Norwegian Forest cats boast a distinguished double coat topped with water-resistant hair. Their variety of colors -- ranging from pure white to coal black, with many hues and patterns in between -- makes each one look unique.
American Shorthair cats are known for their 80 different coat colors with multiple patterns, including tabby and calico.
Bengal cats feature "wild looking" spotted and marbled markings. An Asian Leopard cat and a domestic cat create this hybrid breed.
American Curl cats sport unique ears that curl backward in an arc. Their ears, plus their plumed tails, create a stylish feline presence.
Abyssinian cats boast medium-length coats with unique "ticking" coloration; each hair is a lighter color at the root and darker at the tip
The British Blue cat features gray-blue fur that takes on different tints depending on lighting and background. This cat also boasts a built-in smile created by prominent whisker pads.
Birman cats are known for their all-white feet known as "gloves." The rest of the coat is light with a golden cast and darker points on the face, legs, and tail.
Maine Coon cats have a variety of fur colors, although the most common variation is brown tabby. Their dense water-resistant fur, bushy raccoonlike tail, and large furry paws help them survive in harsh winter climates.
Oriental cats -- both longhair and shorthair varieties -- are svelte with strikingly large ears. With more than 300 different coat colors and patterns, this breed can really offer a variety of looks.
Scottish Fold cats are born with straight ears, which fold forward (or not -- sometimes they stay straight) by the time they're 3-4 weeks old.
Ragdoll cats (named for the fact that they relax when being held) have three patterns (Colorpoint, Mitted, and Bi-color) and four colors (seal, chocolate, blue, and lilac -- also known as frost).
Sphynx cats appear to be hairless but are actually covered with a fine down similar to peach fuzz. Their skin shows all the color and pattern variations seen on other cats' coats.
Persian cats are known for their long, flowing coats, which require daily combing. Their multitude of colors, including pointed, golden, tortoiseshell, blue, and tabby, enhance their beautiful coats.
Siamese cats are recognized by their "points" -- darker coloring on the tail, ears, feet, legs, and face. There are four varieties of points: lilac, blue, seal, and chocolate.
Show off your furry feline by carving a pumpkin with his or her likeness. We hope you enjoyed our cat breed Halloween stencils. Choose your favorite, then download our free carving stencils.
Use a photocopier to enlarge or reduce the pattern to fit the pumpkin. Follow the carving and etching directions listed on the pattern.
Note: The pumpkins shown in this slide show are Funkins -- synthetic pumpkins that are hollowed out as part of the manufacturing process.
Complete your pumpkin display with a fun scattering of mice. Group multiple mice on one large pumpkin or carve individual pumpkins for more flexibility in the final arrangement.