with other cats and tolerate dogs well. European Shorthairs are intelligent and playful, and most of them are expert at keeping houses and gardens free of mice.

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100px-Cream_tabby_exotic_cat Exotic Shorthair The Exotic Shorthair is a breed of cat developed to be a shorthaired version of the Persian.  Exotic Shorthairs have a gentle and calm personality reminiscent of the Persian, but are livelier than their long-haired ancestors. Curious and playful, they are friendly to other cats and dogs. They tend to show more affection and loyalty than most breeds and make excellent lap cats. Their calm and steady nature makes them ideal apartment cats for city dwellers.

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Cachorro_de_Gato_FoldEx_(-Belisario_del_Laberinto-) Foldex Cat Foldex Cat also known as the Exotic Fold a type of cat developed in the Canadian province of Quebec. The physical features of Foldex are a medium-sized cat, rounded face, short legs, and folded ears. Their eyes are well-rounded and wide open, with pair of ears with small and smooth-edged tips. The coat of Foldex cat is varied from long to short hair coat, and naturally dense and soft. They are sweet with charming personalities, active and cheerful cat, which enjoyed being petted.

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100px-German_Rex_Emi German Rex The German Rex is a medium-sized breed with slender legs of a medium length. The head is round with well-developed cheeks and large, open ears. The eyes are of medium size in colours related to the coat colour. The coat is silky and short with a tendency to curl. A German Rex cat is very friendly and quickly bonds with its owner. It is lively, playful, and intelligent. Its temperament is much the same as a Cornish Rex.

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Havana_Brown Havana Brown The Havana Brown was the result of a planned breeding between Siamese and domestic black cats in England during the 1950s.  The Havana Brown is a well balanced, moderately sized, muscular short-haired cat with a body of average length. It is an intelligent cat that often uses its paws both to examine objects and to communicate with its owners. They become very attached to their family and do not thrive when left alone for long periods. They are curious and interactive and need to be a part of all that you do.

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100px-Chocolate_Himlayan Himalayan,
or Colorpoint Persian
The Himalayan is identical in type to the Persian, with the exception of its blue eyes and its point colouration, which were derived from crossing the Persian with the Siamese.  the Himalayan tends to have a round (cobby) body with short legs, which makes it harder for them to jump as high as other cats do.  These cats are sweet-tempered, intelligent and generally very social and good companions. Because of their heritage from the Siamese cats they tend to be more active than Persians.

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100px-JapaneseBobtailBlueEyedMi-ke Japanese Bobtail The Japanese Bobtail is a breed of domestic cat with an unusual “bobbed” tail more closely resembling the tail of a rabbit than that of other cats. The breed has been known in Japan for centuries, and it frequently appears in traditional folklore and art. Generally speaking, members of the breed are active, intelligent cats, with a strongly human-oriented nature, are easier to train to perform tricks than most breeds, and are more likely to enjoy learning human-mediated activities like walking on a harness and leash, and playing fetch.

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100px-Javanese_cat Javanese The Javanese is a breed of domestic cat developed in North America and is an oriental-type longhair.  The Javanese breed has a long, silky coat in a variety of colours. It is distinct from the native domestic cats of Java which have very short hair, approximately 2 cm long.  It is noted as an intelligent cat and tends to vocalise, though often for no apparent reason. They are notably fond of play, jumping and human contact and allegedly depressed if regularly not entertained by humans or other pets. They are reportedly good mouse hunters.

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100px-Khao_Manee_-ChaWee- Khao Manee The Khao Manee is also know as the Diamond Eye cat, is rare and originated in Thailand tracing back hundreds of years.  The Khao Manee is an ancient cat breed comparable to the Siamese, Korat and other Thailand cat breeds.  Khao Manee cats are pure white with a short, smooth, close-lying coat.  The Khao Mannee was said to be kept and bred initially by Siam royals.

