Who doesn’t know cats? Of course everyone knows or even raises cats. Maybe we are already familiar with terms like native cats, Persian cats, Angora cats, or even now more exotic cat breeds like the Sphinx and Maine Coon have entered Indonesia.
Did you know that aside from what we just mentioned, there are actually many other cat breeds that are scattered throughout the world, which can reach 100 species! Wow, isn’t that surprising? Therefore, let us discuss the types of cats one by one and who knows you are interested in adopting one of these types of cats.
The Abyssinian cat is a short-haired domestic cat, named after the city of Abyssinia, Ethiopia. Originally they came from Ethiopia, but studies show they are from Egypt, and they are one of the cats from Pharaoh. This cat is known to be popularized in 1871, winning third place at the Crystal Palace Cat Show.
The distinctive feature that is known in addition to its feathers which tend to be thin and ears that look big is that this cat is one of the smart cats. Abyssinian tend to be very active, like to play, and can even be trained to do paint tricks so that it’s not strange if you are interested in taking him for a walk using a leash on his body like a dog. Maybe at first they tend to be wary and shy towards people he doesn’t know. However, if this cat already believes in the people around and its owner, this cat is a family cat that is very pleasant because of its playful and compassionate nature about the surroundings.
Aegean is the only type of natural cat that originated in Greece. That is, this cat develops without any human interference at all. They got their name from the Aegean Sea. Even though it is a domestic cat, Aegean only gained recognition in 1990.
Aegean has the characteristics of short hair and a body that tends to be muscular. Surely at a glance you think “wow, like a village cat huh” and it’s not wrong either. This cat is abundant in its native place itself, which is Greece, but not so much spread outside of it. Aegean is one of the oldest types of natural cat, not through cross-race between other races that makes him free from genetic disorders. Not many people keep him outside his native country. But in Greece itself many maintain the Aegean and some still live wild on the road. Wild Aegean cats survive through their natural ability to hunt or be fed by local fishermen. Even though it looks independent, Aegean cats love interactions with humans and even small children.
3. American Bobtail
American Bobtail was born from a natural genetic mutation in the beginning. Then in the 1960s, John and Brenda Sanders adopted this short-tailed cat and crossed it with the female cat they already had. As a result, all kittens are born with a short tail state and give the idea that the nature of the short tail is dominant.
As the name implies, the main characteristic of this cat is its short tail. The fur they have tends to be thin and come in various shades. American Bobtail is a very nice and pleasant family cat, he is relatively docile and not fierce with both small children and domestic dogs, with no record of aggressive gestures towards cats like pulling his mustache. He really likes to play fetch and also cat which is classified as a traveler, allowing him to be invited to walk without worrying he will be stressed like other cats.
4. American Curl
It began in 1981, California, when Joe and Grace Ruga discovered a stray cat with folded ears. This cat gave birth to 4 kittens from an unknown male. Half of these kittens have folded ears like their mothers. From there, this type of cat developed.
This cat’s special feature is only in its ears. If you see from the fur, this cat has offspring both short and long fur. This cat is also one type of cat that has good and friendly social interaction. Moreover, they are actually very happy to play with small children. They will greet you with a ‘header’ every time you go home. But it must be remembered, be careful when leaving this cat alone for a long time. He will be stressed and paranoid because of loneliness.
5. American Ringtail
This cat is the result of genetic mutations. He was discovered by Susan Manley, in 1998 in the United States when the cat was still a matter of days. When he reaches one month of age, “irregularities” begin to appear on his tail that is bent towards his body. When Susan took her to the vet, no problems were found in the cat. The cat looks comfortable and continues to bend its tail even in active and playing conditions.
Again, as the name implies. has a special characteristic that is bent tail like a ring. This cat is also one of the cats that are very good to look after, they like to play, do not need difficult grooming, and do not have natural genetic problems, making it a cat that is relatively easy to care for and maintain their health. He has an active nature and likes to travel. So, make sure he is free and given the opportunity to go outside!
6. American Shorthair
When European arrivals bring their ships to America, they usually bring a working cat to control the number of rats in their shop. One of them came in Plymouth, in 1620. After that, this cat adapted to a new environment, and breed with a variety of other cats. Now, this cat is somewhat more stringent in breeding standards.
As one of the most popular types of cats in America, this cat has surprising age expectations, which is 18 to 20 years. This cat also has short fur but can have a variety of hues and colors up to 80 types. This cat has a relatively easy care, with a relatively healthy body and without problems and short hair that is easy to grooming, no wonder he became one of the most popular cat breeds. He is also very tolerant and has good social interactions with humans. The unique fact, this cat has the nickname working cats because he often helps humans catch mice and other pests.
7. American Wirehair
In 1966, an American Shorthair gave birth to 5 kittens. 2 of these cats have ‘per’ fur and are thought to be genetic mutations. The owner who is curious, then brought this cat to the local cat developer. From there, this type of cat began to develop and is generally crossed with other American Shorthair. This cat was recognized by the CFA in 1968 and in 1978 was awarded Championship status.
One of the rare types of cats, with unique characteristics on their fur. When we stroke her body, it will feel ‘bouncy’ like a spring. That is the characteristic of this cat that distinguishes it from the previous Shorthair cat, which is a springy body like per! He has relatively the same characteristics as American Shorthair, including the expectation of a relatively long age of 16-18 years.
However, in the case of grooming, you must be extra careful of this Wirehair race. Because the fur is bouncy as per, combing and bathing does not need to be done too often, because if done carelessly it will actually damage the cat’s fur. There is a unique fact, crossing between Wirehair races will produce kittens that have per fur too even though their age is still very small.
8. Arabian Wants
Arabian Mau has existed on the Arabian peninsula for more than 1000 years. This desert cat is already on the streets of Kuwait, Omar, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. If you travel to the Middle East country, you will definitely be familiar with them. Even though it’s old, it’s only recently that this type of cat has been recognized.
This cat is very accustomed to hot temperatures, because this cat is a natural hunter and accustomed to lifestyles in the desert. These cats tend to be calm and only meow when they want (i.e. asking for food). They like to play and tend to be active. They are also not difficult and picky about food, because they tend to like to eat. However, this cat is territorial where male cats will usually guard their territory from other male cats.
It is also often referred to as Malaya, although its name is Asian-Malayan but actually it comes from United Kingdom. This cat is a cross between a Burmese cat and a Cinchilla so the characteristics between Malayan and Burmese are very similar.
Malayan has physical characteristics that are relatively muscular, slim legs, and hair that can be thick or short hairy. Malayan is an active cat, he likes to play, explore inside the house, and can interact socially with humans very well. Although it is very good in its reaction, Malayan cats don’t need to leave the house, they can linger inside the house and don’t even need to leave the house at all. They are also very vocal, so please pay attention! If home people don’t like noisy cats.
10. Asian Longhair-Tiffany
A cross between other longhair cats and Burmese cats, this cuing has a unique physical form and majestic impression. Like the Malayan cat, the cat that has Tiffany’s nickname is also from the UK despite its Asian-Tiffany name and was bred in 1980.
The most dominant characteristic is the fur which is very thick and as I said earlier, majestic. Grooming this cat may be a bit of a hassle because its thick fur causes it to be tucked into dust and other small objects. If you are interested in maintaining this type, you must pay attention to the social factors that he has. He is the same as Malayan which will be very vocal to express his feelings. He tends to be loyal to his owner, so he can also be ‘jealous’ if the owner has another cat or even is with another cat. If you have considered that, then after that is a cat that is very cute, loyal, and curious about its owner.