Cats are aloof animals, yet they still have their fair share of admirers. In fact, there are approximately 85.8 million pet cats owned in the United States (more than the recorded 78 million pet dogs).
Read below for the guide to help you choose a pet cat, the most popular cat breeds in the USA, the transformation of cremated cat ashes into diamonds.
How to choose a pet cat
Are you wondering at the factors you need to look into when searching for the perfect cat? Here are some ideas for you to think of.
The size of your pet cat is an important factor especially when you consider the size of your home. Small cats are better suited for people who live in apartments while bigger homes are better if you decide to own large cats.
If you would like to own a cat that you can train at a young age, then kittens would be a good choice for you. You also have the benefit of spending longer times with them (especially when you take good care of them).
However, some kittens might be a bit too playful for your taste. In that case, adult cats would be better for you.
If you live an active lifestyle, then an active cat would keep you constantly entertained. But if you’d prefer a cat that will simply snuggle with you on the couch, then it is best to keep a cat with a calm personality.
Cats with long, thick coats have to be groomed more often and will take more of your time. Cats with short coats are better for you if you are always busy and cannot manage to always clean your cat’s coat.
There are certain cat breeds known for their gentle nature and other breeds for their hunting skills. Look for a cat breed that is perfect for your personality.
Top 5 most popular cat breeds in the USA
The Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA), a non-profit organization, has the list of the top five most popular cat breeds in the United States. Here are the most favored feline friends by Americans:
- British Shorthair
- Maine Coon
#1. Exotic Shorthair
The Exotic Shorthair, also known as the Exotic or Shorthaired Persian, is the most favored cat breed by Americans for three consecutive years. This breed was born in the 1950s, when American Shorthair breeders wanted to have some characteristics of the Persian cat breed.
Exotics are available in different colors such as tabby, tortoiseshell, and black and white, among many others. They have an average life span of 10 to 15 years.
The most distinguished characteristics of the Exotic Shorthair are a round head, flat face, chubby cheeks, a snub nose, and a thick, short coat of hair. Basically, they have the same physical characteristics as Persian cats except the long coat of hair.
Exotic Shorthairs are gentle yet playful cats. They generally get along well with children and other cats and dogs, but it would be preferable for them to always be with their owners. If you plan to be away on an extended trip without your Exotic Shorthair cats, they are better left off with people who are familiar to them. They are more affectionate compared to other cat breeds.
Exotic Shorthairs are great lap cats that can keep you entertained for hours since they generally like to please their owners. They are suitable animals for people living in apartments because they do not take up so much space. They rarely climb high places and scratch furniture because they prefer to play with a roll of yarn or other toys. These cats are also great mouse catchers.
Last but not the least, Exotic Shorthairs are best for people who do not want pets that need high maintenance. They do not need to be groomed as often as other cats, and their coats do not get tangled or mat easily. They are even referred to as the “Lazy Man’s Persian.”
Ragdoll cats started in the 1960s through Ann Baker, an American breeder. They got the name “Ragdoll” because they tend to go limp like ragdolls once they are picked up. They are popular not only in the United States, but also in the United Kingdom.
Ragdoll cats are available in different patterns (bi-colored, colorpoint, and mitted), and have a long average life span of 15 to 20 years if kept indoors.
The most known characteristics of Ragdoll cats are their blue eyes, pointed ears, large frame, and proportionate legs. Even though they have a thick coat, they do not possess a dense undercoat. Ragdolls mature slowly since they reach their full coat color at two years and their full size and weight after four years.
Ragdoll cats are called “dog-like cats” or “puppy-like cats” because they usually get along with other pets, do not exhibit aggressive behavior when being petted, and like to follow people around, just like other dog breeds. They have a calm and docile nature which makes them perfect for people who do not have extremely active lifestyles.
Ragdolls are also affectionate and loving pets, just like Exotic Shorthair cats. They tend to greet their owners at the door, follow them wherever they go, and stay where their owners are. They might sleep on the bed of their owners or flop down on the study table. They are also known as floor cats and generally do not like to jump from one place to another. However, they love to play with toys and can be trained to retrieve certain objects.
