Cat breeds beginning with A

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Cats are our pets and our friends, they give us someone to talk to and cuddle and even keep our rodent problems down as well as our stress levels…but when choosing our furry friend its important to know about their breed and please do remember all cats and kittens need love, care and attention.

The Abyssinian

The Abyssinian has attentive, quite large pointed ears. Its eyes are almond shaped and colours may include gold, green, hazel or copper. The paws are small and oval and its legs are slender in proportion to the body, with a fine bone structure. The head is broad and more or less wedged in shape. The Abyssinian has a somewhat long tail, broad at the base and narrows to a point. The Abyssinian's nose and chin generally form a straight line when viewed in profile. A mark usually an m shape is frequently found in the fur on the forehead, also called "frown lines,” it appears above the Abyssinian's eyes. They can be coloured ruddy, blue fawn or red. Abyssinians are medium sized cats with short fur. They have strong, flexible bodies with long legs. They normally get along well with other cats, although they need their space and the females can occasionally be tetchy around other cats. They are said to have come from Ethiopia but it’s not known for sure.

The Aegean

It is a social pet that can handle living in an apartment quite well. It is bright, energetic and animated and also communicates well, not hesitant to attract a person's attention. The Aegean Cat originates from the Cycladic Islands in the Aegean Sea, It is considered to be the only native Greek type of cat. They are significantly liked for their temperament and astuteness. In the countryside they are often seen as the best method of pest control, because they are very able predators. The coat of an Aegean Cat is partially long haired, without down hair, with a fair ruff and a rich tail. The Aegean Cat's coat provides good defence throughout the cruel winter weather and sheds out short for the summer.

The Australian Mist

This breed was developed by Dr Truda Straede in Australia beginning in 1976, thus its name. The breed was developed by crossing the Burmese, Abyssinian, and Domestic short hair cats to produce a short haired cat with a spotted coat. Their name was changed in 1998 from 'Spotted Mist' when cats with marbled coats, rather than spots, were acknowledged as part of the breed to 'Australian Mist'. Australian Mists are medium-sized short haired cats, with a round head and big, communicative eyes. They make perfect pets for children of all ages, even very young ones, as they are tolerant of handling, and are not inclined to scratch. As kittens they are lively, but sober up a little on maturity. Their life expectancy is in the mid to late teens.
Australian Mists flourish on human contact, making them happy to stay inside between dusk and dawn or to be exclusively indoor pets. Their inclination to crawl into a nearby lap with or without provocation and to frequently hang about to see what people are doing, makes them superb companions for home workers and invalids. They usually fit in effortlessly with all sorts of cats and dogs, a truly pleasant pet, which fast becomes part of the family.

The American Bobtail

Bobtails are said to be the effect of a cross-breeding between a household tabby cat and a bobcat. American Bobtails have dog-like personalities, frequently play fetch, and meet their owners at the door. They are very tolerant of being picked up by younger children. They have been known to break out from closed rooms and fastened cages. Bobtails also have a predisposition to take shiny items and store them in a hiding place, owners need to know where their cat keeps their hoard when they want to take back the objects American Bobtails are a very strong breed. Their coat is shaggy rather than thick or feathery. They have countless colours of eyes and fur, with a strong prominence on the "untamed" tabby look.

The Asian

The Asian, also known as the Malayan, is a medium-sized cat, with a muscular and compact body, which is devoid of fat. It has a broad and rounded chest, and slender legs. The straight tail is of medium length. The nicely rounded head has no compacted areas, and there is a very noticeable spot in profile. This gives the Asian a full-looking face. The round and wide-set eyes are usually yellow. Asian cats are curious, have a strong will and love to explore the house. They often enjoy travelling in a cat carrier. Asians are very vocal, and have loud voices

The American Curl

The American Curl is a breed of cat characterized by its remarkable ears, which curl back from the face toward the middle of the back of the cranium giving it its name. The American Curl is by and large a healthy breed and is not known to suffer from any hereditary defects. These cats ears on the other hand require regular cleaning to prevent infections, and require gentle treatment to avoid harm. Both long haired and short haired Curls have soft, silken coats which lie flat against their bodies. They have need of little grooming and like spending time with their owners.

The American Polydactyl cat

Normal cats have a total of 18 toes, with five toes on each front paw and four toes on each hind paw; polydactyl cats may have as many as seven digits on their front and/or hind paws. Tiger, a Canadian polydactyl cat with 27 toes, was recognised by Guinness World Records as having the highest number of toes on a cat. Different combinations of anywhere from four to seven toes per paw are frequent, and the number of toes on either the front or rear paws is usually the same. Polydactyly is most commonly found on the front paws only, it is uncommon for a cat to have polydactyl hind paws only, and Polydactyly of all four paws is even less frequent. Some polydactyl kittens initially have more difficulty in learning to walk than normal animals; however in some cases Polydactyly appears to improve the agility of the animal. For example, a common variation with six toes on the front paws, with two opposing digits on each enables the cat to learn and execute feats of physical dexterity normally not observed in non-polydactyl cats, such as opening latches or catching items with only one paw. Sailors were long-known to especially value polydactyl cats for their extraordinary climbing and hunting abilities as an aid in controlling shipboard rodents. Some sailors also considered them to bring tremendous good luck when on board the ship.
Cats usually "file down" their nails, thus removing the outer layer. Nevertheless, some of the claws of polydactyl cats are in uncomfortable positions, so they are not able to trim them down by scratching. If correct trimming is not done, then these claws could grow into the cat's flesh and cause infections.



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2nd Feb 2014 (#)

I had no idea that Polydactyl cats were an actual breed, I thought this was just a genetic fluke.

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