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How to tell what kind of breed your cat is

Most cats have the same basic characteristics but the differences between breeds are often subtle. You'll only see them with extended observation, or a veterinary exam.

It takes time to learn which breed of cat you have. You will develop an impression of your cat's personality and appearance, and, if you keep the cat with you for a while, it will learn to recognize you and become more relaxed and friendly.

Cats that are friendly will be happy to see you, and come to you for attention. Cats that are shy may not want to interact with you at all, but will readily accept food and water.

Cats that are young or that have been traumatized will tend to become more passive as they mature, while cats that are older and more experienced will become more confident.

Some breeds are more vocal than others, and will make more noises than others. Cats that are more vocal will have a short meow, while cats that are quiet will have a long, low-pitched mew.

Cats may have different fur colors and patterns, and different coats take different amounts of time to grow. Some breeds have a long coat, while others have a short coat.

Cats may also be different in personality, but if you're not sure, you can ask your veterinarian for a referral to a cat specialist.

You may be able to tell which breed your cat is by how you respond to them and how they respond to you.

Cats that are friendly will be happy to see you, and come to you for attention. They will make noises to let you know that they are happy, and may even purr.

Cats that are shy may not want to interact with you at all, but will readily accept food and water.

If you're having trouble getting a cat to come to you, try putting some tasty treats in an open, easily accessible place in the room.

A cat that is happy to see you will usually come running when it hears you approaching. You can also try gently calling your cat to you.

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