Americans are very tolerant and loving towards pets, and cats seem to have replaced dogs as the most popular pet in American households. Cat ownership in the United States is widespread, with the American Pet Products Association estimates that there are approximately 95.6 million cats in households. Among cat households, about 46% have one cat, 31% have two cats, and 24% have three or more cats.

About 20 to 30 percent of cats in the United States are adopted from animal shelters. According to estimates by the American Pet Products Association, there are about 3,500 animal shelters in the United States, and about 6 million to 8 million cats are sent to animal shelters each year, and about half of these pets are adopted. Although there are a large number of cats that can be adopted in the United States, and the social atmosphere also encourages people to adopt cats, the adoption procedures are not simple.

If it is a family adoption, the law in many places requires not only the couple to sign a pledge to treat the adopted cat well. The staff of the animal shelter also go to the adoptive family to check whether the living conditions of the family are suitable for pet living. After a period of adoption, they will contact the adoptive family again to see if the adopted cat is accustomed to living in the new house. If not, it can still be taken back.

Some of these pet cats have long hair and some have short hair. They also vary in color and size. Some have raced and are expensive, and more are just plain American crossbreeds. Most American domestic cats live comfortably and do not work for food. Instead, they rule the family like fur-clad emperors and queens, waiting for their owners to serve them.

Americans are taking their cats more and more seriously. This kind of care makes cat care a big business. Every year, cat owners buy tons of food specially prepared for their cats. They buy toys and other equipment. They buy jewelry and clothes with images of cats for themselves. Some owners even bury their dead pet cats in special cemeteries.

In the United States, the following three types of cats are the most popular.

1. American Bobtail

The American Bobtail is a medium-sized, naturally formed bobtail cat; a striking, active animal with a muscular, powerful appearance. When the cat is on alert, the tail should be clearly visible on the back and no longer than the hocks. The best tails are conspicuously almost straight, with only very slight bends.

The American Bobtail has a strong, broad, moderately wedge-shaped head and distinctive forehead that sits above almond-shaped eyes that give a hunter-gazing gaze. Its distinctive coat can be medium-length but slightly heavy with short hair or medium to long with long hair, which is stretchy and waterproof.

When in motion, it exhibits a natural swaying gait, giving the cat the appearance of a well-coordinated body, like a short-tailed wild cat. This cat is a late-maturing cat, taking two to three years to reach full adult form.

2. American Curl

The American curly-eared cat is a relatively new cat species. It first appeared in Southern California in 1981. It was originally a stray black cat, and was later adopted because of its special and funny curly ears.

Curly-eared cats are easy to take care of, you only need to help the cat to clean the curled recesses of the ears, because it is easy to hide dirt.

In addition, when cleaning the cat's ears, be gentle and careful, and do not bend the ears too much, otherwise it is easy to hurt the ear bones. Do not irrigate the ear water, because it is easy to accumulate in the ear and cause inflammation, so it is better to use a cotton swab dipped in water to carefully clean up the cat.

3. American Shorthair

Breeding from British Shorthair and Native American Shorthair. When it comes to the origin of the American Shorthair, it is generally said that in 1620 AD, the breed was bred by the cross-breeding of the British Shorthair on the Mayflower and the Native American Shorthair. But it was not until 1966 that they were officially named American Shorthair. They are refined, but one of the top five cat breeds when the American Feline Association initially did cat breed certification.