Cats have not evolved much during the last thousands of years. As a matter of fact, new cat breeds are mostly hybrids, which are made by man, rather than through some form of evolution. Cats are initially domesticated by mankind to help eliminate rodents which are found near human settlements. Nowadays, cats have mostly been kept as pets at home.
At the moment, there are probably more than 70 breeds of cats that are recognized by the various cat registries. About 40 of them are fully recognized by the major cat registries, though there are some exceptions, such as the Munchkin cat which is caused by a naturally occurring genetic mutation. As more hybrid breeds are being created, more of these these cat breeds such as the Cheetoh cat and Chausie cat may get recognized one day.
Over in Asia, some common cat breeds such as the Japanese Bobtail goes back a long way in history. These cats have been around since Medieval Japan and are very well received by the common folks. The Japanese Bobtail has been frequently mentioned in Japanese folklore as well as popular culture in the form of “Hello Kitty”. “Hello Kitty” is very popular and well received by other people not only in Japan but all over the world.
In North America, the most common cat breeds found in households are the Persian and Siamese cats. Maine Coon cats are also very popular. These cat breeds have wonderful personalities that cater to the various needs of cat owners. While Siamese cats are known for their temper and tendency to be destructive, they remain one of the more popular cats. For Persian cats, the prices of these beauties can be quite exorbitant in the past. Nowadays, though the price is cheaper, there is still a premium for show-worthy cats.
Alley cats or strays are found all over North America. They can come from different cat breeds or mostly a mixture of cat breeds in their blood. These cats are also popular choices for adoption for those who are not adverse to the challenges of taming wilder cats. Not all stray cats make good pets, especially those who have not been in contact for humans for a long period time. However, if you are able to tame a stray cat, it can be a great companion as well.
It is easy to tell the breed of cats from the look of each cat if it is a purebred. Each cat breed has its own look, physical characteristics and personalities. For example, the Persian cats are easily distinguished by the long and beautiful coat of hair as well as their body shape. For crossbreeds, it may be harder to guess the nature of their breeds.
Cats are easily one of the most popular pets in the world. As such, new cat breeds will crop up due to the demand for more unique and special traits and characteristics by cat lovers. At the end of the day, cats make for wonderful pets and companions and no matter which cat breed you get, you will get not get enough of them.