Has the influx of cat videos on your social media feed been getting to you? Thinking about bringing one of those lovable fur balls into your home?
With the vast array of cat breeds out there, getting a new pet can be an exciting and overwhelming experience. There are many things to consider when adopting or purchasing a new cat, especially if this is your first time.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a cat breed:
- Activity level: Some cats are very active and playful while others enjoy a slower pace of life. An active cat may be more fun and entertaining, but could also cause mischief.
- Grooming and maintenance: Are you prepared to spend time regularly grooming your cat or would you prefer one that doesn’t require much grooming?
- Affection: Some cats are loving and may sometimes demand attention from you, while others are independent and self-sufficient.
- Age: Do you want a kitten, adult cat, or even a senior?
After taking time to consider these particularly important questions, it is time to sit down and do some research, each breed has distinctive characteristics and personalities, but we’ve compiled a list of some that are best for the first-time cat buyers:
The Ragdoll is bred to be affectionate, easy-going, and low maintenance. They even get their name because of how they tend to go all limp and floppy when picked up.
Ragdolls are actually a cross between a Persian and a Berman, both of which are fairly laidback cat breeds. Ragdolls are incredibly laidback and affectionate and love a good cuddle. They're friendly and gentle, which makes them a great fit for homes that may have children or other pets. Just keep in mind that you'll need to brush their coat at least twice a week to prevent mats
If you're looking for a cat that is both cuddly and talkative, a Siamese may be the one for you. The Siamese has an unforgettable voice, with a raspy yowl that can be quite loud - and they aren't afraid to use it. They are very loving but also very persistent, so if they want cuddles, you'll likely be giving them cuddles. Siamese cats are affectionate, friendly, and love being around people. They have short hair which means grooming is a breeze. However, they can get a little demanding of attention, so be aware.
One of the largest of all the cat breeds, the Maine Coon is affectionate but not overly dependent. He enjoys following you around the house and gets along with children and other pets. This playful cat has long hair that needs regular grooming.
With folded-down ears and a highly adaptable nature, the Scottish Fold is an adorable, easy-going cat that would be a great fit for new cat owners. They can easily live in a big house full of kids and other pets or in a single-person apartment in a city.
Scottish Folds love to be inside with their owners, and they love affection. They have a cute little chirp that they'll deploy often to maximize their cuddles, and they love being as closest to their humans as possible
Sphynx cats are very cuddly and affectionate and are considered social butterflies. They love to play and love to get attention from their owners or visitors - don't expect them to go hiding under a bed when new people come around! Sphynx cats don't have hair, so they don't require any sort of brushing and they certainly won't shed, but they do require frequent baths to keep their skin healthy. Hopefully this list gives you some guidance, however, keep in mind that all cats are different, and every feline brings their own charm. Although their breed can go someway to determining character, all cats have unique personalities, and it's up to you as an owner to figure out how to help that personality ease into your home.