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Korat Korat The Korat is a slate blue-gary short-haired breed of domestic cat with a small to medium build and a low percentage of body fat. Its body is semi-cobby, and unusually heavy for its size. It is an intelligent and playful active cat that forms strong bonds with people.  Originating in Thailand the Korat is a natural breed, and one of the oldest stable cat breeds. The Korat is known colloquially as the “good luck cat”. Traditionally, they are given in pairs to newlyweds or people who are highly esteemed, for good luck. Until recently, Korats were not sold, but only given as gifts.

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100px-Kurilian_bobtail Kurilian Bobtail,
or Kuril Islands Bobtail
The Kurilian Bobtail is a breed originating from the Kuril Islands, claimed by both Russia and Japan.  In the wild, this cat is an excellent fisher and hunter, which may explain why the Kurilian loves to play in water. The Kurilian’s wild look is not reflected in the temperament of the breed. It is known for its clever and gentle nature.  The lifespan of a Kurilian Bobtail ranges from 15 to 20 years which is due to their breed being developed in the wild.

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100px-Laperm_LH_red_tabby LaPerm A LaPerm’s fur is curly, with the tightest curls being on the belly, throat and base of the ears. LaPerms come in many colours and patterns and generally have a very affectionate personality. The LaPerm is a rex breed which originated in the United States.  They have an elegant and athletic build and are affectionate, active and outgoing in character. They are reputed to be hypoallergenic cats, provoking a significantly lower level of allergic response in humans than normal cats.

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lykoi-kitten-black Lykoi The Lykoi is a natural mutation of the domestic shorthair developed in Vonore, Tennessee and is said to resemble a werewolf. The hair coat is unique in appearance in that it resembles the coat of an opossum when mostly coated. A unique characteristic of the cat breed is that the Lykoi sheds a lot when older but regrows its hair later in life depending on the season.

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100px-Maine_Coon_female Maine Coon The Maine Coon is among the largest domesticated breeds of cats. The Maine Coon is a large and sociable cat, hence its nickname, “the gentle giant”. It is characterised by a robust bone structure, rectangular body shape, a silky flowing coat and a long, bushy tail. The breed’s colours vary widely, with only lilac and chocolate disallowed for pedigree. Reputed for its intelligence and playful, gentle personality, the Maine Coon is often cited as having “dog-like” characteristics.

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Minskin_5651655 Minskin The Minskin is a breed of cat derived from crossing the Munchkin with the Sphynx in 1998 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Already established Munchkin cats with short legs and fur were crossed with ‘fuzzy’ Sphynx for the hairless characteristic where fur can occur on the extremities, making for a healthier immune system.   Burmese cats and Devon Rex were also used in the development of the Minskin breeding program.

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100px-Longhairedmunchkin Munchkin The Munchkin is a relatively new breed of cat characterised by its very short legs. The Munchkin is generally described as a sweet-natured, playful, people-oriented, outgoing and intelligent cat which responds well to being handled.  The shortness of their legs does not seem to interfere with their running and leaping abilities.  It is a small to medium-sized cat with a medium-plush coat. Male Munchkins typically weigh between 6 to 9 pounds (3–4 kg) and are usually larger than female Munchkins, which typically weigh between 4 to 8 pounds.

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Napoleon_5600008 Napoleon The Minuet cat  is also known as the Napoleon and is a new breed developed from the deliberate cross between the Munchkin and the Persian.  The Minuet inherited its distinctively short legs from the Munchkin and has inherited its round face, eyes, dense coat and substantial boning from the Persian.  The Minuet cat has very few health issues.

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100px-Norskskogkatt_Evita_3 Norwegian Forest Cat Originating in Northern Europe, the Norwegian Forest cat is adapted to a very cold climate, with top coat of glossy, long, water-shedding hairs, and a woolly undercoat for insulation. Norwegian Forest cats have a quiet voice but can develop a loud voice if kept in a house with a dog.  They are friendly, intelligent, and are generally good with people. The Norwegian Forest cat has a lot of energy and can be very demanding of attention. Those cats that live primarily outdoors become swift and effective hunters, but the breed can also adapt to indoor life.  They usually live to be 14 to 16 years old.

