Kinds Of Cats

Discuss kinds of cats. Cats share a fairly close relationship with their predecessors, and much of the differences between the different kinds of cats have something to do with their habitat, size and state of domestication. Cats are great as pets, and many people willingly take home stray kittens that would have had to fend for themselves in a rural or urban area. While not traditionally hunters of rodents and vermin, but rather birds and other critters, domesticated cats have adapted to their new homes by doing exactly this to improve the way of life of their owners.

Many kinds of cats exist, and some examples are mentioned here.

Domestic Cats

American Bobtail – This is a relatively new breed, with few species all over the world. Bobtails are good pets in that they like human attention and have a reasonable amount of energy for play. Their frisky nature can be a positive or a negative, but the main characteristic of this breed is closeness with their human owners. Bobtails are late bloomers and reach maturity after a couple of years or more. They retain some traits of their bobcat ancestors, with their hind legs a bit longer than the front.

The Bobtail shows a significantly large tail, which is a dominant trait of this breed. Some mutations occur occasionally in the bobtail line where kittens are born without tails and therefore have a shorter spine.

Balinese – Balinese cats come from the Siamese line, with pointed differences in terms of hair length and color. Nevertheless, there are similarities that cannot be ignores, including a sweet disposition and communication skills. Balinese are usually red, cream, and a mixture of black and red.

Himalayan – Himalayans originated from Persian and Siamese cat breeding experiments by geneticists studying how long hair is inherited among cats. Himalayans are the kinds of cats that possess the stereotypical calm associated with these animals. In short, they may need attention every now and then but will mostly leave you alone and play on their own. However, these kinds of cats are also playful when it’s time for play, and can be loyal. Grooming is essential for Himalayans because of their thick hair.


Some kinds of cats purr and meow docilely, but Siamese cats would rather yowl and express their feelings with real effort to communicate. Siamese cats are so called because they originate from Thailand, and have been deemed as pets of the old Royals in the country. Crossbreeding with other kinds of cats have resulted in deviations in the appearance of traditional Siamese. Modern Siamese, as these recent breeds are called, show a more lithe appearance and elongated legs.

Feral Cats

Feral cats are the wild counterparts of domestic cats that show traits of their domesticated parents but not the same disposition. They bolt when humans are close by, but may be attracted occasionally to humans carrying food. These kinds of cats are abundant in urban areas and sometimes live in colonies. They are also of mixed breed, because of uncontrolled crossing between different kinds of feral cats.