Today’s guest post comes from Georgina Rayner on the topic of different cat breeds.
In contrast to their canine counterparts, the majority of cat breeds vary much less widely in terms
size and shape, but don’t let this fool you, temperament and personality can differ dramatically from one cat to another. At Swell Pets, our customers often tell us stories about their cat’s adventures as well as their unique personalities.
Breed can be an important factor in shaping a cat’s character and while each, individual cat is
different, researching your breed of choice can help you to make a more informed decision that is in the best interests of you, as well as your prospective new family member. And don’t forget while you may desire a certain breed it doesn’t mean that you will have to go out and buy a pedigree cat. Despite common belief many shelters will have a variety of different cat breeds in their care and “not just moggies” So adopt don’t shop whenever possible!
With that in mind, while it’s all too easy to be memorised by the fluffy little kitten or gorgeous cat
that you’ve seen advertised, it is vital to ask yourself the following questions, and establish whether your needs are compatible with your those of your potential pet.
Are you looking for a kitten or adult cat?
There are many pros and cons in deciding whether to start out with a kitten or to take on an adult
cat. For example, it is very difficult to determine the personality of a young kitten versus an adult
cat. On the other hand, it is very difficult to influence the development of behaviour in adult cats so this is very much a double-edged sword.
Just like people, a cat’s personality is as much a product of their surroundings as their genetic
background. Consequently regardless of breed, if you select a kitten the environment that you bring him or her up in will be a key factor in shaping their personality.
Moreover, if you do decide on a kitten then it will almost certainly mean a higher demand on your
time. Kittens grow through a number of mischievous development stages and also require numerous trips to the vet for vaccinations and worming; whereas, the decision to adopt an adult cat bypasses most of these.
How much time can you realistically devote to activities with your cat?
With many of us living busy lives that are dominated by work and family, the amount of time that
you are able to dedicate solely to your cat may be limited. In which case, it would be advisable to
consider breeds that are generally known for having a more laid-back personality such as Persians. In this situation, your cat needs to be content sitting with you while; for example, you interact with family members or watch television. Traditionally more attention seeking breeds such as Bengals are unlikely to be satisfied by this type of environment. Breeds such as this have a tendency for wanting to be involved in everything, so whether you’re washing up or making the bed, it’s very likely that they will be close by trying to help you out!
How much time can you spend grooming your cat?
The amount of grooming required to properly care for your cat differs vastly depending on breed.
While some owners enjoy grooming their cat and take great pride in ensuring that they look their
best, others find it to be a bit of a chore. In general, longer coats tend to become more easily
matted, and consequently require more frequent grooming. Breeds such as Himalayans for example are likely to need to be combed for a few minutes every day as well as to be bathed regularly. Also bear in mind that if you have a cat that is particularly prone to shedding, you will also have to dedicate some of your time to removing their hair from your clothes and furniture!
Do you have children and/or already have pets?
Again the way that each, individual cat gets along with children and other pets varies greatly. In
most instances, kittens that are introduced to children and other animals from a young age will be
better suited to a home with children and other pets. Additionally, there are certain breeds that
have a tendency to be more accepting of children and other animals such as the Maine Coon and
Domestic Shorthair cat. However, the breed of cat that you choose is by no means a guarantee that it will get along with children or your other pets, so this needs to be a serious consideration.
Are you looking for a pure or mixed breed?
While some people will have their heart set on a specific breed of cat, others will prefer mixed
breeds. The key thing to remember is that there are advantages and disadvantages to both.
If you are looking for a cat with a very specific appearance, or traits such as the talkative trait typical of Siamese cats, then a pure breed is probably going to be the best option for you. On the other hand, the cost of most pure breeds is significantly higher than that of mixed breeds. You will also need to carefully research common health issues associated with that particular breed.
Mixed breed cats can combine the traits of two of your favourite cat breeds and be very unique in
terms of appearance and personality. Additionally, they often do not have to suffer some of the
common health issues that result from selective breeding in pure breed cats as highlighted above.
Your next cat will hopefully be an important member of your family for many years to come so it’s
imperative to do all you can to ensure that your selection works out to be in the best interests of
you, your family and your pet. Reviewing guides from trusted resources, and getting advice from
veterinarians and cat breeders should help you in your quest to make the most informed and best
About the Author:
Georgina Rayner is a member of the Swell Pets team and proud owner of five month old, Bengal cross, Walter. Swell Pets are one of the UK’s leading providers of dog and cat products and our team of experts and enthusiasts regularly write guides and articles based on common customer questions.
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