I enjoy looking at cat pictures. I’m a big animal lover, and although my two favorite species on the planet are dogs and horses, I like cats and have always had them as pets or farm workers, or in some cases, as uninvited and regular guests. Such is the case with my present cat situation. We feed a veritable “herd” of feral and semi-feral felines. After working with them for months, I can now pet all the ferals without fear of being clawed or bitten, and I can pick up and hold a few of them. In my opinion, the interesting thing about cats is their attitudes, which are often expressed on their faces. It seems that you can just look at a cat’s expression and tell what its thinking and how it feels at the moment. I suppose that’s why I like looking at pictures of cats and taking my own cat photos. Unfortunately, the subjects aren’t always exactly willing to pose for the camera. In this article, I’ve included some information about specific cat breeds, along with some kitten pictures and cat pictures I took myself or “borrowed” from others.
My family members and I have owned a lot of cats, representing several different cat breeds. The breeds of cats we’ve owned over the years include American shorthair, American Bobtail, Manx, Siamese, Ragdoll cats, Persians, Himalayans, Maine Coon cats, and Hemingway cats. I used to think that all cats were pretty much the same in personality and temperament, but now I know better. Cat fanciers are just as picky about the standards of cat breeds as dog fanciers are about the lineage and bloodlines of their pooches.
How many different breeds of cats are there in the world? That question is pretty much impossible to answer, as there are numerous breeds and types that might be unique to a very small area or region. Also, different registries recognize different breeds, and some breeds of cats aren’t recognized by any registry at all. For example, the world’s largest pedigreed cat registry, The Cat Fancier’s Association, recognizes forty-one distinct breeds. The International Progressive Cat Breeders’ Alliance recognizes seventy-three breeds, and the International Cat Association recognizes fifty-five breeds of cats.
There’s no way I wanted to attempt to list and described every feline breed in this article. Instead, I briefly discuss a few that I’ve known or that I find interesting. Please remember that every cat is an individual, and that it might not be a typical member of its breed. Just use the following information on cat breeds as a general guideline.
This breed originated in Egypt but was developed in Britain. The cat is medium in size but has long legs. The coat is medium-short, silky, and has a ticked pattern in shades of reddish-brown, brown, blue, lilac, cinnamon, or cream. If you’re looking for a calm kitty to purr contentedly in your lap for long periods of time, this might not be the best breed for you. Abyssinian cats are super energetic and playful. Their natural curiosity and intelligence keep them busy exploring, pouncing, and playing. They enjoy playing with other cats and with their human family, and they can remain interested in a toy for hours at a time.
This breed began as a mutation in California. Their name comes from their unique ears, which curl back slightly. American Curl kittens are born with “normal” ears, but by the time the kittens are three or four months old, the ears have completed their curling. The coat can be long or short, and all colors and patterns are acceptable. The cats are medium-sized, playful, and affectionate. Curls usually get along well with other cats, other pets, and children. In fact, many owners describe Curls as being more dog-like than cat-like. Like dogs, these felines love being near their humans and will follow their masters around and can even enjoy a good round of fetch.
This is a relatively new breed that was developed in the United States, based on a genetic mutation. As the name suggests, these cats have short tails. The coat can be short, long, or shaggy, and any color is acceptable. The body is long and fairly thick, with good bone. A good friend of mine rescued a Bobtail that was abandoned at a dumpster. When she first saw the kitten, she thought it was a bobcat cub. Many people make the same mistake, especially when the markings closely resemble those of a bobcat. Some people believe that this breed is domestic cat-wild bobcat hybrid, but it’s not. Bobtails are very smart and sometimes play the role of thief, swiping small objects and hiding them in their “dens.” Most members of this breed love human attention, even from children. They also enjoy playing games with their humans.
This breed was developed in Kentucky, the result of crossing a Burmese cat with an American shorthair. These cats are black, with yellow, gold, green, or greenish-yellow eyes. The coat is short, and the cats are medium to large in size, with muscular bodies. Most members of the breed lack the aloofness that felines are famous for. Instead, they love affection and attention from their human families, and they sometimes pick one particular human to be their favorite. American Bombay cats get along well with other pet felines, and they’re a good choice as pets for kids. These are generally healthy cats and can live to be twenty years old with the right care.
Some people use the term “American Shorthair” as a catchall to include any and every pet cat with a short coat, but that’s incorrect. This is a specific breed that traces back its lineage to the early explorers and settlers who came to the New World from Europe. The felines were welcomed passengers on sea-going vessels and helped control the rats and mice. These are large, strong, muscular cats that can weigh up to fifteen pounds. They come in a wide range of colors and patterns, although some colors and markings are disqualified from cat shows. These are friendly, affectionate, and playful kitties. They have a strong prey drive and make excellent mousers.
