Guide to Picking the Perfect Cat

In the mood for a new furry friend to join the family? Decided that you’re a “cat person”? Then you should have a read of our Guide To Picking The Perfect Cat where we have put together a basic guide to selecting the best breed for you and your home situation.

When picking your next furry friend there are many important factors to consider. Having a pet can be super-rewarding but choosing the best option for you can be really tricky if you don’t have the right information to hand. If you have chosen to get a cat we can help out with a few essential cat facts.

Cats can make for lovely pets if the one you choose is in sync with your life. Ideally when you get home from work your cat pal will happily take up a regular spot on your lap and the two of you will be purring away contentedly. While you’re at work you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your furry friend will be happy to entertain itself and not get up to any mischief. Better still, if you have a garden, your cat will be happy to get back to its hunting roots climbing trees and chasing butterflies.

As you’re probably aware, cats come in many different shapes and sizes and, like people, they have different personalities. There are many to choose from and you need to ask yourself “do I want a kitten or an adult cat?”

Kitten or Cat?

A kitten can be a lot of fun. They are very playful and love to discover the world around them. As their main source of affection, warmth and food you they will be eager to interact with you. This means that you will need to be able to pay them quite a lot of attention in the beginning. Something that may be a particular concern is how kittens like to play at night. If you like to come home from work to relax and get some much needed sleep at night a kitten may not suit your lifestyle. Another thing to consider is how you will need to protect your furniture from the tendency kittens have to scratch everything in sight.


If you feel uncomfortable about the risk of your routine being disrupted, and you do not have time to train a kitten, an adult cat that is less curious about the world and already house trained might be a better option. If you haven’t ever had a kitten it might be easier for you to bring an an older cat into your home. There are plenty of places where you can either buy or adopt an adult cat.

Surely an Adult Cat Already has a Family?

There are lots reasons an adult cat might be available for a new family. The previous owners might have had a change of circumstances, such as a young child being allergic to cats, or moving somewhere where pets are not allowed.

One of the advantages of having an older cat is that it should come already litter trained and, having been looked after well already, it should already know how to behave in your home. Older cats are also available to be adopted from a local rescue centre. Coming from there they will also come neutered.

Adult Cat

Short Haired or Long Haired Cat?

If you’re considering a long haired cat you should be aware that they require an owner who is has the time and patience to sit and brush its hair on a regular basis. If you think it would be rewarding to see your cat with beautiful soft fur, that is a delight to touch and see, you might want to consider this option. Long haired cats often have very silky fur that is very comforting to stroke. Of all long haired cats Persian cats are the most well known. Other long haired breeds include: Ragdolls, Turkish Angora, Birman and many more breeds. Keep your eyes peeled for advertisements in your local area offering long haired cats for sale. Be sure to contact the breeder to ask about the amount of time it takes to look after the fur of a long haired cat. You need to be sure that you will have enough time to look after the cat. If not your new furry friend could become distressed if it is not looked after adequately.

If, on the other hand, you think a lower maintenance cat will be more suitable for you should check out one of the many types of short haired breeds. Short haired breeds still need some care to be taken of their fur, but generally they keep their own fur clean and in good condition.

Long Haired Cats

Short Haired Breeds

A Pedigree Cat or a Moggy?

What is a moggy in the first place? A moggy is a cat that has not been bred to pedigree standards. In order to be considered a pedigree cat it will have had to be bred to certain standards. The health and temperament of a pedigree cat is more predictable than that of a moggy cat. If you love the look of a certain kind of cat then getting a pedigree cat will be the best choice for you.

If you are not so specific about how your cat looks and are just interested in the companionship they can offer you may be just as happy with a moggy. It is also commonly known that moggies are better at being outside whereas pedigree cats may be more suited to an indoor life. So this may also be a factor in your decision.

Do Different Breeds have Different Personalities?

It is true that certain personality traits are associated with particular breeds of cats.  For example, Persian cats are said to be docile whereas Bengal cats tend to be active, though very friendly. It is well known that Siamese cats give the impression of wanting to ‘talk’ to you, they make a lot of noise and ignoring them is not an option. If the personality of the cat you wish to buy or adopt is important you should consider asking the owner about its personality or that of its parents. It might sound like a strange idea but depending on what you want to know this could reveal some pertinent information. For example, you might be most interested in whether it enjoys being free to roam outside. Asking about the personality might reveal whether it is a nervous cat or aggressive.

How to Interact with Your Cat

Some vets say that a cat’s personality is influenced by its owners. Early handling by humans is also an important part of how a kitten’s personality develops. Kittens that receive affectionate handling between the ages of 3 and 7 weeks tend to become very happy and sociable cats.

For older cats you should be sure to spend time interacting with it before you adopt or buy it to make sure it is not too nervous or afraid of people. However vets say that even if a cat is not too sure of you when you adopt it there is a lot you can do to convince it to sit on your lap and be happy.

You need to do a lot of research before buying a cat. Check out the breed descriptions on and look for adverts in your area. Talk to your local breeders and cat adoption services and try to find your purrfect cat!

Interact with Your Cat
Author Marino
Author: Marino Tilatti
Member of PetsForAll Editorial Stuff
Posted in these categories: Breeder, Trainer, Association, Vet, Cats, Long hair cats
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