Wondering about the cat breeds best suited for indoor living? If you're looking for a feline companion that will live contentedly inside, here are a few pointers from our Stockton vets.
What is the best breed of cat for you?
The answer to this question depends on you! Some factors to consider are the personality, physical attributes and other characteristics you find most desirable in a feline companion, as well as your daily lifestyle. Cats are as unique as their people and while some are chatty attention seekers, others are quiet and laidback.
Read on for a few breed suggestions to help you find the perfect feline companion for your household.
These cats are recognizable due to their short, soft coat which is light-colored on the body with a darker fur on the face, paws, ears, and tail. Siamese cats are strikingly beautiful, playful, and known for following their owners around the house 'chatting'. If you spend a lot of time outside the house, this isn't the breed for you. Siamese cats possess several dog-like qualities including a love of play and a need for lots of companionship.
Ragdoll cats are large, long-bodied, and exceptionally beautiful, with long, silky coats. They tend to make loving indoor pets known for having loving, sweet, cuddly personalities. They often welcome their people at the door when they arrive home, and can learn tricks easily with a little positive reinforcement (treats).
Bred to keep rodents from invading their masters’ farm and house, this breed plays well by themselves and is a good choice for single people, provided they get plenty of exercise and interaction from their owner. This powerful, medium-to-large breed is known for being round and thick. Our vets recommend that you groom your British Shorthair daily because they tend to grow thicker, denser coats in the winter that shed during warm weather.
These gentle and calm cats have large, deep blue eyes and long, full, dense coats that require regular grooming. This breed often exhibits kitten-like bursts of energy. These cats are full of personality, as likely to be seen snoozing in the sun as they are to sprint through the room on an adventure. These cats make great companions, provided their owners are attentive to nutrition and give them enough exercise and interaction.
Scottish Folds are known for being enthusiastic mousers who are also playful, sensitive, and expressive. This breed is recognizable by their unusual folded ears and striking orange-yellow colored eyes. These cats tend to be good with children and love attention, companionship, and people -- therefore, if you're not in the house a lot of the time then this isn't the best cat breed for your household.
Moggy is a general term for a mixed breed cat. These cats are a mixed bag of looks and personalities depending on a wide variety of factors, but typically they are content and happy creatures with few health issues. You just might find the best cat for you at your local animal shelter, or cat rescue!