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Among the many breeds of cats worldwide today, a select few belong to the category of being a natural breed. Developed without people's intervention, these cats have evolved naturally to take advantage of their environment. They enable a wide range of traits and characteristics within the cat world.

Here's a list of black and white cat breeds.

Hairless cat breeds make unique pets. While lack of fur is a result of a natural mutation in some cat breeds, others have been developed by creatively crossing breeds.

Learn about the weirdest-looking, cool cat breeds from all over the world.

Tuxedo cats are classy and sleek and their coats are velvety-soft and silky to the touch. It's important to note that "tuxedo" is not the name of an actual breed of cat—it’s a term that is used to describe the characteristic bicolor patterning of various cats (like the black and white tuxedo cat).

Cats of all types can be sweet and cuddly. Feline companions come in all shapes and sizes and breeds. Discover which breeds are the most affectionate.

This article explores the top ten smartest cat breeds in the world. It examines each cat's characteristics, traits, and behavioral patterns that make them unique in the feline world.

Here are some insights into one of the oldest cat breeds. The Persian cat is a great, friendly indoor cat. This breed requires regular grooming and care, but it's a genuine, lovely friend to have.

The Bengal cat is very playful and active. This breed is for people who enjoy playing with cats and like to give them the attention they deserve.

Here's a list of mesmerizing cat breeds that have markings and facial features similar to wild cats, such as tigers, lions, cheetahs, and leopards, but without the thirst to kill.

The hypoallergenic breeds on this list produce very little of the allergen-causing protein, so you can enjoy cuddles and sweet meows without congestion.

You're a cat lover and you're wondering what breed or breeds your cat or kitten is. Some cats, even mixed breeds, present with the dominant traits of their parents. Here's how to determine what your breed your cat is.

Bicolor (or piebald) cats have a coat with one primary color and any amount of white. They come in a variety of forms, some of which are well-known—like tuxedos—and some that are more obscure, like cap-and-saddle.

A typo in a cat's genetic code can produce breeds with unique physical qualities. This is just another reason for them to act superior to us, of course.

The Selkirk Rex has a curly coat and an unusual appearance. The cat makes a friendly pet that likes to play but has a calm personality. Pompous Albert is a famous example.

This article includes preventative treatments for the Siberian Forest cat to eliminate hereditary diseases such as gum, teeth, HCM, heart, cancer, stones, and urinary sickness.

Identify your current or soon-to-be pet's breed. Overview of the origin and development of cats, as well as a short introduction to 32 well-known cat breeds.

Thinking of getting a Siamese cat? Here are some things you should know before you take the plunge. This article is based on the personal experience of a lifetime owner of Siamese cats.

Which breeds of cat are hypoallergenic? What is it about cats that cause allergies? What can you do to make your cat less irritating if you have allergies?

Ragdoll cats are wonderful creatures and make the perfect pet. They're loyal and affectionate and will love anyone who treats them well. Named for their flopping tendencies, they will melt your heart!

Some of the cutest kittens I have seen, Toyger kittens, show off mad skills at roaring, hunting, and being ferocious—or not. This adorable breed is fairly new and first showed up in the 1990s.

A domestic Bengal cat is a unique breed. While it can be easier to care for with respect to medical issues, you must be prepared to entertain and engage with this cat more than you might expect compared to other domestic cat breeds.

Are all calico cats female? Why are they called "Money Cats"? Are they mean? In this article, these and so many other questions are answered!

Do you know which are the five most popular cat breeds? Some of the names of the winners may take you by surprise. Includes photos, videos, and trivia about celebrity owners of these top-ranking felines.

Exotic cats are unique and rare animals that can potentially make outstanding pets, but they are not the right choice for everyone or every family. Here's some important facts you need to know before you make your buying decision.

If you live in an area where rodents are a problem, here are a few guidelines you can use to find a cat who will catch those mice for you—a mouser cat.

While all cats are at risk for certain diseases, Maine coon cats are at higher risk for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasia, and polycystic kidney disease.

If you are not familiar with Devon Rex cats, you are in for a treat. They are energetic and lovable companions that will keep you engaged. Learn more about why they make great pets.

Ragdolls are large, gentle, and affectionate cats. They can be trained to come when called, retrieve balls, sit, and walk on a leash. My Ragdolls get on well with my dogs.

