Photo of a tiger.

Types of cats

Different types of feline, from your common house cat up to the king of beasts, the lion.
If you really like cats as well as dictionaries, you might like to visit Words by Cat.

Photo of an abyssinian cat.
Photo by John Morton

The Abyssinian is an ancient breed of cat of uncertain origin, from either Egypt or Ethiopia. It is slim, lithe, and has a distinctive flecked (ticked) brown coat, large ears, and a long tail.
They are active, intelligent, curious cats. They make good pets, but need constant attention or they get bored and unhappy. They are excellent hunters, so this needs to be taken into consideration if you live near a wildlife reserve and want an Abyssinian as a pet.

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Photo of a birman cat
Photo by Ernst Vikne

Birmans are sometimes referred to as the "Sacred cat of Burma". They have long hair, dark points, and blue eyes. They have white toes but dark legs.

Photo of a black panther.
Photo by Tom Check

A black panther is simply a leopard that is very dark. If you look closely, you can still see the spots.

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Photo of a bobcat
Photo by Linda Tanner
Scientific name: lynx rufus

A bobcat is a type of lynx found in America. All kinds of lynx have short tails, not just the bobcat.

Photo of a british shorthair
Photo by Jans Canon

British shorthairs are cats with thick fur and very rounded features. They are big, heavy and stocky. They come in a variety of colors but the blue colour in the picture is the most popular. They are easygoing and make good indoor cats.

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Burmese cats are originally from Burma, and were once all brown. They are now available in a range of colours. Burmese are friendly and intelligent and make great pets. They like being social with their humans, and are talkative cats and will hold conversations with their humans too.

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Photo of a caracal
Photo by Frank Wouters
Scientific name: caracal caracal

A caracal is a slender, muscular, medium-sized wild cat with long legs and a short tail. It is from areas of Africa, west and south Asia. Caracals usually live alone. Female caracals are very territorial, but males will roam over a very large area.
Caracals are closely related to servals.

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Photo of a cat
Photo by Steve Roetz
Scientific name: felis catus

A cat is a small, meat-eating animal that is often kept as a pet. Cats are good at hunting mice. Most dogs don't like cats, and are often seen chasing them up trees. Cats spend over half of their time asleep. A baby cat is called a kitten.

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Scientific name: acinonyx jubatus

The cheetah is the only cat that cannot climb trees. The cheetah also can run much faster than any other kind of cat. Cheetahs eat mainly small antelopes and the young of larger animals like baby zebras and baby wildebeast.
The cheetah is the fastest land animal, reaching speeds between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph) in short bursts covering distances up to 460 metres (1,500 feet), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 110 km/h (68 mph) in three seconds, faster than most supercars.

Normal cats have three layers of hair. Cornish Rex cats only have the undercoat, which is very short, soft and silky. They also have curly hair.
Cornish Rex's are a slim, friendly cat suitable for shy children. Because of their thin coat they are best kept as an indoor cat.

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