Monday, March 4, 2013

Official Cats of the United States

As promised, I am sharing all of the Official State Cats of America. On Thursday, I informed everyone about official state dogs. I think more states need to declare official state cats because there are only 3 domestic cats and one wild cat that represent states as official felines. So anyways, here are the official cats of the United States! Enjoy!


The Florida Panther is an endangered species that lives in southern Florida. It was declared the state's official animal in 1982. They are closely related to the Puma. It's a shame that these big cats are endangered because they are so beautiful!

Photo via USFWS/Southeast


Hmmm... any guesses as to what the official state cat in Maine is? Why the Maine Coon of course! These gentle giants are native to Maine. They were named the official state cat of Maine in 1985. 

Photo via fox_kiyo


Everyone should know this one by now. The Calico cat is the official state cat of Maryland and was named so in 2001. Last Monday, I wrote all about calico cats if you want to learn more about them. 

Photo via Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue


I think a lot of my kitty friends are going to want to pack up and move over to Massachusetts after reading this. The official state cat of Massachusetts is the Tabby cat! Apparently, the schoolchildren of Massachusetts requested that tabbies be named the official state cats back in 1988 and their wish was granted. 

Photo via spilltojill

That's it for official state cats of America. Would you like to see more official state cats? What breed or type of cat would you nominate for your state?


  1. Very cool...yet sad that there are only 4 states! :-( Hm, I'd say that the mountain lion should be the state cat of California!! Over half the state is natural habitat for them...and perhaps they would get more respect if they were given the title! :-D

  2. We agree sad it is only four. We have enjoyed these. Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. I'm thinking Missouri's should be the bobcat. Amazed only 4 states have official cats!

  4. Wow that was interesting ... wish all states would have an official cat ;o)

  5. Wait a minute, you did the "M's" and didn't include MICHIGAN???? Shame, shame!

    1. I think Cody should be the official state cat of Michigan lol!

  6. I would nominate the Barn Cat for Indiana. I imagine a few states would like this helpful little fellow to be their state cat.

  7. I love knowing these state animals. I knew some but not others so it's fun to read about!

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

  8. One a gorgeous big cat and one of our favorites. Thanks for sharing this interesting info. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

  9. I guess me, Texas, could not be the cat of the state of New York?...
    Thanks for sharing =^.^=

  10. I would like to nominate the feral cat for the state of SC. But then that isn't a breed. It is fun finding out about the state cats. Wonder who is in charge of naming the state cat??
    Have a great day.

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  12. That was interesting, mountain lions are awesome!!
    Love Milo :)

  13. I grew up so near to Florida and didn't knew there was a Florida Panther! :O I feel so ignorant!

  14. I love our Florida Panthers (and not the hockey team that's named after them). It is such a shame that they are endangered because you are right, they are beautiful.

  15. I think the Jack Russel Mix should also be the state CAT of NJ!! Wait! What?? I'm not a cat!

    Love and licks,

  16. OMD, NJ doesn't have a state cat! What about dogs? I'll look at that next. We have state "everything else" we should have cats!

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  18. Well, I guess where we are from in South Carolina it would be the Clemson Tiger MOL!

  19. hmmmm, we aren't sure what cats to nominate. The issue is we don't know many breeds!

  20. NJ should have the Tuxie or the leopard! I'm surprised Maine's cat isn't the Maine Coon. Hm, I thought it was the Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

  21. State kitties too? Cool! Although I do not think I would like to play with this Florida panther...

  22. Sad!! Only 4 state kitty cats!! I think the state cat of Texas should be the Ragdoll. They are big and beautiful like TX and the have TX hospitality. They are very sweet and loving and laid back like most Texans.

  23. Sad!! Only 4 state kitty cats!! I think the state cat of Texas should be the Ragdoll. They are big and beautiful like TX and the have TX hospitality. They are very sweet and loving and laid back like most Texans.


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