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Most popular cats in America: Know the Reasons for Popularity

Cat lovers love their cats regardless of appearance, breed and traits. However, it is normal to have someone’s personal preference. Some breeds have become popular depending on the vast number of American cat lovers. Today am going to talk about the most popular cats in America. 

What if you know about the popular breeds in detail on traits, food habits, appearance, lifestyle and lifespan? I am sharing all about these. So, let’s start now!

The Overview of Top Ten Most Popular Cats in America

Cat NameReason of Popularity
Sphynx CatsHairless and less allergenic
Scottish Fold CatsOwl-like appearance
Maine CoonDistinctive appearance and hunting skill
Persian CatsOverall beauty and traits
British ShorthairLoyal traits
Ragdoll CatsUnique and adorable look
BengalUnique spotted coat
SiberianLonger, dense furry coat
BombayBlack royal appearance
Norwegian ForestLargest size and social traits

Details of American Popular Cats

Already you get the basic idea about ten popular cat breeds. Let’s discuss this in detail. This discussion will help you choose an ideal pet cat per your preference.

Sphynx Breeds

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History:

The Sphynx breed originated in Toronto, Canada, in 1966. It comes from the genetic mutation between a domestic shorthair and a domestic hairless cat. It is also known as Canadian hairless.

Appearance:

They are weird because of their hairless body and wrinkled skin. However, they may have tiny fin hair or soft fuzz at their nose, feet, tail and ears. Besides, their larger, rounded bright eyes and wide-set ears make them more individual than other breeds. 

Temperament:

Sphynx is usually affectionate and loves to get often their owner’s attention. Besides, they are social enough with guests and neighbors. Sphynx expresses their intelligent and curious behaviors at home. Thankfully, these breeds are compatible with small kids and pets.

Size and weight:

Sphynx is a medium-sized cat weighing 6 to 12 pounds (2.7 to 5.4 kg). The size of the sphynx is a height of 8-10 inches and the length is 15-20 inches.

Lifespan:

The average lifespan of a sphynx is around 10-15 years, like another domestic breed. But sphynx can live nearly 20 years with proper care and nutrients. Regular health checks and treatment can help them live longer.

Care:

Due to hairless skin, sphynxes need special care. For example, you need to bathe them in moderation. Remember that less bathing will make their body dirty, and more bathing will remove natural oils. It would help if you protected them from the extensive sun, heat and cold weather. Moreover, observe their skin regularly to see any irritation or skin infection. In addition to bathing, their care includes regular cleaning of the ears, nose and teeth.                                                                                  

Overall, their playful and social nature makes them more popular with American cat lovers’ guys.

Scottish Fold Cats

Scottish Fold

History:

Scottish Fold was created from the natural mutation of Susie cat in Perthshire, Scotland, in 1961. The kittens of Susie have started to grow up like a Scottish fold because they have by born folded ears and owl-like appearance.

Appearance:

Scottish fold breeds exist with a large rounded head, eyes and small rounded muzzle. Their folded ears make them more individual than other cat breeds. Besides, folded ears make them cute and magical in appearance.

Temperament:

Scottish fold cat is respectively calm, adorable, intelligent and curious. They are well-known for being social with family members, guests, neighbors and other house pets. Additionally, they love to roam around the small kids.

Size and Weight:

It is entitled to a somewhat muscular body. They are medium to larger. Regarding weight, the Female Scottish Fold weighed 2.7–4 kg, and the male Scottish Fold weighed 4–6 kg. Also, note that their height is around 8 to 10 inches.

Lifespan:

On average, they can live 11 to 14 years with proper care and diet. But they may have a genetic disease named “osteochondrosis plastic” Besides, they are prone to ear infections and hearing problems. If you give them proper treatment, they can live up to 11 years.

Care:

Scottish Fold needs regular grooming to maintain their good health. So, bathe them once a month to keep their coats shiny and healthy. As well as let them play enough to ensure physical exercise. Good to know that Scottish folds are prone to get obesity. So, let them exercise. In the meantime, it provides them with interactive toys to ensure mental stimulation. Scottish Fold is ideal for those who want a friendly cat with a magical cute appearance.

Maine Coon

Maine coon Cat Breeds

History:

They are so popular for their distinctive appearance and hunting skill. Maine Coon comes from the genetic mutation between the Norwegian Forest cat and a mysterious extinct domestic breed. And it appeared first in the 19th century.

Appearance:

It is the largest domestic cat with a fluffy coat, larger body, bushy tail and long, tufted ears. Also, note that the Maine coon has a water-resistant thicker coat. And their coat may have in black, white, tabby, and tortoiseshell colors.

Temperament:

Maine coon breeds are pretty social and gentle. They love to spend a lot of time with their owner. However, they are outgoing and often love to go outside to play or roam. If you own a Maine coon then it is important to allow them to go outdoors.

Size and weight:

Maine coon is the largest cat breed. Its size is around 10-16 inches. Also, note that a female Maine coon is weighed 8 to 12 lb. And the male Maine coon is weighing of 13 to 18 lb.

