When you’re ready to welcome home your first cat, you may feel a little uncertain about where to start. Of course, you’ll want to cat-proof your home and make sure you have all the necessary cat supplies, but the most important (and exciting!) part is choosing the cat that will best fit into your home and lifestyle.
When getting a new cat, there are a few factors to consider:
With over 40 different domestic cat breeds, the options are plentiful. These are some of the best choices for someone looking to get their first cat.
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.
Ragdolls are cuddly and affectionate cats that enjoy being around their people. Though they are quiet and docile, they also enjoy play time. Ragdolls are polite and generally kid-friendly. Their long hair needs regular combing.
This vocal kitty is friendly, affectionate and enjoys being in the company of her people. Siamese cats have short hair which means low-maintenance grooming. She is intelligent and playful, but can also be demanding of attention.
Exotic Shorthairs are easygoing companions that are loving with their family members but a little shy with visitors. This kitty enjoys playing just as much as he likes to cuddle in your lap. He has a soft voice and is easy to groom.
This smart kitty has a quirky personality and adorable folded ears. Scottish Fold cats are curious, outgoing, and enjoy following you around the house. They tolerate children and are an affectionate breed. Long-haired Folds should be combed weekly.
The “nude” Sphynx cat is a very cuddly and affectionate breed. These social butterflies enjoy attention and are quite playful as well. Though you won’t have to worry about cat hair with a Sphynx, they do need frequent bathing.
The companionate American Shorthair is a friendly and social cat. He tends to tolerate kids and other pets and will enjoy your company without being overly demanding of attention. His short coat requires minimal grooming.
Adult rescue cat
One of our favorite breeds of cat is “rescued”. Visit your local animal shelters to meet adoptable kitties and ask questions about their personalities. Rescue organizations can tell you what each cat is like and which ones have the traits you’re seeking.
Keep in mind that each individual cat is unique and has their own quirks. For example, not every American Shorthair cat will get along with other pets, and some Sphynx cats may be less playful than others.
Once you’ve decided on your future feline companion, there are a few more considerations of cat parenthood to be aware of.
Photo credits from flickr:
Maine Coon by Laura LaRose
Ragdoll by Tori Behr
Siamese by Villetta
Exotic Shorthair by Captain Pancakes
Scottish Fold by Kruzenstern
Sphynx by M.Minderhoud
American Shorthair by Chris Yarzab
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