Trace the Origins of Your Favorite Cat

Kirstin Fawcett

Die-hard cat connoisseurs know the difference between a Persian and a Turkish Angora, or a Maine Coon and a Norwegian Forest Cat. But where did these kitties come from, and how did they acquire the traits that make them so special?

This infographic by animal supply company PetCareRx breaks down the evolution of your favorite cat breed. Tracing its ancestors all the way back to Felis sylvestris, the Middle Eastern wildcat, it explains how some pets were bred to express certain desired characteristics over time, whereas others are simply the result of natural genetic mutations or random reproduction.

Since there are over 70 different known cat breeds, the infographic couldn't cover all of them. It does, however, illuminate the origins of several cat show mainstays, including the British Shorthair and the Abyssinian. More of a mutt person? The American Domestic's in there too—proving that there's truly a cat type for everyone.


[h/t DailyInfographic]