Even though they have plush coats, Ragdolls do not shed or mat as often as other cat breeds. However, it is still important to comb their hair to remove dead hair and avoid tangles in their coats. Their ears should be cleaned with cotton balls or a soft, damp cloth to avoid damage.
#3. British Shorthair
The British Shorthair is considered as one of the oldest cat breeds unlike the Exotic Shorthair and the Ragdoll. This cat breed is believed to have originated from the Egyptian cats which were interbred by the Romans with local European wildcats. These were then imported to Great Britain.
British Shorthair cats come in different colors such as chocolate, black, and white, although the color most associated with them is gray (blue). Because of this, they are sometimes called British Blues. This breed has a life expectancy of 14 to 20 years, although some have reported a shorter 12 to 17 years.
The distinguishing characteristics of British Shorthair cats are a short but thick coat, large and round eyes, round cheeks, broad chest, and pointed, triangular ears. The gray-colored cats of this breed also have copper eyes. They also mature slowly just like Ragdolls, since they reach their full physical development at three years of age.
British Shorthair cats are also a part of popular culture. This breed was the inspiration of Sir John Tenniel when he made illustrations of the Cheshire Cat for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Puss in Boots from the Shrek movies is also described as a British Shorthair.
This cat breed is calm, reserved, and undemanding. They are not lap cats, but they prefer to sit next to their owners on the couch. They are more playful in their younger years.
British Shorthair cats are generally quite disciplined. They have low activity levels, but are easy to train since they are an intelligent breed. They like to follow their owners but do not like to be carried around. They also get along well with other pets, and would like to spend some time alone too. This is a great cat breed for you if you are always absent during the day.
It would be best to brush a British Shorthair’s coat regularly, although an extensive grooming regimen is not necessary. They tend to shed more during warmer seasons. Because they are not as active as other cats, they are prone to obesity. Therefore, pet owners should carefully monitor what their cats eat.
The Persian cat is one of the most adorable cat breeds. They came from Iran (Persia) and were first brought to Italy in the 1620s. Other names for this breed include the Persian Longhair, Iranian cat, Shiraz cat, and Shirazi cat. Their exact origin is not known, but cats similar to their appearance can be seen in hieroglyphs.
The Persian cat is available in six different colors: black, cream, cameo (red), smoke tortoiseshell, blue, and blue-cream smoke. The average lifespan of this cat breed is 12 to 17 years. The Exotic Shorthair breed is derived from the Persian cat breed and the American Shorthair cat breed.
The most well-known characteristics of Persian cats are large eyes, a wide head, ears that are set far apart, short muzzle, chubby cheeks, short legs, a long, thick coat, and a full brush of tail. The eye colors of Persian cats also vary. Some of them have copper eyes, while other Persians have deep blue eyes, blue-green eyes, or green eyes.
Persian cats are docile and peaceful creatures. They do not like to climb up high pieces of furniture or other appliances and jump from one place to another. Instead, they would prefer to sit on the floor, sofa, bed, or by the window, and be petted by their owners. They are also known to love being the center of attention by their families, and can even get along with children too.
Like the British Shorthair cats, Persian cats also have low activity levels. The CFA describes them as “creatures of habit” because they would rather be in a household filled with an atmosphere of security and where they can blend in. As much as possible, they would like to avoid loud noises in their homes. They also have a tendency to stay indoors. Still, they are willing to play with other people if they will be treated well.
This cat breed is needs high maintenance when it comes to grooming. This is because the long coat of the Persian cat needs to be brushed more often to avoid tangles. Also, the Persian cat is prone to under-eye stains because of excessive tearing (since their eyes are close to each other). To avoid this, wipe the corners of the Persian cat’s eyes daily.
#5. Maine Coon
The Maine Coon cat is known as one of the largest domesticated cat breeds. There are many speculations on the origin of Maine Coon cats, although from the name itself, they are considered native to the state of Maine. Some people believed they came from raccoons (due to their color). That is why the word “Coon” was added to the name of this cat breed.
Maine Coon cats exist in a variety of colors and patterns. Some are solid, while other can be tabby or smoke. Colors include black, red, and white, among many others. The average lifespan of this cat breed is 9 to 15 years. They are used to the New England climate, the place where they reportedly came from.
