Being a cat mom or dad is a huge step, especially for first-time pet owners. Of course, you researched different types of pets before settling on cats. Well, that is no surprise. Cats are intelligent, and intuitive, and they can be extremely charming when they want to be. However, like people, a cat’s personality is also a thing. Different cats have needs and peculiarities unique to them, and most often, these manifest in cat breeds.
So, if you are still undecided about which kind of cat you want to have, here are five cat breeds you need to know to match your personality.
- Siamese Cats
Siamese cats are one of the most common pet cat breeds. They are easily recognizable for their long and lean body, usually with a white coat and brown appendages. They can also have blue eyes, which can be a stark feature on their alert face. Siamese cats are said to be ancient felines from Thailand, previously known as Siam.
These cats are very affectionate and friendly. They are also playful and social. So if you are looking for a cat as a companion and you are working from home or often at home, siamese cats are the best to have. They are also low-maintenance in terms of grooming because they do not shed their fur as much as other cats. Among felines, siamese cats were said to be “dog-like” because they are social and love playing with their humans. So if you are a first-time pet owner, these cats are easy to have around.
- Abyssinian Cats
If you are a history buff and want a cat that agrees with your passions, then Abyssinians are the cats for you. These have ancient origins and were first bred by an English gentleman from Abyssinia. These felines were believed to be the descendants of cats in ancient Egypt. We understand why Egyptians worshipped cats when we look at Abyssinians.
Their sleek body is protected by dense but short fur, and their hind legs seem to have the strength to pounce anytime. Abyssinian cats are exceptionally curious and are known to inspect every corner of your house. Their ears are upright, making them look alert and on guard. Their personality matches their look too. Abyssinians are a cat breed that is active and always on the move. These cats are not for snuggles but are also loyal to their humans. So if you are not a touchy-feely person or would like to have your own space but still have a companion, we suggest you get an Abyssinian cat.
- Maine Coon
One thing about Maine Coons, they are massive! These cats are the largest domestic cat breed out there. They are the epitome of fluffy. These cats are said to be from Maine and are one of the only breeds originally from the United States.
Maine Coons are for people who love fluffy hugs and cozy pets because they have a lot of furs. These cats need constant grooming because they shed every day. But in exchange, you will have a pet that is very affectionate and quite talkative too. Maine Coons are among the most sought-after pet cats because of their social personality and highly trainable nature. But these cats need a lot of room to roam around, so it would suit you if you have a backyard or any space outdoors. For small families, Maine Coons are a joy to have.
- Sphynx Cats
If you like a unique-looking pet, the sphynx breed is for you! These cats are famous for being hairless, making them look hardcore. However, the sphynx lacking hair is a genetic mutation bred for centuries, so sphynx cats didn’t look that way since the beginning.
Even though sphynx cats look disgruntled most of the time, they are a pretty social breed. They love play times and are extroverted. But it does take quite a bit of effort to take care of them because they need a lot of assistance. Sphynx are hairless, which means, like humans, they need to regularly have baths to wash out the body oils that coat their skin. They also need the regulated temperature to thrive because, unlike their other cousins, they have no fur to help keep them warm. Sphinxes can also have some health problems that are genetically transmitted, so it would be a lot to take care of them. But if you have a lot of free time and would like an extroverted companion that needs assistance, a sphynx is the best choice.
- Domestic Short-Haired Cats
Domestic short-haired cats are the most common breed in the United States, and are frequently found in pound or pet rescue shelters due to the lack of a specific breed. However, if you want to adopt a cat instead of buying one, we highly encourage you to give domestic shorthairs a chance.
These cats can be tabby, calico, white, black, or gray. And because these cats are ordinary, people gravitate towards more uncommon cats, so these are often in pet rescues. Domestic shorthairs are active cats that need an outlet to exhaust their energy. They love hunting games and toys and are very good at balancing. They also require little grooming because of their short coat. These cats are great for households with children or seniors because they are social and can interact with different humans. But most importantly, many domestic shorthairs need pet moms and dads out there. So if you are looking for a cat to adopt, these cats need you.
Having a pet is a huge undertaking, but with the right preparation, and checking out which cat breed suits your personality, you’ll be a great cat parent! These five cat breeds we have listed are trainable, have distinct personalities, and would love their human parents unconditionally. So no matter what breed of cat you end up with, show them love and care for them, and they will reciprocate with affection and loyalty.