When choosing the best breed of cat for your household consider your lifestyle and personality, as well as the characteristics you find most appealing in a feline companion Here, our Thomasville vets share seven breeds that can adjust well to the indoor life of a house cat.
Deciding on The Best Breed for You
When you are deciding on the best breed of cat for you, there are a few factors that you should consider such as:
- What characteristics you like in a cat?
- How much time will your cat spend alone?
- How much grooming you feel you can commit to?
When you know the answers to those questions you can start to narrow down your breed options, and begin to single out the ideal breed to suit your lifestyle and personality.
Breeds Suited to Indoor Living
Most cat breeds are content to stay indoors if offered enough stimulation and companionship. Nonetheless, some breeds are happier indoors than others. Here are just a few of our favorite cat breeds.
The American wirehair is a truly American breed, originating from a single litter of barn cats in New York state. Similar to the American Shorthair, the wirehair is a relaxed breed with a sweet personality that gets along well in households with children. This breed was initially bred to keep rodents out of the house and barn, and is a powerful cat with a broad chest, a muscular neck, strong jaws, and thick strong legs.
A Sphynx cat loves to curl up in their owner's lap. The kittens are remarkably friendly and affectionate, and will grow into a cat that adores relaxing around the house with you. Sphynx are intelligent, inquisitive, and will happily greet you at the door whenever you've been out. While this breed is completely hairless, it's important to note that these cats require a lot of grooming to ensure that their skin stays healthy.
Scottish Folds are playful, expressive and sensitive mousers. These cats, named for their small folded ears, have striking, orange-yellow eyes and love to be around people. Scottish Fold cats crave attention and companionship from people or other pets, and are very easy going with kids.
These calm, gentle cats boast large, deep blue eyes and long, full, dense coats. 'Himmies' exhibit kitten-like bursts of energy. You are as likely to see these beautiful cats snoozing in a sliver of sunlight as you are to see them franticly running through the living room on their next adventure. These cats make great companions for owners who are attentive to nutrition and give them enough exercise, interaction, and brushing.
Ragdolls are gorgeous long haired cats who are loving, sweet, and always up for pats. These cat's will greet their people at the door when they arrive home, and pick up tricks easily with a little encouragement and a few treats. Ragdolls are large, long-bodied and strikingly beautiful, with long, silky fur. This is a great breed for apartment dwellers seeking a feline friend, but they do require regular grooming to help control their shedding under control.
This breed is characterized by a coat that is short, soft and light-colored on the body with a darker tail, paws, face, and ears. Siamese cats are strikingly handsome. They are playful, and known for following their owners around the house 'chatting'. If you spend a lot of time out of the house, this breed is not a good match for you. These cats possess several dog-like qualities including a need for lots of companionship, and a love of play.
A Moggy is a mixed breed cat, (the cat equivalent of a mutt), and while this isn't an actual breed these cats can make ideal homebodies. Without incurring the expense of investing in a purebred cat, you may be able to find the ideal feline friend waiting for you at the local animal shelter or cat rescue. If you are considering a rescue cat or kitten, simply take the time to watch the cat interact with other animals and people before making your final decision. Rescuing a cat from a shelter could make both you and your new companion very very happy.
To find out more about cat breeders or cat rescue services in the Thomasville neighborhood, contact us.
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