1. ABYSSYNIAN

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 5/5 STARS
  • Grooming 3/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 5/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 5/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 6 to 10 pounds

Life Span: 9 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

A love of heights is a signal trait of the Abyssinian. He likes to be as high up as possible and will appreciate having one or more ceiling-height cat trees. When those aren’t available, he is perfectly capable of making his way to the uppermost point of any room. Fortunately, he is naturally graceful and rarely breaks items unless it is simply out of curiosity.

 

CARE

The short, fine coat of the Abyssinian is easily cared for with weekly combing to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils. A bath when the cat is shedding will help to remove excess hair more quickly.

 

2. AMERICAN CURL

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 4/5 STARS
  • Grooming 4/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 4/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 5 to 10 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 16 years

 

PERSONALITY

The friendly and gentle American Curl is known for his people-loving personality. True to his domestic shorthair heritage, he is moderately active, curious and smart. The Curl likes to play and can learn to fetch. He’s also capable of opening doorknobs, so be careful what you put away in any cabinets that are within his reach. When he’s ready for a break, he will happily settle into a lap. He is alert and adaptable, well suited to any home or family who will love him.

 

CARE

The Curl’s coat can be short or long, and both lengths are easy to care for. A weekly combing is plenty to keep the longhaired or shorthaired Curl looking beautiful. Shorthairs shed year-round and tend to shed more than the longhairs. During warm months, when the longhairs may shed more heavily, it’s a good idea to brush or comb more often.

 

3. AMERICAN SHORTHAIR

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 4/5 STARS
  • Grooming 4/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 4/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 2/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 10 to 20 pounds

Life Span: 15 to 20 years

 

PERSONALITY

The adaptable and good-natured American Shorthair is a perfect family companion. He is moderately active and enjoys a good playtime, but he’s not overly demanding of attention or activity. He is smart and enjoys playing with puzzle toys and interactive toys. He may or may not be a lap cat, but he will always appreciate having a spot next to you on the sofa or at the end of the bed.

 

CARE

The American Shorthair’s coat is easily cared for by combing or brushing it a couple of times a week to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils. American Shorthairs like their meals, so they can easily become overweight. To prevent obesity, measure their food instead of free-feeding them.

 

4. BALINESE

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 4/5 STARS
  • Grooming 4/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 5/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 5 to 10 pounds

Life Span: 9 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

The Balinese is highly intelligent, agile and athletic, and loves to play. Keep his busy brain active with puzzle toys and his body exercised with teaser toys that he can chase and a big cat tree he can climb. He likes to play fetch, is willing to walk on a leash, and learns tricks easily. 

 

CARE

The fine, silky coat of the Balinese is easily cared for. Comb it once or twice a week with a stainless steel comb to remove dead hair.  A bath is rarely necessary.

 

5. BENGAL

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 4/5 STARS
  • Easy to Groom 1/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 5/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 8 to 15 lbs.

Life Span: 14 to 16 years

 

PERSONALITY

The Bengal is a highly intelligent breed and is constantly on the move! He’s curious and active, which means he loves to explore and entertain himself with almost everything he comes across and possibly, hide them for fun. His playful nature makes it easy for him to get along with other pets, including dogs. Give this breed plenty of space and time to climb and run whenever they please.

 

CARE

Attention is key to win your Bengal’s heart. Provide basic care by brushing his coat weekly, and brushing his teeth with pet toothpaste daily. Regularly check his eyes and ears, and nails if they need to be trimmed.

 

6. BIRMAN

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 5/5 STARS
  • Grooming 2/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 4/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 6 to 12 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 16 years

 

PERSONALITY

The Birman is a docile, quiet cat who loves people and will follow them from room to room. Expect the Birman to want to be involved in what you’re doing. He likes to explore his environment so it’s a good idea to always keep tabs on where he is. He enjoys being held and will relax in your arms like a furry baby.

 

CARE

The Birman’s coat has a silky texture that doesn’t mat easily. Comb it weekly to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils. A warm bath can also help to loosen and remove the shedding coat. To accomplish a Birman bath, wetting the cat with a hand-held shower nozzle is often preferable to immersing him in a tub of water.

 

7. BRITISH SHORTHAIR

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 4/5 STARS
  • Grooming 4/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 3/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 2/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 7 to 17 lbs.

Life Span: 12 to 17 years

 

PERSONALITY

The British Shorthair is mellow and easygoing, making him an excellent family companion. He enjoys affection, and expect him to follow you around the house during the day, settling nearby wherever you stop. This is a cat with a moderate activity level. British Shorthairs are rarely destructive; their manners are those of a proper governess, not a soccer hooligan. They welcome guests confidently.

 

CARE

The British Shorthair’s short, smooth coat is simple to groom with weekly brushing or combing to remove dead hairs. They are recommended to stay indoors for protection.

