: Different Cat
Introduction to Understanding
Different Cat Breeds
makes different cat breeds? Lots of practice! Just kitting...oh
my. I'm cracking myself up!
A cat breed is a grouping of animals within the same species
that are fairly similar in size, appearance, personality and other traits.
results are kittens who are like the parents in most respects.
Over many generations, the traits become “set in,” meaning
that certain traits – fur length, color, eye set, behavior and personality –
consistently appear within each litter. The babies are like the parents in most
Simply stated, mate a
breed to a Siamese you get Siamese babies...and a houseful of chatter boxes.
If you breed a Siamese to a Ragdoll you don't really have any idea what the
predominant traits will be. Therefore don't know what your little ones will look
like. Perhaps more important, you don't know what breeds' predominant
personality you kitten will inherit.
The litter is no longer purebred, but more along different cat
breeds in domestic cats.
Norwegian Forest cat breeders practice selective breeding by careful
selection of the male and female. Their goal is to increase the
likelihood of desirable traits appearing in the litter of kittens. They are also trying to
eliminate or reduce undesirable traits in the offspring.
You may hear the work
‘papers' used when speaking with a purebred cat breeder. They are not
inviting you to “roll-your-own”.
They are speaking of a documented
family tree of the cat family. It is the registration paper that a cat
registry has issued for your cat.
In the past, registries relied on the clerical skills and accuracy of the
breeder. Today, science has given us a new validation tool for verifying a
kitten's Mom and Pop. Its called DNA testing. This is a mapping of the gene
structure of your cat back to the gene structure of her parents and
If you choose to go the purebred route, you are spending money to insure you
get the traits of that particular breed. The registration papers and pedigree
can help you kitten answer Who's Your Daddy?”
However, paperwork won't tell you if the kitten was handled properly during it most
critical development stages nor does it tell you if there are heredity problems
with that cat's family tree. You still need to evaluate the breeder and quality of her
A brave and gentle cat breed...
My adopted mother cat, Ms Dee, is a Domestic longhair
resembling a Shaded Silver Persian. She is easy - going with her
humans. Her former family had children with whom she was most
When we met, I saw her defend all of her kittens against a
monstrous Doberman. Up she poofed and let him have a left hook in
his nose. Away howling he ran tail-between-the-legs!
This is not to say that Ms. Dee wouldn't get along with dogs. In
fact the previous family had a small dog. The point I'm trying to
make is that this diminutive, normally good natured cat didn't back
down to a dog 10 times her size.
She never scratched the children. This gentle nature is a
reliable trait of the Persian