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3. BREED CATS

Only in last couple of hundred years have specific domestic cat breeds emerged.

Out of a litter of kittens sometimes an odd one out might appear, but In the past these were not highly considered. Over time people began to take more notice of these oddballs & became interested in them. The naturally occurring genetic mutations wouldn't often survive, but occasionally their variation would prove advantageous to them. In the case of breed cats such as the Devon Rex, their oddity was appealing & they won the interest & protection of humankind. A curious kitten might be bred with its parent cat carrying the odd gene in the first place to reinforce a unique charecteristic. This in-breeding reinforced the genes & the unique traits of the oddball kittens. Inter breeding different types of cats carrying genetic traits, even different species, has produced an array of characterful breeds. Over generations this has produced animals with very long fur, hardly any fur at all, different shaped faces eyes and tails. Temperaments often went hand in hand with the breeding process and cats such as the burmese or Bengal breeds are notoriously people obsessed. Rescue centres see more of these breeds in their pens than any other as their constant attention seeking can be hard work. They can also be extremely territorial & aggressive toward other neighbourhood cats they may see as competition. This could simply be due to the level of attention & interaction individual breed cats receive from humans (especially those kept solely indoors), but breeds certainly carry tendencies. For example Bengals are notoriously noisy & energetic, and ragdolls are well known for their placidity. Intense breeding has also produced significant health problems for some. The poor persians often suffer from respiratory & eye problems, they have been intensively bred for their characteristic appearance alone.

People developing these breeds would gather from time to time to show off their creations, and the cat shows were born. To qualify for entry into such a breed show, a cats ancestry must be certified & traceable back 4 generations. Carried away with the appeareances of these captivating animals, people often overlook the difficulties that can come with caring for them. Cats bred for long fur often require constant grooming, siamese and oriental cats can be extremely attention seeking & suffer from seperation anxiety if their keepers leave the house. Bengals can be eternally noisy animals & persians can develop longterm health problems due to the characteristics which have been intesively bred into them. These are but a few reasons why the captivating breed cats sometimes find themselves unwanted & in rescue centers.

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Siamese Blue Point

Siamese Blue Point

Young siamese red point

Young siamese red point

Balinese X

Balinese X

Himilayan

Himilayan

Persian

Persian

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