Cats have been a part of our lives for 4000 to 12,000 years dating back to ancient Egypt. As of 2019, The International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes 71 standardized breeds, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) recognizes 44, and Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFe) recognizes 43. There are also several hybrid breeds between domestic cats and various small wild cat species.
Recognized breeds include:
Alley Cat Allies– a national organization in the USA that fight to protect feral cats