Cat Breeds

Information on all cat breeds.

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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The Best Cat for Someone with Allergies

Cat allergies come from a protein made in the cat's saliva and skin but not the fur. When the cat sheds those skin cells (dander) are spread around. However there are two types of cats that naturally have lower levels of the protein. They are the Siberian (big with long hair) and the Russian Blue (smaller cat with low shedding short hair). Sometimes a hairless or Rex cat might be tolerable, but only because those breeds require frequent bathing which removes some of the dander. I have family members that are allergic to cats but they have lived with a RB without any problems.

Kate B., owner of a Korat

The Truth About Pet Store Cats

Let me start by saying that a reputable breeder would NEVER sell their pups or kittens to a pet store. They want to know who is getting the offspring (interviews, etc.). If you want a purebred animal go online to rescue sites for that particular breed, contact a breeder directly (this way you can see the condition of the area as well as the mother or check a shelter. About 50 percent of animals that go into a shelter are purebred animals. DO NOT buy an animal from a pet store ever!

Melissa F., owner of a Domestic Medium Hair

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