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pictures_of_cat_breed_of_cats_Abyssinian.jpgWith the exception of a few true cat fanciers, Americans have traditionally been less particular about the bloodlines of their cats than of their dogs. Cats were most commonly seen on farms and they worked to help keep down the vermin population. As cats have become more of a companion than a farm-hand there has been a steadily increasing interest in cat breeds, their purity, and pedigree . The Cat Fanciers' Association is dedicated to the preservation of the purebred and recognizes 39 pedigreed cat breeds. Listed below are 15 of these breeds along with some information about the breed's characteristics and history.

Pictures_of_Cats_Red_tabby_american_shorthair.jpgChoosing a cat breed can be a bit daunting, especially if you don't know very much about cats! When considering a cat, you must be sure to choose a breed that will best suit your lifestyle. Some breeds require more physical activity than others, and some require much more grooming. Look below to find the top five most popular cat breeds. You will also find a brief description about each breed's grooming requirements and personality type.

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The Oriental is one of the most popular cat breeds around. This breed is a very intelligent, loyal companion and tends to bond deeply with its family. It has large, pointed ears, and although its body is very sleek, it is still quite a muscular breed.

The American Short hair is extremely popular with families, as they tend to be very affectionate and friendly. The American short hair originally was a working breed, mostly for mouse hunting, which explains the agile muscular structure and short hair. They do need a little exercise, but most are quite content being a lap cat.

Pictures_of Birman_kittens.jpgThe Birman breed is thought to have originated from Burma. It is perhaps best recognized by its blue eyes, white body, and smoky-brown face, ears, legs, and tail. Birmans possess a long, sturdy body structure with long, mat-resistant hair. They love to play and are quite gentle. They are affectionate without being too needy.

If you're looking for a very affectionate, cuddly cat, then a Sphynx may be the breed for you. Although they look like they have no fur, they actually have a peach-like fuzz all over their body. As they don't have much hair to protect their skin, they should strictly be kept indoors. This breed does require a bit of extra care, particularly with room temperature, as this breed can easily become too cold.

A very mild and gentle cat breed is the Ragdoll, appropriately named such as it can be quite floppy and relaxed when picked up. If you love a cat that accompanies you from room to room, this breed would likely be a wonderful match for you. They are very careful not to use teeth or claws when playing around, so they would also make an excellent cat for children.

Now that you have a better idea about the most popular, yet very different, breeds out there, hopefully you find choosing a cat to be a little less daunting than before. Be sure to remember that lifestyles are important factors to consider; so if you aren't very active, you probably shouldn't choose a cat that requires a lot of activity, and vice versa.

Article by Renee Hillam

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cat_allergy_allergies.jpgIt's possible that you might be allergic to your own cat. If you're in the cat purchase mode, you might want to check online or with your vet to confirm if the breed is considered to be a cat associated with high allergies. The last thing you want to do is bring a cat home and then realize you can't keep her. I would strongly suggest that you spend a couple of hours with your prospective cat and confirm that there are no adverse effects from spending lots of time with her.

If you fall into the category of being an owner of a cat that you are allergic to, there are ways to reduce the effects:

  • Visit an allergist and discuss your options with regards to medication or monthly shots that you can take.
  • Shave your cat down to its skin. Bad joke. Seriously though, consider bathing your cat more often to reduce the dander in their coat. You also may be allergic to your cat's saliva. Check with your vet to find out how often you can bathe your cat. This point is important, you don't want to over bathe the cat, that may make the situation worse.
  • Invest in leather furniture if it's really bad. If leather is your style, this is a positive. Fabric covered furniture tends to hold more cat dander.
  • Vacuum a lot. Not your cat, your residence.
  • Get rid of the carpet in your house and replace it with tile, hardwood or anything else that won't trap cat dander.
  • Keep your cat out of rooms that you may sleep in or work in.
  • Get a good air purifier and try to keep the windows open whenever the temperature allows for it.
  • Your vet may be able to recommend some treatments or sprays for your cat that might reduce his dander.
  • If you have a cat that is causing you some discomfort due to allergies, look for alternatives that can help to fix the situation. I've listed a few above but your vet may have other options.

    If you have any advice or information, share below. What's worked for you?

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    A new cat breed is now available that doesn’t cause allergic reactions!

    allerica_pictures_of_cats.jpgThese cats don’t produce the protein that causes allergies in people. And are they ever cute! ….of course there is a huge price tag (6000.00 up to 28,000.00 USD) and a long wait list (over a year) …..but for cat lovers who have allergies, it might be worth it.

    Ok, so you’re asking, what did they do to those poor cats to make them hypoallergenic? Well it’s simple…if you are a geneticist who specializes in genetic divergence…not me for sure, but let me explain it the way I understand it…

    Cats produce this protein that causes allergies… you find it on their skin, fur, saliva, everywhere, really…. But these scientists have isolated the gene that produces this protein. No one is telling the scientific secrets of how they found a breed of cats that produces a different version of the protein.

