Top 10 Cat Breeds for Cat Lovers
If you’re looking for cat breeds but you don’t know which cat to choose, look deep into your personality. There is a cat out there that matches your character, no matter whether you’re shy or loud, lazy or outgoing. For those of you who are thinking about getting one of the purebred cat breeds, here are some of the most popular, especially if you search for a cat that won’t cause you allergies.
The Best Cat Breeds for Cat Lovers
The Maine Coon
This stunning cat is indigenous to Maine and the biggest domestic cat breed weighing on average up to 18 pounds, although some may weigh up to twenty pounds. It is elegant and takes does not achieve physical maturity for nearly four years. It has a dense fur containing a water-protectant layer, large expansive paws serve as snow shoes for navigating skillfully across fallen snow and a long, dense tail utilized as a scarf in the cold of winter. The Maine coon is a well-respected and coveted cat breed due to its temperament and hunting abilities. Additionally, it’s wholesome and plays well with children and other animals.
Ah the infamous Persian cat. Notorious for its long, silk-like coat, hypnotic eyes and squishy face, the Persian is additionally of the most ancient breeds. Peaceful and loving, this cat appreciates loving and calm environments (suggesting it is not an ideal cat for homes with small kids or other cats). Persians are the perfect inside cats; it is suggested to keep this breed strictly inside. The Persian needs regular bathing and daily brushing, because its fur is much too long and thick for self-grooming to be sufficient and may begin to mat without its caretaker’s help. For Persian buffs, brushing is considered one of the gifts of having this beauty in their lives.
The Siamese’s relative, this is a cat with a curious mind. It has big ears which are pointed and is usually very muscular and sleek. On average, their weight is about 5 to 8 pounds. This is a cat that is likely to establish a strong and deep relationship with its owner and is very smart.
However, even though these cats are social and get along well with other cats and pets, they may be quite loud and have a lot of demands, which is why people call them “dog-like” cats.
They may also be prone to dental problems and amyloidosis (a disease of the liver and kidneys which is usually hereditary). The average lifespan of these cats is around 15 years.
The American Shorthair
A descendant of the British shorthair, this cat is very athletic and can vary in hair color and pattern. It is much larger than its ancestor and also stronger, although slimmer. Its average lifespan goes as far as 15 or even 20 years.
These cats are usually quite social, good with both kids and other pets. They usually don’t have a lot of medical problems and are easy to keep and groom. In average, they weigh from 8 to 15 pounds, although males can be even larger.
According to legend, these cats originate from Burma where their ancestors were keepers of Burmese temples. They have a large, solid and long body and quite long and silky hair (which doesn’t tangle). Their famous features include blue eyes, dark spots usually on ears and face, but also legs and tail, as well as clean white paws.
If you have a large family or are always busy and you would prefer a quiet and low-demanding cat, the Birman is for you. However, they do love to play and are very attached to their owner. On average, they weigh from 8 to 12 pounds.
Named after the creature from Egyptian myths, these cats are very exotic. People think they are hairless cats, but they actually have a fine coat which is why they are very sensitive. Usually, they are cats for indoor keeping. They emit a lot of heat, so they are warm and even have a habit of cuddling with people.
They are also very loving, curious and full of energy, so they are a great choice for big families, especially with small children. The average weight of these cats is around 8 to 15 pounds. However, they tend to gain pounds easily, so you have to keep an eye on their diet.
This breed of cats got its name in the beginning of the 60s, due to their relaxed posture. They are very attached to their owners and behave like puppies around them. Logically, a cat this gentle is not skillful in defending itself, so they should always be watched over when you let them outside. A more relaxed lifestyle is their preference.
This affectionate breed is perfect for kids, since it doesn’t use claws or teeth when they’re playing. Beside with kids, they also get along with other pets, but keep them apart from the aggressive ones, since they can’t defend themselves.
Because of their rich hair, they need grooming on a regular basis. Although it doesn’t seem like it, this breed is among the larger ones with average weight varying from 10 to 15 pounds. However, males can even reach 20 pounds, which might not suit you if you prefer smaller cats.
This cat breed is among the most demanding ones, yet they are very affectionate and also social. They are very sensitive; especially when it comes to making some changes, so do not even think of moving them or taking them with you when you travel.
Usually, they live between 11 and 15 years and are very playful and energetic. In fact, they are so playful that they may not be the right choice for you if you have small children or other pets. Their color varies a lot, but an essential trait of the breed is dark spots all over the face, ears, even paws and tail. Read more about characteristics of your Siamese Cat you will love.
Perhaps the smallest on this list, this cat breed weighs around 6 to 10 pounds and is one of the oldest cat breeds. It is very supple and slender with large pointy ears, quite like the ancient Egyptian cats. These cats are very outgoing and curious, but also smart.
Bear in mind that they love water, so watch out for a surprise visitor in the bathtub. Ironically, this breed is very shy and they will avoid strangers although they are quite playful with those people and pets who they consider a part of the family.
If you are looking for an indoor cat that prefers to stay at home, this breed is perfect for you
The Exotic Shorthair
This breed is the shorthaired counterpart of the Persian cat. Physically, you could easily mistake them for a teddy bear. They have round ears and are similar in temperament to their longhaired counterpart.
Although this breed is generally more curious and energetic than the Persian, they can also be tame and quiet. Furthermore, they are easier to groom than the Persian.
While they aren’t a bad choice for families with small children, they are not quite perfect either.
And there you are, the top ten cat breeds. It should go without saying, please don’t tell any of this to your cat. Your cat most likely considers itself the most precious cat on earth and the only cat worth mentioning. But, isn’t that true of all cat breeds?