Ever wondered how many different cat breeds there are? Depending on which cat group you subscribe to, the answer will be different.
According to The International Cat Association (TICA) there are 71 different cat breeds. While the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) drops this number by nearly half, saying there are just 45. Coming in just one less, the Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe) counts 49.
Still, that leaves myriad choices for a prospective puss parent.
With so many different cat breeds, where to start?
According to the Companion Animals in New Zealand Report, 2020, Kiwis are big on feline friends – with over 1.2 million cats as pets at the time of writing. Whichever way you look at it, that’s a lot of feline personality. With so many different cat breeds, how can we get to know them all?
1. British Short Haired cat personality
Self-sufficient, good natured and warm-hearted. This is the reputation which precedes a British Short Hair. Though he’s more likely to sit next to you than on your lap, this easy-going feline won’t mind a cuddle. That’s why we’ve said it’s one of the best pets for kids.
With a calm temperament emanating from these wide-cheeked wonders, it’s no wonder this cat inspired the infamously chilled Cheshire Cat from Alice In Wonderland.
2. Siamese cat personality
Siamese cats were first bred in Siam (now known as Thailand) and are intelligent, athletic, and loyal. Their gregarious temperament means they’re always willing to share an opinion and can keep the conversation going all day.
Happy around people and other pets, Siamese love sitting on laps or snuggling under covers and do get sad if left alone.
Want to know more? Read our Siamese cat profile.
3. Persian cat personality
With its full and round face and flat teensy nose, the Persian cat’s cuteness matches its intelligence. Famed for being the parlour cat companion to Queen Victoria, the Persian cat first travelled to Europe in the 1600’s from Iran – then known as Persia.
Sadly, selective breeding has resulted in a high prevalence of polycystic kidney disease. So it’s good to know that both our Classic and Deluxe cat insurance plans cover hereditary conditions (after a 90-day waiting period passes).
4. Calico cat personality
The Calico cat is not a breed of cat but rather any breed with a tricolour patterned coat. According to the Cat Breeds Encyclopedia, Calico cats are wise, mystical, warm-hearted and lucky. In fact, in folklore history Calicos are often seen as a symbol of good luck.
The German word for a Calico is “Glückskatze”, which translates as “lucky cat.” In Maryland, the Calico cat is the state cat and in Japan the Calico Maneki-neko or beckoning cat figure brings good luck.
5. Maine Coon cat personality
These cats have above average intelligence. In fact, they’ve been known to emulate people by switching off lights and flush toilets! Talkative and playful Maine Coons are relaxed around children, other cats and dogs,. However, they’re cautious around strangers.
Learn about the Maine Coon cat here.
Like all pure creatures, cats are practical
While each of these different cat breeds and their personalities make for great family pets, it’s important to remember that every cat has its day. Your cat can become aggressive or frustrated if it gets injured or is on heat. This can result in neighbourhood prowling, fights with other cats and even damage to other people’s property.
Cat insurance from us covers you for vet visits, accident cover and even third-party liability (which means coverage for damage to others’ property). Consider what the famous writer and artist William S. Burroughs said: “Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.” Let’s follow suit with the best pet insurance – it will significantly reduce your financial burden if your cat falls ill, has an accident or spends regular time at the vet.
Plus, at the time of writing, we’re offering 8 weeks of free kitten insurance for cats aged 6-30 weeks, with a $1,000 benefit limit. No waiting periods, no excess payments and no lock-in contract. And for parents of older kitties, you’ll get one month of free cat insurance if you buy a member pawlicy online.