Did you know that there are actually a few organizations dedicated to cat breeds? Interestingly, the number of breeds they recognize differs. For instance, The International Cat Association recognizes 71, while The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) allows 44. They’re all pretty adorable! In this article, a local vet highlights a few you may not be familiar with.
A cross between the Jungle Curl and the Desert Lynx, the Highlander first clawed her way into our hearts back in 2004. These cute kitties are smart, cuddly, lovable, and frisky. They love water, unlike most of our feline pals. They’re also talented little gymnasts!
For a small cat, the Lykoi is making big waves. Because of their appearance, these sweet kitties are known as the werewolf cat. Don’t worry, though: you won’t turn into a werewolf if Fluffy bites you!
Named after Aphrodite, the goddess of love, this darling is a fairly large kitty that also has a very big heart! These sweet cats have thick, soft coats and very long back legs. They grow more slowly than most of our feline pals, taking about 3 years to reach their adult size.
The Cheetoh cat is a mix between the Ocicat and Bengal, two exotic breeds. Much like many exotic cats, they have pretty patterned coats, and are quite the little talkers!
The Tennessee Rex is the only kitty on our list that is always a ginger. These fluffy redheads are fairly large. They’re also curly! Their breed traces back to a Tennessee stray that gave birth to some unique looking kittens, so their exact lineage remains unknown.
The Ojos Azules has been around since 1984, but they are still quite rare. These cats come in a variety of colors, but they always have striking, deep blue eyes. In fact, the name Ojos Azules actually means ‘blue eyes’ in Spanish!
As the name suggests, the Toybob is a tiny, itty-bitty kitty. They usually don’t get any larger than the size of a 3 to 6 month old kitten. Unlike most toy breeds, they aren’t a downsized version of a larger breed, but are one of a kind. These cute felines are very lovable, and tend to be great lapcats and climbers.
Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local animal clinic in Waterdown, ON!
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