What Type of Cat is Right for You?

by on March 26th, 2010 at 7:00 am

Adopting any new pet is an important decision. When adopting a cat though, common misconceptions occur, such as thinking that they are all similar in shape and size. Actually, there are some important differences amongst breed and gender that must be considered before introducing a new feline friend into your life.

Does Sex Matter?

Behaviors are markedly different between male and female cats. An unneutered male cat may conduct such behaviors as urine spraying, while an unspayed female may cause frustration with vocalization and “rolling” when they are in heat. If you are already a cat owner you may have already seen these behaviors displayed.

Another thing to consider with most breeds is weight differences between males and females. Take for instance the Norwegian Forest Cat; a male can weigh up to 16 pounds and a female up to 12 pounds. This breed is very good with children, great for first time cat owners and is good around other pets. They are not easily stressed, and adapt better to change than many other breeds of cat.

Kid Friendly.

Cats definitely have personalities and are all different in the way they deal with small children. Make sure the breed you are interested in tolerates rough handling. Exposing young kittens (after the age of 2 weeks) to children is usually best. Families with children should consider cats with easygoing, gentle, and relaxed temperaments.

Ragdoll cats also named the “puppy cat” may be the right fit for any family with small children. Ragdolls enjoy playtime but will usually refrain from being boisterous or overly demanding. However, if you are looking for a small pet this may not be the one for you. Females average up to 15 pounds and the males at a whopping 20 pounds. The Norwegian Forest Cat is another breed that is very good with children and great for first time cat owners. They also adapt well to being around other pets. These cats are not easily stressed, and adapt better to change than many other breeds of cat.

A Cut or a Trim?

Some owners love to groom their cat, while others would love to devote less time to the act. All cats should be groomed regularly, however there is a fine line as to what “regularly” means for specific breeds. Longer-haired cat’s coats can become easily matted if they are not thoroughly brushed and you will spend time cleaning the hair off of furniture and your clothes.

The most obvious short-haired breed (or hairless) is the Sphynx. With the Sphynx there is no need to worry about constant cleaning of hair; however, they do need frequent bathing due to the excessive amount of oils on their body. The Sphynx only averages 10 pounds, are great around children, and  are quite curious. Another option for a short-haired cat is the American Shorthair, like the Sphynx it is great for families with children. The American Shorthair is a gentle, quiet cat and a good match for a first time cat owner.

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Other things to consider:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of adult cats versus kittens
  • Purebreeds versus mixed breeds
  • Advantages and disadvantages of crossbreeds
  • Energy level of cat
  • Quiet or talkative

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