Cat Breeds

Are you ready for a cat and are looking at the different cat breeds that are available? If you are going to bring a cat into your life and family, it is important that you choose your companion carefully.

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First of all, consider where you will be getting your new cat from. Clearly, the most ethical choice is to find a cat at your local shelter. Shelter cats are likely to be equally as healthy, or even healthier than pure bred cats or those who come from a pet store. By adopting a shelter cat, you will be helping the situation of animal overpopulation, and providing a second chance to a cat that needs you.

The next thing to think about is if you want a kitten or a full-grown cat. Perhaps you have your heart set on a cute little kitten. If this is the case, you should first consider your lifestyle. Although kittens make great companions, they require constant stimulation. A bored little kitty may enjoy entertaining themselves by doing things like scratching your furniture or climbing your curtains. Especially if you have children, older, calmer cats are a better choice.

Another aspect to consider is whether you want your cat to have short hair or long hair. Your answer will be a matter of preference, in regards to their appearance and how much time you are willing to devote to grooming them.

A cat’s personality can vary greatly by breed. If you decide on a purebred, be sure to read up on it to make sure its temperament is going to be right for you. For example, Persians tend to be laid-back and sedentary, whereas Bengals and other exotic breeds are known to be very active. When selecting a cat, consider this. According to the Humane Society, mixed breed cats tend to be healthier as their gene pools are much more diverse.