How to Choose the Right Cat for You (And the Rest of the Family!)

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Getting a cat for the first time (or the nth time) is always an exciting time indeed! Cats are very affectionate pets that form a lifelong bond with their humans. Surprisingly, cats require less maintenance compared to dogs! They are easier to potty train too. That said, caring for a pet of any kind needs care and attention so before getting a cat, make sure you are ready for the commitment. In today’s post, we are listing down ways to help you find the right cat for you and your family:

Kitten or Adult?

Do you plan on getting a kitten or adopting a fully-grown cat? Cats are playful at any age but exasperating at times. If you don’t have the patience to chase after a kitten or keep up with its boundless energy, then get a fully grown cat. A fully grown cat is usually calmer, less mischievous than a kitten. It’s a great choice if you live alone or with older kids. That said, an adult cat is not advisable if you have other pets in the home. Cats are very territorial and could end up stressed out when taken to a new environment.

A kitten makes a great choice if you have young kids (not babies and toddlers) at home and other pets. Kittens are friendlier than adult cats and are eager to please their new family. If say, you have very young children at home, always supervise the interaction between the cat and the child, regardless of the animal’s age.

Cat Personality

Just like human beings, cats have different personalities. Some breeds dislike children while others love rough play with kids. Some cats prefer to be alone, others thrive in large groups. Some cats are inherently mellow even as kittens, others will outgrow their craziness once they reach adulthood. Depending on your family situation, some cats are ideal for families, some aren’t.

For instance, Bengal, Maine coon, ragdoll, and Scottish fold are ideal family cats. These cat breeds are mellow, sociable, and are tolerant of loud noises. On the other hand, Russian blue, Siamese, the Himalayan, Savannah, Turkish Van and the Singapura are generally reserved, cannot tolerate kids, loud noises, and new pets.

Maintenance

Cats need regular grooming. Depending on the length of the cat’s coat, brushing should be done at least once a week. If you want a low maintenance cat, we recommend short haired breeds like Russian Blue, Siamese, British shorthair, and Scottish folds. But if you don’t mind brushing the cat’s hair regularly, then get a long-coated cat like Maine coon, Birman, Nebelung, ragdoll, and Persian cat breeds.

Purebred or Mixed Breed Cats

Cat breeds were developed mostly for companionship. However, differences between cat breeds aren’t so different. Purebred cats are friendlier than mixed breed cats. Usually, purebreds are more vulnerable to certain diseases and genetic problems. Mixed breeds are generally healthier because the gene pool is diverse. Our advice is to do a lot of research to determine which car breed to get.

Special Needs

Cats of all kinds make an excellent companion, even deaf, blind, or those with missing limbs. Their present condition does not affect the temperament of these cats, as well as their capacity to love. So if you are adopting a cat from a shelter, never overlook special needs kitties!