The Diversity of Cats Around the World

For thousands of years cats have been our friends and companions. They make fantastic pets because they tend to be very independent, self grooming and don’t necessarily require a lot of attention.

Some will keep your lap warm, and most maintain a consistent level of peace and tranquility within their existence, thus helping us to relieve stress as well.

Through the years we have come to love and appreciate our feline companions and it is documented that in the 1980’s cats surpassed dogs in popularity of being our preferred household pet.

 

Just how many different breeds of cats are there? There are hundreds if not thousands of breeds documented from all corners of the world ranging from size, hunting skills, friendliness, type of hair and brain smarts, just to name a few.

Natural cats are a breed most often associated with specific geographical locations and have spent centuries evolving through inbreeding; with little help from humans.

Each breed has its own unique characteristics and style all its own.

 

The term “cat breedrefers to the ancestry or lineage of the cat. Domestic cats belong to the species called Felis catis and at least 70% of these are categorized and documented in cat registries, which includes country of origin, type of coat/pattern, body type and image.

The number #1 popular cat breed in 2014 according to The Cat Fanciers Association belongs to the “exotic” category; compared to the Persian but without the extensive daily grooming. They include a list of the top 40 popular breeds.

persian photo
Photo by damien666|cc

India is home to more cat species than any other country.  They were once also home to the Asiatic Cheetah, which is now extinct.

The 15 wild species are:

  • Asiatic Golden Cat
  • Asiatic Lion
  • Asiatic Wildcat
  • Caracal
  • Clouded Leopard
  • Eurasian lynx
  • Fishing Cat
  • Jungle Cat
  • Leopard
  • Leopard Cat
  • Manul (Pallas’ Cat)
  • Marbled Cat
  • Rusty-spotted Cat
  • Snow Leopard
  • Tiger

leopard cat photo

The 7 most popular cat breeds in India are the Persian, the Main Coon Cat, the Mumbai, Himalayan, the Siamese Cat, the Spotted Cat and the number #1 favorite is The American Bobtail.

 

Studies show the domestication of cats had to have started more than 8,000 years ago based on ancient cat jaw bones found on the island of Cypress back in 1983.

These particular jaw bones date back to about 6,000 B.C., although the history of cat dates back to 60 million years ago.

In the beginning they were the size of lynx and were known to be ferocious predators.

Through millions of years and evolution felines have become tame and popular as common household pets.

siamese cat photo
Photo by SaeKawaii|cc

If you are trying to decide whether or not you want a cat as a pet it is important to be considerate of its needs. Be sure you have all the bases covered before bringing one home.

Even though cats are flexible you still want to ensure they have proper care, housing and an environment suitable to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle for everyone involved.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *