How do I choose the right breed of cat for my lifestyle?

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Are you thinking about getting a cat? Each breed presents its own set of unique requirements, making it especially important that you choose the right cat for your household and lifestyle.

Pedigree cats have been selectively bred to enhance certain physical and behavioural characteristics that some owners find desirable, while mixed-breed cats (moggies) have a diverse range of characteristics and also make great companions. If you have specific features and traits in mind, a pedigree cat may be what you’re looking for. Although cats may display many similar characteristics, there are differences between breeds that are important to factor into your decision.

Do you want an active cat?

Cats’ energy levels vary greatly. Do you have a lifestyle that can cater to a breed that is known to be highly energetic, active, and need heaps of stimulation, such as the Bengal? If you are out of the house for long periods, then perhaps these breeds are not for you. Persians, on the other hand, tend to be more easy-going and relaxed. However, while Persians are more placid, they do come with luxurious coats, which brings me to my next point.

How much grooming do you want to do?

Levels of grooming should be considered when choosing which breed of cat is suited for your lifestyle. Persians, for example, require more maintenance than Siamese. Long-haired cats are considered stunning, but they also require more upkeep. Most breeds of long-haired cats have coats that can mat easily, and daily grooming is required. All of the above can take a lot of time out of your day.

Do you have a young family?

Some cats, like Birmans, are bred for their tolerant, easy-going natures, often making them the perfect cat to fit into a younger family. However, make your choice based on your lifestyle and family environment, including the ages and characters of your children.

Make sure you think it over

In a nutshell, carefully take time to think about what sort of trait you would like in your new feline friend — an athletic cat, active cat, pal cat, or a talkative cat. Once you’ve narrowed down your selection, it’s a good idea to talk to people who have experience with the breeds you’re interested in. Try searching online for forums and social media groups centred around certain breeds, and perhaps discuss the breed with your vet.

Finally, there are 100's of gorgeous cats in rescue centres all over the UK. Each comes with a unique character and personality.