Cat Breeds for Different Lifestyles
We all love cats, that’s a given – but how does one cat breed differ from the next? What characteristics are they known for, and which cat breeds might suit your specific lifestyle best? Cat in a Flat shares a few insights =^.^=
1. The best cats for children
Not every cat likes sudden movements, loud noises or over affectionate handling. So cats and kids do not naturally always work well together, but some breeds apply better to the liveliness of household then others.
The Maine Coon
The Maine Coon is a large and robust kitty. More known for their size, they sometimes do get overlooked when considering temperament around children. Although they are known to roam freely, they do tend to be very loyal with their families, and often very affectionate with children and adults alike.
The Ragdoll cats are known for their placid temperaments, their piercing blue gaze and above all else their patience. Therefore on the whole they are very trustworthy around young children, and are not fazed by sudden movements and seriously lack aggression – perfect when socialising with toddlers.
Tips: Get a kitten, so it gets used to the lively household straight from the beginning or find a rescue cat that’s already used to children and has developed a chilled attitude.
Fun Fact: ‘The Cheshire Cat’ in Alice In Wonderland, and ‘Puss In Boots’ where both modelled on The British Shorthair breed.
2. The best cat breeds for elderly people
Cats can be a great companion for elderly and less mobile people. Unlike dogs, they do not need to be walked. It is proven that cats can not only reduce depression in the older generation, but can reduce blood pressure.
The Birman breed is known for building strong bonds with their owners, enjoying a little bit of playtime but not overly so. They are a chilled kitties who could be paired well with a more elderly owner, who doesn’t have high energy levels.
The Russian Blue
These furry pals are fairly independent. They are a slightly more reserved breed, but are no less affectionate than their fuzzy counterparts. Russian Blues are said to pick up on human emotion and are highly intuitive – be sure your new buddy will always put a smile on your face, lift your spirits, and improve your mental health.
Tip: It could be an idea to have a look around the cat rehoming charities and look to adopt an older, calmer kitty. Here is a list of rescue centres that might be helpful;
FUN FACT: Did you know that the Peterbald is one of the rarest breeds in the entire world?
3. The best cats for city-hoppers
In general, you should consider carefully before you are getting a pet. Is my life style settled enough to carry the responsibility of having a pet? Even if cats seem to be the perfect answer for a busy urban live style as they are quite self-sufficient creatures, they enjoy your presence and do not want to be left on their own too long.
The British Shorthair
The British Shorthair cats are one of the most popular breeds in the UK according to The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF), they are known to be relaxed, affectionate loyal and is happy to independently do his or her own thing.
The American Wirehair
A relative of the American Shorthair, this little bundle of fluff isn’t a regularly talked about breed, however they are one of the easiest to be around and are not attention demanding, very happy to be around their human pals but very happy to amuse themselves also!
FACT: Did you know that male cats are more likely to get stressed when left alone, and can develop cystitis or FIC due to anxiety. Gives the phrase ‘Independent Women’ a whole new meaning…
4. The best cat breeds for households with other animals
Since adult cats generally react poorly to change, while kittens (and dogs of all ages) are more adaptable. It might be advised to get a kitten when joining the pet family. A kitten is more likely to settle into a house with a dog.
The Ocicat breed a quirky little character, with an unusual spotted coat, the Dalmatian of the cat world. As well as having it’s own style going on, this fuzzy friend is exceptionally sociable and loves human and animal companionship alike. However they are natural hunters, so perhaps steer them away from the goldfish bowl!
Fun Fact: Did you know that The Ocicat is the only domesticated breed with a spotted coat?
FACT: Cats and dogs CAN be best friends! This is super cute…
There are many many different types of cat breeds out there, not to forget the gorgeous moggies 🙂 So do you research, find the kitty with the best ‘cattitude’ for your lifestyle, and ALWAYS consider adoption first.