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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.

American Wirehair

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The American Wirehair

The American Wirehair is generally considered an affectionate, people-oriented cat that loves to play but is not hyperactive or clingy. Wirehair cats shed in the spring and fall like other cats, but due to the delicate nature of the coat, they not be brushed. They may require bathing due to oily…

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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 Least Aggressive Cat Breed

Ragdolls (as their name implies) are extremely "laid-back," docile, non-aggressive cats. They tend to relax when held. They are said to possess a non-fighting instinct, which means that if attacked, they do not defend themselves. Because Ragdolls lack the instinct to defend themselves when attacked, they must be kept as indoor pets only. However, they can be easily leash trained so that they can go for walks with you outside. They are very "people" oriented and love to be around others, which often finds them greeting guests and/or following their owners around in a fashion similar to a puppy. They are often quite an attraction in a show ring because of their docile dispositions and acceptance of the judge placing them on their backs, holding them like a baby.

Jan A., owner of a Breed Unknown

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