Over the past 140 years, a great many of pedigreed cat varieties have developed due to artificial selection on the process of cat domestication. Since the first cat show in London in 1871, which showcased only five breeds, the development of pedigreed cats has increased in popularity. In the USA, the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA, http://www.cfa.org/) currently recognizes 41 breeds for competition, and The International Cat Association (TICA, http://www.tica.org/) accepts 57 breeds. A majority of the breeds acknowledged by these two large registries are also typical breeds around the world; however, each breed registry has specific nuances for breed standards and breeding practices.
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Several cat breeds were formed by crossing with different species of cats. The Bengal breed is acknowledged worldwide and has become a highly popular breed. To create Bengals, Asian leopard cats (Felis bengalensis) were and are bred with domestic cat breds like Egyptian Mau, Abyssinian and other cats to form a very unique breed in both color and temperament . The breed termed Chaussie is developing from crosses of domestic cats with Jungle cats (Felis chaus) and the breed termed Savannahs are from crosses with domestic cats and Servals (Felis serval).
Our cat breed information pages have lots of valuable information to help you find the right cat for your budget and lifestyle. All of our profile pages have at least one picture so you can better familiarize yourself with the cat breed that interests you. You'll learn whether a cat is good with children, a heavy or light shedding cat and their exercise needs. And, finally, on our profile pages, you will find links to classified ads from cat breeders with cats and kittens for sale.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2015 1:05:27 PM
Just wanted to explain in more detail one of 4 major colors allowed in Abys - RUDDY.
Ruddy is actually orange-brown (also called burnt sienna), ticked with 2 or 3 bands of black or dark brown. Outer parts of the body have at least one band of ticking. Darker shadings along spine if fully ticked. Underside of body, chest, and inside of legs an even orange-brown without ticking, barring, necklaces, or belly markes. Color varies from warm apricot to deeper burnt sienna. Tail tipped with black, without rings or gray. Paw pads are black or dark brown with black between toes and just beyond paws. The eye color is gold, copper, green, or hazel, the more richness and depth the better. Nose leather is brick-tile red.
Monday, March 25, 2015 4:05:27 PM
I have a kitten that I got from my son's mother-in-law and yes we get along great (the mother's-in-laws that is). Anyhow, I am told that she is a mountain Andalusian. The only animals that I ever heard called "Andalusian" is a breed of horses not cats. Has anyone out there ever heard of this "Breed" of cat before? When I can get a camera and get a picture I will post it, her name is allspice, she is a polydactyl calico and she is Beautiful. I hope someone can help me with this. I asked the previous owner and she assures me that it is the proper name of the breed. I have heard of the Andean mountain cats but I don't think Allspice is one of them.
Wednesday, February 02, 2015
I adopted a Siberian cat about five years ago. Her name is Tara. She was 5 years old and her family could not keep her. I love her personality which got better as she adjusted to me. The characteristics of your cat sound like my cat. All except the last paragraph.
I'm including your paragraphs in quotes and following with my cat's characteristics.
"For example, she is very shy at first with new people. Also, I have to comb her often. Her hair war extremely knotted when I adopted her. She sheds in small clumps, and it is not too difficult to clean up. "
Tara is shy with new people but it doesn't take long for her to warm up. Tara's hair will get knotted. I try to keep up with it but she doesn't like to get brushed. She sheds in clumps as well as small amounts of hair. I think the fabric on my couch makes it hard to clean it up.
"Also, she likes to lie on her back and put her feet in the air when she sleeps. "
Tara doesn't always sleep this way but she does sleep this way often; especially in front of the fireplace. She looks so relaxed and trusting when she is in this position. Makes me feel I provided her a safe and comfortable home.
"She does like to chase things only when you are swinnging something around on a string, but will not play with anything by herself. "
Tara is the same. She will also lose interest quickly even if I dangle something. Once in a while she will find a small item and start throwing it around and chase it. But the playing doesn't last long.
"Another strange thing is that she bites me ,but no one else. I think she is just playing and trying to get attention. She also gives me a little claw when she wants me to wake up. "
Tara will go to bite me but does not put any pressure in it. I think she is telling me she doesn't want me to pet her in a particular spot or stop all together. To get me up, Tara walks on my body and gets close to my face and meows. Usually I'm already awake and I think she knows it.
"One more thing that is strange is that she doesn't move like other cats that I have seen before. For example when she chases something, sometimes she falls on her back, or falls off the bed, because she is paying attention to the object. I have never seen such a clumsy cat. " Tara does not do this. So other than this last item, she sounds like my Tara who is definitely a Siberian.
