Cats around the world tend to look the same, with the only variations being the color or length of their fur. However there are a few of them that are quite unique looking.
The domestic cat or Felis silvestris catus is a carnivorous mammal which became domesticated about 7500 BC, much later than the domestic dog. Some countries revere cats such as Egypt, where they are thought to have first been domesticated. Egyptians even had a cat god known as Bastet, who is the goddess of cats, love, dance, music, joy, and protection. When Egyptians passed into death they took their cats with them, and often archeologists would find mummified cats alongside of their mummified people.
One unusual looking cat is named for the mighty Sphinx in Egypt. The Sphynx is unusual in that it looks to be hairless; it actually has fur which is very short and somewhat fuzzy. They also do not have eyebrows or whiskers, and can work well in families with allergies due to their lack of fur. Another cat with unusual characteristics is the Munchkin, which looks like a cat version of a Dachshund. Due to a spinal malformity it has short stumpy legs and a large head.
The Savannah is a beautiful cat with very unusual markings due to being bred with a wild African cat. They are very intelligent and can be taught to walk on a leash. This cat has a very unusual trait of loving water and can jump up to 10 feet in the air from a standstill!
The Scottish Fold has very unusual ears in that they do not stand up as all other cats do. Rather they fold forward due to a genetic mutation in the ear cartilage. They also have a strange habit of sitting “Budda like” in a chair; that is straight up with their legs stuck out in front of them.
Another feline with the unusual trait of chirping is the Pixie-Bob. These cats look remarkably like a wild Bobcat, with a distinctive stubby tail. This cat does not usually meow but instead emits a sound much like chirping. They are an intelligent breed that loves to learn and can even be taught to play fetch. These cats can grow to be very large compared with the size of other cats.
One trait that is common in all cats is the ability to purr. Researchers are still uncertain exactly what causes purring in a cat, but they and all cat owners can ascertain that it means all is well. Kittens while they are nursing cannot meow, but they can purr which alerts the mother that everything is OK. When a person strokes a cat the purring will begin almost immediately, if it is being done right. Touch a cat in a way they do not like and you won’t get a purr, but a swipe from the paw instead!
Cats are not the only creatures who purr; raccoons, hyenas, and relatives to the cat such as civets and mongooses can purr as well.