Factors to Consider When Selecting Breeds of Cats


There are many different breeds of cats from all over the world. When selecting a particular cat breed, you will want to consider many factors of the breeds. Important aspects would include cat origin, body type, coat and fur pattern, allergy sensitivity, grooming maintenance and your family lifestyle. Each breed is quite unique. You will want to make sure that you are selecting one that best suits your needs.

Different breeds of cats have their own particular body shape and style. For example, the American Curl cat breed has distinctive backward curling ears. The Abyssinian breed has dramatic facial markings. The tail length and markings can also be quite unique within the various breeds of cats.

Coat and fur patterns differ greatly among breeds of cats. The categories of coat patterns include particolors, tortoise shell, pointed, van pattern and tabby. A cat’s coat pattern remains the same from birth. Through maturity, however, the pattern may become more prominent. Each breed will have short, long or curly fur. When researching this factor, allergy sensitivity should be considered.

Many people have allergies to cats. This is due to the various allergens that the cat produces. If you have someone in your family whom is allergy sensitive, there are some cat breeds that have low allergy sensitivity. Some examples of these breeds of cats would be the Siberian, Russian Blue and Abyssinian breeds. Cats that are neutered or spayed reduce allergy sensitivity as well.

Grooming maintenance is different for each cat breed. Some breeds of cats require more time and effort than others. For example, the Persian cat breed needs daily grooming and brushing. Whereas, the Cornish Rex and Devon Rex cat breeds, need very little grooming. You will find that some breeds of cats only shed twice a year. It is very important to know your cat breed’s maintenance. This animal is soon to become a part of your family and will have an effect on everyone.

Cats can live up to fifteen years. It is important that you choose a breed that blends in with your family and lifestyle. If you have children in your home, you will want to consider their age, allergies and educate them on the grooming/maintenance needs of your cat. One important aspect to consider when selecting your cat is the activity level of the breed. Some cats are laid back while other cats are very active.

Whether your cat will live indoors or outdoors is another important factor to consider. If you live in a hot and humid climate, you be faced with flea issues. There are many wonderful products available to curtail this problem. Just make sure you are knowledgeable about the many concerns with owning a cat. If you have children in your home, some breeds of cats might be more suitable for you. Examples of these breeds would be the Japanese Bobtail, the Maine Coon, the Ragdoll and the Somali. Some cat breeds are not suitable for active family lifestyles. Two such breeds would be the Chartreux and Manx.

There are many factors to considering when selecting from one of the many breeds of cats. Each breed is very unique. Cat breeders are available to assist you with your careful selection. These furry felines are a beautiful addition to the proper family environment.