We bet you didn’t know how many cat breeds there are in the US so we thought we’d share these fun facts with you:
The International Progressive Cat Breeders Alliance (IPCBA) recognizes 73 cat breeds while the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) – only 41. The International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes 55 breeds. In the end, unless you are showing, it really doesn’t matter if your cat is “recognized”.
In case you are wondering what kind of fur baby (ooopps! not so furry, but just as loveable) this guy is, it’s called a SPHINX. According to Wikipedia, The Sphynx is a cat breed developed through selective breeding starting in the 1960s, known for its lack of a coat though it is not truly hairless. The skin should have the texture of chamois, as it has a fine layer of down. Whiskers may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent. The skin is the color their fur would be, and all the usual cat marking patterns (solid, point, van, tabby, tortie, etc.) may be found on Sphynx skin. Because they have no coat, they lose more body heat than coated cats. This makes them warm to the touch as well as heat-seeking.
Hope you enjoy our kitty of the week!