There are differences between tortoiseshell and calico cats, but they are not two separate breeds. The differences lie in their color patterns. I'll show you exactly how they differ with pictures.

What you should know before you buy a Sphynx cat.

The lovely Savannah is a hybrid domestic breed of cat that makes for a unique and excellent pet.

Tattoo artists like to create art on bare skin. Now some are using hairless Sphynx cats to ink. It appears that any hairless animal is also subject to their art form.

The Bengal cat is a wonderful domestic cat. If you're looking for Bengal cat information, you've come to the right place. Here, you'll find free impartial advice from a longtime owner.

A summary of the things to know before buying a Persian cat, including cost, lifestyle choices, and temperament.

Domestic cat hybrids are becoming popular among people who want a pet that is out of the ordinary. The Chausie cat breed is larger and more dog-like than ordinary domestic shorthair cats.

Toyger domestic cats have been bred to resemble wild tigers, but they are a friendly, dog-like pet for those that can afford this rare breed

Ever wonder why there are so many striped cats in the world? This article will teach you the basics of tabby genetics, the correct terms, and how they arise.

The Bengal cat is a beautiful and intelligent breed, but what is it really like to keep them as pets? All I can say is it's a wild ride! Here is my personal story about caring for Bengals.


List of cat breeds

The following list of cat breeds includes only domestic cat breeds and domestic × wild hybrids. The list includes established breeds recognized by various cat registries, new and experimental breeds, landraces being established as standardized breeds, distinct domestic populations not being actively developed and lapsed (extinct) breeds.

As of 2019, The International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes 71 standardized breeds, [1] the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) recognizes 44, [2] and the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe) recognizes 43. [3]

Inconsistency in breed classification and naming among registries means that an individual animal may be considered different breeds by different registries (though not necessarily eligible for registry in them all, depending on its exact ancestry). For example, TICA's Himalayan is considered a colorpoint variety of the Persian by the CFA, while the Javanese (or Colorpoint Longhair) is a color variation of the Balinese in both the TICA and the CFA both breeds are merged (along with the Colorpoint Shorthair) into a single "mega-breed", the Colourpoint, by the World Cat Federation (WCF), who have repurposed the name "Javanese" for the Oriental Longhair. Also, "Colo[u]rpoint Longhair" refers to different breeds in other registries. There are many examples of nomenclatural overlap and differences of this sort. Furthermore, many geographical and cultural names for cat breeds are fanciful selections made by Western breeders to be exotic sounding and bear no relationship to the actual origin of the breeds [4] the Balinese, Javanese, and Himalayan are all examples of this trend.

The domestic short-haired and domestic long-haired cat types are not breeds, but terms used (with various spellings) in the cat fancy to describe "mongrel" cats by coat length, ones that do not belong to a particular breed. Some registries permit them to be pedigreed and they have been used as foundation stock in the establishment of some breeds. [ citation needed ] They should not be confused with standardized breeds with similar names, such as the British Shorthair and Oriental Longhair.


Indoor and Outdoor Cats

There are a number of different cat breeds that love to spend their days indoors, occupying the comfy sofa and stealing all the softest cushions. But not all felines make perfect lap cats. Many are only happy if they can spend several hours a day outdoors.

In general cats thrive on a mixture of indoor and outdoor time. There are plenty of people who are unable to let their cats out, for various reasons. If you are in this situation – living in an apartment, for example – it is best to opt for a breed that will be happy to live indoors.

This Balinese cat is outdoors, dreaming of indoors!

Indoor Cat or Outdoor Cat?

As a general rule it is fair to say that cats should be allowed to spend time outside if possible. It is in their nature to love the great outdoors, and if you are unable to provide them with al fresco fun, make sure they have plenty of stimulation indoors, and choose one of the more docile breeds.

Most cats will get used to a life indoors, but there are certain breeds that are pretty much made for a cosy life of coaches, laps and rugs-in-front-of-the-fire. The Sphynx breeds, for example, being hairless, can be damaged by extremes of hot cold weather. They're quite happy if the outdoors is just something that they can look at through a window. The same applies to the super-shorthaired Cornish Rex and Devon Rex.

If you don’t want (or can’t afford!) a hairless cat, opt for a docile breed, such as the Persian, Russian Blue, or Ragdoll, which all have coach potato tendencies and relaxed temperaments.

