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Choosing A Cat
When you're ready to add a cat to your family, choosing the right one for your lifestyle is important.
How you choose a cat depends largely on your lifestyle and family. Are you living alone or with your family? Do you have children? Most of the different breeds of cats are suitable as home pets. They get accustomed to the home environment quite easily. To help you find the most appropriate breed, take a look at some of these considerations:
Long Hair Cat or Short Hair Cat
You may overlook this point when choosing a cat. Fluffy long hair cats may look adorable and cute but the time spent on grooming it can be daunting. If you have a longhaired cat and you do not take care of its grooming properly, the cat may get itself caught with its hair tangled up. It would be very sad to have to bring your cat to have its hair all shaved off. Therefore, if you cannot afford to spend that kind of time maintaining the long hair, you may want to consider a short hair breed.
Aloof Cat (Standard Model) or Warm, Friendly Cat
A warm and cuddly cat is an excellent breed if you have time to play with them. These cats need the attention from you, unlike the more aloof breeds. If you have children and have time to spend with them, they are great to have. However, if you live alone, travels a lot, you may want a cat that is more independent and detached. Some of the friendliest breeds are: Himalayan Persian, Ragdoll, Maine Coon, Snowshoe and Tonkinese. The more aloof cat breeds are: Norwegian Forest, Russian Shorthair and Nebelung.
There are also cats that are hyperactive and who like to snoop around. These cats tend to be more mischievous and like to play with people. They like to amuse and be amused by people. You would need to invest the time to play with them. Some of these breeds are: Balinese, Rex, Siamese and the British Angora.
Quiet Or Loud Cats
When you choose you pet cat, take consideration if the cat breed will suit your environment. Cat breeds that are loud and noisy may not be so suitable if you have babies at home or if you live in a small apartment. This is something that you would need to discuss with your family to agree upon. Usually, most people do not have any problems with loud cats; nonetheless, it is best to be sure that it is manageable. Some loud cat breeds are: Siamese, Burmese and Korat. The more quiet cats are: Somali, American Curl and Scottish Fold.
Making The Decision
Before you make that final decision, ask yourself a few questions based on the above guidelines. Also, you may want to think about the age of the cat. Should you get a kitten or an older cat? It is important to think carefully before taking the plunge. It will be a good thing for both you and your cat.