Cats (Felis catus), often referring to as domestic or house cats, are small carnivorous mammals that are typically domesticated as pets by humans. First kept for the task of hunting mice, cats today remain popular pets because of their friendly and playful companionship. Cat breeds vary by origins, sizes, and coat types that range from shorthair to longhair and hairless breeds. Young cats are called kittens. The word cat also refers to other feline species that includes large wild cats such as lions, cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, tigers, pumas, and lynx.
Siamese Cats are a small to medium sized breed of cat with well-defined slender aristocratic features. Identified by their beautiful contrasting coats and deep blue almond shaped eyes, Siamese cats are one of the most distinct and popular breeds of Asian cats and have been renowned through history as descendants of the sacred temple cats of Siam (now Thailand). Siamese Cats are known for their inquisitive nature, high degree of intelligence, and their distinct voices that they will use often. Distinguished from other cats by their devotion that few other breeds exhibit, Siamese cats are known to bond deeply to a single person and do not like to feel ‘abandoned’ when left alone for a stretch of time.
Body: Linear profile, slender, muscular, well-defined features
Color: Pale fawn body and black extremities
Temperament: Talkative, extroverted, playful, intelligent
Siamese Cat side profile (standing), side (sitting), front (sitting), back (sitting), side (laying down)
American Shorthair Cats are a popular large size breed of domestic cat known for their strong bodies, easy-going attitudes, and long lifespans. The American Shorthair cat was first brought over by settlers in the United States to protect the cargo of their ships from mice and rats and was selectively bred to promote qualities that allowed the breed to deal with their new climate and lifestyle. Because of their ‘working cat’ histories, American Shorthair cats continue to be curious, playful, and low-maintenance cats that enjoy hunting and adventuring independently.
Body: Strong bodied, round faces, short ears
Color: Over 80 different colors and patterns
Temperament: Curious, playful, easy-going, affectionate
American Shorthair Cat side profile (standing), front (sitting), back (sitting), side (laying down)
Maine Coon Cats are the largest breed of domestic cat and are distinguished by their long silky coats of fur and sociable personalities. One of the first natively American cat breeds established by the early settlers, the Maine Coon received its name from the state of Maine where its long thick coat and hunting skills helped it survive the harsh winters. Often referred to as the ‘gentle giants’ of the cat world because of their large stature and friendly temperaments, the Maine Coon is popularly projected as having many ‘dog-like’ qualities.
Body: Robust, heavy coat, bushy tail
Color: Brown tabby (Traditional), colors vary widely
Temperament: Sociable, friendly, independent
Maine Coon Cat side profile (walking), front (sitting), back (sitting), side (laying down)
Persian Cats are a medium size breed of long-haired cat with distinct round faces, short muzzles, and stocky legs. Persian cats are the most popular of all cat breeds and have been highly valued through history as a show-style regal breed. Characterized by their stocky and un-athletic bodies, Persian Cats do not jump or climb on objects often and instead prefer to routinely lounge and pose throughout comfortable indoor environments. Persians have gentle and affectionate personalities that make them great lap cats.
Body: Round face, short muzzle, stocky, short legs, long hair
Color: White (classic), variety of colors and patterns
Temperament: Placid, relaxed, shy
Persian Cat side profile (walking), front (sitting), back (sitting), side (laying down)
Sphynx Cats are a breed of medium size hairless cat with lean narrow bodies and oversized ears. Easy to distinguish from other breeds of cats due to their distinct lack of fur, the Sphynx instead gets its character from their pronounced wrinkles that make them a unique, wise, and mysterious presence. Known for being one of the more ‘dog-like’ cat breeds, Sphynx cats have extroverted and affectionate personalities that reveal a high degree of intelligence, curiosity and playfulness.
Body: Lean, oversized ears, hairless
Color: Skin colored and patterned like fur
Temperament: Curious, intelligent, mischievous, energetic
Sphynx Cat side profile (walking), side (standing), side (sitting), front (sitting), back (sitting), side (laying down)
Abyssinian Cats are a medium-sized short-haired cat breed with a slender and alert bodies. Known for being curious extroverts, Abyssinian cats do not regularly enjoy being lap cats and prefer to be exploring and playing. Abyssinian cats have active and social personalities that are often revealed to their owners by talking and expressing affection to anyone in the household.
Body: Muscular, slender, alert ears, almond eyes
Color: Warm reddish-brown base (Usual/Ruddy), Sorrell, Blue, Fawn, Silver
Temperament: Playful, willful, active, intelligent
Abyssinian Cat side profile (walking), side (sitting), back (sitting), side (laying down)