Do you identify yourself as a dog person rather than a cat person? Do you think dogs are affectionate while cats are aloof and demanding? Many people have misconceptions about cats because of prior experience or the way they are portrayed in movies or television. The truth is, there are plenty of cat breeds that are affectionate, playful, and loyal companions. Here are the top five breeds if you want to add one to your family.
Looking for a cat with an illustrious bloodline? The Birman breed were protectors of the Burmese temples and they’ll be happy to protect you in your home as well. These beautiful cats are sturdy and have long, silky coats that are resistant to matting. With blue eyes and dark points on the ears, face, legs and tail, this striking breed will bring plenty of oohs and ahhs from adoring visitors.
The American shorthair comes in so many different types of colors and patterns that you may not even realize this is the breed you’ve selected at the pet store or shelter! An athletic cat with a lifespan of up to 20 years, the American shorthair can get along with kids, dogs, and other cats well. If you want a healthy cat that doesn’t need a lot of grooming, this could be the one for you.
Want a cat who remains kitten-like into old age? Then a Ragdoll might be perfect for you! Named after the limp and floppy way it reacts to being held, the Ragdoll is one of the most gentle and affectionate cats out there and is ideal for young children. Though it requires regular grooming, this big lap cat is well worth the work. This is not a breed to let outside or near other aggressive animals, though, as it’s notoriously bad at defending itself.
The Maine Coon is one of the most beautiful breeds with its long striped fur, large, wide paws, white vest, and fluffy tail that is handy for wrapping itself up in during the cold. An agreeable larger cat that loves snuggling as well as playing, the Maine Coon is a great mouser and is generally incredibly healthy and up for facing any type of weather. It will love following you from room to room and giving you a playful head butt whenever it wants some extra attention.
Want a truly striking-looking cat? Choose an Abyssinian, one of the oldest breeds of cat that looks like it’s straight out of an Egyptian temple. Smart and extroverted, this breed loves playing games and is one of the only breeds that will actually seek out water and baths. A bold breed, the Abyssinian willingly interacts with all family members and even strangers though it tends to be a homebody and doesn’t enjoy travel.
A cat can make a wonderful addition to your family and provide love and companionship for many years. Make sure you take a look at your family dynamic and what your needs are in a pet before choosing a breed that will be just right for you.