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A CAT BY ANY OTHER NAME...

According to an informal survey of cat owners, and some books and lists, these following twenty names seem to be among the most popular all-time favorites:
Tiger*
Samantha*
Kitty
Fluffy
Shadow
Muffin
Smoky
Boots
Baby
Cat
Callie
Cleo
Blackie
Lucky
Midnight
Max
Misty
Princess
Precious
Patches

(*Tiger and Samantha were the top two names.)

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Do you own one of the top 10 most popular cat breeds?
According to 1999 CFA registration statistics, the top 10 breeds are:

1. Persian (all colors, including Himalayan)

2. Maine Coon

3. Siamese

4. Exotic

5. Abyssinian

6. Oriental (longhair and shorthair)

7. Birman

8. Scottish Fold

9. American Shorthair

10. Burmese

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THOSE POPULAR PERSIANS
The most popular cat breed in the US is none other than the beloved Persian. According to the Cat Fanciers' Association, there are about 45,000 registered Persians in the country and growing! Who can resist the charm and beauty of this beautiful breed.
THE PERSIAN - AMERICA'S TOP CAT
As the dusty desert camel caravans made their way westward from Persia and Iran, supposedly hidden in the baskets among the rare spices and jewels was perhaps an even more precious cargo, a longhair cat, known as the Persian. It was believed that the breed got the name from their "country of origin", but hieroglyphic references as early as 1684 B.C. keep their exact beginnings a mystery.
Persians, with their long flowing coats and open pansy-like faces are the number one breed in popularity. Their sweet, gentle, personalities blend into most households once they feel secure in their new environment. Creatures of habit, they are most at home in an atmosphere of security and serenity, but with love and reassurance, can easily adapt to the most boisterous of households.
The Persian's long coat was most likely a mutation which came about naturally to deal with colder weather. This breed was at one time called simply a "Longhair" and became noticed in Europe in the 1600's. It is believed to be the first registered and shown cat breed. They were continued to be called Longhairs until the 1960's in the US, but in Britain, they are still referred to as Longhairs with each color variety being treated as a separate breed.
Persians are divided into seven color divisions for the purposes of competition. These divisions are established on the basis of the color pattern. The divisions are: Solid, Silver and Golden, Shaded and Smoke, Tabby, Particolor, Bicolor, and Himalayan.
The Persian of today is the result of crossing the Angora and the Maine Coon. The breed is medium to large in size with a stocky wide body that sits low on its heavily boned legs. The coat is very thick and can be as much as 6 inches long and requires a great deal of grooming. This cat sheds year round and dead hair must be combed or brushed out DAILY to avoid hairballs and matting.
The Persian cat is intelligent, playful, gentle, calm and very affectionate and devoted. It loves to be petted and shown a lot of attention. Persians, can also take care of themselves without too much attention, and are even skilled mousers, but they are really best suited to an indoor life.
Persians have quiet, melodious, pleasant voices. They communicate delightfully with their large expressive eyes and make charming pets for all ages. They like to have their feet firmly planted and are not likely to do much high jumping and climbing. They are playful but never too demanding, and love to pose and will "drape" themselves in a favorite window or chair, to enhance the surroundings like a fine piece of art or a treasured painting.

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