Cat Breeds

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Learn more about your favorite cat breeds by perusing our comprehensive list of cat breed profiles. We outline cat breed basics and give you the skinny on what you should know before bringing a new kitty home – everything from the history of your cat breed of choice to common health concerns and what they are typically like to live with. Browse our guides to the most popular cat breeds, top cats for apartment dwellers, families with children and more. We'll help you choose the right cat based on your lifestyle, living situation and the qualities you’d like in a cat.

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Medical Problems Common to Siamese Cats

Medical problems for Siamese aren't much different from those of most modern show breeds, which are developed for certain characteristics with no regard to the cat's health or longevity. I have had Siamese most of my life, and never had any problems with their health--but we had what is called the 'Classic' style when I was young, and I now have the 'Traditional'. Traditional are the original Siamese introduced to the West--sturdy, muscular and healthy, they are largish cats which come in the usual point colors of Seal, Chocolate, Lilac and Blue. 'Classic' Siamese are an in-between of the traditional and modern skinny show cat--still big and healthy compared to modern types, but with a little more triangular head and body. I had a lilac point who died of kidney failure in 2001, but he was 21 years old, and got around fine though he had gone blind and was going deaf and starting to develop the habit of walking in circles until I would pick him up and then put him back down.

Marlin S., owner of a Siamese

The Sad Reality of Kitten Mills

Kitten and puppy mills make a lot of money because they don't have the expenses that a decent breeder has. They force the dogs/cats to have multiple litters a year, provide zero vet care or vaccinations and keep them in sub standard conditions. Once the dogs/cats are too old to crank out multiple large litters a year they are killed or sold off at auctions - probably for testing or the fur trade. They also avoid stud fees by inbreeding and keep breeding from cats/dogs with genetic/breed specific issues so the puppies/kittens are more likely to have health issues. A decent breeder will spend hundreds of dollars per kitten/puppy and keeping the breeding adults healthy and comfortable. Puppy/kitten mills spend much less, churn out high volumes of puppies/kittens and will still get as much from the pet shop as a regular breeder would. If they get a few hundred dollars from the pet store they are making a killing.

Lisa D., owner of a Domestic Shorthair

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