How To Pick The Best Cat Breed For You

April 02, 2018

How To Pick The Best Cat Breed For You

If you have decided that a cat is the right pet for you then you may think that the decision making process is complete, right?

 Wrong!

There is still a whole world out there of information that you need to know and to take into consideration about them. In fact, you are still at the very beginning, like watching the opening cutscene of a video game (you haven't reached the tutorial yet, which I'm about to give you in a few moments). So get ready and if possible, take note of some details here so that before you buy or adopt one, you already have a clear picture of dream feline companion.

Think this through, and make sure of your decisions.

Cats tend to be unpredictable, which can make it a challenge to choose the best cat personality for your home and lifestyle. Although even purebred cat temperaments are harder to predict than those of dog breeds, cat breed personalities are nevertheless helpful in selecting the right cat to bring home.

First and foremost, ask yourself this: " Why a cat and not other kinds pet?", well, the first thing that comes into your mind is that they are adorable, right? you're right, they are real really charming compared to other pets (I'm looking at your dogs, but don’t worry, I love you guys too). Did you know that they are one of the cleanest pets around. They can do basic grooming by themselves, but if you want them to look prettier and stand out compared to other cats, you need to choose the best cat care products for them, like cat shampoo. That I got from them: https://activefelinesolutions.com.au/.  

 

What Cat Do I Have To Take Home.

Let' say that you already have all the reasons to get a cat (It's a great choice for a pet since it's easy to maintain, you don't need to bathe them almost every day, you don’t really need to give them the attention like dogs do and it is small enough to live in a small space such as an apartment while keeping them indoors all the time). Now, what you are looking for it your ideal cat's appearance, temperament, behavior and size. Like all other species, cat breeds have different traits and characteristics that is unique to them, you just need to look for the perfect pet cat that suits your preference.

So you have already narrowed down the things that you like for your cat. Here are some of that cats that I am already familiar with, I will also include their major characteristics and traits so that it is easy for you to identify if one of them is your ideal cat breed. Check your local pet store or cat shelter if they have your choice of breed, and always remember, how you treat your cat will greatly influence their behavior too.

 Abyssinian - The Abyssinian is a slender, fine-boned, medium-sized cat with a head that is moderately wedge-shaped and with a slight break at the muzzle. They have alert, relatively large pointed ears and are known to have expressive almond-shaped eyes and varying colors from gold, green, hazel or copper depending on coat color. The legs are long in proportion to its graceful body. It also have short-haired coat with  various colors from warm deep reddish-brown base with black ticking known as ruddy, light coppery base with chocolate brown ticking also known as sorrel, warm beige known as blue and a softer cream base known as fawn. Other less common ones are chocolate, lilac and silver.

Abyssinians are a popular due to their intelligence and generally extroverted, playful, willful personalities. They are said to become depressed without constant activity and attention from their owners. With their interest in playing with their owners combined with their curious intelligence, Abyssinians are nicknamed the "Clowns of the Cat Kingdom." They have a very outgoing nature, they tend to be very quiet cats, with soft voices, but very active. Abyssinians love to be shown, as they love attention and are very affectionate and friendly toward people.

 

American Bobtail - The American Bobtail is an uncommon breed of domestic cat which was developed in the late 1960s. It is most notable for its stubby "bobbed" tail about one-third to one-half the length of a normal cat's tail. Its body is moderately long, with substantial boning, and stocky. The stance is noticeably rectangular. The chest is full and broad. The hips are substantial, almost as wide as chest, and hind legs longer than fore legs with large round feet which may have toe tufts. The head is a broad wedge without flat planes, size proportionate to its body. The ears are medium-sized, wide-based, and equally mounted on top and the side of head with rounded tips. The eyes are almost almond shape, with size proportionate to its head. Eye color varies with coat color. The end of the tail is visible above the back, but not beyond the hock while the animal is in repose. The tail is straight or curved, slightly knotted or may have bumps.

    If you’ve always wanted a dog in a cat’s body, the American Bobtail is the breed for you. He is easygoing, affectionate and adaptable. Whether you live in a noisy home with lots of kids and other pets or have a more quiet lifestyle, he will settle in quickly. It’s not unusual to find him traveling with long-distance truck drivers or people seeing the country in their RV. Some psychotherapists have included American Bobtails in their treatment programs because of the cats’ sensitivity to human emotions.