Maine Coon cats are most known for the following physical characteristics: a ruff on its chest, sturdy bone structure, triangular body shape, an uneven coat with two layers (long guard hair and a silky undercoat), and a full brush of tail. When it comes to eye colors, the shades can range from green, gold, copper, to blue. There are instances when this cat breed may have odd eyes too.
Other names for Main Coon cats are Maine cat, Coon cat, Snowshoe cat, American Longhair, and American Coon cat. However, they are also called “gentle giants” because they are a gentle and intelligent cat breed with a large size. The Maine Coon cat is a sociable breed, but they are not annoying or boisterous. They are happy to be around their owners, but they will not pester anyone. This breed is not a lap cat due to its size.
One useful trait of Maine Coon cats is their ability to catch mice. This has a higher activity level compared to the previous cat breeds mentioned above. They are more active and are willing to catch and retrieve balls and other toys. This breed can climb trees and other high areas though they generally would like to stay on the ground. They are intelligent animals and enjoy doing challenging tricks.
The coat of a Maine Coon cat does not mat easily, but it would be advisable to groom it regularly. Brushing their coats will evenly distribute skin oils, remove dead hair, and avoid tangles. However, this should be done carefully since they do not like their hair being pulled harshly. A sign that this cat needs a bath is when the coat looks greasy.
When our pet cat passes away, it feels like we have lost a part of us.
There are different ways to pay tribute to your pet cat, and these include turning the cremains into a painting or turning them into a tree. However, there are more creative ways you can do with your pet cat’s ashes.
Yes, it is possible to turn cremated cat ashes into diamonds. These are called cremation diamonds, and in the cases of our beloved pet cats, cat cremation diamonds. The most important component to make diamonds is carbon. This is an element found in both humans and animals. This means that both humans and animals can be turned into cremation diamonds. This process only takes months while the formation of natural diamonds takes billions of years.
EverDear & Co. can turn cat ashes into diamonds.
We understand that there are cat owners who might feel protective over the remains of their pets. It is completely normal to feel that way. We would like to elaborate on the concept of transforming cat ashes into cremation diamonds.
EverDear & Co., an American company can make cremation diamonds from cat ashes. Here are the three main stages in our process of turning cat ashes to cremation diamonds:
- Carbon extraction and refinement of cremated cat ashes
- Formation of cat cremation diamonds
- Cutting and polishing of cremation diamonds from cat ashes
Carbon extraction and refinement of cremated cat ashes
To make diamonds from cremated cat ashes, your pet cat’s ashes will undergo carbon extraction and refinement. The cat ashes will be exposed to heat in a vacuum environment. Then, the cat ashes will be purified again, this time by hand.
In this process, you will be able to choose your desired color you would like for your cremation diamonds from cat ashes. However, the chemical composition of your pet cat’s ashes can have an effect on the color of the diamonds from cremated cat ashes. Yellow cremation diamonds from cat ashes have the simplest purification process. If you would like to own blue or colorless cremation diamonds from cat ashes, the cremains have to go through a more intense purification process.
Formation of cat cremation diamonds
A belt press will be used after the extraction and refinement of carbon from your pet cat’s ashes. This belt press simulates the high pressure and high temperature (HPHT) environments where natural diamonds are formed.
Afterwards, a diamond seed will be kept in the inner core cube of the belt press with the temperature being set to more than 2,000 degrees Celsius. This will result to the carbon source’s dissolution and crystallization of the diamond seed.
Raw cremation diamonds from cat ashes are formed from this process.
Cutting and polishing of cremation diamonds from cat ashes
To show the true beauty of your cremation diamonds from cat ashes, our artisans will have to cut and polish them. The main facets will be placed (designing the crosswork) on the diamonds from cremated cat ashes. This will be followed by the placement of the final facets. When turning cat ashes into diamonds, it is important to bring out the best parts of a gemstone that will encapsulate your pet cat’s ashes.
How much cat ashes are needed to make cremation diamonds?
You will have to send us only 100 grams of cat ashes to make one cremation diamond. In this way, you still get to hold a part of your beloved pet even though you want a portion of the remains to be transformed into cremation diamonds from cat ashes.
