Are you looking for a new feline companion but don't know which breed of cat would best suit your home and your lifestyle? Today our Memphis vets share some of the best cat breeds to consider based their unique personalities.
What characteristics are you looking for?
When deciding which breed of cat will work best for your household, there are a few key questions you should ask yourself:
- Do you want your cat to live predominately indoors or outdoors?
- How many hours do you spend out of the house each day?
- Are you looking for a playful cat or a quiet snuggly cat?
- How much grooming are you willing to do each week?
Once you know the answer to those questions you can begin to narrow down your options and decide which is the best breed of cat for you.
Ideal Indoor House Cats
If you're looking for a cat that will be content to stay indoors all day, there are a number of suitable breeds. Here are just a couple that you may want to consider:
- Ragdoll - These cats are loving, sweet, and always up for cuddles. They often greet their people when they arrive home and seem to pick up tricks easily with positive reinforcement. These cats are large, long-bodied and strikingly beautiful, with long, silky coats (which do however have a high tendency to shed). Ragdoll cats are a great breed for apartment dwellers seeking a feline friend.
- Himalayan (Himmies) - these calm, gentle cats boast large, deep blue eyes and long, full, dense coats.These beautiful cats can exhibit kitten-like bursts of energy - their antics can have them snoozing in a sliver of sunlight, then suddenly up and running through the living room, on to their next adventure. Himalyans make great companions, for owners who are attentive to nutrition and give them enough exercise and interaction.
Companion Cats for Stay At Home Folks
If you're retired, work from home, or just spend a lot of time around the house, here are a couple of breeds that will keep you company and keep you entertained:
- Devon Rex - This breed is loyal, relaxed and fun-loving. Known as the pixie of the cat world, Devon Rex are mischievous felines with large eyes, high-set cheekbones, slender bodies, and long legs. They are a natural best friend and playmate if you’ve got young ones at home. These cats are intelligent, active, and need stimulation such as playing with puzzle toys that offer treats as a reward or learning tricks.
- Sphynx - Sometimes known as the Velcro cat, this breed loves to curl up in their owner's lap. The hairless sphynx is an extremely friendly and affectionate cat that will sit with you, and follow you around, all day. Sphynx are intelligent and inquisitive cats that will lovingly greet you at the door whenever you've been out. This hairless cat breed does requires a lot of grooming to ensure that their skin stays healthy.
Cats Breeds that Love to Play
While some people would prefer a quiet and laid back breed of cat, others are looking for a cat breed that offers lots of personality and playfulness. If that's you, here are a couple of fun cat breeds to consider:
- Siamese - This breed is characterized by a coat that is short, soft and light-coloured on the body with a darker face, paws, ears and tail. Siamese cats are playful, and known for following their owners around the house 'chatting' with them. These cats possess many dog-like qualities including a love of play and a need for lots of companionship. This fun breed will keep you entertained but aren't suitable for people who are out of the house for long hours.
- Scottish Fold - Named for their unusual folded ears, Scottish Folds are active mousers who are playful, expressive and sensitive. These cats have striking, orange-yellow colored eyes and love to be around people. They crave attention and companionship (even that of another cat), and they are very kid-friendly.
To learn more about which breed of cat is best for your household, contact our Memphis vets today for advice.
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