Breed All About It: Cats

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The Highland Fold is the long-haired variety of the cat known as the Scottish Fold, so-called for their folded ears. Their history can be traced back to one tiny kitten, a white barn cat named Susie, who was found at a farm in Scotland in 1961 with a unique owl-like appearance due to her folded ears. She was gathered up and used as a breeding cat, thus starting the entire breed of the Scottish Fold.

The Highland Fold is the long-haired variety of the cat known as the Scottish Fold, so-called for their folded ears. Their history can be traced back to one tiny kitten, a white barn cat named Susie, who was found at a farm in Scotland in 1961 with a unique owl-like appearance due to her folded ears. She was gathered up and used as a breeding cat, thus starting the entire breed of the Scottish Fold.

Did you know the semi-long hair of the Turkish Van lacks an undercoat, giving this breed its characteristic velvety soft fur and providing some water resistance? Unlike most other feline breeds, the Turkish Van is particularly fond of water and has been nicknamed the “swimming cat."

Did you know the semi-long hair of the Turkish Van lacks an undercoat, giving this breed its characteristic velvety soft fur and providing some water resistance? Unlike most other feline breeds, the Turkish Van is particularly fond of water and has been nicknamed the “swimming cat."

Did you know the beautiful Tonkinese cat is the result of cross-breeding between Siamese and Burmese cats? Read more about this breed by visiting Petplan pet insurance's Condition Checker!

Did you know the beautiful Tonkinese cat is the result of cross-breeding between Siamese and Burmese cats? Read more about this breed by visiting Petplan pet insurance's Condition Checker!

Essentially a Persian cat with a paler coat, the first Chinchilla was seen in a color mutation that occurred in the United Kingdom in 1882. One important difference of Chinchillas from Persians is the appearance of their noses.  The distinct snub nose of the Persian is slightly less pronounced in the Chinchilla variety, making them less prone to brachycephalic syndrome.

Essentially a Persian cat with a paler coat, the first Chinchilla was seen in a color mutation that occurred in the United Kingdom in 1882. One important difference of Chinchillas from Persians is the appearance of their noses. The distinct snub nose of the Persian is slightly less pronounced in the Chinchilla variety, making them less prone to brachycephalic syndrome.

Did you know the history of the Scottish Fold can be traced back to one tiny kitten – a white barn cat named Susie?  Susie was found at a farm in Scotland in 1961 with a unique owl-like appearance, caused by her folded ears.  She was gathered up and used as a breeding cat, thus starting the entire breed of the Scottish Fold! Learn more about this breed at the Petplan pet insurance website: http://ow.ly/9utnQ

Did you know the history of the Scottish Fold can be traced back to one tiny kitten – a white barn cat named Susie? Susie was found at a farm in Scotland in 1961 with a unique owl-like appearance, caused by her folded ears. She was gathered up and used as a breeding cat, thus starting the entire breed of the Scottish Fold! Learn more about this breed at the Petplan pet insurance website: http://ow.ly/9utnQ

The Turkish Angora is an ancient breed of cat that traces her development back to 14th century Turkey, where she developed an unusually soft, medium-length coat for protection against the harsh winters. She is believed to be the originator of the genetic mutations for long hair and for the dominant all-white coat.

The Turkish Angora is an ancient breed of cat that traces her development back to 14th century Turkey, where she developed an unusually soft, medium-length coat for protection against the harsh winters. She is believed to be the originator of the genetic mutations for long hair and for the dominant all-white coat.

An active and intelligent cat, the Japanese Bobtail is also quite talkative! She loves to be with her family, especially children, and will often “talk” back to her owners in a wide range of tones. She can also learn to perform tricks a bit easier than most breeds, and is more likely to enjoy learning to walk on a leash and playing fetch.

An active and intelligent cat, the Japanese Bobtail is also quite talkative! She loves to be with her family, especially children, and will often “talk” back to her owners in a wide range of tones. She can also learn to perform tricks a bit easier than most breeds, and is more likely to enjoy learning to walk on a leash and playing fetch.

The Cornish Rex breed originated in 1950 on a farm in Cornwall, England, when a litter of kittens with one very unusual member was born there. Named Kallibunker, the standout of the litter had very fine, curly hair. His owner decided to use Kallibunker as the start of the breed we now know as the Cornish Rex.

The Cornish Rex breed originated in 1950 on a farm in Cornwall, England, when a litter of kittens with one very unusual member was born there. Named Kallibunker, the standout of the litter had very fine, curly hair. His owner decided to use Kallibunker as the start of the breed we now know as the Cornish Rex.

The American Shorthair — not to be confused with the Domestic Shorthair — shares her story with that of many Americans, as she came here to the United States on the first boats from England.

The American Shorthair — not to be confused with the Domestic Shorthair — shares her story with that of many Americans, as she came here to the United States on the first boats from England.

Did you know the history of the Chartreux is the subject of much speculation? Stories of their origin vary from being the cats of Carthusian monks in the French Alps to descending from the feral cats of Syria. Whatever their true heritage, the Chartreux arrived in France in the 16th century, and that became their home. In fact, it was not until 1971 that they ventured upon American soil. Read more about this quiet yet intelligent breed at the Petplan pet insurance website: http://ow.ly/9t2ao

Did you know the history of the Chartreux is the subject of much speculation? Stories of their origin vary from being the cats of Carthusian monks in the French Alps to descending from the feral cats of Syria. Whatever their true heritage, the Chartreux arrived in France in the 16th century, and that became their home. In fact, it was not until 1971 that they ventured upon American soil. Read more about this quiet yet intelligent breed at the Petplan pet insurance website: http://ow.ly/9t2ao

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