Cats or felines are among the most popular animals that humans love to include in their families. are loved and adored by most animal lovers. They are cute, furry and really require low maintenance. An average house cat can live up to 20 years, depending on their breeds which again make them very likeable.
Cats also get along with kids, which again makes them perfect for families with young children and newborn babies. Though they are not as cuddly as dogs are, the bond humans share with cats is very unique.
Cats are very popular amongst humans; however, most of us are not familiar with their breeds. In India, cats are found everywhere but most of us are unaware of their breeds. Unlike dogs, cats are not given enough attention regarding their breeds which is both a good and a bad thing.
Though they are not discriminated according to their breeds, ignorance about their breeds can cause a problem in the long run because each breed is built differently and have different feeding and grooming requirements.
Although house cats don’t too require much maintenance, it must be kept in mind that they require medical care, proper feeding care and grooming, depending on their breed’s genetic type. Here is a list of domestic Indian cat breeds:
Himalayan cats are one of the most common cat breeds in India. Known as Colourpoint Persian and Himmie, they are perfect cuddly companion. They are usually white in colour, but they are also available in brown, red and cream colour.
They have colourpoints scattered across their face, ears, legs and tails. They are very fluffy and their blue eyes are simply amusing. They are very calm and devoted and they prefer quieter homes. They have a lifespan of 9-15 years.
Short-haired black cats, Bombay cats are a result of breeding between sable Burmese and black American Shorthair cats. Bombay cat is the name given to Asian black cats. They have attractive golden eyes, making them more desirable. They are very affectionate and they have a tendency of jumping on their favourite human’s lap. They have a lifespan of 15-20 years.
Siamese cats are one of the first recognized Asian cat breeds. They are very common in the South Asian region and they originated from Shanghai, and it is believed that they were first domesticated there. They are medium-sized cats with triangular hind legs, oval paws, and slender legs.
Their bodies are mostly lean. They are great family cats because they crave constant companionship and affection from their humans. Also, they are very tolerant of children, making them a perfect family companion. They have a lifespan of 10-12.5 years.
The Maine Coon is considered to be the most ancient cat breed of the earth. They are widely domesticated and are considered to be the most suitable domesticated cat breed. They are very furry and are larger than most felines. They require a lot of grooming and are very trainable. They are friendly towards their family members and are very loving. They have a lifespan of 13-14 years.
The Persian cat is known for its beautiful long hair and short muzzle. They have been making regular appearances in Hollywood and are adored for their beautiful appearance. The breed is widely popular in France and the US. Their roots lie in Iran. They are very affectionate and easy-going; however, they have a royal aura. They have a lifespan of 10-17 years.
The American Bobtail
Drifting away from the common breeds of felines, the American Bobtail emerged in the late 1960s. As the name signifies, this attractive breed is widely popular for its unique bobtail. These cats are medium-sized and they can be referred to as “muscular”. They are very rare and are often costly. They have a lifespan of 13-15 years.
Spotted cats are found widely across the country. They have grey spots all over their bodies and their tails are darker in colour than their whole body. They are very much suitable for the Indian climate. The best part about getting a cat of this breed is that you can easily adopt one from their shelters instead of buying them. The cats are available plenty in number so providing a home to them will be a noble cause. They are very playful and energetic and they make excellent domestic companions. They have a lifespan of 12 years.
Ragdolls are large in size; they have different colour points and beautiful blue eyes. They are very calm and laid back, probably the most laid back cat breed. They get really along with children and other pets. They have a lifespan of 12-15 years.
Cats are great human companions and it is mandatory for us to know them fully before getting them. The above eight cat breeds are widely popular in India and are more or less habituated to the climate.