Your Guide to Cat Breeds

For the first 8,000 years of their relationship with humans, cats pretty much took care of their own breeding. People kept them for one purpose - hunting rodent - and they are already perfectly designed for that. More than 100 years ago, however, we began systematically breeding cats to appeal to our aesthetic tastes. Hair length, color, coat pattern, as well as head and leg proportions contribute to the "look" of specific breeds. Look at enough cat bodies and faces, and you'll see two distinctly different types.

Faces are either triangular or rounded. Bodies that are lean and slender belong to the lithe oriental, or foreign breeds. Short legs supporting a broad, compact body are characteristic of a "cobby." Mixed breeds usually have an "in between" body type.

There are more than 70 distinct breeds of cats that are recognized by formal cat registries. Some registries recognize only about 40 breeds, because they exclude those such as Bengals which are hybrids of domestic and wild cats. Some "breeds" are simply variations of primary types. For example, a Balinese cat is a longer haired type of Siamese cat.

Some breeds have roots that go far back in history. The Japanese Bobtail, distinguished by a short, rabbit-like tail, can be traced more than 1,000 years. The Egyptian Mau cat retains the physical characteristics of ancient Egyptian cats found in ancient paintings.

With an elegant body that is randomly spotted, banded legs and tail, communicative eyes and an ellegant cheetah-like stride, it is no wonder that the Mau attracts such a tremendous amount of attention at shows.

Other breeds reflect new aesthetics. Ocicats and Savannah cats are wild-hybrids -- the result of breeding wild cats with domestic cats - which fill a desire for some cat lovers to have a "wild" pet. The Cornish Rex, with its soft, wavy coat and curled whiskers, is a dramatic, visual contrast to the typical smooth-coated cat. Likewise, the "hairless" Sphynx cat is a breed for the esoteric cat fancier.

Because the Sphynx cat has little hair, the cat needs to be bathed periodically. This is an easy task with a cat that has been accustomed to a bath from kittenhood.

Sometimes, cats are just "ordinary felines." "Domestic" is the veterinary term used to classify cats of unknown heritage. Cats in these categories are broken into groups as domestic short hair (DSH), domestic long hair (DLH) and domestic medium length hair (DMH). Some people classify cats based on living circumstances; house cat or alley cat, but these are not true breeds.

Hair length and texture contribute to a breed's "look, " but color is not a reliable identity factor. Black cats with white paws, belly, and chests are referred to as "tuxedo cats," but this is simply a description of coat pattern found in both domestic and "exotic" breeds. Tortoiseshell and calico coated cats are sometimes referred to as "ginger," "marmalade," or "orange tabby" cats, making them sound like specific breeds. In reality, they are just descriptors, much like "green-eyed Asian" or "brown-eyed European." While it is true that some cat breeds only come in one hue (Russian Blues and Korats only show gray) most breeds display a range of coat color and pattern.

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Following our mechanical pets to the planets  CBC.caRemembering Opportunity and the rovers that are paving our way through the solar system.
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Katie Price sparks outrage by giving daughter Princess a pet hedgehog named Peggy  Daily MailKatie Price has received backlash from fans after sharing a clip of her daughter Princess cuddling her pet hedgehog named Peggy on Instagram on Saturday.
Telehealth for sick foster pets available now  CBC.caVolunteers fostering sick pets for the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society can now connect with a Telehealth-like video conferencing *service*.
From exotic pets to pests  NewsroomIt's not illegal to own or trade exotic pets - but it is illegal to release them into the wild. Reptile Rescuers are busy picking up the pieces of those actions.
11 Valentine's Day Memes About Pets, Because Your True Bae Is Your Dog  BustleWhether you're dreading it or actually looking forward to the plans you have, Valentine's Day is creeping up on us all and will be here before you know it. Feb.
This stray beagle's back legs and paws were completely frozen. Follow tips to keep your pet safe  USA TODAYWith much of the nation in the grips of an Arctic blast that's dropping temperatures well below freezing, experts offer tips on keeping pets safe.
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N.J. pets in need: Feb. 11, 2019  NJ.comProfile: Sammy's Hope. sammy.jpg Courtesy of Sammy's Hope. Sammy's Hope in Sayreville became a formal animal welfare organization in September 2010.
A full run-down of Kylie Jenner's pets including her latest addition, Wesley  DailyEdge.ieFOLLOWING STORMI WEBSTER'S outlandish first birthday bash, there was one question on everybody's lips – where the hell was Kylie Jenner's first baby, ...
How To Successfully Hide A Pet In A Rental Property  Pedestrian TVHow to hide pet from your landlord during an inspection, including tips and tricks, advice and methods you can use to avoid detection.
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The Inevitable Aging of the Internet’s Famous Pets  The AtlanticHow do owners—and fans—cope with celebrity animals' later years?
President Trump Says Having a Pet Dog 'Feels a Little Phony to Me'  TIMEPresident Donald Trump isn't hiding the fact that he isn't a dog person, making it clear that he can get by without canine companionship.
Cat Tales in Spokane has saved many bad-idea pets like the tiger found caged in Houston home  The Spokesman-ReviewOn Monday, the issue of exotic animals being kept as pets was raised when a tiger was discovered by pot smokers in an abandoned Houston house. “A tiger is a ...
John Scalzi on machine learning and remembering our favorite pets  The VergeAn interview with the author of "A Model Dog" from Better Worlds, The Verge's sci-fi project about hope. John Scalzi talks about machine learning, big data, and ...
Community Corner: Readers share pet photos  New Philadelphia Times ReporterWe always look forward to sharing submitted photos for our readers to enjoy. We've had plenty of weather photos lately, but we're taking a break this week and ...
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Here's why ice salt can be toxic for your pet  CBC.caA veterinarian from Kitchener-Waterloo says ice salt can cause chemical burns on pet paws and is also toxic when animals lick it off.
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How to keep your pets safe from marijuana poisoning  The Conversation - CanadaPets are vulnerable to cannabis toxicity - by ingesting cannabis products and also by inhaling second hand smoke. In some cases this can be lethal.
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15 super cute rescue pets to adopt this weekend on Staten Island: Feb. 16-17  SILive.comMany volunteer rescue groups have animals in their care just waiting for forever families like you to adopt them.
Does Texas allow tigers as pets?  KHOU.comIn Texas, where they're allowed depends on where you are.
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Stormy, a handsome bully ready to light up your world | Marathon County Pet of the Week  Wausau Daily HeraldMore pets are available at the Humane Society of Marathon County.
Vet office pairs with Humane Society, 'Cat Weirdos' to feed pets of government employees  WLOSASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) -- Helping government employees still be trying to catch up after the shutdown: Open Door Veterinary Care on Patton Avenue in ...
Best custom gift ever? Cuddle clones pet replica slippers  TODAYCuddle Clones makes products that look so much like real-life pets, it's scary — yet adorable.
Bone to pick: pet cover is far cheaper up north  The TimesDog owners in west London pay nearly three times as much to insure their pets as those in Scotland or Durham, according to an analysis that reveals a ...

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