Lifespan:

Good to know that the Maine coon is a healthy breed that can accommodate different adverse conditions. The average lifespan of a Maine coon cat is around 12.5 years. Their surviving rate is 10 years for 74% and 10 years plus 54%.

Care:

The fluffy coat of a Maine coon may easily be tangled. So, brush their coat daily to prevent mats and tangled. Similarly, bathe them once a month. Also, remember to provide mental stimulation and plenty of time for playing and exercising. Otherwise, your Maine coon may be weighted over time.

Persian Cats

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History:

No exact information was found about its parent breeds. But the Persian breed was imported from Persia to Europe in 1960. These exist with beautiful appearance. And they got their name “Persian” from their “presumed” homeland.

Appearance:

The Persian cat has a small, rounded and distinctive face. Similarly, they exist with a rounded head, small rounded ears and big eyes. Their fluffy coat and varieties of color make them attractive to cat lovers in America. Solid colors, bi-colors, and tabbies are the most common color and patterns for Persian cat breeds.

Temperament:

Persian cat usually loves to spend time with their owners. They prefer to be alone at the same time. These cats are calm and affectionate. It will be the best decision if you want to get a Persian as a pet cat.

Size and weight:

It is a medium to a large-sized cat that is weighed 7 to 12 pounds. And their average height is around 10-15 inches.

Lifespan:

The average lifespan of a Persian cat is around 15 to 20 years. But most of the Persians live around 12-13 years. Persians who lead a life with proper diet and care maintenance can live close to 20 years.

Care:

This breed needs extra care for its long, fluffy coat. Matting and tangling may have if their coat is not brushed daily. Besides, they need regular bathing to maintain the natural skin oil and keep the coat clean and shiny. In the meantime, it provides enough toys and scratching posts for your Persian to ensure mental stimulation and entertainment.

Overall, Persian has become popular as an affectionate and beautiful house pet.

British Shorthair

British Shorthair Cat breeds

History:

British shorthair comes from the genetic mutation between two domestic cats Rome and Egypt. British shorthair originated in the United States in the early 1900s.

Appearance:

Their body shape is robust and muscular. The face shape is rounded with a short nose. Besides, they have very expressive eyes. British shorthair is available in white, cream, and solid color.

Temperament:

This breed is well-known as an affectionate and easygoing pet. They love staying alone and spending time with the owner and family. Additionally, British shorthair is curious and intelligent. They are good friends with kids and older people. Besides, it is easy to train them.

Size and weight:

The male British shorthair weight is 9–17 lb., and the female British shorthair weight is 7–12 lb. British shorthair is 30 and 35.5 cm taller in height.

Lifespan:

Generally, British shorthair can live 14 to 20 years with proper care and maintenance. This breed is prone to Arterial Thromboembolism, kidney diseases and heart diseases. If not affected by this disease, they can live up to 20 years.

Care:

British shorthair cat has short coat that needs less maintenance. So, you can brush them once or twice a week. They are prone to gain weight. So, avoid feeding them excess food. As well as ensure plenty of playing and exercise opportunity for them.

Ragdoll Cat Breeds

Ragdoll Cat Breeds

History:

Ragdoll originated in the 1960s from the cross between an Angora-type cat named Josephine and Birman, a Burmese or Persian breed.

Appearance:

Ragdoll exists with a royal appearance. The semi-longer silky coat and color variations make them distinctive from other breeds. They remain in various colors like seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, and tortoiseshell.

Temperament:

Ragdoll is gentle, affectionate and loyal to the owners. They love to play and spend time with family members, pets and kids. Besides, they claim to get a cuddle from their owner. Also, note that Ragdoll is easygoing and not so much vocal.

Size and weight:

Regarding size, the ragdoll cat is 9 to 11 inches tall and 17–21 inches long. A fully-grown female ragdoll is weighed 8 to 15 pounds. Similarly, a fully-grown male ragdoll is weighed 12 to 20 pounds. Ragdoll needs around 4 years to be fully grown.

Lifespan:

The Ragdoll can live 12-15 years with perfect care and love. Like other cats, ragdoll is prone to have panleukopenia, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, and rabies. If you vaccinated them in time, they can live longer.

Care:

Maintenance of a ragdoll cat is a tricky task. It has a semi-longer coat that easily tangled. So, brush their coat once daily or every two days. Similarly, bathe them regularly to prevent diseases and keep them healthy. They also need enough interactive toys and scratching posts for mental stimulation.

Bengal cat breeds

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History:

Bengal is a new and modern cat breed in America. It originated in the United States in the 1960s. It originated from the cross between domestic cats with the Asian Leopard Cat (ALC).

Appearance:

Bengal is a medium to large cat. However, they have muscular bodies and wild appearances. You will get them with a short and dense silky coat. Also note that their coat colors are brown, silver, and snow, with various patterns and markings.

Temperament:

Bengal cats are very energetic and playful. They love to run, play and jump. Also, they are intelligent and love to get enough mental and physical stimulation. You will get them as affectionate pets, but they can be vocal with strangers.