This is one of the cat breeds that were developed from the Siamese. The cats have a medium-long coat, usually in colors and patterns of Siamese cats. They’re very intelligent, and they’re also very vocal. They’re fairly docile and usually non-aggressive toward humans. Instead of using their claws, they use their voice to let you know they’re not happy. Balinese cats are graceful and athletic and are sometimes called the acrobats of the feline world. Their amazing agility enables them to make some surprising leaps and jumps. When the Balinese isn’t playing, it can be affectionate and loving. In fact, they’ll often demand attention and affection from their humans.
This is a hybrid cat, the result of crossing a domestic cat with an Asian Leopard Cat. The Asian Leopard Cat is a wild species, with a slim body and a spotted coat. The Bengal cat exhibits similar coat markings, including spots, short stripes, and/or rosettes, along with a white or light-colored underbelly. According to many cat breeders, the best Bengal cats for pets are at least four generations removed from the wild ancestors. In these cases, Bengals are reported to be friendly and affectionate. Interestingly, unlike most other pet cats, Bengals actually enjoy water and are proficient swimmers. Like other cat breeds that have been developed from crossing domestic cats with wild felines, Bengal cats are not recognized by some registries.
This is one of the most popular cat breeds in the UK. If you’ve ever seen the movie Pet Sematary, you’ve seen this breed – Ellie’s cat, Winston Churchill, was a British shorthair. The blue-grey coat that Church exhibited is a popular color, and it sometimes even carries its own name: British Blue. Other colors are acceptable, however, including red, black white, cream, cinnamon, black, brown, tabby, and tortoiseshell. The coat is short and thick. These are thick, muscular cats with large heads, small ears, and short snouts. Members of this breed are usually calm, quiet, and intelligent. They can also be lazy, and they aren’t usually very demanding, so they do well being left alone during the day while their human families are away from home. They enjoy interaction with their humans, but some aren’t fond of being held.
This long-haired breed is also known as the Highlander cat. It originated in the UK and is basically a British Shorthair with longer fur. Most colors and patterns are acceptable. These are medium-sized cats, but their long hair makes them appear larger than they actually are. They have short, strong legs and a stocky body, along with a large round head. In temperament, the British Longhair is usually sweet and laid back, so they make excellent indoor pets. They’re affectionate, but they’re not usually demanding. In fact, they can be pretty lazy. These are beautiful cats, and you’ve probably seen them in commercials advertising cat food. The white cat seen on the Fancy Feast commercials comes to mind.
This breed was developed in the United States, from a female that was brought from Burma to California in 1930. Burmese cats are small to medium in size, muscular and stocky, with short coats. The coats come in many colors, but different cat registries recognize different acceptable colors. The nose is short, and the eyes should be yellow or gold. Burmese cats “talk” a lot, but their voices aren’t demanding like with some other breeds of cats. These are sweet, loving felines that form close relationships with their humans. They need and seek out their humans, and they’re not happy being alone for long periods of time. They love play, and even older Burmese cats rarely seem to outgrow this characteristic. Also, this is one of the few breeds of cats that do well traveling.
California Spangled Cat
This breed resembles cat breeds that have resulted from crossbreedings with wild species, but it’s not. It was developed in California by crossing several domesticated breeds, including the British shorthair, the Abyssinian, and the American shorthair. The coat is spotted, much like a leopard’s. Acceptable colors include gold, white, dark grey, red, bluish-grey, brown, brownish-gold, and silver. California Spangled Cats are very intelligent and curious, and they have a strong prey drive. Their agility allows them to perform some pretty amazing acrobatics, so they’re entertaining pets. They’re also affectionate and form strong bonds with their humans. They enjoy looking at their humans eye to eye, so they often jump up on tables or shelves to get to your level.
The Cornish Rex was developed in Cornwall, England from a genetic mutation that caused the offspring to have only fine down instead of traditional fur. Of all breeds of cats, the Cornish Rex has the softest coat because it lacks guard hairs. These cats are long and slim, with large ears and long legs. The coat is usually wavy or curly, and many colors and patterns are acceptable. Included are solid colors, Siamese-like points, tortoiseshell, tabby, and tuxedo. This is a friendly, outgoing, affectionate, energetic cat breed that gets along well with children, other cats, and dogs in the same household. These cats do best living indoors. Because they have such a sparse coat, they get cold easily.
This breed originated in Devon, England. Like the Cornish Rex, its unique hair is caused by a genetic mutation. The Devon Rex has a short coat that’s naturally wavy. It also has large ears, an upturned nose, large eyes, and short whiskers that are often curled. These cats are medium in size, with slim bodies and long legs. The breed is intelligent and is one of the easiest breeds of cats to train. They love humans and prefer being close to them, often wrapping themselves around the person’s neck. They might “adopt” one member of the family as their “pet human.” They thoroughly enjoy playing, but sometimes their play can get a little rough, perhaps involving biting or nipping.