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100px-Ocicat-Charan Ocicat The Ocicat resembles a wild cat but has no wild DNA in it gene pool.  It is named for its resemblance to the ocelot. The breed was established from Siamese and Abyssinian stock.  Ocicats are friendly and sociable and are not often shy around strangers. This makes them good family pets, and most can also get along well with animals of other species. Their temperament is similar to that of a dog and are often referred to as a ‘dog in a cat’s body. Most can be trained to fetch, walk on a leash and harness, come when called, speak, sit, lie down on command.

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100px-Oriental_shorthair_20070130_caroline Oriental Bicolor The Oriental Shorthair is a breed of domestic cat that is closely related to the Siamese. It maintains the modern Siamese head and body type but appears in a wide range of coat colours and patterns.  They often remain playful into adulthood, with many enjoying playing fetch. Despite their slender appearance, they are athletic and can leap into high places. They prefer to live in pairs or groups and also seek human interaction.

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orientallonghair Oriental Longhair The Oriental Longhair is a breed of domestic cat and is closely related to the Oriental Shorthair.  Oriental Longhairs feature a long, tubular, Oriental-style body but with a longer silky coat.  The oriental longhairs are extremely intelligent and are ideal companions for people who like their pets always around since they will follow their owners everywhere. These cats remain playful through their adulthood. These cats are not adapted to a life of living with quiet people and they get along best with other cats, children and dogs.

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Oriental_Shorthair_Blue_Eyed_White_cat_(juvenile) Oriental Shorthair The Oriental Shorthair is a breed of domestic cat that is closely related to the Siamese. It appears in a wide range of coat colours and patterns. Their personalities are also very similar. Orientals are social, intelligent, and many are rather vocal. They often remain playful into adulthood, with many enjoying playing fetch. Despite their slender appearance, they are athletic and can leap into high places. They prefer to live in pairs or groups and also seek human interaction

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persian Persian The Persian cat is a long-haired breed of cat characterised by its round face and short muzzle.  The placid and unpretentious nature of the Persian evinces a propensity for apartment living. It has been the most popular breed in the United States for many years but its popularity has seen a decline in Britain and France.  The Persian’s “flat face” head structure can bring with it a number of health problems.

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Tamila_the_lilac_tabby_Peterbald_cat Peterbald Of Russian origin, the Peterbalds resemble Oriental Shorthairs. They have a hair-losing gene and can be born bald, flocked, velour, brush, or with a straight coat. Those born with hair, excepting the straight-coats, can lose their hair over time. They come in all colors and markings and have an elegantly slim graceful and muscular build. Peterbalds are sweet-tempered, affectionate, peaceful, curious, smart, and energetic. They are medium vocal and tend to follow their owners and always be with them. Peterbalds typically live in harmony with other cats and pets, and also with children.

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pixiebob Pixie-bob The Pixie-bob originates from Washington State and are progeny of naturally occurring bobcat hybrids. Pixie-bobs grow for 4 years instead of 1 year like most domestic cats and on average reach around 11 lb (5 kg), similar to good sized domestic cats. Most Pixie-bobs are highly sociable around both their owners and strangers. Almost all Pixie-bobs like to be in the same room as their owners, and will follow their owners around the house.

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ragamuffin Ragamuffin The Ragamuffin is a variant of the Ragdoll cat and was established as a separate breed in 1994. Ragamuffins are notable for their friendly personalities and thick, rabbitlike fur.  They are a muscular, heavy breed of cat needing approximately four to five years to fully mature.  The Ragamuffins are friendly, attentive and affectionate, with a tendency to go limp when held. While not overly athletic, they enjoy playing and climbing scratching posts, and some will even run after and retrieve toys.

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100px-Ragdoll_from_Gatil_Ragbelas Ragdoll The Ragdoll has blue eyes and a distinct colorpoint coat. It is a large and muscular semi-longhair cat with a soft and silky coat and is one of the largest domesticated cat breeds with a sturdy body, large frame, and proportionate legs. It is best known for its docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature. The name “Ragdoll” is derived from the tendency of individuals from the original breeding stock to go limp and relaxed when picked up.