Saturday, January 29, 2015
I am just wondering what kind of cat I have. I believe she is Siberian. She looks like it, but some of her characteristics are not the same.
For example, she is very shy at first with new people. Also, I have to comb her often. Her hair war extremely knotted when I adopted her. She sheds in small clumps, and it is not too difficult to clean up.
Also, she likes to lie on her back and put her feet in the air when she sleeps.
She does like to chase things only when you are swinnging something around on a string, but will not play with anything by herself.
Another strange thing is that she bites me ,but no one else. I think she is just playing and trying to get attention. She also gives me a little claw when she wants me to wake up.
One more thing that is strange is that she doesn't move like other cats that I have seen before. For example when she chases something, sometimes she falls on her back, or falls off the bed, because she is paying attention to the object. I have never seen such a clumsy cat. Can anyone tell me about my cat? What kind is she? I am sure you need to see a picture first.
Friday, January 28, 2015
I have a 10 month old neutered male Siberian cat. He is the most wonderful cat I have ever had. I had to give up on indoor cats several years ago, dut to asthma, but the siberian gives me no problems.
He comes to his name, also a clicker when he is outside.
He can sit, shake, sit up, and jump through a hula hoop. I love showing off his tricks to dog owners because they are astounded.
Siberians are great family pets.
Tuesday, January 11, 2015
I have a large fixed female calico and a maybe three month old kitten (male). I was wondering what breed our calico might be. She is our first cat and we have had her for almost two years. Autumn is almost three and she weighed 12lbs when we adopted her. I am thinking Americn shorthair, but I'd like a second opinon.
Tuesday, January 04, 2015
I have a wonderful big boy named Master Hemper he is s stray but he looks like champion Siberian cat. He is a blue silver tabby who chirps, trills, loves water and plays fetch like a dog. He is so smart and he hasn't even turned one! He was a scrawny funny looking kitten who jumped in my neice's car during a thunderstorm when she opened her car door. So she couldn't leave him because he stop licking her face. He was such an unusual cat that u called local vets and left my number. Thank God no one ever called because he is My third child. He fit right in with 3 other cats and our white German shepherd puppy. I'm in love with the breed and I hope that Master Hemper and I will have many more great years together! Anyone wants a pic email me.
Sunday, November 14, 2015
When we moved into our condo, there was a stray cat who lived in the courtyard. All the neighbors took care of her, feeding her, though she lived outside. One of the other neighbors who moved, abandoned her as it was their daughter's cat and she was on deployment in Iraq. Well, it was out great find! Lady is a Siberian and my son, who is allergic to other cats never had any issues with her. So, we adopted her and she is a great cat and true to all the Siberian characteristics. Light shedding, dog-like personality, sweet, loving and very playful. Although, we had an issue with her "marking" territory on the couch and under the couch. I think it was due to her wild nature of being outside for nearly a year. My son has no allergy issues at all with her and she is the new member of our family. Cannot say enough good things about the Siberian breed - they are the best cat, hands down.
Wednesday, September 15, 2015
I had no idea what breed my cat Elizabeth was all I knew that everybody always told me how beautiful she is. My brother just came home who lives overseas. His first words out of his mouth were oh my god I have never seen a cat like that where did you find her? I told him that I got her at the SPCA and mentioned she was just left to freeze to death before she was rescued. When I took my cat the vet my vet didn't even know what breed she was. My brother told me that she has to be part siberian which is rare in the United States. I searched for images for the breed and within seconds found a cat that looks like her. I know she is not a purebred but at least I have some idea of what breed my cat is.
Monday, August 30, 2015
My mother owns an orange/white siberian named Emmitt. He was a VERY energetic and loveable kitten, however, now that he is older (he is about 3 yrs old) he is extremely aggressive. When anyone comes over, he will jump in their lap and let them pet him for a few seconds before biting at their hand or scratching at them. He will growl at you if you sit in a chair that he likes to sit in, and he has even attacked my mother a few times by biting into her arms and leaving huge scratch marks on her legs!(she once had 2 4inch-long scratches down her calfs from Emmitt jumping at her while she slept. I have even seen teeth marks before on her arms and legs...) My niece is afraid to walk by him... is this normal siberian behavior? I own a calico american short-hair who is so sweet and loveable- she would NEVER claw me or any visitor in my home. Compared to my sweetie, Emmitt seems like one troubled cat!
