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Cute Cat Breeds You Probably Never Heard Of

February 1 2022

You might not know it, but there are a few organizations dedicated to cat breeds. They do, however, differ on how many breeds they recognize. The International Cat Association recognizes 71 while The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) allows 44. They’re all pretty adorable! In this article, a local vet introduces a few you may not know about.

Highlander

The Highlander first clawed her way into our hearts back in 2004. She’s a cross between the Desert Lynx and the Jungle Curl. These cute kitties are cuddly, lovable, frisky, and smart. And they love water, unlike most of our feline pals. They’re also talented little gymnasts!

Lykoi

The Lykoi is making big waves in spite of her small size. Because of their appearance, these sweet kitties are known as the werewolf cat. Don’t worry, though: if Fluffy bite you, you won’t turn into a werewolf!

Aphrodite

Named after the love goddess, the Aphrodite is a pretty big kitty that also has a very big heart! These sweet cats have thick, soft coats and very long back legs. They grow more slowly than most of our feline pals, taking about 3 years to reach their full size.

Cheetoh Cat

The Cheetoh cat is a mix between two exotic breeds, the Ocicat and the Bengal. Like many exotic cats, they are quite the little chatterboxes and have very pretty patterned coats.

Tennessee Rex

The Tennessee Rex is the only kitty on our list that is always a ginger. These fluffy redheads can grow fairly large. They’re also curly! The breed traces back to a Tennessee stray that gave birth to some unique looking kittens, so their exact lineage is unknown.

Ojos Azules

The Ojos Azules has been around since 1984, and yet they are still quite rare. These can sport a variety of colors, but they always have striking, deep blue eyes. In fact, this Spanish name, Ojos Azules means ‘blue eyes’ in English!

Toybob

As the name suggests, the Toybob is an itty bitty kitty. They seldom get any larger than a three to six month old kitten. Unlike most toy breeds, they aren’t a downsized version of a larger breed, but are a unique breed all their own. These cute felines tend to be great climbers and lapcats and are very lovable.

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How many cat breeds are recognized by The International Cat Association and The Cat Fanciers Association?

The International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes 71 cat breeds, showcasing various feline shapes, sizes, and temperaments. On the other hand, The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), another leading authority on cat pedigrees, officially recognizes 44 breeds. These numbers highlight the wide variety within the cat world and the differing criteria set by these organizations for breed recognition. Both associations play a crucial role in promoting and preserving cat breeds worldwide.

What is unique about the Highlander cat breed?

The Highlander cat breed, introduced in 2004, stands out for its distinctive physical and behavioral traits. A cross between the Desert Lynx and the Jungle Curl, Highlanders are known for their playful, affectionate nature, making them excellent companions. They exhibit a unique appearance with curled ears and a robust physique. Unlike many cats, Highlanders have an unusual affinity for water and exhibit impressive agility, often compared to gymnasts. Their friendly and intelligent demeanor and love for interaction sets them apart in the feline world.

Why are Lykoi cats referred to as werewolf cats?

Lykoi cats are affectionately known as “werewolf cats” due to their unique appearance, which resembles mythical creatures. This distinct look results from a natural genetic mutation that gives them a partially hairless coat with a roan pattern not fully covered in fur, especially around the face, paws, and ears. Their coat, combined with a lean, muscular body and an intense gaze, evokes the imagery of a werewolf. Despite their wild appearance, Lykois are gentle, affectionate, and playful, making them fascinating companions.

What makes the Tennessee Rex cat breed unique in appearance?

The Tennessee Rex cat breed is uniquely distinguished by its stunning red coat and distinctive curly fur, a rare trait among felines. This breed is always a ginger, setting it apart with its vibrant, fiery hue. The curliness of their coat adds an extra layer of charm and texture, making them stand out visually. Originating from a genetic mutation in a Tennessee stray, the breed’s exact lineage is unknown, adding to its mystique. Their large size and gentle, generous nature complement their striking appearance, making them a unique addition to the cat world.

Why are Ojos Azules cats particularly notable for their eye color?

Ojos Azules cats are particularly notable for their striking deep blue eyes, a trait that stands out regardless of their coat color. Named after the Spanish words for “blue eyes,” this breed’s eye color is scarce and intense, contrasting vividly with a wide range of coat colors from standard to more unique shades. Unlike other breeds where blue eyes are typically associated with white or light-colored fur, Ojos Azules can have dark or varied coat colors while maintaining those captivating blue eyes, making them a unique and visually stunning breed.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local animal clinic in Bloomington, CA!

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