Size and weight:

Bengal is a medium to large size cat. Its weight of 8-15 pounds. And the average Bengal cat is around 13-16 inches tall.

Lifespan:

The typical lifespan of a Bengal cat is 12 to 16 years. However, a Bengal cat may live up to 20 years with ideal health care, love and treatment. Remember that Bengal needs a nutritious diet, regular health checkups, and mental and physical stimulation.

Care:

Bengal cats need regular grooming to keep their coat shiny and healthy. So, you can brush their coat once or twice a week. Similarly, this breed has not come with any serious genetic diseases. But Bengal needs regular health checkups and vaccination.

Siberian

Siberian Cat Breeds

History:

It is one thousand years older domestic cat breeds that originated in Russia. It was kept as a house pet by Russian royalty and nobility.

Appearance:

Siberian is a medium to large-sized cat. It has a muscular body and a broad rounded head. Siberian has thick, long coats with a soft fluffy undercoat to prevent cold and water. They exist with tabby, solid, and color points. Also, note that Siberians have green or golden eyes.

Temperament:

Siberians are cool in temperament. They are also known as a friendly and affectionate breed that loves to play and spend time with their owners. In the meantime, they are intelligent and curious to explore several things. Another good thing is that Siberian is not aggressive or territorial. They can easily associate with children and other pets.

Size and weight:

The Siberian cat is 17 to 25 inches and 9 to 11 inches tall. Also, note that the average weight is 10-20 lbs.

Lifespan:

The typical lifespan of a Siberian cat is around 10-18 years. But this lifespan may decrease or increase depending on the proper diet, care and treatment.

Care:

Siberian cats care including with grooming, diet, exercise, veterinary care and socialization. Siberian need brushing in their coat at least once a week. Otherwise, their fur may get tangled. Besides, regular brushing can help to keep their fur shiny and healthy.

On the other hand, it is important to feed your Siberian enough high-quality, protein-rich diet and fresh water. Apart from these, make sure that they are physically fit. Must remember to vaccinate them at the proper time. In the meantime, ensure their physical and mental exercise.

Bombay

Bombay cat breed

History:

Bombay is a shorthaired domestic cat from genetic breeding between sable Burmese and black American Shorthair. The outlook and characteristics of Bombay cats are similar to Burmese cats. 

Appearance:

Bombay cats have a medium-sized bodies, shiny black coats and muscular bodies. Besides, their ears are wide-set, and their head is rounded. Also note that Bombay breeds are entitled to large, expressive, gold or copper-colored eyes.

Temperament:

Bombay breeds are well-known for their affectionate and playful nature. Even they are well-known as “Velcro” cats because of their loving relationship with their owners.

Size and weight:

The weight of the Bombay cat is around 8 to 15 pounds. And the average size is 13 to 20 inches in length.

Lifespan:

Bombay’s average lifespan is 12 to 16 years. However, they live longer than average with proper love, care and diet.

Care:

Bombay are prone to get some common health issues like obesity, dental issues, and urinary tract problems. So, ensure an ideal nutrient-rich diet for them. But remember not to feed them excess food to avoid getting obese. Besides, take them to the vet for a health checkup at least once in six months. Ensure regular grooming and bathing for them.

Norwegian Forest

Norwegian Forest Cats breeds

History:

The Norwegian Forest cat is believed to come from the cross between black and white British Shorthair. They are well-known as a goddess of love, beauty, and fertility.

Appearance:

Norwegian Forest cat is a larger-sized cat with a muscular body. They have a longer, water-repelling, shiny coat. Besides, they have triangular heads, almond-shaped eyes, and tufted ears. Their longer, thicker coats exist in varieties of colors and patterns.

Temperament:

First of all, they are calm, intelligent, independent and friendly. Secondly, they are highly adaptable to the family, including children, pets and guests.

Size and weight:

The male Norwegian forest cat’s weight is 12 and 16 pounds. And the female Norwegian cat’s weight is 9 to 12 pounds. The average length regardless of male and female Norwegian cat, is 12 to 18 inches.

Lifespan:

A Norwegian forest could live up to 15 years or more if fostered with proper love and care. Remember, they need a moderate diet with ideal nutrients.

Care:

Norwegian forest cats need health care and mental stimulation like other cat breeds. Be attentive about their grooming, including bathing, brushing and cleaning several parts like nose, ears and eyes.

At the same time, please provide them with enough chances to play and exercise with other pets and children. Although this breed has few genetic health issues, it is good to check their health and provide needed treatment and vaccination.

Final Words:

We hope you already know about the most popular cats in America from this guide. Apart from these, there have more popular breeds. However, our mentioned ten are most popular for their distinctive characteristics. Let us know if you have more queries about the popular American cat breed.

About the author

Megan D

This is Megan D, the loving mom of all cats. She has been working with cat well fair organization as a cat lover since last few years. Personally, she has ownership of a cat shelter for helpless stray cats. Megan loves to research on all breeds of cat and fond of sharing all experience with the worldwide cat-loving human.

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