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2021 Guide: 10 Most Popular Cat Breeds in Malaysia

Do you know there are over 100+ type of cat breeds in the world? And interestingly, you could be owning one of them!

But what are the most popular cat breeds in Malaysia? While it seems many people are well-versed with dog breeds, the same cannot be said for cats! 

So, let’s get to know more about our cats in Malaysia! 

In this article, we share a list of popular cat breeds and explain the characteristics for each of them. 

Note: These breeds are listed in order of popularity, starting with the most popular breed topping the list. Cross-breeds are, in fact, the most popular breed in Malaysia. We'll also share the price for each specific breed but do note there is no standardization of the costs and they will  depend on the seller you buy from.

1. British Shorthair

Right off the bat, many may wonder what a British Shorthair is doing in Malaysia? Well, you’d be surprised to know just how common of a cat breed the British Shorthair is in Malaysia. 

In the 1800s, some cat breeders in England selectively cross-bred cats, resulting in the British Shorthair we all know and love today. Consequently, this breed of cats could have arrived in Asian countries during the time of British colonization.  

These domestic cats usually have broad chests, round paws, and adorable blunt-tipped tails. They’re also quiet, even-tempered, undemanding cats by nature. Besides, British Shorthairs are easy to train and require low maintenance, making them one of the most favoured pet cats for first-timers

  • Origin: England, United Kingdom 
  • Weight: Males (4.1–7.7 kg) and females (3.2–5.4 kg)
  • Lifespan: 15 to 20 years 
  • Cost: RM 1500–2500

2. Bengal Cat

These exotic-looking cats are often said to resemble a "mini-tiger" because they are stripped (just like tigers!) True to their appearance, Bengal cats have some common characteristics with a tiger—playful, alert, and energetic.

Most cats don’t like water. Interestingly, Bengal cats are an exception because they love water more than other cat breeds. This means that bringing them for a bath wouldn’t be so much of an uphill struggle.   

  • Origin: United States 
  • Weight: Male (4.9–7.7 kg) and females (3.1–5.4 kg)
  • Lifespan: 12 to 16 years
  • Cost: RM 900–1500

3. Persian Cat

Did you know that Persian Cats are one of the oldest and most popular cat breeds globally? Persian cats have round heads, chubby cheeks, snub noses, small and rounded ears, and big eyes. They also have a tranquil and calm personality, so you wouldn't have to worry as much about torn curtains, ruined furniture, or tattered pillows. 

As this cat breed has a "luxurious" look, they are often the subject of many famous portraits for the wealthy or royals. For example, a portrait called "My Wife's Lovers" featuring a group of Persian cats sold at auction for more than $820,000 (about 3 million Ringgit Malaysia)!

  • Origin: Ancient Persia (Iran) 
  • Weight: Males (3–4 kg) and females (2–3 kg)
  • Lifespan: 12 to 17 years
  • Cost: RM 1500–2000

4. Scottish Fold

This breed of cats is well-known for their friendliness and easily adaptable character. Their broadly-spaced eyes give them a sweet and innocent expression, making it almost impossible to ignore them. 

Unlike most cats, Scottish folds prefer to sleep on their back or sit with their legs stretched out. Moreover, you'll also often find your Scottish Fold sitting peacefully in a Buddha position: legs stretched out with their tiny paws on their belly. 

  • Origin: Scotland 
  • Weight: Males (4–6 kg) and females (2.7–4 kg) 
  • Lifespan: 12 to 15 years 
  • Cost: RM 2500–3500

5. Maine Coon

Maine Coons are arguably one of the biggest sized and chubby cat breeds—they're even called "gentle giants of cats" sometimes. 

Additionally, Maine Coons are comparable to dogs, too, because they're just as loyal and sociable (minus the barking sounds). This breed of cats also has an intelligent personality because they have an insatiable curiosity and love solving puzzle toys.

  • Origin: Maine, United States
  • Weight: Males (5.9–8.2 kg) and females (3.6–5.4 kg) 
  • Lifespan: 9 to 15 years 
  • Cost: RM 2700–3300

6. Munchkin Cat

As the name suggests, Munchkin cats are small and sized. This breed of cats has short legs and spines, making their movement more animated and cute. 

Munchkin cats are energetic, excited, and love to bond with just anybody: dogs, other cats, humans. Moreover, Munchkin cats are gentle, so they don't usually jump up to high places. In other words, Munchkin cats are unlikely to make a mess out of your kitchen cabinet or dressing table. 

  • Origin: Louisiana, United States 
  • Weight: Males (4–5 kg) and females (3–4 kg)
  • Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
  • Cost: RM 2300–4000

7. Asian Semi-longhair

Not only are these cats beautiful in appearance, but they are also playful, curious, and friendly too. Asian Semi-longhair cats are suitable for households with family members living at home most of the time. It's because this breed of cats seeks lots of love and attention, and they will not do well in an empty or lonely household. 

In addition to that, Asian Semi-Longhair cats are also loud and vocal in their meow language. That said, it's essential to make sure your home is pet-friendly to ensure you won’t wind up in trouble for housing a pet without permission. Also, don't be surprised to hear angry yowls if you happen to neglect them!

  • Origin: United Kingdom 
  • Weight: Males (3.6–6.8 kg) and females (3.2–5.9 kg)
  • Lifespan: 12 to 15 years 
  • Cost: RM 3000–4000

8. American Shorthair

American Shorthair cats enjoy playing and pampering sessions. They also get along well with other pets; therefore, they're a great choice of addition to your existing pet family. 

Since this breed of cats is short-haired, they only shed moderate amounts of hair. This makes American Shorthairs easier to look after for those with a hectic schedule. They're also suitable if you’re prone to cat fur allergies! 

  • Origin: Europe 
  • Weight: Males (5.9–7.2 kg) and females (5–6.8 kg)
  • Lifespan: 15 to 20 years
  • Cost: RM 2000–3000

9. Ragdoll

Ragdolls are an easily-trained and well-behaved breed of cats. They are a pointed breed of cat, which means their bodies have a  lighter colour than their extremities like the face, legs, tail, or ears. 

Ragdolls express affection and attachment towards their human owners with sweet gestures like greeting you at the door, following you around the house, or sleeping with you.

  • Origin: California, United States 
  • Weight: Male (5.4–9.0 kg) and females (3.6–6.8 kg)
  • Lifespan: 12 to 15 years 
  • Cost: RM 5000–8500

10. Siamese Cat

The name Siamese Cat comes from the theory that this cat breed originated from Siam (the ancient name of Thailand). Back in the day, Siamese cats were only allowed to be owned by royal family members. Today, it's one of the most recognizable felines that's adored by many.

Siamese cats have a unique appearance in which their main coat of the cat is light, and the facial area mask and extremities are of a darker shade. This cat breed is perfect if you want to keep yourself entertained with its playful and curious nature. Siamese cats also crave attention and affection from their owners— so you can anticipate long hours of playtime with them.

  • Origin: Thailand 
  • Weight: Males (4–6 kg) and females (2.5–4.5 kg) 
  • Lifespan: 15 to 20 years
  • Cost: RM 1600–2400

Conclusion 

Knowing your cat’s breed may not be straightforward (especially if you’ve adopted instead of purchasing), but rest assured that Oyen Pet Insurance welcomes all breeds of cats. And if you’re unsure of your cat's breed, chances are, they are mixed/crossed breeds!