Saturday, April 14, 2007

Choosing The Right Cat

For one who is totally new to the idea of getting a cat, I encourage you to at least do a search on all the different breeds available in the market. Ask yourself an honest question on how time you can spend on grooming a cat. Will you be able to spare an hour a day or just an hour a week. The answer to this will help you to determine whether you can get a long coated or a short coated cat. Also look at your family background. Does anyone suffers from asthmatic problems? If yes, then re-evaluate whether is it a wise decision to get a pet cat. Are you willing to share your entire household with your pet cat? If yes, be prepared to have cat fur on your chair, blanket and even on your pillows as your pet cat will make himself comfortable among your stuffs the moment he gets familiar with his new environment.

What type of cat is trainable? Not all cats are trainable and some of them are not easy to train. It's all depends on how much hard work you are willing to put in, how persistent are you with the training sessions and how patient are you with your new cat (bear in mind that they can act very aloof towards you or even ignore you totally if they want to). Once you have finally decided that a cat is what you want, take a look at the different breeds that are available in the market. Do bear in mind that it is good to do your part by visitting the local shelter to adopt a cat instead of buying one from the pet shop. Nevertheless, if none of the cats there catches your heart, here is a list of cat breeds and a brief summary of them. It is my sincere wish that you will find the following useful in your quest for finding that special cat in your life.

Barman: long hair, easy to manage, once a week grooming,loves humans, gentle, affectionate, inquisitive will follow you around the house, very clever.

Siamese: verbal, loving, can be difficult, serious daily play, needs intelligent plays and contact to arouse and keep an active mental status, and does not like to be
left alone.

Snowshoe: An uncommon breed of cat warm, playful, great personality enjoys the indoor living.

Somali: Is a very intelligent, playful, active, extreme elegant grace and very alert. This type of cat can be gentle, loyal, sensitive, sense of humor cat. Has minimum care for grooming, loves to play, loves water, and loves to be next to you or in the lap napping. Will capture your heart.

Pixie-Bob is very trainable. It is a bright, loyal, full family breed. The hair can be long or short.

American Bobtail is not a wild nature cat. They have an untamed look thus earning them such reputation. They come in medium to large size.

Anatolian is a mild, kind cat, elder cats might have trouble adapting to a classic pet cat life.

Bengal's are active, clever companions. The friendliest of all cat breeds, but tend to be slightly rough in play especially when he is carried away and too excited. Most pet Bengal's are wild only in looks, not in character.

Ocicat: looks like a small wild spotted cat, fully household, energetic, effectionate and very public despite their wild look. They are gracious, sociable, people-oriented cats without being clingy or intolerable. They are clever, dedicated, extremely
adaptable companions.

The most familiar and easily well-known cat is the Persian. This well-known cat is available in a broad range of colors and patterns. A Persian are known for quiet mild temper and a loving cat. Although easygoing, they are playful in their own way. Their long hair mats simply. General daily grooming is required, at least 20 minutes per
day, with a one-hour grooming weekly to keep the hair in good condition.

Selkirk Rex is an enduring, broadminded, affectionate cat that enjoys a good embrace It is not a good choice for someone with cat sensitivity as the shedding undercoat tends to be heavier in this breed.

Rag doll; is finest acknowledged for its quiet and easygoing nature. Perhaps it is the gentlest and mainly laid-back of breed is biggest fully house breed of cat. Their long hair needs minimum care. Exotic; it is a passive, mild cat with a yielding tone. A thoughtful cat enjoys sitting on laps and likes comforts of home. The grooming
needs to be done each day with a weekly grooming at least for an hour.

Sphinx; is a contented friendly cat. A huge outgoing, aware, and very inquisitive cat, enjoys the company of humans and other pets. Their skin feels like warm, soft suede, and does need grooming although not very often.

This is a list of some cats with some traits to help you look for that special cat in your life. There are many different breeds of cats to choose from. Choosing one that is right for you and your family can be a fun experience.

lastly, do not forget to check out the internet and books for the different breed of cats. After you have done a research on the different breeds, you might want to consider visiting a humane society or shelter nearest to you. This can give you an idea of the some of the cats that may be looking for.

It is hard to find the right cat that can fit into all your basic requirements but once you do, you will be the happiest man alive. Cats have different personalities and traits, some need a lot of attention, and some will need a lot of grooming. With this and other factors about cats will be important to you and your family to be able to have as a friend and train.

Looking for that breed for you and your family will also be a great family project. Making this a great family project will help the cat and family adjust to each other better. Have fun, I did!

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