Dogs might get all the recognition for their athletic prowess
(and we get it: Some of them are really good at agility and catching Frisbees), but we
shouldn’t overlook our feline friends. Cats deserve way more credit than they generally get for their
impressive speed, dexterity and agility, so we found nine of the fastest and
most athletic cat breeds on the planet.
From the speedy Egyptian Mau to the tireless Bengal, these
breeds seem to have a need for speed and activity. And for those of you looking for lap
cats to cuddle with all day, these may not be the breeds for you — these kitties
like to be in motion constantly.
The athletic and agile Egyptian Mau’s ability to run up to
30 mph makes him the fastest domestic cat breed on the planet. If that’s not
impressive enough, his powerful legs can usually catapult
him to high places like your shoulder or the kitchen counter with ease.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find an Abyssinian who will willingly sit
still. This athletic breed typically prefers to be in motion.
Channel her energy, intelligence and athleticism by providing food puzzles,
teaching her tricks and (once you get the go-ahead from your vet) training her to do cat agility.
As the long-haired variety of the Abyssinian, the Somali also
possesses an impressive athletic ability. Her lithe, muscular body and strong, slim
legs combined with her keen intelligence and playful personality make her a great breed for trick training, agility (health permitting) and walking on a leash.
If your idea of a perfect day is binge watching Netflix with
your kitty by your side, then the Bengal may not be the ideal breed for you. Typical
Bengals are always on the go and can usually be found playing fetch, climbing
to high places and doing whatever he can to get your attention. Bengals
generally don’t like to be ignored and will demand interaction, even if that
means jumping on off-limits countertops or stealing your valuables.
Originally bred from a serval and a domestic cat, the Savannah
is a wild-looking breed known for her athleticism, intelligence and endless
curiosity. One of her favorite activities is climbing to high places — and
her long body and long legs help her get up higher than you probably thought a
cat could go. If you share your home with a Savannah, make sure any spot she might be tempted to climb to is secured and safe.
He may not have a tail, but that doesn't slow down the Manx. He can jump and accelerate
through the house like there’s no tomorrow. Watch for his sharp turns and quick
stops — you’ll think he’s a mini sports car in the shape of a cat.
When she’s not trying to “talk” to you, you’ll probably find
the active and endlessly curious Siamese turning on faucets, opening cabinets
or finding new hiding spots. Help keep her out of trouble by giving her food
puzzles, teaching her tricks and (health permitting) training her to do agility. Just be ready:
Your Siamese will probably try to train you.
The Ocicat was built for speed and agility: His frame is
large, solid and muscular, and he was bred from Abyssinians, Siamese and
American Shorthairs — all athletic breeds. Ocicats tend to be sociable, so keep
him busy by involving him in your life whenever possible.
Long, lithe and svelte, the athletic Oriental becomes very attached to her favorite humans — and demands that they
entertain her. If you’re not around for parts of the day, she’s likely capable of entertaining herself, but
don’t be surprised to find her on top of the refrigerator or opening drawers.
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