Is it possible to make diamonds from cat hair too?
Yes, EverDear & Co. can make diamonds from cat hair too. Your pet cat’s hair will undergo the same process of turning cat ashes into cremation diamonds. You will be required to send us 2 grams of cat hair to make one cat cremation diamond. If you would like to have a combination of your pet cat’s ashes and hair, you can send us 50 grams of your cat’s cremated ashes and 1 gram of cat hair.
How long does it take to make cremation diamonds from cat ashes or hair?
Yellow cremation diamonds from cat ashes take the shortest time to be produced, at only 5 to 6 months. On the other hand, blue and colorless diamonds from cremated cat ashes take a longer time to be formed at 7 to 10 months.
To assure you that you have real diamonds from cat ashes, a certificate of authenticity (made by the Gemological Institute of America or GIA) from EverDear & Co. will be included every time you purchase cremation diamonds from cat ashes.
This certifies the following:
- The carbon source of the cat cremation diamond
- The 4Cs for diamond grading (color, carat weight, cut, and clarity)
- The setting material used
We are proud to say that EverDear & Co. has the cheapest prices on cremation diamonds from cat ashes, starting at only $695. Unlike other producers of cremation diamonds, we do not have partnerships or tie-ups with third party organizations, agents, or distributors. Since there is no need for you to pay commissions, our prices are significantly more competitive.
We are also able to offer the best prices for turning cat ashes into cremation diamonds because of our cutting edge tools. The advanced technology we use allows us to make cat cremation diamonds at low prices, along with guaranteed match pricing. Besides, we believe that memorializing your pet cat does not have to be costly.
What is EverDear & Co.’s payment method when availing cremation diamonds from cat ashes?
After placing your order, you have to pay 50% of the price for cat cremation diamonds. The remaining 50% will only be due once you have received your very own cat cremation diamond.
Does EverDear & Co. have discount plans if more than one cremation diamond from cat ashes is ordered?
EverDear & Co. has the following discount plans when turning cat ashes into cremation diamonds.
- 5% discount on the total cat cremation diamonds cost for orders of two in the same color and size.
- 5% discount on the total cat cremation diamonds cost for orders of two or more cremation diamonds from cat ashes in different colors and sizes.
- 8% discount on the total cat cremation diamonds cost for orders of three in the same color and size.
- 10% discount on the total amount for cremation diamonds from cat ashes of four or more in the same color and size.
With EverDear & Co., you not only have the option to turn cat ashes into diamonds, we can transform cat ashes into cremation jewelry for you as well. We have several designs on cremation jewelry for cats such as cremation rings, cremation earrings, cremation pendants, and cremation bracelets from your pet cat’s ashes.
- Turn cremated cat ashes into cat cremation rings. – Transforming your cat’s ashes into cat cremation rings is a memorable way of celebrating their lives.
- Turn cremated cat ashes into cat cremation earrings. – EverDear & Co.’s designs aim to highlight the sentimental value of your cat cremation earrings. Turning your cat’s ashes into cremation earrings is a great and timeless option.
- Turn cremated cat ashes into cat cremation pendants. – Our cremation pendants from cat ashes are stunning jewels worn as necklaces and are meant to showcase a single piece of diamond.
- Turn cremated cat ashes into cat cremation bracelets. – Cremation bracelets from cat ashes are one of the most versatile forms of jewelry.
The price of turning cat ashes into cremation jewelry
The average price range of our cat cremation jewelry designs are only from $800 to $1,200. For us, a steep price is not necessary for you to turn your cat’s ashes into a beautiful piece of jewelry.
Turn cat ashes into diamonds so you can always be in the presence of your beloved cat.
Your pet cat is irreplaceable, and that loss will always be remembered. Fortunately, you can be with them anytime you want, anywhere you go, through EverDear & Co.’s cremation diamonds from cat ashes.
Your cat’s cremains will be carefully handled up to the point where they are turned into diamonds from cremated cat ashes.
You can contact us through the EverDear & Co. website to know more on how to turn cat ashes into cremation diamonds and the ordering process.