All cats are not created equal, despite what many dog lovers and other non-interested parties might suggest. Of course, the exact number of different cat breeds varies depending on who is counting. Wikipedia’s list of cat breeds is set at 15, while the Cat Fanciers Association recognizes 42, and the International Cat Association places the number at 71. There are Siamese cats and British Shorthairs, not to mention Maine Coon cats, Abyssinians, Persians, Birmans and Scottish Folds, among dozens of others. And this doesn’t count the millions of mixed-breed cats lounging around. The difference goes beyond just cool names. Each type of cat breed embraces its unique personality and characteristics. Ask the more than 30 million Americans who own cats. And just like other pets, cats can become great companions that provide all sorts of feel-good benefits. But it’s important to figure out what cat is right before choosing a new feline buddy. Is a cuddly or independent cat in order? Maybe a family-friendly cat or one that is athletic is right. A mixed breed is perfect. Don’t worryWellWell has you covered by identifying some kitty options. Read on.
Remember The Big Lebowski and its star kitty? The was a Ragdoll cat, perfect for someone looking for a big, blue-eyed, affectionate, longhaired buddy. Better yet, these guys tend to go floppy-relaxed when picked up, which is how they got their name. They are cool kitties who are happy following people around and hanging out with family, friends and other pets.
Abyssinian cats can bust it. They are long, lean, and muscular, often reminding onlookers of those sacred cats of Egyptian art. Abyssinians are affectionate and love to play. They can even play fetch. Better still, they can walk on a leash, are good with other pets and even enjoy a good swim. They are cats for active owners.
The Viking Hearth-Keeper
Norwegian Forest Cats are the national cat of Norway, which seems only fair given their name. They are sweet, gentle, family-oriented, and all too appreciative of a good snuggle. While relatively big, these longhaired cats are gentle. They can adapt to being on their own and hang out with people. They are better suited to colder climates, and their thick coats need regular brushings.
The Rock Star
The Siamese cats Mick Jagger mentioned are adoring companions—almost becoming like groupies to owners. They have shorthaired coats and blue eyes. Siamese kitties are also known for their intelligence, high activity levels, owner attachment, and need for attention. Looking for a tight companion? It may be the right cat.
Individuals with cat allergies don’t have to give up on owning a feline friend. But they might be limited to the likes of a Balinese cat. Even though this kitty has silky fur and a bushy “squirrel tail,” they don’t create allergy issues because they secret little Fel D1 protein, making them virtually hypoallergenic. These guys are also talkative, affectionate, intelligent and playful.
Sometimes the best cats are in shelters. That’s great news because cat adoptions are needed more than ever in the most-pandemic world. These mixed-breed cats may be genetically less predictable, but they are also likely to have fewer recessive genes, making them healthier than pure breeds. They also may be a lot more thankful that they found their forever home. Don’t overlook cat adoptions.
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