How to Pick the Right Cat Breed for You

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If you’ve decided to adopt a cat, learn what different breeds can offer so that you can give your new feline a forever home.

Step 1: Decide between purebred or domestic cats
Decide between purebred or domestic cats. Find a guide to cat breeds at the library or on the internet. Fewer than 5 percent of cats are purebreds, so expect to pay hundreds of dollars for a quality purebred cat.

Tip
Check with your local shelter or with breed rescue groups to see if they have the breed you want.

Step 2: Decide between long-haired or short-haired cats
Decide between long-haired or short-haired cats. Do you love long, silky fur and have time every day to brush your cat’s coat? Consider a long-haired Persian or Himalayan. No time for brushing or cleaning shed fur? Try a short-haired breed.

Step 3: Decide between vocal or quiet cats
Decide between vocal or quiet cats. Do you want your cat to meow and ‘talk’ to you? Try a Siamese or Burmese. Want a quiet cat? Try a Scottish Fold or American Curl.

Step 4: Decide between active or relaxed cats
Decide between active or relaxed cats. Do you have lots of time to spend with a playful, frisky cat? Try an Abyssinian. Are you away from home a lot and want a mellow or relaxed cat? Try a Russian Blue or Ragdoll. Want a cat good with kids? Try a Maine Coon.

Step 5: Decide between a kitten and an adult cat
Decide between a kitten and an adult cat. Kittens are very active and require lots of attention and training. If you don’t have a lot of spare time, try a full-grown cat instead. It will bond with you just as well and you will have a better idea of its personality.

Step 6: Find out more
Look at all your requirements, make a list of which breeds fit best, then find out more. If you’re going with a purebred, check with a breeder regarding price and availability.

Tip
Get a breeder referral from your vet or cfa.org, and ask breeders for references.

Step 7: Take your time deciding
Take time making your decision. Finding a cat with the purr-sonality that’s right for you will ensure a lifetime of feline friendship.

Did You Know?
Did you know? The Cat Fanciers’ Association recognizes 39 breeds of cats, including ones with bobbed tails, no tail, curly fur, and even no fur.

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