How to Choose The Right Cat Breed For Your Family?


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All cats have common traits, but some breeds have specific qualities that make them more suitable for certain owners. If you are thinking about getting a pet cat, but do not know what breed to zero in on, here are a few tips to help you decide better.

Do you want an active cat?

The common myth that all cats are laid is absolutely not true. If you are a high-energy persona and want a pet cat that will match your energy, then there are a few breeds you can consider. Active cats are also more vocal than normal cats, so you need to factor that into the equation before you make your choice. Some of the most common high-energy breeds include the Japanese Bobtail, the Abyssinian, the Sphynx, and the Balinese.

Does the cat like water?

It is true that cats are not a big fan of water. However, there are a few breeds that do not mind water. Whether they are drawn to it naturally or just want to take a dip, there are certain cat breeds that debunk the baseless myth that all cats hate water. These include the American Shorthair, the Turkish Van, the Bengal, the Maine Coon, and the American Bobtail.

Do you want your cat to fit in with your schedule?

Cats are not clingy and most of them prefer solitude over constant companionship. If you want an aloof breed that will not get anxious while you are at work, there are many different breeds you can choose from. This is something that you especially want to consider as you cannot bring a cat into your life and then ignore him. Some of the breeds that do not mind staying away from the owner for long periods include the Siamese, the British Shorthair, the American Shorthair, and the Russian Blue.

Do you want a long-haired cat?

Long-haired cat breeds are majestic, but they also require a lot of grooming. You will have to find a good groomer and make sure that your brush the coat regularly. Bear in mind that long-haired breeds cannot stay outdoors during the warmer months with all that fur. Picture wearing a jacket in the middle of July.

What about exotic cats?

Exotic cats are highly beautiful, but you need to consider the added responsibility before you bring one into your home. Unlike domesticated cats, these breeds are highly intelligent and extremely active. So don't get an exotic breed if you do not know what to expect. For instance, Bengals do not like being left alone as they have a demanding personalities. If you are having trouble deciding on the breed, ask an experienced local breeder for more pointers.

Exotic Cat Breeds to Choose From

The Cat Fanciersโ€™ Association currently recognizes 41 pedigreed cat breeds, and among those, you will find a variety of temperaments and appearances. Some of the most interesting breeds to admire are those that originated in foreign lands or those that have strikingly unusual features. These exotic cats are not only beautiful, but they also make great pets. Below are some unique breeds to consider.


While the exact origin of the Abyssinian remains a topic of discussion among breeders, these cats mostly likely came from England by way of the Indian Ocean and parts of Southeast Asia. Despite the Abyssinianโ€™s somewhat wild appearance, the breed is very intelligent and people-oriented.

Egyptian Mau

Perhaps one of the most exotic-looking cat breeds, the spotted Egyptian Mau is smart, friendly, and affectionate. However, they like things on their terms and feel most comfortable with their people.

Exotic Shorthair

This adorable, teddy bear-like cat is the result of crossbreeding the Persian with various shorthaired breeds. This produced a cat that looks nearly identical to the Persian with the exception of the Persianโ€™s long, high-maintenance coat. These peaceful and loving cats are very popular and make excellent pets.


The Ocicat (pictured above) truly resembles a wild animal. Well-muscled and spotted, this breed may look ferocious but in fact, has a very amiable temperament. These cats become absolutely devoted to their owners.


Oriental cats represent a diverse group of felines that have their foundation in the Siamese breed. These cats can be found in over 600 color, pattern, and coat length combinations. Curious and intelligent, they thrive on human interaction and love to play.


This ancient breed takes its name from their country of origin -- these cats were supposedly passengers on desert caravans from Persia and Iran. Today, the Persian is the most popular purebred cat, with a long and luxurious coat, signature pansy-like face, and extremely sweet disposition.


Siamese cats have captured the hearts of cat lovers since they were first exported from Thailand in the late 1800s. Their exotic appearance is highlighted by deep slanted eyes and large triangular ears. An affectionate, intelligent, and communicative cat, the Siamese makes a great companion pet.


These cats originated on the streets of Singapore, and retain an exotic Asian appearance. This breed is usually smaller than other shorthaired cats, and their confident and curious personalities mean that they like to be involved in the lives of their owners.


The Somali has a wonderfully exotic appearance with a muscular body and a full plume tail. These cats have the brains to match their beautiful looks; they are alert, playful, and actively engaged in whatever they do.


Thereโ€™s no cat quite like the Sphynx. This lovable and energetic breed is usually completely hairless, or else has a fine layer of peach fuzz type hair. This unusual physical attribute means that Sphynx cats are often tolerable to allergy sufferers.

The Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds You Can Choose As A Pet

Pet allergy is a common phenomenon and can happen to everyone. It usually happens due to fur, dander, or fleas from the petโ€™s body. But many dreams of owning a pet dog or cat someday. And if youโ€™re someone who has a similar problem and yet cannot resist staring at furry kitties from YouTube videos in the hopes of one day cuddling them, then youโ€™re in luck. Because something called hypoallergenic cats do exist who donโ€™t cause as much allergy as other breeds. Weโ€™ll leave the science to the pundits and focus on the more important part โ€“ what breeds can you choose from. Here is a list of the ones that are available to you.

  1. Bengal cat The coats of Bengal cats are smooth and contain less fur. So, they donโ€™t groom themselves much and therefore their salivas are relatively free of allergen or contain less allergen. Moreover, due to the lack of thick fur, they donโ€™t shed as much as cats of other breeds.
  2. Russian Blue cat This cat breed produces fewer amounts of glycoprotein Fel d1, the substance which produces allergies in people. These cats do not necessarily contain less fur on their body.
  3. Devon Rex Devon Rexes have very little fur to start with and they shed even less fur compared to other cats. Moreover, they have a smooth fur coat which allows people with cat allergies to pet them easily.
  4. Oriental short hair The name itself suggests that these felines have short hairs on their body. They come in various patterns and colors than other cats, but the short-hair characteristic remains constant for all.
  5. Siberian cats With long fuzzy hairs, Siberian cats may be the only exception amongst the entire lot, but they too are hypoallergenic due to less production of the Fel d1 in their body. These cats are very popular and allergic individuals can choose them if they like long hair.
  6. Sphynx cat The Sphynx cat completely lacks hair on its body and therefore their grooming sessions are completely harmless. They are quite popular and are also supposed to bring good luck!


While the list is a big one, allergic individuals must keep in mind that short hair, hairless and low production of Fel d1 glycoprotein are the things they need to look out for. It is also a good idea to take the cat to the vet if the allergy persists.

More on Cat Breeds

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