I’m Cindy Romero, a writer on all things pets. I am the proud parent of a highly vocal mixed breed cat, two good natured dogs, and a feisty Himalayan bunny roaming around the house.
All of the cat’s that have crossed my path in my life (black or otherwise) have had their own unique personality. There are specific personality traits that correspond with each cat breed. While most household cats are mixed breed (like Basil and my own kitty Sebastiana), it is fun to look at the different traits that are unique to certain breeds, and try to guess which breeds might make up the “mix”. Whether you are a cat prowling the dating scene, or a soon-to-be pet owner a little knowledge about cat breeds can go a long way.
Sebastiana doing some research of her own
Even more than personality, breed can determine how active and friendly a cat is and even their life span. Using my favorite cat breed tool we will take a look into a few lovely breeds of what is arguably the cutest, most amazing animal on earth – the cat!
The Scottish Fold / Coupari
This beloved breed can have either long or short hair, but they are typically medium-sized with adorable large round eyes. What really makes this cat unique (and extra special) is their characteristic folded ears that start folding around their 17th day of life.
A white Scottish Fold relaxing in the sink via Wikimedia
This is not to say that all Scottish Folds have the folded ears - some are not as lucky to inherit this gene but are still just as cute!
Look ma, straight ears! I’m still a Scottish Fold...
Scottish folds are very kid friendly with a high level of affection for their humans. Their sweet, gentle and sensitive nature makes them oh-so lovable. They are known to be very talkative, communicating their curiosities and affection with soft noises. How awesome is that!?
As a hunting partner for the ancient Egyptians, the Egyptian Mau is one of the oldest domestic cat breeds. Surprisingly, this breed looks almost the same as it did 3,000 years ago as seen in the artwork restored from back in the day.
The Egyptian Mau is an athlete first and foremost. This shorthair can sprint at lightning speeds and jump higher than a kid with a sugar high on a trampoline. (Okay, so we haven’t tested that trampoline statement, but we’re pretty sure it’s true.) They are not very kid friendly, but they make up for this with their big hearts that never stop giving affection, despite their detached demeanor.
American Shorthairs are usually large cats with short hair (surprising no?). These felines are extremely good with kids, affectionate toward humans and highly social with other cats. They aren’t as active as, say the Egyptian Mau or their hypoallergenic cousins - Oriental Shorthairs, but they do love a good stick-toy game.
This grey American Shorthair is up for anything, especially cuddles.
They don’t vocalize their thoughts all that often, but when they do it comes out in beautiful chirps and silly squeaks. It’s even more adorable (is it possible!?) when they accidentally meow silently, which is typical for these amiable cats.
Sebastiana is a mixed breed with tortoise coloring. Based on the fact that she makes adorable chirping sounds and sometimes meows silently, I’d say she has some Scottish fold and American Shorthair in her genes, but who knows.
Readers – What breeds do you think make up your mixed-breed ancestry and why?
Well there mew have it, a pawesome post with a selection of beautiful kitties fur your purrusal.
Furry many thanks to Cindy and Sebastiana fur joining us today and sharing some furry valuable information on these popular breeds. Mew can follow them here on: Twitter
My P.A. has always wanted an Egyptian Mau - effur since she watched the movie Cat Woman with Halle Berry, she's been obsessed with them. One day she says she'll have one or purrhaps two, but I think that I'm more than enough right now! MOL
I have to add that I am a breed all on my own, like a lot of moggies out there, we are especially unique because when it comes down to it, we are the sum of many, a genetic pattern neffur to be repeated - total pawesomeness!
Bestest Furriday Purrs
[Photo's supplied by Cindy & Sebastiana]