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Abyssinian

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Known for their ‘wild’, almost feral looks, this kitten will turn into a medium-sized, shorthaired cat that’s intelligent, cheeky, playful and inquisitive. Talkative, with a bird-like gentle trilling, they are super smart, love playing and are extremely affectionate.

Did you know…Cats spend 85 per cent of their day doing absolutely nothing. Eating, drinking, killing, defecating and mating take up just four per cent of their life! The rest of the time is spent getting out and about.

 

Bengal

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Produced by crossing domestic cats with the Asian Leopard Cat, this little ‘un will eventually be a large, muscular pussy who’s loyal and loving, and gets on well with children and other animals. It loves water, so you’ll find it drinking from a tap, and owners are advised to keep toilet seats closed!

Did you know… Cats were sacred in ancient Egypt. They worshipped a cat god called Bastet, and mummified their cats to prepare them for the afterlife. When a cat died it was customary for its owner to shave off his eyebrows in grief!

 

British Shorthair

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This little kitten will grow into a stocky, muscular cat with a thick, plush coat that just begs to be stroked! One of Britain’s first pedigree cats – at least a hundred years old – they are said to link back to street cats who arrived with the Romans between the first and fourth century.

Did you know… In 1888, a Nile farmer found a cat cemetery containing 10,000 mummified cats. All 19 tons of them were shipped to Liverpool and sold as fertiliser for £4 a ton.

 

 Burmese

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With a sleek, glossy coat, this kitten will soon grow to be an outgoing, athletic cat who is loyal, loving, inquisitive and mischievous. They love the company of people and being cuddled.

Did you know… A group of cats is called a clowder, and a cat has more bones than a human being; humans have 206 and the cat has 230 bones.

 

Devon Rex

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Entertaining – some would say naughty – these wavy-coated, long-necked, large-eyed cats are into all sorts of mischief! With large, low set ears, a hard, muscular body and a slender neck, its legs are long and slim, with small oval paws, while the tail is also long and covered with short fur.

Did you know… There are approximately 60,000 hairs per square inch on the back of a cat and about 120,000 per square inch on its underside.

 

Maine Coon

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It may be small now, but this kitten will eventually become a very large and affectionate cat. They have dense, long fur, love to hunt, and are highly intelligent – and can be taught to fetch, walk on lead and open doors!

Did you know… When a cats rubs up against you, the cat is marking you with its scent, claiming ownership.

 

Oriental

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A close relative of the Siamese, even when they are kittens, they share a sleek, lean body, triangular face and large, pointed ears. Tall and slender, these bright cats can be comical, and because they don’t like being on their own, they love humans!

Did you know… There are over 500 million domestic cats in the world and around 8 million in the UK.

 

Persian

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With its short-muzzled squashed-looking face, and long luxurious fur, these cute kittens will soon become the ultra glamorous-looking Persian. A laid back cat who has short bursts of activity between lots of lounging around!

Did you know… A female cat is pregnant for about nine weeks, and a group of kittens is called a kindle. While the average litter is two to six, a Persian cat called Bluebell gave birth to 14 kittens and every one of them survived – the largest litter ever recorded.

 

Ragdoll

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These kittens are so cute, and they get their name because they go limp when picked up! But these blue-eyed pusses love being cuddled and carried around.

Did you know… Cats have powerful night vision, allowing them to see at light levels six times lower than what a human needs in order to see.

 

Siamese

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If you want a cat to sit on your lap, look no further! Slinky, muscular and lean, with a triangular-shaped face, large ears, and soft, strokable fur, with a distinctive meow, they are renowned for forming very strong bonds with their owners, and will often follow their favourite people around, like a dog!

Did you know… Domestic cats usually weigh around 4 – 5k  (8lb 13oz – 11lb). But the heaviest domestic cat on record is 21.297 k (46lb 15.2oz)!

 

Sphynx

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Almost totally hairless, with lemon-shaped eyes and big ears, the Sphynx usually lives indoors. Covered in a very fine down, they feel like a chamois or a warm peach to touch and need regular baths to keep their skin in good condition – and unlike most cats – actually enjoy getting wet! Happy to be the centre of attention, and with a big personality, they are very inquisitive.

Did you know…It’s thought Isaac Newton was the first man to invent the cat flap – although no real evidence of this really exists!

 

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