The real name for this breed is American Polydactyl, but I’ve always called them Hemingway cats because the renowned author was fond of them. He had a six-toed cat, and his Key West home is still populated by many of its descendants. Around half of them have extra toes. These cats have more toes than normal cats have, due to genetic mutations. Supposedly, the extra digits make these felines superb mousers and climbers, and as a result, they were once prized by sailors to help control rodent populations on ships. My aunt has a Hemingway cat named “Mary Louise.” She adopted it from our local animal shelter. Her cat is affectionate with her but is very shy with strangers. That, of course, could have more to do with the feline’s upbringing than with its breeding.
Himalayan cats were developed by crossing Siamese with Persian cats. The breed has nothing to do with the Himalayas; the name came about because the felines have similar coloring to Himalayan rabbits. The coat is long and full, mostly white or off-white, with the points in a range of colors. Included are light red, blue, seal, cream, lilac, tabby, chocolate, and tortoiseshell. The body is stocky. The face can be either peked, which includes the pug-like nose, or doll-faced, in which the muzzle and nose are longer. These cats are sweet, smart, gentle, and playful. Most love being handled by their humans, and they’re a favorite indoor pet for cat fanciers.
Maine Coon Cats
This is one of my favorite breeds of cats. I used to have one named Solomon, and he was huge! Maine Coon Cats are known for their gentle nature and their large size – adult males can tip the scales at twenty-five pounds or more. No one is sure exactly how this breed came about, but it’s often associated with the state of Maine. It’s also sometimes associated with the Vikings, probably because of its resemblance to the Norwegian Forest Cat. The silky coat is usually long, but sometimes a medium-length coat is seen. The most common coat color is brown tabby, but most any color is acceptable. Unacceptable colors and patterns include lilac, chocolate, ticking, and Siamese points. Maine Coon cats are totally devoted to their human families but are often aloof with strangers. They usually get along well with kids, dogs, and other felines.
The Manx cat originated in the British Isles. They’re known for being tailless, but some actually have a very short tail. These cats have a long, muscular body, and the hind legs are unusually long. The head is round, with round eyes, rounded ears, and a small nose. The thick coat can be long or short and is seen in a wide range of colors and patterns. These cats are willing learners and accept training better than many other cat breeds. They love being with their humans, but they might be shy around humans they don’t know well. Most Manx cats are easy going, but they have great hunting skills. Because of this, they’re popular as mousers on farms and around barns. Historically, they’ve been used on ships for the same reason.
Munchkin cats were developed in the United States. One of my friends had several, and for a long time, I thought her kitties were just deformed. You see, Munchkins have very short legs, thanks to mutant genes. These cats are on the smallish side, usually weighing from four to nine pounds. Most have short coats, but longer coats are occasionally found. The coat can be seen in all patterns and colors. Munchkins are adorable felines, and their short legs don’t seem to cause health problems or restrict their mobility. Most of the members of the breed are sweet, loving, and playful.
Ocicat cats were developed in Michigan to resemble the ocelot, a wild feline. How did the ocicat come about? Purebred Abyssinians were crossed with Purebred Siamese cats, and their offspring were bred with American shorthair cats with silver tabby coats. These are large, muscular felines with long heads and arched necks. There are a dozen approved color coats: cinnamon, chocolate, tawny, blue, fawn, lavender, and six different shades of silver. Ocicats love humans and usually accept strangers readily. They can be demanding, however, and they don’t like being left alone. They usually get along well with other pets, although they can be bossy with them. They’re very playful and take well to training.
The Persian cat probably originated in Iran but was developed in England. After World War II, cat breeders in America took on much of the development of the breed. Today, it’s the most popular of all breeds of cats in the U.S. and has been for years. Two face types are seen with Persian cats – the doll face and the peke-face. The doll face is natural and traditional, but some breeders and shows prefer the peke-face cats that have very short noses and flat faces. The body should be sturdy, with short legs. The round head should be wide, with large eyes, and with ears that are set far apart. This breed is usually gentle, calm, and quiet. Most are very affectionate with their humans and readily accept strangers. The luxurious coat can be any color or pattern.
These are large cats with medium to long coats. A new breed, Ragamuffin cats are a type of Ragdoll Cat. To create Ragamuffins, Ragdolls were bred with domestic longhaired cats, Himalayans, and Persian cats, and the breed standards were established. The body should be rectangular, with a broad chest and well muscled hindquarters. The head should be rounded, and the coat should be luxurious. All coat colors and patterns are acceptable. Although these are attractive cats, the most wonderful thing about them is their personality. They’re extremely sweet and loving. In fact, some owners say that the cats aren’t safe outdoors because they lack the aggression necessary to defend themselves.
