Guest Post: Top 6 Unusual Cat Breeds

The Top 6 Most Unusual Cats

 

If you ask me, cat owners have a bit of a bad reputation at the moment. You can barely read the news or watch television without the overused ‘crazy cat lady’ jokes clawing onto your screen and begging for your attention. The reality is that cats have been a popular pet for thousands of years and make wonderful additions to any home; not just for Eleanor Abernathy.

 

If you are seriously considering owning a cat, then there are a plethora of cute and furry options available to you. There are quite literally hundreds of cat breeds out there; some ranging from the conventional to the downright weird and wonderful.

 

Some of these breeds you might have heard of before. Others, you might find, are just as unusual to you as they are to us.

 

1. The Scottish Fold

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Scottish Fold cats are most distinguishable by their short, folded ears which give them their unique name. Some have even compared this breed as resembling an owl. They come in a range of colours, sizes and hair lengths, meaning that there’s something for everyone who loves the Scottish Fold.

 

 

Believe it or not, this is a fairly new species that was only discovered in 1961. The original Scottish Fold, Susie, was found lurking in a barn in Perthshire. Following an intensive breeding programme, 76 Scottish Fold kittens were born within the subsequent following years. This means that all Scottish Fold cats, to this day, are descended from Susie.

 

Given how rare the Scottish Fold is, they are typically more expensive to purchase than other kittens. However, they make loving companions and are exceptionally beautiful.

 

2.  Teacup Persians

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You might be able to guess, but Teacup Persians are small enough to fit into small teacups. They are not a recognized breed and thus each breeder has his/her own specifications about the Teacup variety.

 

 

 

Like other Persian breeds, Teacup Persians are notable for their long hair and ‘squished’ faces. In some cases, selective breeding can cause the Teacup variety to suffer from respiratory problems. You can also expect to pay somewhat substantially for a Teacup Persian. Over the past several years, they have become increasingly popular and can fetch up to £1000 each.

 

3.  Sphynx

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The Sphynx is one of the most rrecognizable ofall the cat breeds. Its hairless and elongated features make it a particularly striking pet. While many are put off by this non-fluffy cat, the Sphynx has been a popular breed for hundreds of years now. They are especially useful for people who love cats but are allergic to traditional cats.

 

In terms of active breeding, people have been breeding Sphynxes since the 1960’s. There are many different variations within the Sphynx species alone. This includes the Don Sphynx and the Peterbald (from Russia).

 

 

 

There is a common misconception amongst prospective Sphynx-owners that these cats are entirely low maintenance. While they may not have fur, they do require sporadic bathing to remove the excess oils on their skin. They may also require jackets and sun-tan lotion during the winter and summer months.

 

4. Kurilian Bobtail

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The Kurlian Bobtail is a breed of cat which originates from the Kuril Islands. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes; even long and short-haired varieties too. However, they all have one thing in common: a very short tail. Kurilian Bobtails are known to be excellent hunters and make wonderful pets.

 

 

 

Like other wild cats, the Kurilian Bobtail loves to play in water and is especially adept at catching fish. For this reason, they are too active to remain as indoor pets. They need plenty of exercise and stimulation.

 

Kurilian Bobtails are popular for their distinctive look and relative rarity. A Kurilian Bobtail cat only has 2-3 kittens per litter. This means that they can be somewhat expensive to purchase.

 

5. Dragon Li

 

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The Dragon Li breed is a beautiful cat; notable for its large, wild features which make it seem like a non-domesticated feline. They have incredibly thick coats of fur, perfect for cold climates, and originate from China.

 

You can usually spot them because they have unusual markings. Dragon Li’s are typically golden-coloured with a broken stripe pattern. They also have a distinctive ear-tipping aesthetic. For these reasons, Dragon Lis can sometimes be confused with foxes.

 

It’s thought that this species of cat has been domesticated for at least several hundred years now. They are very affectionate and loving pets.

 

6. Cornish Rex

 

The Cornish Rex is a wonderfully strange mix between the domestic short-hair and Sphynx variety. They don’t have full coats, nor are they bald, but they have a downy-fluff exterior which makes them incredibly unusual. However, their fur also makes them lovely and soft; the perfect cat to cuddle up with.

 

In the past, people have described the Cornish Rex as the ‘greyhound’ of cats. This is partly due to their elongated body and long features. Additionally, they are also very playful and tactile; making them seem reminiscent of dogs.

 

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The Cornish Rex originates from a genetic mutation in a cat litter from the 1950’s. It’s thought that the name ‘Rex’ was inspired by Albert I of Belgium; a King who entered his fluffy pet rabbits into a competition in who subsequently lost. In order to not offend the monarch, the judges wrote ‘Rex’ to the rabbits’ placards.

 

 

We hope that this blog has helped to inform you about the weird and wonderful variety of cats out there. Whether they’re short, long-haired, or entirely bald; all of the cats in this blog are adorable in their own right.

 

Nevertheless, if you are thinking of adopting the cat, then there are lots of options available to you. It’s always worth doing your research and finding the right pet for you and your family.

 

Who said you have to be a ‘crazy cat lady’ to love cats?

 

This blog was written by Jennifer Smith for <a href=”http://hungrypets.com/”>Hungry Pets</a>, the leading provider of pet supplies and goods in the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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