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  • Picking Your Perfect Cat

    If you have decided that a cat is the right pet for you then you may think that the decision making process is complete, but in fact you are still at the very beginning. Cats, like humans, are all very different and selecting one to suit your needs and lifestyle is vitally important as it will require the commitment of your love, care and attention for anything upwards of 10 years. Here is our guide to helping you pick your perfect cat.
    Kitten or adult cat?

    Many people instinctively choose kittens over adult cats and this is largely due to their childlike cuteness, curiosity and playful behavior. However they may not realize that they need a great deal of supervision, patience, attention and training. Leave unsupervised kittens in your sitting room for any period of time and you could be faced with a surprising level of destruction! It is also difficult to know exactly what personality they may develop once they outgrow their kitten traits. She may become a docile companion or she may continue to be a mischievous and energetic ball of fur.

    It is also important to remember that if you are bringing a kitten into a home with very young children you will need to provide an added amount of supervision. This is because your child may be exhibiting the same curiosity and mischievous behavior as your kittens and will be unlikely to give them the gentle touch that they require.

    By comparison, older cats may have outgrown some of that initial cuteness, but the typical behaviors that they exhibit after around the age of one will be a reliable indicator of their regular temperament.
    Short vs long hair

    Responsible pet owners always make sure that their pets are well groomed and in the case of longer hair animals this can prove to be a considerable commitment. Long fur will need to be brushed at least once per day to prevent matting and so if you opt for a long haired cat then you will need to ensure that you have sufficient time to dedicate to daily grooming.

    Not all cats like bring groomed and if your cat doesn’t then you may have to enlist the services of a professional groomer. However if your cat is one that loves to be pampered then she will come running as soon as she sees her brush!
    Personality and pure breed vs mixed breed

    While pure breed cats tend to conform to what is known as a ‘breed standard’, meaning that you can predict their expected physical and behavioral characteristics based on breed type, each animal is still unique. Many people believe that purchasing a pure breed will not only guarantee its temperament, but will also ensure it has good health, but sadly this is not the case. Many pure breed animals suffer with genetic health problems due to inter-breeding.

    It is also possible to estimate the physical and behavioral traits of mixed breed cats based upon the combination of breeds used to create it. For example combining two short haired, highly active breeds will be extremely likely to produce another short-haired highly active cat.

    As we have said, whether pure or mixed breed, each cat is unique and will require handling to suit their personality. Some are sedentary, some are active, some love to be stroked and handled and others will only come to you for petting when it suits them. If you are looking for a companion cat then you would ideally be looking for a sedentary and tactile cat, whereas if you are looking for a cat to play with children then you should aim for an active breed.

    Breed
    Hair
    Activity
    Noise
    Grooming
    American Wirehair
    Short
    Medium
    Low
    More than once per week
    Balinese
    Long
    High
    High
    More than once per week
    Bengal
    Short
    High
    High
    Less than once a week
    Bombay
    Short
    High
    High
    Less than once a week
    Burmese
    Short
    High
    High
    Less than once a week
    Chinchilla
    Long
    Low
    Low
    Daily
    Exotic Shorthair
    Short
    Low
    Low
    Once Per Week
    Japanese Bobtail (Long)
    Long
    Medium
    Medium
    Once Per Week
    Japanese Bobtail (Short)
    Short
    Medium
    Medium
    Less than once a week
    La Perms Long Hair
    Long
    Medium
    Medium
    Once per week
    La Perms Short Hair
    Short
    Medium
    Medium
    Once per week
    Maine Coon
    Long
    Medium
    Low
    More than once a week
    Munchkin
    Long
    Medium
    Low
    Once per week
    Ocicat
    Short
    High
    Medium
    Less than once a week
    Oriental Short Hair
    Short
    High
    High
    Less than once a week
    Persian
    Long
    Low
    Low
    Daily
    Pixiebob Long Hair
    Long
    Medium
    Low
    Once per week
    Pixibob Short Hair
    Short
    Medium
    Low
    Less than once a week
    Ragdoll
    Long
    Low
    Low
    Daily
    Savannah
    Short
    High
    Medium
    Less than once a week
    Siamese
    Short
    High
    High
    Less than once a week
    Showshoe
    Short
    High
    Medium
    Less than once a week
    Somali
    Medium
    High
    Medium
    Once per week
    Tokinese
    Short
    High
    High
    Less than once a week
    We hope that you have found this article helpful and wish you every success in picking your perfect cat.