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How to find out what cat breed you have

If you have a cat and have not been able to tell what breed it is, we have some easy ways to tell you.

First, your cat’s nose and whiskers are an important part of identifying its breed. To see which breed you have, run your fingers through your cat’s fur and feel for one of the following:

A furrow between its eyes

A scruff on its neck

A long, thick whisker on its face

White markings on its face

Cheek patches on its face

A tuft of hair on its tail

Another way to see which breed you have is by looking to see what kind of coloring you have, such as:

Ticked ears

A white ring around its eye

A white patch on its chest

A white patch on its belly

What breed is my cat?

If you are not sure which breed you have, we have some easy ways that you can find out.

First, you can use our free breed identification tool. This will tell you the name of the breed and where your cat belongs.

You can also look at our handy cat breed charts. These charts will tell you the common name of the breed and show you what cat breed you have.

You can also find out which breed you have by talking to your veterinarian. If you have a cat that does not have any of the traits listed above, there is a chance that your cat is a mix of breeds.

If you are not sure what breed your cat is, we have a list of cat breeds that you can see by looking at our cat breed identification chart.

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