    But what they do say is that the new breeds were developed using genetic sequencing. (exactly what breeders have been doing for years… without the science) The result was a kitten that didn’t produce the allergic response.

    This type of cat is completely healthy and is bred naturally. They’ve even got two new breeds to choose from now – Siamese and the exotic Ashera. Amazing.

    See pictures of hypoallergenic cats online or place your order at Allerca Lifestyle Pets.

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    bengal_cat.jpgIntroduction a new kitten into your home is always a big deal. In my opinion, it becomes a bigger deal if you're purchasing a pure bred kitten. Understand that I'm not saying that pure breeds are more important than mixed cats. However, if you're going to be spending the extra money required to purchase a purebred, you should make sure the breeder is trustworthy and that you're actually getting a pure bred.

    Good breeders truly care about the welfare of the kitten. The best ones almost interview you before you leave with their kitten. It's almost like it's more important that you are a good fit for the cat as opposed to the cat being a good fit for you. Isn't that the way it should be?

    The best breeders are meticulous about the breeding details of the breed and they will provide very good post natal care within a clean and safe environment.

    Here are some other issues that you should be on the look out for when considering breeders:

  • The best breeders consider their cat's a part of their family and make you prove that you are worthy of inheriting one of their cats.
  • They screen for hereditary diseases that typically effect the breed.
  • Belongs to one or more cat associations.
  • Will allow you to visit their facility at anytime.
  • Socializes with their kittens.
  • The best breeders have sociable personality traits and are open with regards to advantages and disadvantages to the breeds.
  • Will have the kitten spayed or neutered.
  • A good breeder will know all of the kitten's personalities.
  • Getting references from a breeder should never be an issue. Always follow up on references and contact the references yourself.
  • Accountable breeders will provide health clearances, pedigrees, title certificates, registration papers and any other paperwork required for the breed.

  • If you get a bad feeling about your breeder or if your breeder isn't forthcoming with certain details about the kitten; choose another breeder. In my opinion, the best breeders are completely transparent with regards to the details of the breed. Failure to provide any of the documents listed above usually means that something isn't right. Most reputable breeders provide a health guarantee and a complete refund policy.

    Whether you've had good or bad experiences with certain breeders, I would love to hear your story.

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    Kittens bred for survival with limited human intervention have turned out to be a most delightful breed of cats!

    American Keuda grey.jpg

    The name comes from the acronym KEUDA – Kitten Evaluation Under Direct Assessment – a study that took the most physically strong and hardy barn cats of the southern states and bred them to create the ultimate in cat strength and ingenuity. Excellent hunters and fast runners, the American Keuda is now also a very loving and loyal cat to own.

    Physical: strong and agile with a belly flap allowing for a larger range of motion.

    Color: any color, any fur length, any markings, with no undercoat.

    Temperament: Smart and outgoing, playful and adaptable.

    History: Brought to America by the Spanish to keep the rodent population in check.

    They sailed to America on the Mayflower; these All-American cats are a part of history. The American Shorthair makes a terrific pet. They are sensitive and playful and are good with children and adults alike. Because of their strength and good health, they have a long lifespan, so expect almost two decades of love from your American Shorthair.

    Quick Cat Characteristics


    Physical: Medium to large build, muscular with slightly rounded ears and a long tail.

    Color: Many colors with tabby markings or patched.

    Temperament: A cuddly lap cat that also loves to play.

    History: One of America’s first settlers. The American Shorthair had a place on the Mayflower.


    The Birman breed is playful and curious, yet gentle and soft spoken, a real live teddy bear. Once believed to be the reincarnated priests of Ancient Burma, Birman cats are still sacred cats. Anyone who owns one knows how loving and gentle these peaceful cats can be. Traditionally, all Birman kittens born in the same year are given names that start with the same letter of the alphabet. No letters are skipped and every 26 years the breeders start with the letter A again.

    Physical – Strong and stocky with long body, legs and tail.

    Color – strong contrasting color in Seal, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac point with a creamy white body and pure white fingers and toes.

    Temperament – Extremely calm and docile, yet playful and social.

    History – Guardians of the ancient temples of the Khmer people of Burma, two cats were brought to France in 1919 and the breed was developed, later all but two cats were destroyed in World War II.

    european_cave_lion.jpgThe scientific name for this cat is Panthera Leo Spelaea but it is more commonly known as the European Cave Lion, European Lion or the Cave Lion.

    The European Cave Lion first appeared in Europe around 500 000 to 700 000 years ago. Paintings of this cat have been found in many European caves depicting the animal hunting together in teams similar to current modern day lions.

    What is a Liger you ask? Well a Liger is the offspring of a father lion and a mother tiger. What happens when you breed these animals together is pretty incredible. No one understand why when you breed these animals together, you are left with a Liger that can weigh more than both parents combined.

    Over the coming weeks we'll be taking a look at all the cross breed types like Tigons, Li-Liger, Li-tigon, Ti-liger and Ti-Tigons.

    This dramatic video shows you exactly how large Ligers can become.

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