Do You Want Companionship? Here are high-energy Cat Breeds You Should Consider Petting

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Do You Want Companionship? Here are high-energy Cat Breeds You Should Consider Petting

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Contrary to popular beliefs, not every cat breed prefers to sleep in your house all day long. Some of them prefer to play with you regularly, as they like being active most of the time. You can use a variety of toys and have the time of your life playing and petting the following breeds:

Bengal

The reason why a lot of people want to adopt a Bengal breed of cats is because of their exquisite looks. While they are docile by nature, they love spending time playing with you. They are always ready to be a part of any action, as long as it involves climbing and chasing.

You will have a lot of fun having a Bengal in your household, as it loves to get your attention. These breeds of cats can go on walks with a leash, as long as you train them. The best part is that they don't mind being in the water.

Bombay

Bombay is known to be social felines, who want as much attention as possible, from you. Due to their energetic nature, you can take these cats for a long walk to your favorite park. When they are at home, they will assist you in all activities, by following you around.

If you have children, they will get along with these felines. If you are up for the task, you can even teach these cats a couple of tricks. After a long day of fun and action, they will love cuddling up with you, while you give them hour-long pets.

Burmese

There isnโ€™t going to be any part of your house that the Burmese canโ€™t reach, thanks to its remarkable athletic abilities. They love being the center of attention, which means that you need to show a lot of affection via petting.

If you get interactive toys, they will have the time of their lives playing in your household. Even when they grow older, they wonโ€™t become sedentary. Once they are done with all the activities, they will be ready to sleep with you and call it a day.

Japanese Bobtail

If you think every cat breed hates water, you will be speechless when you spend time with the Japanese Bobtail. You can take it for a swim in a nearby pool and watch it have a ball of a time. They love being active throughout the day, so make sure you have a lot of toys.

The Japanese Bobtail will be the first person at your door, when someone rings the bell, due to their outgoing nature. You can even create an obstacle course, which the feline will clear in no time.

As all these breeds love receiving all the love and attention from their owners, which one will you choose to be a part of your pack?

Hereโ€™s All You Need to Know About Heritable Behavioral Differences Between Cat Breeds

Did you think only humans inherited personality traits from their parents? Recent research has found that cats inherit behavioral traits from their breeds. The level of activity they indulge in, their aggressiveness, sociability, how shy they are โ€“ are all determined by the breed they belong to.

Although cats are possibly the second-most popular animal to be domesticated, not much research has been conducted into cat behavioral traits and its origin, until now. Researchers at the University of Helsinki found that the most difference, when it came to behavioral differences between cat breeds came with regards to activity level displayed. The least difference was observed in the stereotypical behavior that they adopted.

The focal investigator of this research group, Professor Hannes Lohi attributed this, to the fact that activity is more of a permanent trait than is stereotypical behavior, which isnโ€™t quite as static. Stereotypical behavior depends on the catโ€™s environment and may incorporate changes over time.

Three vastly different cat breeds were chosen for studying the hereditary of behavior and mannerisms in cats, with relation to their breeds. The three breeds, so chosen, were โ€“ the Maine Coon, descending from Nordic and landrace cat breeds, the Turkish Van, with no links to any other cat breed and the Ragdoll, a distant cousin of American and Western European cat breeds.

About half of all cat traits are inherited

The study found that of all the behavior traits examined, nearly half were passed down by breed. If the same cat breed did show distinct differences in behavior, it is possibly because they were subject to a behavioral trait selection and elimination process at the time of breeding.

The behavior of cats belonging to the same region may be similar despite breed differences, because of their shared history.

What piques the interest of the researchers now is how these behavioral traits came to be originated in the breeds.

The study conducted had asked for feedback on responses for 6,000 cats. It is the second-largest inventory of information collected on feline behavior in existence.

The same researchers have gone on to expand their sample size and now hope to collect information on 20,000 cats. We wish them all the best in their endeavor. After all, why should dogs have all the fun? Us, cat parents, need to know what goes on in our mysterious brains too.

Takeaway

The research performed by the University of Helsinki has thrown up numerous interesting nuggets of information. We now know that Bengal cats are among the most active and British short-hairs, just as lethargic. A Burmese cat will be amiable and friendly to a stranger, but a Russian blue will most likely shy away. Useful info? We'd certainly say so!

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