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Over the last thousands of years, cats have pretty much handled their breeding themselves. In the beginning, they were used for one purpose - hunting and killing rodents. As the years progressed, we began to breed cats more to our liking. Nowadays, there are several different breeds of cats - which you can tell if you look closely.

kitten in the garden looking at a mouse

These days, over 70 distinct cat breeds are recognized through cat registries. Several registries will identify around 40 breeds, excluding more domestic breeds such as tigers. There are also many variations, including wild cats that have longer hair. 

Cat long hair

Cat breeds have roots going back quite a bit in history. Some Japanese breeds, such as the Japanese Bobtail, can be traced back more than 1,000 years. These cats were ubiquitous and well known throughout Medieval Japan. Nowadays, they are all but a myth throughout Japan and the entire world.

japanese bobtail cat


The more common cat breeds found in North America include the alley cat, long-haired cat, and Persian cat. Siamese cats are also common, although they are well known to be destructive and foul-tempered. Persian cats are very popular, proving to be loving companions. Persian cats can be very expensive, depending on where you get them and what type of Persian cat it is.

Bottle for Agression and Frustration Reduction for catsAlley cats are the most common in North America. Although most people refer to them as alley cats, several other breeds exist. They make good pets, although there are thousands of them in existence. Cats are known to breed more than any other pet, and they will continue to breed until they are stopped. Alley cats are among the most numbered, as hundreds of thousands of homeless cats have nothing to do but breed.

Five cats lying in the snow

The cat's look is the easiest way to tell what breed they may be. Some people choose to go by color, although the color isn't as easy to identify. Different breeds of cats have different looks, such as the Siamese and Persian cats. Siamese cats are almost always black and easy to identify by their color and eyes. On the other hand, Persian cats are easily identified by their body type and hair.

Siamese and Persian cats

Over the years, there have been quite a few breeds come along. Cats were one of the first pets and easily one of the most popular. Millions of people worldwide own cats, with many preferring a cat over any other pet - including dogs. No matter the breed of cat you get - you're sure to get a pet that makes for a great companion for years and years to come.

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