Cat Breed Characteristics and Personalities – Hometown Focus

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Cats roost on window sills and on top of sofas in many homes across the country. The American Veterinary Medical Association has stated in its US Pet Ownership and Demographics Source Book (2017-2018) that 25.4% of households owned cats, with a total of 58,385,725 cats residing in the United States that year.

The Canadian Animal Health Institute says cats continue to outnumber dogs in Canada, where 8.1 million cats were kept as pets in 2020.

Pet owners understand that there are a variety of dog breeds, each with their own standards of behavior, size, and temperament. For example, a Golden Retriever may behave very differently from a Toy Poodle.

The same can be said for cats; Cat breeds vary and each has its own notable characteristics. Here are some popular cat breeds and what owners can expect if they open their homes to these felines, courtesy of PetHealthZone® and the Cat Fanciers Association. • Abyssinian: A popular cat breed, Abyssinians are elegant and majestic. Although affectionate, they tend not to be companion cats, but are known for their curiosity and playfulness. These cats come in four different red colors. • American Bobtail: This cat has a short tail and bushy ears and toes. It resembles the wild lynx. Some say these cats are dog-like in personality. They can enjoy greeting the family and some can even be leash trained.

• Bengal: Bengals look like
a wildcat with their spots
coats. They are extremely
smart and requires a lot
the energy to stimulate them
• Burmese: Burmese cats
like spending time with
their families and ties
with people. They are from
Thailand, even if it was
it was rumored that the cats came from
Burma, and come in American and British variants.
• Devon Rex: with his
oversized ears, Devon
Rex may look like a cartoon
personage. and a character

he or she is, preferring to curl up
ride a hot lap or follow
people around the house.
The breed also has a hint of
mischief, so watch out
• Himalayan: puffy and beautiful, these cats want to be stroked
and grooming. They were
bred by crossing Persian and
Siamese cats to produce a
striking mix. The Himalayans are
affectionate, intelligent and
• Maine Coon: these cats
take their name from
legend that they are a cross
between a cat and a raccoon.
It’s not, but Maine
Coons are among the largest cat breeds in the world.
and have fur and tails that
looks like a wild raccoon.
People oriented, intelligent
and easygoing are a few
traits associated with this
• Persia: the Persians have
wrinkled and silky faces,
flowing coats. They tend to
be calm and gentle, and
will give unconditional love
to owners. They can take
a moment to warm up again
• Siamese: these cats look
similar to Burmese, and also
originally from Thailand. Brown
paws and blue eyes give
their a striking look. They are
quite talkative and very intelligent.

With dozens of cat breeds, people can definitely find felines that fit their lifestyle.


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