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Cat Breeds - Choosing The Best Breed

By Susan Richards

Which types of cats are right for you and your family? There is a
large number of different cat breeds that one can choose from.
Many of these breeds can easily adapt to home living, and make
excellent pets for you and your children. So how do I find the best
breed that is appropriate for me? Here is an excellent list of tips
that you can use before making your final decision.

Quiet Or Noisy Cats

Some cat breeds can be very loud and noisy. You will want to
consider this when choosing your pet cat. You and your family will
need to determine if you can handle a vocal type of cat within your
home, or would a quiet cat be more enjoyable. A number of cat
owners don't usually have any issues with a more vocal cat,
although if you live in an apartment, then you might have to
reconsider choosing a loud cat. Some of the more loud or vocal
types of cats include: the Korat, Siamese Cats, or the Burmese. If
you are in the market for a quiet cat, then the following breeds
may be more to your liking: Scottish Fold, Somali, or the American

Cuddly Or Playful

The next decision that you will want to make is to determine
whether you want a cat that is more of an aloof breed or one that
is more affectionate and cuddly. Some of the considerations to
keep in mind are the amount of free time that you can spare. If
you have a lot of available time then a cuddly cat who craves
attention may be a great choice. Affectionate cuddly cats are also
a great choice for those with children.

Friendliest Cat Breeds:

Maine Coon
Himalayan Persian

Less Sociable Breeds

Russian Shorthair
Norwegian Forest

If you are looking for a cat breed that will not get into constant
mischief, and ones that can amuse themselves, then the following
breeds may be a bad choice:

British Angora

These cats have a lot of energy and can be very inquisitive. These
breeds are an excellent choice for someone who has a lot of free
time and is home-bound. They can be a great source of
entertainment; in fact the Rex can be enjoyable and silly to watch
as he attempts to amuse those around him.

Other Important Features

There are also other important features that you want to look at in
addition to the right temperament of the cat. An important feature
to consider when choosing the right cat is whether you want a
long haired or short haired breed. This is especially important to
those owners who do not have a great deal of time to devote to a
pet. These owners may want to opt for a short haired breed. The
attraction of a fuzzy ball of fluff may look great, but grooming adult
long haired cats can be very time consuming. A cat's coat of hair
can tangle and matt up right down to its skin at an alarming rate if
you do not provide proper grooming. If this should happen, your
only choice is to have him completely shaved, which can be very
traumatic. Your cat would need to be sedated, and this could pose
some potential health risks.

Making The Final Choice

Having looked at the many different cat breeds and their unique
features, you are now able to begin selecting your new cat. You
should first ask yourself a few questions such as: should I get a
baby kitten, or start with a feline that is somewhat older or even
one that has been abandoned.

There are many new kittens available at various cat shows, and
you might want to check out your local listings. There will more
than likely be a number of cat exhibitors who are looking at selling
some of their kitten litter. A great place to find an older feline
would be at the humane society, or possibly the animal shelter in
your town.
About the Author
Susan Richards has written a number of articles for This site features a number of comprehensive cat care articles and resources to help you in taking care of your beloved pet. Find information on choosing the right cat breed to cat training and more.

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