Once you have decided to get your first cat, you may not be sure where to begin. Of course, your house should be cat-proofed, and you will want to ensure to get all the cat supplies that you need ahead of time. However, the most exciting and important part is to choose the cat that will fit your lifestyle and home the best.
There are several factors that require to be considered whenever you are planning to get a new cat:
Age: Would you like an adult cat, a kitten, or a senior cat?
Activity level: There are some cats that are very playful and active, while others prefer life at a slower pace. Although active cats might be more entertaining and fun, they can also cause problems.
Maintenance and grooming: Are you willing to spend time grooming your cat on a regular basis, or would you prefer having a cat that does not need a lot of grooming?
Affection: There are some cats that are very loving and demand a lot of attention. Other cats are quite self-sufficient and independent.
With more than 40 domestic cat breeds available, there are plenty of options. For people who are searching for their first cat, the following are some top choices. As a side point if you are thinking of getting a cat you may want to invest in pet house sitting if you are not sure what that then see ‘what is pet house sitting?’
The Maine Coon is one of the biggest cat breeds. They are affectionate cats but not terribly dependent. They like to follow you around and get along well with other pets and children. These playful cats do have long hair and need to be groomed on a regular basis.back to menu ↑
Ragdolls are affectionate and cuddly cats that like to be around people. Although they are docile and quiet, they like to play as well. Ragdolls are usually kid-friendly and polite. They have long hair that requires to be combed regularly.back to menu ↑
These vocal cats are affectionate, friendly, and enjoy being with their people. Siamese is short-haired cats, so only low-maintenance grooming is required. These cats are playful and intelligent but can demand a lot of attention as well.back to menu ↑
These easy companions are very loving with members of their family, but with visitors can be a bit shy. These cats love to cuddle and also play. They are easy to groom and have a soft voice.back to menu ↑
These smart cats have cute folded ears and quirky personalities. Scottish Fold cats like to follow you around and are outgoing and curious. They are a very affectionate breed and tolerate children. You should comb your long-haired fold every week.back to menu ↑
“Nude” Sphynx cats are a very affectionate and cuddly breed of cat. They are social butterflies who are very playful and enjoy plenty of attention. Although with a Sphynx you won’t need to be concerned about cat hair, you do need to bathe them quite often.back to menu ↑
The American Shorthair is a social and friendly cat. They have a tendency to tolerate other pets and kids and like being around you without demanding too much attention. American Shorthairs have a short coat that does not need a lot of grooming.back to menu ↑
Adult rescue cats
The “rescued” is one of our favorite cat breeds. Visit a local animal shelter to see kittens that can be adopted, ask the staff questions about them. Reputable organizations will be able to tell you what the cats are like and which ones have the specific traits you are looking for.
Don’t forget that every cat is unique and will have its very own quirks. For example, there are some Sphynx cats that might not be as playful as others, while not all American Shorthair cats get along well with other pets.