 

8. BURMESE

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 5/5 STARS
  • Grooming 5/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 5/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 10 to 15 pounds

Life Span: 10 to 16 years

 

PERSONALITY

The Burmese is energetic and friendly. He is highly intelligent and seeks out human companionship, so he’s not best suited to a home where he will be left alone much of the day. If no humans will be around to engage his intellect, be sure he has the company of another pet. Tease his clever mind with interactive toys, and teach him tricks that will allow him to show off for an audience.

 

CARE

The soft, short coat of the Burmese is easily cared for with weekly brushing or combing to remove dead hair and distribute skin oil. Keep the litter box spotlessly clean. Like all cats, Burmese are very particular about bathroom hygiene.

 

9. DOMESTIC SHORTHAIR

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 3/5 STARS
  • Grooming 4/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 4/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 3/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 12 to 15 lbs.

Life Span: 15 to 20 years

 

PERSONALITY

Domestic Shorthair cats come in a range of personalities, from docile to active or affectionate to independent. In general, they are naturally clever, daring and adventurous. They are very playful as kittens and love to socialize even in their adulthood. They are happiest around family.

 

CARE

This breed is relatively low maintenance. They have short to medium length hair and just like any cat, they groom themselves. Provide support by brushing his coat once a week to prevent knots and hairballs.

 

10. EXOTIC SHORTHAIR

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 3/5 STARS
  • Grooming 4/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 4/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 6 to 12 lbs.

Life Span: 10 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

The Exotic Shorthair has a laidback, yet very loving personality. Typically, males are sweet, while females are more independent. They are cautious with strangers, but eventually warm up over time. They love to play with strategic toys that require thinking and movement, such as puzzles. 

 

CARE

Grooming this breed is quite easy. Brush their hair once to twice a week and adjust accordingly when it’s shedding season. Their eyes tend to tear because of their pushed-in face, so regularly check their eyes to prevent buildup.

 

11. HIMALAYAN

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 2/5 STARS
  • Grooming 1/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 4/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 1/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 7 to 12 pounds

Life Span: 9 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

The Himalayan is sweet, affectionate, docile and quiet. They reserve their attention for family members and few guests whom they feel they can trust. With large, expressive eyes and a voice that has been described as soft, pleasant and musical, Himmies let their simple needs be known: regular meals, a little playtime with a catnip mouse or feather teaser, and lots of love, which they return tenfold.

 

CARE

The Himalayan’s long, beautiful coat needs daily grooming. It must be gently but thoroughly combed every day, and a monthly bath is recommended. Excessive tearing can be a problem in this breed, so wipe the corners of the eyes clean daily to prevent under-eye stains from forming. Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing.

 

12. MAINE COON

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 4/5 STARS
  • Grooming 4/5 STARS
  • Intelligence /5 STARS
  • Playfulness 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 4 to 8 lbs.

Life Span: 9 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

Maine Coons are dedicated, trusting and outgoing. Though they seek attention, they do not demand it from their humans. Even in adulthood, the Maine Coon retains his mischievous but playful behavior. Entice play and teach him new tricks using toys, such as small balls, puzzles or toys that can be chased.  

 

CARE

The Maine Coon requires regular grooming. His coat is long but can be maintained through regular brushing. This breed is easy to groom and is patient for as long as you are gentle, especially when brushing the stomach and the tail. Bathe him only as needed, but brush his teeth daily to prevent oral disease.

 

13. PERSIAN

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 2/5 STARS
  • Grooming 2/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 4/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 2/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 7 to 12 lbs.

Life Span: 10 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

Persian cats are gentle, easy-going and quiet companions to humans. They love to sleep, but also have sudden bursts of energy that require play time and extra attention. The Persian breed is sweet and friendly, yet discriminates by choosing to reciprocate attention to those who are discerning with affection.

 

CARE

The Persian needs your utmost attention to look and feel good. This includes grooming the coat daily with a stainless-steel comb and giving weekly baths. The earlier baths are introduced, the better. This breed enjoys sleep and must be encouraged to exercise daily to maintain a healthy and balanced diet to stay fit and healthy.

 

14. RAGDOLL

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 5/5 STARS
  • Grooming 1/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 4/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 10 to 20 lbs.

Life Span: 12 to 17 years

 

PERSONALITY

One of the most accepting cat breeds is the ragdoll. Their docile nature makes them very easy to live with. They are willing to learn new tricks and pick up good behavior. They love to be around others, including dogs. Their energy level is moderate and their attitude is laidback. Feel free to praise them with food and toys, they’ll definitely love it!

 

CARE

The ragdoll is with no doubt a beautiful breed of cats. They are safest indoors and require regular grooming to maintain their gorgeous coat. Gently brush his coat once or twice a week thoroughly. Bathe only as needed.

