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.
FACT: 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.