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

Abyssinian

American shorthair Ocicat

Bengal

British shorthair

Burmese

Colorpoint SH

Cornish Rex

Devon Rex

Exotic

Himalayan

Maine Coon

Oriental shorthair

Norw. forest cat

Persian

Ragdoll

Scottish fold

Siamese

Trad. Siamese

Somali

Sphynx

Tonkinese

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