Ever wondered how many different cat breeds there are? Depending on which cat group you subscribe to, the answer will be different.
According to The International Cat Association (TICA) there are 71 different cat breeds. While the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) drops this number by nearly half, saying there are just 45. Coming in just one less, the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe) counts 49.
With so many different cat breeds, where to start?
According to Wikipedia, Australians are big on feline friends – with about 2.7 million cats as pets. Whichever way you look at it, that’s a lot of feline personality. With so many different cat breeds, how can we get to know them all?
Let’s begin by looking at five feline personalities from across the world.
1. British Short Haired cat personality
Self-sufficient, good natured and warm-hearted. This is the reputation which precedes a British Short Hair. Though he’s more likely to sit next to you than on your lap, this easy-going feline won’t mind a cuddle. That’s why we’ve said it’s one of the best pets for kids.
With a calm temperament emanating from these wide-cheeked wonders, it’s no wonder this cat inspired the infamously chilled Cheshire Cat from Alice In Wonderland.
2. Siamese cat personality
Siamese cats were first bred in Siam (now known as Thailand) and are intelligent, athletic, and loyal. Their gregarious temperament means they are always willing to share an opinion and can keep the conversation going all day. Happy around people and other pets, Siamese love sitting on laps or snuggling under covers and do get sad if left alone.
3. Persian cat personality
With its full and round face and flat teensy nose, the Persian cat’s cuteness is equally matched by its intelligence. Famed for being the parlour cat companion to Queen Victoria, the Persian cat first travelled to Europe in the 1600’s from Iran – then known as Persia. This dignified and relaxed cat prefers to be in a calm and quiet environment and enjoys being groomed. In fact, we listed Persians as some of the best pets for apartments.
Sadly, selective breeding has resulted in a high prevalence of polycystic kidney disease. So it’s good to know that both our Classic and Deluxe cat insurance plans cover for hereditary conditions (after a 90-day waiting period passes).
4. Calico cat personality
The Calico cat is not a breed of cat but rather any breed with a tricolour patterned coat. According to the Cat Breeds Encyclopedia, Calico cats are wise, mystical, warm-hearted and lucky. In fact, Calicos are often seen as a symbol of good luck in folklore history. The German word for a Calico is “Glückskatze” which translates as “lucky cat.” In Maryland, the Calico cat is the state cat and in Japan the Calico Maneki-neko or beckoning cat figure brings good luck.
5. Maine Coon cat personality
Known as the “gentle giant” the Maine Coon is the largest of the domestic cat breeds. He’s big and you can hug him. He has an above average intelligence. In fact, some Maine Coon’s switch off lights and flush toilets by emulating people! They’re are talkative and playful. Although they’re chilled with kids, cats and dogs, they’re cautious around strangers.
To sum it up, the Maine Coon is known as as one of the friendliest cats in the world.
Like all pure creatures, cats are practical
While each of these different cat breeds and their personalities make for great family pets, it’s important to remember that every cat has its day. If your cat gets injured or is on heat, they can sometimes be aggressive or frustrated. This can result in neighbourhood prowling, fights with other cats and even damage to other people’s property.
PD cat insurance covers you for vet visits, accident cover and even third-party liability (which means coverage for damage to others’ property).
Different cat breeds – over to you
Of the alleged 71 different cat breeds do you happen to have one of the lesser known?
Or do you have a feline with a personality we need to know about? Let us know all about mittens in the comments below.