With over 70 different breeds of cats in the world, we couldn't possibly share them all with you in a short blog post. But for the most part, the many different breeds of cats can be broken down into three main categories:
- Short haired cats
- Long haired cats
- Curly coat cats
Here is what you need to know about each of these different kinds of cats.
Short Haired Cats
Short haired cats as you can imagine have short hair. This makes them a little easier to care for. They require far less grooming than their long-haired counterparts. That doesn't mean you don't have to groom them at all, though. Removing the shedding hair keeps the coat much healthier. Be careful, though; some breeds of short-haired cats do not have an undercoat. With this lack of undercoat, you have to make sure not to harm the skin when grooming.
There are short haired cats which can be hypoallergenic - the Sphynx is a good example. This is a known as a hairless breed, although it's not, in fact, hairless; it has a very fine hair. These cats require lots of extra care to their skin, which can get dry and even sunburned.
This is the breed category to stick with if you're concerned about allergies. Less hair means less shedding, too, and therefore less of an allergic reaction.
Long Haired Cats
Long haired cats are beautiful and fluffy, but with all of that hair comes a lot of grooming. They will need to be brushed at least once a day. It's important to keep up with this. You will want to use a grooming glove or self-groomer for your long-haired cat.
One of the unfortunate side effects of a long-haired cat is his poop might get stuck when he uses the bathroom, which is then deposited around your home. It's not on purpose, but you'll want to make sure to carefully shave that area on a long-haired cat.
There will some breeds in the long-haired category that you can get away with less grooming, for example, the Selkirk Rex.
Because of all the hair, long-haired cats tend to get more fur balls. They will most likely need to have their hair trimmed, too. Shedding will be more extreme, requiring extra sweeping and mopping.
Curly Coat Cats
Cats with a curly coat are the result of a mixture of cat breeds. They are rare and their coats really can be the consistency of the long and short haired cats. They require a little more grooming than a short haired, but not as much as a long haired. They do shed so they aren't necessarily hypoallergenic.
No matter what breed of cat you get, it will require some care and consideration of the hair/skin of its body. Make sure you get the correct brush, grooming tools to maintain your cat's coat. And do be diligent about it, especially with long-haired cats. Even if they don't like being brushed, they still need to be to help prevent fur balls and matting.