Welcome to Cat Encyclopedia

Cats give us love and make us smile

As cat owners and people who care deeply for animals and wildlife, we wanted our Cat Encyclopedia to be a website that could empower pet owners to create the most positive, loving environment for their cats. Cat Encyclopedia realizes that owning a house cat is like adding a new member to your family.

Our Mission Statement: The Cat Encyclopedia was developed to provide comprehensive information about domestic house cats in a concise and simple to use format, complete with photographs of each breed of domestic house cat. Our goal is to provide domestic house cat owners and pet enthusiasts empowering information to create a healthy and loving environment for domestic house cats.

Welcome to Cat Encyclopedia- Your one stop website for all information on domestic house cats. The Cat Fanciers' Association recognizes 41 breeds of domestic house cats, of which 16 are "natural breeds" that probably emerged before humans began breeding pedigree cats, while the others were developed over the latter half of the 20th century. Pedigree varieties of domestic house cats are divided roughly into 3 groups: longhairs or Persians, shorthairs, and Siamese. The longhairs have round, broad heads, with small ears, thickset bodies, short, thick legs, and short, full tails. Among the longhairs, the Chinchillas, with white coats tipped with black, and the Smoke, with white undercoat and black top coat, are especially striking. The Siamese have wedge shaped heads, long, svelte bodies, tall legs, and long, tapering tails. The Manx differs from other cats in having no tail at all.

As early as 3500 B.C., Egyptians were domesticating wildcats from Africa, and these domesticated wildcats became treasured pets and were honored in many forms of artwork for their skill in hunting and killing rodents such as snakes, rats and mice. The cat's first name in Egypt was Myeo or Mau. Early Egyptians believed that the glow from a cat's eyes held captive the light of the sun.  Cats were actually considered sacred by the Egyptians, and if a person killed a cat, they were usually put to death. Egyptians shaved their eyebrows as a symbol of their grief when their pet cat died, and they made their dead cats into mummies.   

The domestic house cat may have up to 3 litters a year, the period of gestation being about 65 days. An average cat litter is of four or five kittens. Kittens are born blind, and the eyes open after about 10 days. All eyes are blue at first, but the coloring develops over the first weeks according to the variety. Some domestic house cats such as the Siamese and Burmese, keep their blue eyes.

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You can improve the lives of outdoor cats with Trap-Neuter-Return, the humane and effective approach for feral cats. To successfully trap, neuter, vaccinate, eartip, and return feral cats, you need a plan. These guidelines for humane trapping from Alley Cat Allies, the organization that helped introduce TNR to the United States, will get you on your way!

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Cat Encyclopedia has added beautiful dog photographs on each of our Cat Breed pages to enhance your experience. Each section in Cat Encyclopedia helps to educate pet owners, enabling both the cat, and the owner to have a safe, high quality experience.