Selecting a Cat breed
If you are going to get your first cat or even if you had some in the past, you are likely to get surprised by the breed options available to you. With all of cat breeds out there to choose from how can you be sure that you are getting the right one for you and your family. There are three steps to consider when selecting your cat breed to make sure you are getting a cat that will match with your household.
Noisy Or Quiet?
The first step to considering a cat breed is whether you want one that is vocal or one that will be quiet most of the time. Quite a few cat breed are exceptionally vocal hence it is always better to check if you can handle one before getting it. Even if you feel that you can handle a vocal cat you should consider your situation, if you live in an apartment then perhaps your neighbors wouldn’t be so happy with you getting a cat that is extremely vocal.
If you prefer a vocal cat then probably you should go for the following breeds: the Korkat, the Siamese or the Burmese. For those who are looking for a quieter cat breed you should consider one of the following: the Scottish Fold, Somali or the American Curl.
Distant Or Friendly?
The next thing to ponder while selecting a cat breed is the attitude of the cat. There are some cat breeds that thrive on human contact while others would prefer to have nothing to do with their human counterparts except for food. For those who don’t have a lot of time to spend cuddling their cat then perhaps a more independent cat breed would be a better choice .However, for those who are looking for a good family cat then perhaps an affectionate cat breed would be the better option.
If you are looking for a cat that will cuddle then you should consider the following: the Snowshoes, Abyssinian, Maine Coon, Ragdoll, Tonkinese and the Himalayan Persian. For those who want a more independent cat you should consider the following breeds: the Norwegian Forest Cat, the Nebelung and the Russian Shorthair. Or perhaps you want a cat that is a bit of both and will spend the hours in between your cuddling entertaining themselves. These breeds would be the Sphynx, Siamese, Rex, Balinese and British Angora.
Long Or Short Hair?
This choice can be almost as important as selecting temperament. A short haired cat breed is a good choice for those who may not be able to spend a lot of time caring for their cat. Long haired cats may be cute but you should always consider the amount of time that is involved in grooming them. If you don’t properly take care of a long haired cat coat then it can tangle quickly and may result in shaving the entire cat.