Cat Breeds

20 December 2016 | Cat Advice

Top 10 Cat Breeds

There are many breeds of cats that cat lovers can choose from. They vary in behavior, size, requirements and so forth. It takes understanding to know what breed would match your personal taste best. Cats are good complements in life and are commonly used as pets. They have many other benefits in our homes and other premises that define the different reasons people keep them. With the countless breeds available, it may be hard for one to choose the perfect breed for their taste. Considerations should be made on how to maintain them, such as hair trimming, bathing, and the facilities that will be required such as cat trees, cat nail clipper, and so forth, and their suitability in an environment that has other animals and people. Thus, this article will discuss the top 10 cat breeds by pointing out their qualities.

The Oriental

It has big pointed ears and inquisitive personality. It is social and smart and bonds deeply with the owners. The can be a playful companion and loyal. It is a dog-like cat – demanding and quite vocal. Moreover, it is friendly to kids and plays well with other pets. It has an average lifespan of 15 years and average adult weight of 5 to 8 pounds.

The American Shorthair

This athletic cat descends from the British Shorthair but is leaner, larger and more powerful than its counterpart is. It has a lifespan of 15-20 years and comes in many colors as well as patterns. It is great with kids and gets along with dogs. It is gentle, easy going, healthy and has a low maintenance. An adult weighs 8 to 15 pounds on average.

The Birman

It is a large, sturdy, long cat with long silky hair, which does not mat. It is popularly known for its dark points on its ears, legs, face and tail, blues eyes. It can stay out of the way and quiet when the owner is busy making it a perfect pet for families with children or other animals.

The Sphynx

The cat is hairless, which makes it very sensitive to the sun and other elements. The quality also makes it only an indoor cat. It is affectionate, warm to the touch, energetic and cuddly. It even snuggles under the covers with the owner. It's big pointy ears, and curiosity makes it a fun addition to a family. Its weight is between 8-15 pounds.

The Ragdoll

It is an affectionate and gentle cat, which often follows the owner from one room to the other. It is not good at defending itself, and as such, it should not be allowed to roam alone in streets. It should also not be left to play with aggressive animals. Its hair, which is full of plush, requires regular grooming. It is among the big cat breeds and feels best in a relaxing lifestyle.

The Siamese

They can be verbally demanding in requiring your attention, but they are also social, loving and affectionate. It can be nervous and sensitive and is a cat of routine and habit. Its lifespan is between 11 to 15 years. The breed comes in different colors with dark patches on ears, face, tail and paw being common in all.

The Abyssinian

It is among the oldest breeds of cat. It has slender legs and large pointy ears. It weighs between 6 to 10 pounds. It is a smart, willful and extroverted loves to play and explore. Despite being curious, is timid and shy around strangers but it is a good family pet.

The Bengal

They have highly sought after. Their intelligence looks and personality makes them highly valued. They are excellent at learning new tricks, and are also great with their paws, which can be troublesome since they turn off switches, play with electronics thereby causing mischief. The Bengal cat loves water, a quality which makes the fish in aquariums in danger. They also love climbing and thus would require you to have a cat tree to avoid damages in the house. Here list of pros and cons when you feed Bengal cat

The Maine Coon

It is a beautiful cat which is also the largest among the domestic cat breeds. It has an average size of up to 18 pounds with some going up to 20 pounds. To reach maturity, it takes 3 to 4 years. It has thick fur with a waterproof layer, long and thick tail used to wrap its face on harsh weather, and large wide paws that act like snowshoes. The cat is healthy and hardy, a great mouser and is great with kids as well as other animals including dogs.

The Persian

It has a squashed, face, long and silky fur, and expressive eyes. It is among the oldest cat breeds. It loves serene, habit environments, and is sweetly affectionate and calm. It requires regular grooming and baths. Its fur is too long for self-grooming. Persians are best kept as indoor cats.

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My name is Evelyn, creator of PlaywithMeow!, I created Play with Meow to connect, share and inspire other cat lovers around the world, hoping we all utilize this community to make a better life for our cats.
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