There are all kinds of different cat breeds around today. Each one offers its own unique kitty qualities and distinct personality traits. With so many choices, how do you find the best one to bring home? The good news is, there’s a cat out there with the right personality, looks, and temperament for everyone. Read below to learn more about cats and how to choose a cat breed that’s a good fit for you.
Kitty Qualities To Consider
Cats are complex and dynamic creatures. No two are the same. They all have unique physical appearances and personalities. But, there are a few basic traits that you should consider to help determine exactly what kind of cat is good for you and your home.
Type Of Fur And Grooming Needs
Cats come in all stripes and colors. Long hair. Short hair. Even no hair. If you opt for a kitty with more fur, remember they require extra grooming and attention. But, for some people, that’s all part of the fun.1
Cats run the gamut in terms of personality. Some cats will play fetch and walk around on a leash like a dog. Others prefer more lap time and relaxing. Really, there’s a personality out there for everyone. It all depends on what kind of companion you want.
Your Home And Space
Give serious consideration to your home before getting a new kitty roommate. Do you have space for a litter box? Will the cat have room to roam outside? Do you have kids? All of these factors affect your cat’s lifestyle and how you cohabitate.
The space and style of your home should influence your choice. For example, if you live in an apartment, indoor cats may be a better choice than cat breeds that appreciate the outside. Or, if you have small children, you may need to consider a cat that’s good with lots of petting.2
Male Cats Or Female Cats
There are lots of theories and myths surrounding the personality traits of male and female cats. But, your cat’s personality is influenced by lots of things, including environment, breed, and training.3
In fact, the most impactful force on your feline’s behavior is not whether they’re male or female. It’s whether they are neutered or spayed. If they are, it can seriously cut down on unwanted behaviors such as spraying, fighting, and wandering.4 More importantly, it will help fight pet overpopulation.
Purebred Cats Or Mixed Breed Cats
Like all things cat, there’s not right or wrong when it comes to breed type. The lineage of your cat’s breed is not a measurement of quality. Purebred and mixed breed cats both come with their own set of perks.
Some people believe that purebred cats don’t live as long as mixed breed cats, but that’s not always the case. A cat’s health and life span depends on a lot of factors.5 Talk to a vet or breeder for more specific information on breed types before making any decisions.
Older Cats And Young Kittens
A cat of any age can make a wonderful pet. If you bring home an older cat, you can get a good sense of its personality right away. This is also a good option for cat parents that don’t have much time to train a new pet.6
Kittens, on the other hand, give you a chance to watch your cat develop and grow. You’ll need to devote some extra time to their upbringing and training. But many people find this to be a rewarding experience well worth the time and effort.7
After some lifestyle assessments, you can start to check out specific cat breeds. Below you can find some of the most common and popular cat breeds. It is hardly a comprehensive list, but it should give you an idea of how diverse cats are. Hopefully, it can help you narrow down your search for a perfect match.
Japanese Bobtail: The Happy Playtime Machine
Fetch. Tricks. Games. You name it and the Japanese Bobtail probably wants to do it. These kitties love to engage in activities that stimulate their mind and body.
If they aren’t splashing their paws in the water or exploring, then you’ll probably find them along your side chatting away. The Japanese Bobtail is famed for being talkative with an almost sing-song meow.8
This is a great cat for anyone who wants a playful companion. Just be sure you have the time to give them all the attention they want and deserve.9
American Shorthair: Laid Back Friend To All
These laid back kitties are the pedigreed version of the domestic short hair. They are an easygoing cat that’s happy to sit in the sun and watch as the world goes by outside. If they’re well-socialized as a kitten, they get along with just about everyone, including dogs.10
Their coats come in over 80 different colors and patterns, including the silver tabby cats. Their beautiful coats require very little grooming, but that doesn’t mean you should spare them your petting attention.11
Persian Cats: The Beauty Queen
If you want a feline friend to pamper, then the Persian might be for you. These kitties are one of the most popular breeds around. Much of that has to do with their beautiful, flowing fur and calm disposition. They are the poster kitties of cuteness.12
If any cat was suited for royalty, then the Persian is probably it. They love attention and require a great deal of pampering. But, for most people, it’s well worth it. Persians are calm, affectionate cats that make for great lap-companions. They are happy to lounge the day away by your side.13
Norweigan Forest Cat: The All Around Crowd Pleaser
Don’t let their name and big size fool you. The Norweigan Forest cat may look like a wild predator, but these cats have retired their hunting paws. They are much happier as indoor cats these days.
“Wegies,” as they are affectionately called, like attention, but they aren’t demanding cats. They can play with the best of them, but they’re also happy to lounge. They won’t talk your ear off, but they still value your company. All in all, they are easy to please.14
Devon Rex Cat: The Playful Prankster
You’ll find this spunky little critter playing high atop your bookshelf or even tickling the piano keys. They love a good challenge and playing with toys.15
Rex cats have an outgoing and playful spirit that makes them great companions. Their personality makes them great for a house with kids, other pets, and frequent visitors.16
Note: Despite what you may sometimes hear, the Devon Rex’s unique fur doesn’t mean they are hypoallergenic.17
A Cat For Everybody
The good news is that most cats are loving and enjoyable pets. Don’t let all the choices daunt you. Even if your kitty doesn’t match your expectations, chances are, you’ll learn to love their quirky ways and distinct personality.
A little research can help you find the most ideal pet for your situation. Of course, life may throw some curveballs your way. But, any cat can become your purrfect match if you show them plenty of love and attention.
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