One of our friends has a Ragdoll Cat named Precious, and the name matches this sweet kitty. Ragdoll Cats were developed in the United States, mostly from Persians and Birmans. Ragdolls are large and sturdy and can weigh more than twenty pounds. They’re supposedly called Ragdolls because they never tense up, and they “go limp” when picked up or held. These are definitely people cats, and they rarely get upset or excited. Ragdoll cats have plush coats, but they have little undercoat, so they’re pretty easy to care for. The kittens are born solid white, and they don’t fully develop their true color until they’re around four years old. Acceptable coat colors include red or flame, chocolate, seal, cream, blue, and lilac. Four coat patterns are acceptable, too: lynx, which is tabby-like; pointed, with dark markings on the nose, tail, paws, and ears; bicolor; and mitted, dark points with white paws and underbelly.
Russian Blue cats originated in Russia and were developed first there and in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Later, American cat breeders further developed the breed. These are slim cats with short, thick coats and beautiful green eyes. The individual hairs are bluish-grey and tipped in silver. The Russian Blue is usually quiet, calm, playful, and intelligent. They can be trained to fetch and to perform other tricks. They form close bonds with their human families but are often aloof with strangers. They get along well with kids, other cats, dogs, and other pets in the same household. Almost all cat breeds are graceful, but Russian Blues are at or near the top of that list.
When first viewing a Scottish Fold cat, you might think it doesn’t have ears. That’s because the ears fold sharply forward. The origin of the breed was a cat named Susie. Susie lived in Scotland and had folded ears because of a mutated gene. When she had a litter of kittens, some of them wound up with folded ears, too, and a cat breeder and geneticist got in on the action, created more Scottish Fold kittens. All kittens in this breed are born with straight ears. If the ears are going to fold, they do so by the time the kitten is three weeks old. It’s not just the funky ears that make this beloved by many cat enthusiasts. These cats are happy and calm, and mostly “go with the flow.” They’re medium in size and can have short or long coats in practically any color or pattern. They’re usually very clean and quiet and get along well with children, strangers, and other pets.
We’ve had several Siamese cats, and they all had “attitude.” They can be very demanding, with loud, insistent voices. The breed originated in Siam, which is now Thailand. Traditional Siamese cats in their native land looked considerably different than the Siamese seen today in the UK and the U.S. Breeders developed the cat most of us know today as the Siamese, with a narrow head, long legs, a long body, and extra-large ears. Our Siamese cats were very affectionate with us, but only when they wanted to be. All of them were very playful and extremely agile and athletic. They could leap easily from the floor to the top of a tall cabinet in a single bound. We now have a semi-feral cat with Siamese markings, and out of all the feral cats we take care of, she’s been the easiest to tame.
This rare breed originated in Pennsylvania. To put it simply, these cats look much like Siamese cats with white feet and other white markings. Not surprisingly, the Siamese breed figures prominently in creating Snowshoe cats. American shorthairs have also been used. The main reason this is a rare cat breed is because breeding depends on recessive traits. The standards include a long body, colored points, white pattern markings, blue eyes, and a short or medium coat with no undercoat. Fans of this breed report that the cats are gentle, laid back, and loving. Like their Siamese ancestors, they’re vocal, but they’re not as loud or as demanding as Siamese cats. Most make good lap warmers and excellent pets for children.
This breed originated in Canada, based on a genetic mutation. These rare cats appear hairless, but they’re actually covered by fine, downy hairs. All colors and markings on the skin are acceptable. Sphinx cats have triangle-shaped heads, large ears, visible wrinkles, and pot bellies. They’re very agile and athletic and are known for their acrobatics. They’re of medium size, intelligent, playful, and affectionate, but because they lack fur, they require special care. They can get sunburned from being outside, and since they don’t have a coat to keep them warm, they have trouble creating and maintaining sufficient body heat in cold weather.
Cute Cat Pictures
Sometimes when I’m bored or in an especially “catty” mood, I like looking at cute cat pictures. Sometimes I think it’s fun to make up captions to go with the photos, like I said earlier, a cat’s face displays a lot of expression, or at least it seems to do so to most of us humans. Felines can look mad, frustrated, depressed, worried, happy, interested, or bored by the way they cock their ears, twist their mouths, or furrow their brows. Of course, the eyes can say a lot, too. Cats can even look surprised and amazed. I hope you can interpret the different emotions in these pictures of cats.
Below are some cute cat pictures, and I’ve included some captions with the pics. If you have some ideas for captions to go along with the photos, please add them in the comment section of this article. I’m always open to new ideas, and after all, two heads are better than one when it comes to creative ideas. Thanks in advance, by the way!