About Me

My name is Leena and I have had cats since I was eight years old. My first cat was a domestic cat called Misu - a grey and write cat who was my best friend. When I came home from school I would bend down to say hi to her, and she would gently bite my nose as a greeting. She slept at my feet and followed me around. Together we went for walks in the forest. Her death at twelve years of age was one of my my first big sorrows and she will always have a very special place in my heart.

After her came a lovely red Abyssinian, Casanova, and his friend Heppu who was a mixed breed domestic cat. Then another Abyssinian, ruddy Bertha made her entrance - she was from the same cattery as Casanova, from a previous litter. The little boy in her family became allergic to cats and she was under threat of being put to sleep.

When she was born, her toes had grown together and were operated at a young age. I remember when we went to see Casanova for the first time, and this tiny little creature, still groggy after the operation, decided that my lap was the best place to sleep it off. She made heroic attempts to climb to my lap and I lifted her there. And there she slept - tiny paws sticking out in big white bandages, and her short sting of a tail curled around her hind legs (we used to call her tail "Spike" as it really was too short for an Aby, but fit her tiny frame just perfectly).

I just could not let her die. A brief discussion with hubby darling, and Bertha joined the troops.

They all lived to long age - we were there for all of them when their time came to cross the Rainbow Bridge, holding them when they slipped away, thanking them for their frienship and crying our eyes out. First Casanova at 16 years of age, Heppu at 16, and Bertha almost 18.

And the house felt so empty.

But not for long. A few months later we went to see Hippu and Pipsa - a brother and a sister Abyssinian, both usual Abys. There was a five day older Somali there too, and they were the best of friends. When I first sat down, the Somali was in my lap within seconds. And he stayed. He followed me and hubby around, purred and miaowed and hopped into our laps immediately when he got a chance. And the breeder, after four hours of this, said that he would give Rolli to us if we accepted. She did not wish to separate best friends.

And so we had three cats again. Oh how wonderful it feels to have them around!

In my mind there is no better pet than a cat. I'm partial, I know, but I am allowed.

Out of this love for cats came the idea of making a site of my own that would be dedicated to all the beautiful cat breeds. Maybe it would help someone find the perfect cat breed and cat friend of a lifetime.

So here's my site for you to enjoy.

The breed characteristics of course are no ones property, but the articles are copyrighted by me and not to be copied. The photos I use are copyright of their individual photographers and are not to be copied anywhere. The same applies to my cat paintings. 

My first hand knowledge is of Abys and Somalis - and domestic cats. The other breeds I have researched, but I cannot know it all. If you feel something needs correcting, I would be very happy to hear of it. There is a contact form on the lefthand side (the nav bar that says "contact" - please write your comment there if you think I should change or add some info).

If it's just the typos, and you own a cat, you know what causes them:

Leena :)

P.S. It is Hippu in the upper picture with me, and Rolli having a nap while I write. 

Leena Pekkalainen

owner and author of www.cat-breeds-info.com

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Leena's Books


This book travels with the King Tut - Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition on his world tour of ten cities from March 2018 onwards

Tutankhamun: In My Own Hieroglyphs tells the story, for older children, of the life and afterlife of the famous young pharaoh in his own words. Tutankhamun tells us about the trouble he got into as a child in Akhenaten's palace in the new city of Akhetaten, and how he became a boy pharaoh. As we learn, his life changed a lot when he died as a teenager, and long years of boredom started in his tomb with only his pet monkey Fingers and his treasure for company. He did meet some of the Egyptian gods, of course, and had fun scaring off tomb robbers, but it was mostly rather dull. Then one day, some new and strange people, including a Mr. Howard Carter, arrived and began to take all the treasures out of his royal tomb. Fortunately, through the eyes of his beautiful golden mask, Tutankhamun, could have fun again traveling around the world

Mr Mummific

An ancient friend of mine, Mr Mummific dictated a book about how he became a mummy - and I was his scribe and artist. The book is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

On my other website www.ancientagypt101.com he continues his stories about life in ancient Egypt.

Another hilarious adventure for children with Mr Mummific, the mummy with attitude. He now tells the story of his mishaps, misunderstandings and misadventures as he leaves his tomb through the False Door to embark on the complicated and dangerous journey to the Afterlife aboard the magnificent Ship of Millions. 

Find the book at Amazon.com  and Amazon.co.uk

The Nephilim Quest Series

The first book in an epic fantasy series based on human mythology. The search for the mythical Watchers, the angels who fathered the Nephilim, the half-angels. A story that moves on three levels - our times, ancient Greece and ancient Egypt. 

Preview Nephlim Quest 1: Shadowhunter online


My Author Website at leenasbooks.com

I also paint cat art - if you want to check out my work, you can do so by clicking here.

If you are looking for demanding coloring, check:

Online Coloring Books Magazine - No.1

It shows you step by step how to color this pretty Abyssinian cat with flowers. Each page has a color sample, and all the techniques are explained.