Cross-breed or pedigree? Although there are over 50 distinctive pedigree breeds, three main types of cats are recognized
So you thought that cats were only categorized by breed? Well, there are 3 different types of cats as well - pedigree, cross-breed and non-pedigree.
You might have an idea of the type of cat that you are looking for, but you must remember that cats are living creatures with their own characters and temperaments.
What is also important to remember is that the cat you choose will very likely be a part of your family for the next 10-15 years.
A cat's character is not necessarily determined by its breed, but more by the way you handle and treat your cat. You might be thinking what the differences are and which type of cat is better?
Even though a pedigree cat will cost you more initially to acquire, the feeding and caring costs will be the same as for a non-pedigree. Non-pedigree cat types are considered to be hardier than their pedigree counterparts.
These types of cats are bred from parents that are of the same pedigree breed. The Birman is a perfect example of this type of cat. With pedigree cats there are many types and colors available so you can choose what you want.
You can expect the animal to be healthy because of the care taken to raise a pedigree cat. Do research on the breed so that you know what to expect in terms of appearance and character.
Pedigree cats are the most expensive type of cat and the care requirements might not appeal to you. Some breeds might be difficult to obtain because they are rare and there might be hereditary problems particular to the breed you like.
These types of cats are generally hardier than pedigrees, although it does depend on the genetics of the parents. Cross-breeds are less expensive than pedigrees and if you know what the parents are like, it is a good indicator of what to expect in terms of appearance and character.
If you want a specific cross breed, it might not always be available and certain combinations of breeds can be problematic such as a cross between a Siamese and a Burmese – both are highly demanding and vocal breeds and this might be more than you are willing to handle.
Non-pedigree cats are so called because one or both parents were cross-breeds themselves. Non-pedigree cats are also affectionately called "moggies."
These types of cat breeds may have been mixed over several generations and this makes the temperament of non-pedigree cat types difficult to predict. Non-pedigree cats are readily available and inexpensive, animal shelters often have an abundance of non-pedigree cats to choose from.
There is no limit to colors or type and these types of cats generally have no health issues. As the character traits of the parents are unknown, it is not possible to ascertain how the cat will mature in terms of looks and temperament and you do not know how the animal was raised or cared for. You might have to wait awhile to get the color, sex and age of your choice.
Cat Breeds Junction
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