Cats are the most popular pets in the U.S., despite fewer households having cats than dogs. This is likely because cat owners tend to get multiple cats for one household, while dog owners typically only have one or two dogs. Cattime.com has identified the top 10 cat breeds searched for in the U.S. for 2012:
#10: Tonkinese: These cats are a mixture of Burmese and Siamese cats, giving them a very mild, but playful temper, soft voices and soft fur. Tonkinese cats can make very good lap cats if you allow them, because they love attention.
#9: Siberian: Siberian cats are big, medium-haired, fluffy cats, weighing in at up to 17 lbs for females and possibly up to 20 lbs for males. These cats also love to play, so make sure you stock up on cat toys if you adopt a member of this fantastic breed.
#8: Siamese: Everyone knows the distinct chocolate mask, ears and paws, and the cream-colored body of the Siamese cat. Siamese are inquisitive and loving pets, and are known to be very intelligent. Don’t expect this cat to leave something alone just because you think you hid it.
#7: Abyssinian: This cat, while beautiful, sleek, and muscled, is extremely curious and high-spirited and not a good cuddle partner. Abyssinians are full of wild antics and don’t especially like to lie quietly and be held. Watch these cats chase invisible bugs around the room endlessly.
#6: Scottish Fold: Scottish Folds are adorable with their wide, pleading eyes, flattish faces and folded-down ears. These quiet cats may not talk to you very much, but they will tell you everything you need to know through their expressive eyes, and come in long-haired and short-haired varieties.
#5: Bengal: Bengal cats are a spotted hybrid between the Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat, and may have distinct spots or a more marbled coat. These happy, fun-loving cats are quite intelligent, and love long playtimes. Be careful where you put your valuables, as these cats will be batting, fishing, and digging everywhere.
#4: Chinese Li Hua: Smooth and silky with short fur, the Chinese Li Hua is a very loyal companion. They are very gentle around their humans, but are ruthless hunters of bugs and vermin. These cats’ retrieval skills are exceptional to the point where you may be able to teach them to fetch.
#3: Ragamuffin: If you want an affectionate cat, the Ragamuffin is a good choice for you. These cats are classic cuddle-bugs; they love to lie in your lap of luxury. These cats will follow you everywhere and possibly even greet strangers with their cheerful mews.
#2: Ragdoll: A cousin of the Ragamuffin, Ragdolls are likewise very laid-back, docile, mild-mannered cats. These cats have medium to long, fluffy fur, and are great cats for people who want a cuddly, indoor companion. There’s a possibility that Tardar Sauce, also known as Grumpy Cat, is a Ragdoll or a Ragamuffin.
#1: Maine Coon: Maine Coons are longhaired cats with long, fluffy tails designed to help keep them warm. Be careful, as these cats need their silky coats to be brushed once a week to avoid getting mats. However, they are sweet and loving without being overly dependent on their human companions, thus they’re great for working people who are home in the evenings to play.