Is there such a thing as the ‘right’ breed? In my opinion, yes! But this all depends on what you are looking for and how it can match with a variety of things such as your home, family, the area you live in and your lifestyle.
Around a year ago I made the decision to introduce a furry, feline friend to my home but knew that this would not be a quick process which would require lots of research and planning!
Before going any further, I must point out my reasoning for not choosing a domestic shorthair or a cat from a shelter. This was mainly (but not solely) due to my worries relating to having a primarily outdoor cat; I don’t live far from a main road so this would be an instant concern for me. Re-homing a cat will be a dream for the future when I will (hopefully) live in a more rural area.
Here are my top tips on choosing your pedigree kitten –
1. Make a list of ideals
You need to work out what exactly you want from a cat. Put the essential requirements at the top of your list and put other desirables next.
For me this list included a cat that can be snuggly but also enjoys its own space, a friendly cat that is less likely to run and hide when there are visitors, a primarily ‘indoor cat’, a low-shedding breed (which I now know was a crazy idea!) and low maintenance in terms of grooming.
2. Find an A-Z of breeds and create a shortlist
You’ll find many books and websites that contain lots of breeds and you’ll need to use this to create a shortlist of your favourite looking cats, after all, you need to pick a cat that you are instantly drawn to.
3. Shrink the shortlist!
Now is the time to go through the breed characteristics of all the cats on your shortlist and match it to your list of ideals. Any cat that contradicts your entire list must be a definite no whereas cats that have at least some of your ideals should still be considered.
4. Time for the decision
In an ideal world, your shortlist should now be down to 2/3 breeds and you should give yourself another few weeks of researching and pondering to make the final decision. For me, I narrowed my choices down to the British Shorthair and the Ragdoll, but what swayed it for me was reading a few articles that suggest Ragdolls are more likely to suffer from separation anxiety. This wouldn’t suit my lifestyle because my job means that I can be out of the house for an average of 6 hours per day. It was also going to be the higher maintenance breed in terms of grooming! So that was that, I chose the British Shorthair; a friendly cat that forms strong bonds with its family, yet also enjoys its independence. Perfect!… Except for the shedding, but for this beautiful breed I was willing to compromise!
If you’d like to hear more stories about my kitten (and maybe see a few photos!), be sure to let me know in the comments. I’d also be interested to hear your stories (good and bad!) on choosing your kitten.
Thanks for reading.
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