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.

Talk About Breeds

Kinked Tails in Siamese Cats

Our cats do not have kinked tails but it is a recessive gene in the Siamese's heritage - just like the crossed eyes are in some Siamese. The legend is that when they were the "Royal Cats" in the palaces and temples of Siam, they would guard the perimeter of the palace and warn of intruders with their very loud voices. When the princesses took their baths they needed a safe place to put their rings. So they slipped them over the tail of their favorite cat. Then the cat would obligingly kink the ends of their tails so that the rings would not fall off. It's a lovely legend very befitting of such an aristocratic and beautiful cat.

Diane N., 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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