    Balinese - The Balinese is a long-haired breed of domestic cat with Siamese-style point coloration and sapphire-blue eyes. The coat is basically medium-length (although there can be considerable variance by individual) and is soft and silky, without the fluffy undercoat typical of most long-haired breeds. According to CFA, FIFe, GCCF standards Balinese and Siamese should be alike, except for their fur length. The fur is average length, thin, silky and snug without underfur; it gradually becomes longer from the head towards the tail. The longest fur is on cat’s tail. Balinese cat color is colorpoint. Points are cat’s body areas which have bright and intense fur color: ears, “mask” on the head, limbs bottom and tail. All other body parts – usually this is cat’s body should be maximally bright and contrast clearly with the points. A light tint of points color is allowed on the cat’s abdomen. “Mask” on the head completely covers the whole cat’s face, including whiskers bottom and it touches the ears, but it doesn’t merge .The “mask” shouldn’t become a “hood” and expand towards the head occipital lobe. The points on all body parts should be uniformly colored and of one color. In the points area there should be no white spots or separate white hairs. Adult Balinese cats’ fur tends to get darker through the whole body. Experts shut their eyes to this.

      Balinese cat isn’t a lap cat, so it won’t be just a decoration in your house. These are very active cats, clever, brave with well developed predatory drive. They won’t feel comfortable in a small flat, they need some space to run, jump and climb. So, if there is no special cat climbing frame in the house, then closets, shelves and wall carpets will be used for this purpose. At the same time Balinese cats are very affectionate and sociable. Balinese are very talkative and musical – these cats don’t yell like other cats do, they “talk” in different tones and tell their story. Their favorite thing is to sit on a windowsill and “comment” everything that is going on outside. Just listen to them!

      Bombay - Except for his dramatic black coat, the Bombay looks much like the Burmese, but with a few physical differences such as a larger, longer body and longer legs. He has a rounded head with medium-size ears set wide apart, eyes that range in color from gold to copper, and a straight, medium-length tail. The short, fine coat feels satiny to the touch and shines like patent leather. Although the gene for the black coat is dominant, a sable-colored kitten is sometimes born in a Bombay litter. Some associations permit these kittens to be registered as Burmese. The Bombay is a medium-size cat; when lifted, he feels heftier than he looks. The breed develops slowly and males may not reach full size and musculature until they are 2 years old.

        The lively and affectionate Bombay loves people and is adaptable to many different environments and lifestyles. His calm nature makes him a good apartment dweller, and he is amenable to life with other pets, although he definitely wants to be top cat. Expect to find the Bombay hogging the warmest spot in the house. That includes under the covers at bedtime. Most will converse with their people in a distinctive but not loud voice. Bombay cats are often good at playing fetch, and some have learned to walk on leash. This is a smart cat who loves to play and will thrive with a family who is willing to teach him tricks, play games with him and provide him with plenty of interactive toys, like the ones I got from here: https://activefelinesolutions.com.au/.

        Maine Coon - Maine Coons are a large breed of cats and is a native New Englander, hailing from Maine, where he was a popular mouser, farm cat and, most likely, ship’s cat back in the days. A telltale sign of the Maine Coon cat is their fur. It is very thick and medium to long, and they have tufts of fur on their paws as well as that long silky coat with the thick under coat, built for just such work the harsh climate of Main (hence the name). They have rectangular bodies and they take about 4 years to reach full maturity. They have a “ruff” around the neck that is discernible, and they have large paws as well. Large, well-tufted ears are wide at the base, tapering to a point, and large, expressive eyes are green, gold, greenish-gold or copper. White or bi-colored Maine Coons may have blue or odd eyes. The brown tabby pattern is so common in this breed that many people don’t know Maine Coons can come in any other colors or patterns, such as black, red or white, all tabby colors and patterns, bi-color such as blue and white or red and white.

          He likes being with people and has the habit of following them around, but he isn’t needy. He’s happy to receive attention when you direct it his way, but if you’re busy he’s satisfied to just supervise your doings. He’s not typically a lap cat, but he does like to be near you. He also retains his skill as a mouser. No rodents will be safe in a home where a Maine Coon resides. Even if you don’t have any mice for him to chase, he’ll keep his skills sharp by chasing toys and grabbing them with his big paws. A Maine Coon also enjoys playing fetch and will retrieve small balls, toys or wadded-up pieces of paper. He’s also very smart and will happily learn tricks or play with puzzle toys that challenge his brain. Maine Coons usually enjoy a kittenish love of play well into adulthood. Males, especially, are prone to silly behavior. Females are more dignified, but they aren’t above a good game of chase. Not especially vocal, they make any requests in a soft chirp or trill.

          The friendly, laidback Maine Coon  is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect, and he doesn’t mind playing dress-up or going for a ride in a baby buggy. He is happy to live with cat-friendly dogs, too, thanks to his amiable disposition.

          So far, these are the cats that I currently have at my home which I reared up since they were a few days old. I love them all, of course, sometimes I get angry with them if they do something wrong, but hey, it is not healthy for a relationship  not to experience bad situations like that, right?

          Did I just give you enough idea on what cat breed are you gonna choose? If so, it's a pleasure to help you! and please, don’t treat a cat just like a pet, treat it like a companion, give it the love and care that it deserves, and you will be surprise about the love that they will give back to you.