Choosing a Cat Breed to Fit Your Family


  • Author Tammy Thomas
  • Published January 21, 2017
  • Word count 599

It's an exciting time when you decide to add a cat to the family. There are many things to look at when choosing the best breed for your family and life style. Some are affectionate while others can be more independent. Some breeds require daily grooming and others need minimal extra care. No matter the breed you choose, adding that special kitty to the family is a big time for everyone. Here are some breeds to consider.


This beautiful longhaired feline is perhaps the calmest breed in general. They have a wide range of colors, cute facial features and resemble a big fluff ball. While they do require daily grooming and frequent bathing, these graceful cats tend to be low energy and loving creatures. Persians are good additions to households with children and other animals. They need lots of love and affection. Persians will often choose one person as their favorite but will be loving to the rest of the family as well.

Exotic Shorthair

The Exotic Shorthair is a short haired cousin of the Persian. They have all the best characteristics of that breed, including the squashed facial features, but don't require the intensive amount of grooming. These are very affectionate and gentle creatures. While they are still a calm and quiet cat, they do enjoy showing off their athletic nature. Providing a cat tree and climbing space will keep them happy.


The Himalayan is a cross between a Persian and a Siamese. They have the beautiful longhaired coat of the Persian with the Siamese markings. Himalayans' enjoy playing but are not high energy. They are usually well behaved and calm. They make a good choice for families with children and other pets.

British Shorthair

The British Shorthair is playful and smart. They have a shorthaired coat and are compact in nature. They enjoy playing but can spend just as much time cuddling. The Shorthair is especially good with children and other pets. They make great family additions.


The Ragdoll is a quiet and very affectionate breed. They enjoy playing and being around people most of the time. With that in mind, they do not do well when left alone for long periods of time. They are not well suited for outdoors so keeping them inside is recommended. This breed gets its name from the way it behaves when picked up. It will go limp in your arms like a ragdoll. They are also very intelligent and will learn tricks similar to a dog. This cat is a larger but gentle breed. They make an excellent choice if someone in the family is normally wary of cats.


The Abyssinian has a wonderful unique ticked tabby coat. With their graceful sleek bodies, they are often called the supermodel of cats. They are an outgoing and friendly breed that loves to play. The Abyssinian enjoys swimming and are very accepting of the people they meet. They are very loyal and will lavish their owners with affection.


The Somali love to be the center of attention. They are very playful most of their lives but would rather curl up in your lap and cuddle first. They are very affectionate and enjoy showing their owners their love.

Whatever the breed you choose, consider the cats characteristics as well as your home life. Many cats are true cuddlers' and need that time with family. Remember, a cats average lifespan is 15-20 years. This is a big commitment for any family so look for a cat that will be happy in your home and make your family happy too.

Cats are special creatures. As a cat owner and lover, sharing information about their special qualities is rewarding. Watch for more articles from me about cats.

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