 

15. RUSSIAN BLUE

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 3/5 STARS
  • Grooming 2/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 4/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 2/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 8 to 15 lbs.

Life Span: 10 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

Russian Blue cats are beautiful, loyal companions to their humans. Compared to other cats, they are less destructive and move with grace. They are very sensitive and may easily feel hurt. Although they are shy and reserved, they can be very playful and will be seen jumping and climbing high places.

 

CARE

When caring for a Russian Blue, a routine and a quiet environment is a must. This includes giving all his meals on time. When it comes to grooming, brush his hair at least twice a week and brush his teeth daily. A bath is necessary and very helpful during shedding season.  

 

16. SCOTTISH FOLD

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 5/5 STARS
  • Grooming 2/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 4/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 3/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 6 to 13 lbs.

Life Span: 11 to 14 years

 

PERSONALITY

Cute as he can be, the Scottish Fold has unique poses to show off how beautiful he is. He enjoys human interaction the most and will do what it takes to participate in their activities. With only a moderate need for activities, this breed is intelligent and will take on challenges such as agility and puzzle toys with incredible enthusiasm.

 

CARE

The Scottish Fold is an indoor cat who requires weekly grooming. Regularly brush the plush coat of this long-haired cat to remove dead hair, brush his teeth, check his ears, brush his nails and wipe the corners of his eyes to maintain good overall hygiene.

 

17. SIAMESE

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 5/5 STARS
  • Grooming 4/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 5/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 5 to 12 lbs.

Life Span: 11 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

Siamese cats are fond of their people. They are famed for their chatty and opinionated behavior, which results in distinctive noises. This loyal feline will extend his help and go wherever his humans go. This breed is highly intelligent and must always be entertained with toys and exercise.

 

CARE

Low maintenance for grooming, the Siamese cats’ coat only needs to be brushed weekly. They are recommended to stay indoors for protection.

 

18. SIBERIAN FOREST CAT

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 4/5 STARS
  • Grooming 2/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 4/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 5/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 8 to 17 pounds

Life Span: 11 to 15 years

 

PERSONALITY

Previously known as a forest dweller, the Siberian Forest Cat loves people and water. He has a high need for social interaction, which makes him a genial and playful host to all. He will show his affection by cuddling in bed or sitting on your lap. He is also highly athletic, and will actively climb and hunt wherever he goes!

 

CARE

With a beauty like that of a Siberian Forest Cat, it’s best to keep him indoors. Although they are low maintenance, groom him at least two times a week by brushing his hair, cleaning his teeth and trimming his nails.

 

19. SPHYNX

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 5/5 STARS
  • Easy to Groom 2/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 4/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 6 to 12 lbs.

Life Span: 8 to 14 years

 

PERSONALITY

The Sphynx is a highly sociable cat who demands the same amount of attention he gives. He is willing to do anything to get a good laugh and to meet new people. When he’s not busy being sociable, he reverts to exploring and seeking new and high places.

 

CARE

Although the Sphynx is bald, he still requires grooming. This entails carefully selecting and using good-quality skin care products, such as shampoo and moisturizer. Since he doesn’t have fur, always leave out a blanket or anything that he can use to keep him warm.

 

20. TURKISH ANGORA

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 3/5 STARS
  • Easy to Groom 4/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 4/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 5/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 5 to 9 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 18 years

 

PERSONALITY

This is an affectionate, gentle cat who is devoted to his family, but his precocious intelligence, resourcefulness, desire for interaction and play, and short attention span may make him a challenge to live with. He likes to play and will do whatever is necessary to get and keep your attention, even if it means getting into a little trouble.

 

CARE

The Turkish Angora has a single coat with a silky texture. Because there’s no undercoat to cause mats or tangles, it’s easy to groom with weekly combing or brushing, and it sheds very little. The coat doesn’t achieve its full length until the cat is approximately two years old.

 

21. TURKISH VAN

BREED CHARACTERISTICS

  • Friendliness 3/5 STARS
  • Easy to Groom 4/5 STARS
  • Intelligence 5/5 STARS
  • Playfulness 4/5 STARS

VITAL STATS

Weight: 10 to 18 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 17 years

 

PERSONALITY

The Turkish Van is a social and affectionate cat who is strongly attached to members of his family. He is highly active, intelligent, and athletic, remaining playful into his senior years. They can learn tricks and games, including playing fetch. They like teaser toys that allow them to mimic pouncing on prey. And if you can’t find your Van, look up; he is probably perched overhead, as high as he can get.

 

CARE

The Turkish Van has a single coat with a silky texture. Because there’s no undercoat to cause mats or tangles, it’s easy to groom with weekly combing or brushing with a slicker brush. Older cats may have difficulty grooming themselves thoroughly, so it can be a good idea to brush or comb them more often. The Turkish Van‘s coat is water-resistant, so be glad that baths are rarely necessary.