A celebration of cats is what, World Cat Day August 8, 2014 is all about.
We humans are simply enamored with cats and have been for thousands of years!
Today we honor our wonderful feline friends with a World Cat Day, yet their recognition spans thousands of years. Around 7000 to 5000 B.C. a few small, tabby-striped wild felines arrived in human settlements in northern Africa. It was with these small creatures that the process of domestic cat breeds began, resulting in some of the most intriguing types of cats seen today.
People often talk about owning a cat, but in reality I think cats own their humans. I’ve had cats throughout my life. Many were adopted mixed cats and some were breeds, but others simply showed up on my doorstep, fully expecting to come in and make themselves at home. Some cats will hang out with you constantly and even come when you call, while others will simply seem to ignore you, until its feeding time.
Cats of all kinds, whether a breed or not, are simply adorable, sporting many shapes, sizes, colors, and “flavors” of personality. These little felines can be beautiful and exotic with fur that is solid or multi colored, fluffy or smooth. An affectionate feline may sit on your lap or simply enjoy your company. An occasional petting as often it’s perfect reward. Others may be aloof and independent, clumsy or smart (or both!), and even a little sassy or evil.
Although all cats are, well cats, there are definite differences in cat breeds. Each breed has a unique set of qualities. Breeds can range from easy to more difficulty in handling, with personalities ranging from gentle and cuddly to aloof or reserved, and wanting less handling. In body form, they can be slender to cobby or robust, as well as combinations. Cat breeds can also be described by their color coat markings or patterning. When looking at their fur, you would think a long haired cat would shed more than a short haired cat, but that too is breed dependent rather than the length of the fur.
Finding a cat that best suits you, you can start by looking at breeds with the personality and behavior traits that you desire. These breed traits will also carry over in mixed cats.
Here’s a short cat breed guide:
- Undemanding Cats:
These types of cats can be described as quiet “lap cats” include the Birman, Bombay, Chartreux, Havana Brown, Nebelung, Russian Blue, Scottish Fold, and Selkirk Rex.
- Easy going, friendly cats:
These are cat breeds that are good with children such as the American Shorthair, British Shorthair, Maine Coon, Manx, Norwegian Forest Cat, Ragdoll, Scottish Fold, Snowshoe, and Turkish Van.
- Active cats, people oriented:
These cats love attention but can demanding, and include breeds like the American Curl, Balinese, Burmese, Colorpoint Shorthair, Javanese, Korat, Siamese, and Singapura.
- Active and athletic cats:
These are energetic cats such as the Abyssinian, Bengal, Ocicat, and Somali.
- Grooming Intensive cats:
These are long haired cats that will shed a lot, such as the Himalayan, Persian, and Turkish Angora.
Clarice Brough is a team member at Animal-World and has contributed many articles and write-ups.
Types of Pets
“What’s your lifestyle like? There is a type of pet for you no matter what type of life you lead!”
Having a great pet experience depends a lot on finding the perfect pet for your
Many pet animals make wonderful pets, but different types of pets can suit different personalities. You will want to find a pet that is a perfect companion for your lifestyle. Your age, home environment, and activity level are all considerations when deciding what type of pet could have your needs and wants met.
Read through this guide if you are looking for a pet to share in your life but aren’t sure yet what type of pet would best suit you. Once you identify a good pet for you, you will find that owning that pet can be rewarding and fun! So many people have reported how they ended up with their particular pets and how they truly changed their lives in a positive way. Most people feel their pets are a integral part of their family and couldn’t imagine their lives with out them. Pets usually enhance their owners lives, and deciding to own one will most likely be a very good choice!
Now on to how to choose between all the different types of pets available to you! Not all animals will suit who you are, so there are questions you should ask before venturing forth with a particular pet. Different animals have different temperaments and specific needs, in much the same way that people differ. Examples are some animals do very well living in small apartments, whereas others need huge areas to roam around in. Some animals may need a very specific diet, while others could thrive off a simple commercially prepared meal… Read More
Dr. Jungle’s Animal World loves to let the world see just how adorable, fun, cute, awesome, and beautiful all of our pets are. Turns out we’re not the only ones!
Fresh Step cat litter is running a YouTube contest from now until March that will allow all of you cat lovers and sharers out there to put your precious friends up on YouTube with a chance of actually getting a spot in a national ad campaign! Finally, some recognition! So check out the contest here – http://www.youtube.com/freshstep – and upload a video of your cat doing something crazy, cute, or just plain interesting and see if they have what it takes to be a star!
It’s pretty simple to add your video, just go to the contest site and click the “Enter Your Cat Here” box on the top right hand side of the page. From there you can either submit a video that you have already uploaded to your YouTube account or you can upload a new video. Also, even if you’re not interested in actually putting up your cat or maybe you don’t even have a cat but just think they are funny, be sure to check out the videos others have put up! There’s something about watching a cat jump into a box or knocking over a baby or miscalculating a jump and ending up face-planting into a wall that just makes me smile. I’m sure it does you too! Have fun and good luck!