Drooped, erected, tall, or folded-eared, lazy or highly energetic, intelligent or clownish, densely coated or completely hairless, the feline world has all the types of cats for cat owners that would love to have a moon-colored cat.
From all of the cat breeds, we have cherry-picked the 8 most popular grey cat breeds to help you find the best one for you.
1. British Shorthair
Starting with British Shorthair, it is a large-sized cat standing about 12 to 14 inches tall and weighing 7 to 17 pounds. These cats were brought to Britain by Roman invaders for the protection of their food supplies from rodents. Though these cats have moderate energy levels, they served Roman well with their chasing skills.
Later on, when the Crown took back their throne, the breed was crossbred with other breeds to refine its qualities. It was also crossed with Persian cats too, and the progeny was named “British Longhair” cats.
Inherently, British Shorthair cats have a short and dense coat that doesn’t require daily brushing. Thus grooming these cats is easy.
Emerald-green eyes, silver-tipped blue fur, and erected ears, Korats have it all to bewitch people with their beauty.
Korats originated from the Korat province of Thailand, and their historical roots back to almost 800 years ago. They were brought to the US in 1950 and later on were recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1967. The breed garnered immense popularity from Americans because of its high intelligence and friendly demeanor. These cats easily get along with families. However, they take time to settle with other pets, outsiders, or children, owing to their possessive and dominant nature.
Sphynx is a “one of a kind” cat breed because of its impeccably fur-less body and defined cheekbones with a wedge head. A huge misconception about these cats is that they are ancient cats and have originated from Egypt—probably because their name is similar to the Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt.
However, this breed is not ancient, and its history dates back to 1966. Originating from Canada, Sphynx is not a result of intentional breeding but rather of genetic mutation of a haired cat. Later on, the breed garnered immense popularity because of its hypoallergenic skin and was bred further. The Cat Fanciers Association recognized this breed in 2002. An interesting fact about Sphynx is that it is one of the long living cat breeds. Want a pet for life? Sphynx is your buddy.
4. Russian Blue
Russian Blue cats have a supple body with a fragile skeleton and slender legs. However, their dense coat makes them look chubby. At the very first look, they appear to be similar to Korat cats, but Korats have a heart-shaped head and appear to be thin as compared to the Russian Blue.
These cats have a dense coat that sheds moderately. But they may be considered hypoallergenic because their body produces less Fel-d1, a protein that is responsible for causing allergies in at owners.
5. Scottish Fold
Scottish Fold cats originated from Scotland in the 1960s and are known for their tiny folded ears, short snout, and big rounded yellow eyes.
However, these cats have been a topic of discussion lately because of their genetic conditions that can develop painful, debilitating, and incurable diseases in them. In fact, their ears are folded because of a cartilage mutation.
These plushy cute cats got popularity because of their innocent and love some looks and because they have been adopted by popular US celebrities, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Not only that but the song “Me!” by Taylor Swift, a song that has more than 364 million-plus views.
6. Blue Persians
The Blue Persian breed is believed to be one of the oldest cat breeds in the feline world. The breed first originated in Iran (Persia). However, it has been crossed with a number of other breeds in Europe and the US. Thus its history is a bit complicated.
Blue Persians are flat-faced cats, and if indulged in physical activity for long, they can develop breathing problems. As they have long-haired thick double coats, they can easily acclimate to cold weather. On the contrary, they are sensitive to hot weather, if they stay in a hot atmosphere for long, they can get overheated and start panting because of their thick fur and flat face. The optimal room temperature for these cats is 68°F to 75°F.
7. Grey Norwegian Forest Cat
Just like Blue Persians, Norwegian Forest cats have a history that roots back to more than thousands of years.
There are plenty of myths attached to this breed. The famous one is that six giant Norwegian cats pulled the chariot of the Norse goddess Freya.
On average, these cats weigh around 4.5 to 9 kgs and stand about 9 to 12 inches tall. These are huge cats with moderate energy levels and a high tendency of overeating which leads them to obesity. Obesity is a common disease found in Norwegian cats because they tend to eat a lot and rest more. Cat owners should make exercise routines for their Norwegian Forest cats to burn their extra calories and keep them in shape.
8. Devon Rex
Tall-elfish ears, short curly hair, and dusky grey color makes Devon Rex the eye candy of cat owners.
Rexes are known for their high intelligence, elevated energy levels, friendliness, and less grooming requirements. These cats easily adapt to new surroundings. However, they take time to adjust with other pets as they feel threatened by their presence. Owing to their short hair, they shed minimally, which means they can be categorized in hypoallergenic cat breeds, making them the best choice for cat owners allergic to cat hair.
Grey cat breeds appear to have a mysterious and silent disposition. However, it won’t be right to generalize this conception merely by their looks. The playfulness and clownish behavior varies from breed to breed.
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