Cats – Choosing the Best Breeds

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Cats – Choosing the Best Breeds; Cats are a very curious and sometimes peculiar species of animal in general. This is part of what makes them so interesting and what makes so many people love them enough to keep them as pets. The important thing to realize is that not all cats are the same. Different breeds of cats have different characteristics and different personalities. Because of these differences it is important to think about what characteristics you like and dislike in a cat before making a choice on a specific breed as a pet for you and your family.

Grooming

Some cats don’t need much in the way of grooming where others need to be brushed on a regular basis. If you don’t have the time or patience for a cat that has high grooming needs then you will most likely want to look at breeds such as the Siamese, Bombay, Snowshoe, Devon Rex, Cornish Rex, Burmese and American Wirehair breeds. These particular breeds of cats are known for being very low maintenance in the grooming department. This makes these breeds ideal for families that have busy lives but still want to make a cat a pet for the family.

Shedding

Shedding is a pesky problem that you will be faced with regardless of whether you have a cat or a dog and regardless of the type of cat you have. There are certain breeds of cats however that shed much less than others. If you are someone that wants as little cat hair floating around as possible then here are some breeds of cats that might interest you: Cornish Rex, Devon Rex, Siamese, Burmese, Bombay, Colorpoint Shorthair, Turkish Angora and Turkish Van. If you don’t want a cat that sheds a lot here are some breeds to steer clear of as well as they are known to shed much more than others: Ragamuffin, Himalayan, Siberian, Persian, American Bobtail and SelKirk Rex. While these longhair cats are extremely beautiful they are also extremely hairy regardless of the time of year.

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Intelligence

Cats are very intelligent creatures but like any living being their brains have to be stimulated in order to retain that intelligence. Interactive cat toys are one way of ensuring that your cat uses the brain he has and some cats you can even teach to do tricks to help in this area.

Friendliness

Some cats are naturally friendlier than others. It is important to know which breeds are known to be friendly, especially if your home has children. Some breeds that are well known to be kid-friendly include the Siamese, Burmese, American Bobtail, Ragamuffin, Bombay, Japanese Bobtail, American Wirehair, Colorpoint Shorthair and Ragdoll Cats.

Regardless of the breed of cat that you choose as a pet for you and your family you can be sure of one thing: there will never be a dull moment. Cats are naturally curious and inquisitive creature and they will often spend hours simply exploring and getting used to their new surroundings.

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