Behavioral problems in cats, such as avoiding the litterbox, excessive meowing and other attention-seeking behavior, biting and painful or destructive scratching can be corrected by first eliminating physical causes, then instituting a program of gradual retraining, with the help of these resources. Remember that there are no bad cats, only uninformed cat caregivers.


Try to deal with one problem cat behavior at a time. Too many "dos" and "don'ts" will only confuse your cat and frustrate your training attempts. Start with the most potentially hazardous problems first


A cat breed is defined by a breed standard which describes the cat's physical characteristics in detail. However, characteristics such as color, pattern, or hair length alone do not define a cat breed since most breeds include cats with a wide range of these characteristics.

A documented ancestry is what makes a cat a member of a specific breed. In fact, less than 1% of cats worldwide are cats of a specific breed. Most cats are simply varieties of the species Felis domesticus.


Some terms used to describe cat breeds 

Points: parts of face, ears, legs, and tail colored darker then the fur's base color. 

Shaded: predominantly dark hair, but lighter than smoked. 

Smoked: predominantly dark hair, but hair line silvery. 

Ticking: dark banded hairs. 

Tipping: bright hair with dark tips.


Cat breeds – examples


American shorthair Ocicat


British shorthair


Colorpoint SH

Cornish Rex

Devon Rex



Maine Coon

Oriental shorthair

Norw. forest cat



Scottish fold


Trad. Siamese




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