Tuesday, August 10, 2015
I have a 2 year old siberian named Jingles, she was a rescue cat and she is my 3rd child. i describe her that way because she follows me around, sits on my lap and demands my attention 24/7. she usually sleeps with me at night but will make her nightly "rounds" and go into my kids' rooms and check on them. we did introduce another cat into our home recently and it did not work out, Jingles just attacked her a few times until we got rid of the other cat. siberians are the only breed i will ever own again
Wednesday, July 21, 2015
I have a seal point Birman and I've had her since kindergarden. She will be 20yrs old (human yrs) this next March, she still acts like a kitten, very loyal/loveable, & loves to cuddle! She's my baby!
Wednesday, June 16, 2015
Bengals are not a breed associated with Feline Entropion. I run a Bengal Forum (www.BengalChatter.com), and live near/am friends with a Bengal breeder, and I have never once over many years encountered a Bengal with Entropion. That information needs an edit, because it is just not true.
Monday, June 07, 2015
I may be able to tell more if I could see a photo of your cat, but we have an American/Domestic Shorthair, and he sleeps sprawled out on his back (mostly, I say because he sleeps in all kinds of crazy positions). Haha
Saturday, May 08, 2015
I herd on Animal Planet that one cat in particular liked to sleep on their back. They would crawl on your lap and turn on their back. He is on his back more than any cat that I have ever seen. He is 5. Healthy except prone to Urinary infections so is on a special diet. He is very loving, likes anyone even my grandkids. We do enjoy him so much. He has so much personality. I was wondering if this sounds like the American Shorthair cat.
Friday, February 12, 2015
Hi Just a small note as we had 2 Russian Blues in family.Theo died aged
almost 17 yrs just over a year ago.His slightly larger brother Duke died just 2 weeks ago aged 18 yrs.They really were 2 Beautiful cats and so very affectionate specially in their later years.
When Theo was about 5/6 yrs old I noticed(when picking him up so he could look out of the window) he seemed to be emitting the most lovely lavender fragrance...At first I thought he had brushed against some talc!!
On many occasions we cud smell this lovely fragrance but I have never seen it mentioned in the many books I have looked at featuring this breed.
We buried both these lovely ones in our back garden and now have violet and lavender plants nearby.We will have other cats...we know how much there is a lovely human-animal interaction of affection!!
Kind regards...Susie Jones in London
Sunday, January 17, 2015
We have a beautiful male Siberian cat named Boo. He is almost 2 years old, and we could not ask for a better family pet. He is great with our 2 children (14 and 9) and is very affectionate. Everything described about the Siberian applies to Boo. I have terrible cat allergies, and so does my daughter, but we have no problems tolerating him, even when he sleeps on our bed. He is very dog-like in his loyalty and will follow us when we take walks through our neighborhood. He runs to greet us when we get home from work and school. Boo is very smart, we've taught him to do tricks for his food (we can get him to sit and "pop a wheelie" where he hops up and puts his paw on his food dish as we hold it over his head). As Siberians are known for, he's intrigued with water... plays with his water bowl all the time and even jumped into our pool 2 times! He has the sweetest meow that is different from most cats, very sweet and melodic.
We look forward to many wonderful years with Boo, and I highly recommend this breed even to dog lovers!
Sunday, January 03, 2015
I've had my Siberian, Anastasia, for 4 years and she is the love of my life. Large, soft, and incredibly affectionate, she still brings me her toys after she has "killed" them. I spent two years fostering kittens for a local rescue and she treated each litter as if it were her own. She would wash them, keep them warm, and even give up her wet food when the kittens wanted extra. I have worked with other Siberians and the entire breed is just a wonder. Large and powerful but still very gentle and loyal. I could not recommend another breed more than this one. -Kurt
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
I adopted my 9 month old female Siberian 2 months ago. She is very playful and friendly, she always greets my friends and loved to be petted. She curls up with me and lays next to me all the time. She's great with kids and new people. She's absolutely amazing.
Friday, December 18, 2015
I have had my Siberian cat Galenka for 2 months now, she is 4 months old and a total joy, very smart, playful and loveable...she is shy at first with strangers. I brush her everyday so she hasn't had a chance to get any matts...I am very allergic to cats and she does at times give me itchy eyes and the sneezes, but not as bad as a regular cat, I'm so glad I have her!!
Monday, November 09, 2015
I have a year and a half old Siberian female who I love dearly. But she certainly doesn't fit the standard description. When I call her, she comes if she's hungry or wants something. But I've seen her trotting away, deliberately ignoring me as I call and call.