If you are adopting a cat that has previously enjoyed being outside, it would be cruel to lock her up. The equation works the other way round too – a cat who has been happy with her indoor life might get stressed if suddenly made to fend for herself outside. Some previously indoor-only cats might relish the opportunity for fresh air, though, so watch how they behave and judge the situation as best you can.

A Black Burmese cat is able to relax anywhere, indoors or out

Benefits for Indoor Only Cats

  • Lower chance of becoming ill as a result of eating infected or worm-infested food, or poisoned rodents.
  • Lower chance of catching diseases or parasites from other cats.
  • Less stress and anxiety: no aggressive neighborhood cats or dogs to worry about.
  • No chance of being killed on the road.
  • No unwanted pregnancies, if your cat hasn’t been spayed (neutered).
  • No potentially fatal encounters with wild animals.
  • No neighbors complaining about cat poop and dug-up gardens!
The Outdoor Cat Run allows your indoor cat to enjoy the outside.

This Birman is fond of her cosy corner indoors

The list of indoor-loving cats is long, and includes the following:

  • American Curl
  • American Shorthair
  • American Wirehair
  • Balinese
  • Birman
  • British Shorthair
  • Chartreux
  • Colorpoint
  • Cornish Rex, Devon Rex
  • Egyptian Mau
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Havanna Brown
  • Maine Coon
  • Munchkin
  • Ocicat
  • Oriental
  • Persian
  • Russian Blue
  • Scottish Fold
  • Siamese
  • Snowshoe
  • Sphynx
  • Tonkinese
  • Toyger
  • Turkish Angora

Benefits for Outdoor Cats

  • Freedom. An odd concept in a pet, you might think, but throughout history the human/cat relationship has been based on the independence of the cat.
  • Opportunity for natural behaviour: cats are born hunters and explorers, and being outside taps into their inbuilt urges and instincts.
  • Stimulation and exercise – without the need for a room full of toys, indoor exercise to burn calories, and on-tap human attention.
  • Cats are not pack animals like dogs, but they like to stake out their own territory, and that involves interacting with other cats whose territory crosses – or overlaps with – theirs. A lot of it might be face-offs, arched backs and a bit of yowling, but that’s all part of being feline.
  • No litter trays or smelly kitty litter – your cat will discretely see to her toilet business outside.

This Manx Cat loves the outdoor life

Outdoor Cat Run – Perfect Compromise between Indoor and Outdoor

If you buy an Omlet Outdoor Cat Run your pet will be able to enjoy fresh air and exercise, with the added safety and security of a fence between them and the dangers beyond. Think of it as a kind of cat conservatory or walled garden.


10. Sacred cat of Burma

A cat full of mystery and legend, the Burmese is a colored feline with long silky hair and four pure white feet. It often seems a little squat. Its distinctive head has strong jaws, firm chin, and medium length nose.

Information on His Temperament

Burmese are affectionate, kind, and faithful companions with an air of dignity that seems to encourage the worship of their families. As former temple cats, Burmese seem to have become accustomed to worship. They are very intelligent and affectionate, according to some, they are often very people-oriented.

They will generally greet visitors with curiosity rather than fear. Because of their gentle temperament, Burmese are generally easy to handle: taking care of them is simple and they are ideal pets for anyone who wants peaceful companions who offer love and affection.


What is a Puppy Cat?

There’s a growing market for cats that act like dogs, and there’s a name for these pets too, puppy cats. This name refers to specific breeds of domestic cats with behavioral patterns that are resemblant of dogs.

Although uncommon, these dog-like tendencies are considered within the scope of feline behavior and have been enhanced through selective breeding. Some of these behaviors include:

  • Following their owner around from room-to-room.
  • Craving constant acknowledgment and physical affection.
  • Showing a lack of aggression towards unfamiliar cats in the neighborhood.
  • Enjoying baths or swimming.
  • No hesitation when walking with a collar and leash.

While these characteristics might seem appealing for owners interacting with their cats, problems can occur. Felines that are too trusting and friendly are vulnerable to unpredictable dogs, people, and situations. Thus, we recommend using a wearable device to help track and identify your cat shall your feline go missing.

Although these dog-like characteristics can appear regardless of breed, some breeds are more prone to these behaviors. You can find these cats through breeders or if you’re lucky enough, through a rescue shelter. So, let’s go over our list of the top ten cat breeds that act like dogs.


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