Which Cat Is Right for Me?

New Pet Owners  •  Pam Karkow  •  Thursday, May 07, 2020

p>December is not only the most popular gift giving month of the year, but it also happens to be Cat Lover’s Month.  Regardless of the time of year, we always encourage pet owners to look into adding another feline to their home! We've put together a list of some different types of cats that may help you choose your next four-legged family member! You’re bound to find at least one (or maybe all) that’ll meet your fancy. 

Scottish Fold/ Scottish Straight 

If you desire a mellow cat, a Scottish Fold/Scottish Straight is for you.  Called the Scottish Fold for their lop-eared look, these cats have sweet facial expressions and an owl-like appearance.  They love being around people and tend to become very attached to their family.   A downside of their desire to be with others is that they can become depressed if left alone too much, so make sure to give them plenty of attention. 

Fun Fact: They sometimes sit in the “Buddha Position,” legs stretched out and hands on their belly.

Ragdoll cat

If you’re looking for a cat who acts like a dog, then the Ragdoll is your cat.  These cats greet their owners at the front door, follow them around, and come when they are called.  Known for being great indoor, family cats, Ragdolls are named for their tendency to go limp in their owner’s arms.  Ragdolls are also more interested in humans than most other breeds and often enjoy sharing a bed with their humans.

Fun Fact: They can be taught to fetch, just like their bone-burying counterparts!

Tonkinese cat

If you want a cat who’ll carry on a conversation with you, a Tonkinese is your speed.  Some people say these cats speak in sentences and even paragraphs, if you are patient enough to listen (these same people claim these cats will find another way to be heard if you do not listen).  Tonkinese are gregarious and affectionate, and love to invent and play games.  They are most content when they are around their family.

Fun Fact:  Tonkinese have unique oval-shaped paws and many have beautiful blue or aquamarine eyes.

Birman breed

If you desire a cat who is not a diva, a Birman is the cat for you.  Their long, single-layered coat, which is soft but not prone to matting, does not need to be groomed or brushed as much as other breeds.  This cat is intuitive, knowing when to show affection and when give his owner space.  Birmans are also energetic and can be quite entertaining.  Like Ragdolls, Birman cats are pure white at birth and develop their color later in life. 

Fun Fact: A Birman cat’s paws remain white, even when their coat changes color as they mature.  They look as if they are wearing socks!

The next steps

So, which one suits you? Purebred or mixed, we love them all! If you think you're ready to take the plunge to adopt, check out how to pass pet adoption screenings and more on the benefits of adopting a shelter pet!  Once you've brought your cat home, learn why pet insurance is important for cat owners and get a quote!

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