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Russian_Blue_001 Russian Blue The Russian Blue comes in colours varying from a light shimmering silver to a darker, slate grey. They develop close bonds with their human companions and are sought out as pets due to their personalities and coat. It is their short, dense coat which has been the hallmark of the Russian breed for more than a century. Russian Blues have been known to live up to a 25 years and have few health problems.  They are intelligent, curious, and tranquil animal and are known for their friendliness, smartness and are somewhat reserved.

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100px-Savannah_Cat_portrait Savannah A Savannah cat is a cross between a domestic cat and the serval, a medium-sized, large-eared wild African cat. The unusual cross became popular among breeders at the end of the 1990’s. An often-noted trait of the Savannah is its jumping ability. They are known to jump on top of doors, refrigerators and high cabinets. Some Savannahs can leap about 8 feet (2.5 m) high from a standing position. Savannahs are very inquisitive and often learn how to open doors and cupboards.

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100px-Lilac_Scottish_Fold Scottish Fold Originally called lop-eared or lops after the lop-eared rabbit, Scottish Fold became the breed’s name in 1966.  The Scottish Fold is a medium-sized cat. Typically good-natured and placid, they adjust to other animals within a household extremely well. They tend to become very attached to their human caregivers and are by nature quite affectionate. Folds also receive high marks for playfulness, grooming and intelligence

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100px-PolloSelkirkRex  Selkirk Rex The Selkirk Rex is distinct from all other Rex breeds with hair  of normal length and not partly missing.  The breed is accepted in all colours, including the pointed, sepia, and mink varieties of albinism; bicolors; silver/smoke; and the chocolate and lilac series. This breed has an extremely dense coat and high propensity for shedding. They have a lot of the laid-back, reserved qualities of the British Shorthair, the cuddly nature of the Persian, and the playfulness of the Exotic Shorthair.

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100px-Serengetimalecat  Serengeti The Serengeti was first developed by crossing a Bengal (domestic and wild hybrid) and an Oriental Shorthair.  Serengeti’s are spotted cats, with long legs and very large, round tipped ears. The breed is still in the development stages, but the ultimate aim is to produce a cat that looks similar to a serval, without using any recent wild cat blood.

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100px-Serrade_petit Serrade petit The Serrade Petit is a natural breed of cat that originated in France. This breed has not yet been recognised by any major cat registries. It is a new discovery with undetermined breed standards. It is known to be a small cat, usually between 6 to 9 pounds.

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100px-Siam_lilacpoint Siamese The Siamese is one of the first distinctly recognised breeds of Oriental cat.  The Siamese cat became one of the most popular breeds in Europe and North America in the 20th century. The modern Siamese is characterised by blue almond-shaped eyes, a triangular head shape, large ears, an elongated, slender, and muscular body, and point coloration. Described as social, intelligent, and playful into adulthood, often enjoying a game of fetch. Siamese tend to seek human interaction and also like companionship from other cats.

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siberian Siberian The Siberian has been present in Russia for centuries.  The cat is an ancient breed that is now believed to be ancestral to all modern long-haired cats.  Siberians express the three natural types of feline fur: guard hairs, awn hairs, and down. These three layers protect the cat from the Russian weather extremes, and provide a hardy, easy to care for coat today. The fur is textured but glossy, which decreases the occurrence of matting.  Known to be an exceptionally agile jumper, the Siberian is a strong and powerfully built cat.

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100px-Raffles_singapura_cat Singapura The Singapura is one of the smallest breeds of cats, noted for its large eyes and ears, brown ticked coat and blunt tail.  The breed’s coat pattern is that of a ticked tabby.  The Singapura is described as active, curious and playful. They are affectionate and desire human interaction. They have a tendency to perch on high places, to allow them a better view of their surroundings

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100px-Snowshoe_(cat)  Snowshoe The Snowshoe is a rare breed of cat originating in the United States of America in the 1960s. Despite having existed for 45 years, Snowshoes are rare due to the difficulty of reproducing the correct coat markings.  Snowshoe cats have an affectionate and docile disposition. Due to this, they do not do well under circumstances where they are left alone for long periods of time.  They are noted as being very intelligent and have the ability to learn tricks and open doors. These cats also enjoy water, and may swim.

