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How to Understand the Characteristics of Popular Cat Breeds

The most popular cat breeds are as distinctive as snowflakes. No two breeds are exactly alike.


  • Step 1: Check out the American Shorthair cat. This cat accompanied the Pilgrims on their journey to the New World aboard the Mayflower. American Shorthairs are good hunters, enjoy good health, and are excellent with children.
  • Step 2: Look at the Oriental cat. Orientals look and behave like Siamese. They have many of the same personality characteristics, but they are not quite as vocal.
  • Step 3: Introduce yourself to the Sphynx cat. Sometimes described as part monkey, part child, and part cat, the Sphynx is loyal and loving and constantly in search of attention. With choices like these, you shouldn't have any problem finding the perfect soul cat.
  • FACT: There are an estimated 60 to 100 million homeless cats in the U.S.
  • Step 4: Discover the Birman cat. Once temple cats in Burma, they have blue eyes and white paws.
  • Step 5: Explore the Ragdoll cat. They get their name from the tendency to go completely limp when held. Ragdolls have blue eyes and mid-length fur.
  • Step 6: Think about the Maine Coon cat. This is a very large cat -- they are known for their intelligence, a luxurious fur coat, and their devotion to their owners.
  • Step 7: Ponder the Exotic cat. Exotics resemble Persians but have short fur. They get high marks from their owners on affection and docility.
  • Step 8: Look into Siamese cats. They are known for their vocal nature -- they will yowl to get attention, and then yowl again for no reason at all. They have short fur and tend to be one-person cats.
  • Step 9: Investigate Abyssinian cats. Reputed to be descendants of the cats that were revered by the ancient Egyptians, they are very active and playful.
  • Step 10: Consider the Persian cat. This is a high-maintenance cat that requires grooming every day. The breed is extremely docile and the cats have low activity levels. Persians are loyal and affectionate.

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