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Cat breeds. Eyes. Kittens open their eyes at 7-10 days – they are blue. Range of eye colors develops from orange to shades of amber and green to blue. Odd eye colors – one blue and one orange – this is common. White cats with blue eyes are often deaf.

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Eyes
  • Kittens open their eyes at 7-10 days – they are blue.
  • Range of eye colors develops from orange to shades of amber and green to blue.
  • Odd eye colors – one blue and one orange – this is common.
  • White cats with blue eyes are often deaf.
    • During embryogenesis the dominant white gene, W inhibits the migration of auditory nerve cells required for hearing.
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Eyes
  • Eyeshine – The glowing of cat’s eyes in the dark.
  • Tapetum – layer of cells behind the retina.
  • This layer of iridescent cells at the back of the eyeball reflects the light, which adds to the cat’s ability to see at night.
vocal cords
Vocal Cords
  • Cats have 2 sets of vocal cords.
    • Lower vocal cords - produce the meow
    • Upper vocal cords – produces the purr and growl
life expectancy
Life expectancy
  • 10-14 years
    • 10 years in a cat = 50 years in a human
  • Short life in a cat – road traffic
balance and orientation
Balance and orientation
  • Spine – Flexible spine allows for innate balancing mechanisms enabling them to land on their feet.
  • Tail – can be used as a rudder to adjust the direction of a jump in a confined space.
  • Cats go down a tree backwards – their claws point in wrong direction.
  • Cats can jump 5-6 times their own height.
tongue
Tongue
  • Sense of Taste
  • The cat’s tongue is long and flat, with almost parallel sides. It tapers slightly in front and somewhat more in the back of the mouth. The upper surface of the tongue is covered with rasplike papillae which enable the cat to scrape every piece of meat off a bone or to lick its coat clean.
  • The tongue is covered with taste buds, particularly at the tip and at the back of the throat. These taste buds react to chemical stimuli to produce sensations of acidity, sweetness, bitterness, and saltiness.
abyssinian
Abyssinian
  • Balanced medium sized animal of foreign type.
  • Beautiful ticked, resilient coats
  • Four common colors: Ruddy, Red, Blue and Cream
american curl
American Curl
  • Medium sized, alert animals with an elegant appearance and a sweet, open expression complimented by their remarkable ears
  • Available in long haired and short haired and come in any color or coat pattern
balinese
Balinese
  • Coat is of medium length, and very silky and fine
  • Solid point colors: seal, blue, chocolate, lilac, red point, cream point, lynx and tortie
birman
Birman
  • Average sized cat
  • Medium length coat
  • Pointed cats with white paws
  • Eyes are always blue
  • Body should be eggshell color or golden depending on markings
burmese
Burmese
  • Medium sized cat with a rounded head, expressive eyes and a sweet disposition
  • Many colors are recognized, but the 4 main ones are sable, champagne, blue and platinum
colorpoint shorthair
ColorPoint Shorthair
  • Appear in red point, cream point, lynx point and tortie point
  • Personality is highly interactive, devoted, playful, and fun-loving
cornish rex
Cornish Rex
  • Soft, wavy, curly hair
  • Coat feels like crushed velvet to the touch
  • Slender, racy bodies
  • Found in a wide variety of colors and patterns
devon rex
Devon Rex
  • Soft, short, naturally curly coat
  • Personality is like there appearance, impish, clever, enterprising and outgoing
  • Wide variety of patterns and colors
domestic longhair
Domestic Longhair
  • Heavier body and dense overcoat and coarser hair
  • Any color pattern
  • Needs daily grooming and house cleaning
domestic shorthair
Domestic Shorthair
  • Wide range of coloring
  • Not purebred cats, but are of mixed ancestry
egyptian mau
Egyptian Mau
  • Active, athletic cats have the randomly spotted tabby pattern resembling wild cats
  • Come in colors such as bronze, silver, and black smoke
  • Fastest breed of domestic cats
exotic shorthair
Exotic Shorthair
  • Cross between Persians and various other shorthaired breeds
  • Found in the same wide variety of colors and patterns as the Persians
havana brown
Havana Brown
  • Noted for its warm, chocolate brown color
  • Most are chestnut brown, although a lavender frost color is also seen
  • Very rare breed
maine coon
Maine Coon
  • Head is slightly longer than it is wide, ears are wide at the base, moderately pointed and well tufted inside
  • Wide range of colors and patterns
  • Tail is as long as torso
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Manx
  • Stocky, solid cat with a dense double coat, a compact body, very short back, hind legs that are visibly longer than front legs, big bones, wide chest and greater depth of flank
  • All colors and patterns exist in both coat lengths
persian
Persian
  • Available in a veritable rainbow of colors and patterns
  • Most popular and perhaps the most recognized breed of cats
persian himalayan
Persian Himalayan
  • Identical in type to the Persian, with the exception of its blue eyes and point coloration
  • Fur of the body is white or cream, but the points come in many different colors such as seal, blue, lilac, chocolate, red and cream
russian blue
Russian Blue
  • Noted for its short, plush, silvery blue coat, brilliant green eyes and semi-foreign body type with long legs and body
  • Solid silvery blue coats
scottish fold
Scottish Fold
  • Best known for its distinctive ears, which are folded forward and down, and by its large rounded eyes
  • Great number of colors and patterns
selkirk rex
Selkirk Rex
  • Naturally curly coat
  • Rounded, stocky body type
  • Wide variety of colors and patterns
  • Coat should be soft and curly, with random curling rather than a patterned wave or marcelling pattern
siamese
Siamese
  • One of the oldest recognized and established breeds of cats
  • Distinguished by its brilliant blue eyes and its colored points which provide contrast to its light colored body.
somali
Somali
  • Longhaired Abyssinian
  • Commonly available in blue, fawn, red and ruddy
  • Has a bushy tail