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100px-Sokoke_dalili Sokoke The Sokoke is a more recently developed breed.  The bodies of the Sokokes are long and thin, with long legs.  They have blotched tabby coats in shades of brown, with amber to light-green eyes. Sokoke cats are very active and enjoy climbing. They tend to be vocal toward human keepers and other cats they cohabit with. They bond deeply to each other, as well as their owners. The Sokoke does best in a controlled environment, because of their limited resistance to common New World cat illnesses.

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100px-Sphinx2_July_2006 Sphynx The Sphynx is a breed of cat developed through selective breeding starting in the 1960s, known for its lack of a coat (fur), though it is not truly hairless. The skin should have the texture of chamois, as it has fine hairs. Whiskers may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent. The skin is the colour their fur would be, and all the usual cat marking patterns (solid, point, van, tabby, tortie, etc.) may be found on Sphynx skin. Sphynxes are known for their extroverted behaviour. They display a high level of energy, intelligence, curiosity, and affection for their owners.

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Suphalak_Female_in_Thailand_named_AumDaengManee Suphalak The Suphalak is a solid reddish-brown copper coloured, short-haired breed of cat originating in Thailand. The Suphalak is a natural breed and should not be confused with the sable Burmese cat.  It’s body is medium-sized and muscular.  Like other cat breeds originating from Thailand the Suphalak is notably people oriented. They are intelligent, affectionate and playful, often taking on more of a dog-like personality and characteristics. They are communicative, active, playful and do not like to be left alone or ignored.

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thai Thai Thai is a newly classified but old cat breed, related to but distinct from the modern Western Siamese cat. This natural breed, descended from the landrace of cats of Thailand, has also been variously called Old-style, Traditional and Classic Siamese. The primary features of the Thai are that it is a point-coloured (“pointed”) cat. The premise of the Thai cat is to help preserve the old look, yet provide a future that focuses on healthy diversified lines and the authenticity and personality of the Old-style Siamese.

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100px-Tonkinese Tonkinese Tonkinese are a domestic cat breed produced by crossbreeding between the Siamese and Burmese.  Like both parent breeds, Tonkinese are intelligent, active, vocal and generally people-oriented cats, playful and interested in everything going on around them; however, this also means they are easily susceptible to becoming lonesome or bored. Their voice is similar in tone to the Burmese. Like Burmese, Tonkinese are reputed to sometimes engage in such dog-like behaviours as fetching, and to enjoy jumping to great heights.

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Toyger Toyger The toyger is a breed of domestic cat, the result of breeding domestic shorthaired tabbies (beginning in the 1980s) to make them resemble a “toy tiger”, as its striped coat is reminiscent of the tiger’s. The breed began development in the 1980s  with about forty domestic cats from various countries being carefully selected over the years as founders; each providing the rudiments of a specific desirable trait that could then be expanded with careful breeding.

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turkisha Turkish Angora Turkish Angoras are one of the ancient, natural breeds of cat, having originated in central Turkey. The breed has been documented as early as the 17th century. The breed is also sometimes referred to as simply the Angora or Ankara cat.  Turkish Angora cats have long, silky coats and elegant, sinuous bodies. Though it is known for a shimmery white coat.  Turkish Angora cats are playful, intelligent, athletic and involved. They bond with humans, but often select a particular member of the family to be their constant companion.

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100px-Turkish_Van_Example2 Turkish Van The Turkish Van is a semi-long-haired breed of domestic cat, which was developed in the United Kingdom.  The breed is rare, and is distinguished by the Van pattern (named for the breed), where the colour is restricted to the head and the tail, and the rest of the cat is white.  The Turkish Van is an excellent hunter.  The breed is generally very social, with a friendly disposition toward people, and the cats tend to develop a strong bond with their owners. They are very playful and lively. Many Turkish Vans will play fetch, and may bring a toy to their owner to initiate play.

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