She also hates being groomed and screams and yells and tries to bite and scratch me. But it's necessary since she mats quite badly otherwise, especially in her armpit area.
That said, she's extremely intelligent, sweet to me (though runs and hides from anyone else), and will lay in my arms and purr and cuddle for hours.
Although I have severe cat allergies, I can be around her with a single dose of Allergra each night and she's brought a tremendous amount of joy to my life.
I'd recommend this breed to anyone wanting an adorable and adoring cat.
Friday, August 07, 2015
My wife and I have two wonderful Siberian cats, they make fantastic pets. However, any prospective owner should know they require constant grooming (including knot removal) and will coat your house with hair. On the plus side, my wife has terrible cat allergies and even with them shedding all over, they do not bug her.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
We have adopted two Birman/male/female. They are wonderful. We adore them. They have brought so much fun into our lives. Being retired means we spend most of our time with them. They are just wonderful!
Sunday, April 26, 2015
I have two purebred Siberian cats that I purchased directly from a breeder. Although I was under the impression they would only shed twice a year, I have had them 2.5 years and they actually shed constantly all year long. On the up side, my husband who is allergic to others cats doesn't seem to be affected by the Siberian breed.
Tuesday, April 22, 2015
A few notes about Persian cat health. Hairballs are wads of hair that accumulate inthe cat's stomach as a result of its constant licking and cleaning with the tongue. Persian cats are more prone to getting hairballs because of the increased amount of hair they swallow. Remember that daily grooming is the most effective preventive measure against the problem of hairballs. The products sold in pet stores specifically to help in hairball removal are the quite effective remedies.
Fever is a sign of infection, inflammation or disease. Heat stroke and other problems also can cause fever. In any case, fever is a sign of potential serious disease, so be sure to contact your vet.
Urolithiasis is the formation of stones in the bladder or urethra. The exact cause of the disease is not understood; howvere male cats are more severely affected than females. Since the male has a longer and narrower urethra, stones are more likely to become lodged and cause a blockage. female cats will show signs of frequent urination. Male cats will have signs of straining to urinate, painful urination or straining with no results. If your cats is showing any of these symptoms, see your vet IMMEDIATELY!
Tuesday, April 08, 2015
Some of the behaviors that may endear you to kittens can also be maddening. Oh it's just delightful when they race up the cat tree, but may be not so nice when it's the drapery. Pouncing on a catnip mouse is good, pouncing on your head at 3 AM is not. Sinking teeth and claw into your ankle as you pass a doorway along the hall isn't so charming either.
These are all normal play behaviors that are seen between kittens in a litter. All of the pouncing, stalking, chasing, and boxing is done to one another, and continues to a degreee until the kittens are old enough to disperse and live on their own. Normally the kittens keep each other in line and they learn just how rough to play. Play behaviors are an important part of learning to hunt and survive.
You may acquire kittens at the height of this play behavior. Unless you acquire more than one at a time, all this energy has to be diverted somewhere -- it's the older cat, the dog, and usually the people who become the focus. Toys, paper bags, and other inanimate objects are fun, but your kitten wants to play with something that plays back and that's fine until things get out of hand or someone gets wounded.
Some types of remote punishment include a squirt from a squirt bottle, a puff from a can or compressed air, or a loud rattle of a soda can with a few coins.
Tuesday, April 08, 2015
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Urine spraying is a completely normal behavior. It happens to be unacceptable to humans and is therefore considered to be a "problem." In reality, more likely it is the cat that has the problem. In my experience, urine spraying in Maine Coon and other cats occurs most often when the cat is experiencing the stress of too many cats inthe household, seeing other cats outside the windows or doors, and confinement to the indoors. Although less likely that with inappropriate elimination, urinary tract disorders can sometimes lead to spraying.
Both male and female Maine Coons spray urine in order to mark their territory. Urine spraying must be distinguished from inappropriate urination, because the plan for erasing these two behaviors is different. When your Maine coon sprays urine, he or she does not squat low as when urinating but rather stands normally on all four legs or slightly on tiptoe in the rear with the tail erect. The tail quivers as the urine is rleased. Urine is usually sprayed on upright objects.
Unneutered male and female Maine Coons are most often the problem sprayers. Spraying can become a learned behavior too, so early neutering, before the behavior even starts, is advised. This may mean reducing the number of cats in the household or blocking windows or doors so that indoor cats can't see the outdoor ones. In some instances, the strictly indoor cat must be allowed access to the outdoors by some means. Urine spraying has also been treated successfully with medication.