Have you ever thought about adding a purebred cat to your family? The Cat Fanciers’ Association recognizes 46 breeds, each with different traits, appearances, and behaviors.
The CFA prefers the term “pedigree cat” because many cat breeds were developed as hybrids or crossbreeds. Pedigree refers to CFA’s ability to trace a cat’s lineage across generations.
What are the best cat breeds for families?
While you may be interested in what a particular breed of cat looks like, determining whether the cat has the right temperament for your home is important. CFA’s Teresa Keiger recommends the following cat breeds for families with children: American Shorthair, British Shorthair, Maine Coon Cats, Exotic, Scottish Fold, and Burmilla.
While these breeds have a reputation for being a good fit with families, especially families with children, it is nonetheless important that children learn how to handle cats appropriately and that guardians monitor child-cat interactions.
“When it comes to young children, it’s less about race than about adults monitoring interactions appropriately and children being respectful,” said Kirsten Kranz, director of Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue.
What to Consider Before Adding a Cat to Your Family
When adding a cat to your family, it is important to think about whether your home is a good fit for that cat.
“One thing that makes pedigree cats special is that most breeds have different personality traits across the breed,” says Teresa.
When searching for the best cat breeds for your family, Keiger recommends making an honest assessment of your home, lifestyle, family, and what to expect in a cat companion.
For example, grooming your Persian (or any other long haired cat) is a great way to bond with them. However, if it is not realistic for you to do this on a regular basis, this breed will not suit you. On the other hand, if you have an active household, you should look for a breed whose personality accepts this.
Not all cats are created alike, and the key is to find a breed of cats that will work well with your lifestyle and family.
“Cornish Rex and Japanese Bobtails have very high energy levels, Devon Rex are loving clowns, Persians are cute and reserved but need regular grooming,” says Teresa.
If you have young children, these cat breeds should be avoided
While many cats make fine pets, there are breeds that might struggle with a family with young children.
“Russian blues prefer a quiet household,” says Teresa. “Turkish angoras, Egyptian mice, and Cornish rex are very active and sporty cats, and while they love their people, they may be a little too intense for younger people.”
Similarly, Kirsten advises that “high profile breeds like Abyssinians, Orientals, and Bengali can be a challenge for people who have no experience with cats. They are highly intelligent, but also active and have their own plans. They are very independent and need to be valued by people who understand the races. “
How do you achieve the best cat breeds for your family?
If you are interested in adding a purebred cat to your family, it is important to research what life is like with this breed of cats.
“It is critical that potential owners research the breeds because the breeds’ personality needs and grooming differ,” explains Kirsten.
Purebred cat clubs are a great way to connect with people online. The best way to research cat breeds is to meet cats and their people in person. Teresa encourages potential families to attend local cat shows (if it is safe to do so).
Cat shows are a great way to see and meet many breeds of cats, and most importantly, being able to connect with breeders and others who have experience with the breed. These breed experts can answer your questions and talk to you about what life is like with this breed to help determine if you have found the right breed for your home and family.
How do I find a purebred cat?
Once you’ve decided which breed of cats is right for your family, it’s time to find your new cat or kitten! Be prepared for a reputable breeder to have many questions about your lifestyle, your experience with cats, and your home.
“A good breeder wants to bring their cats to a forever home where they will be valued. They don’t sell cats like a commodity, ”says Teresa. “I often say that breeders are more like matchmakers to make sure that special relationship lasts forever.”
Once you’ve decided that a purebred cat is the right addition for your family, it doesn’t mean you need to bring a kitten home. In addition to contacting purebred cat rescue organizations. Groups like Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue can be a fantastic resource for answering breed questions and often have a variety of cats available for adoption.
“Breeders often have breeding cats that withdraw from their programs and need a home forever. PLUS, you have already passed the high energy level of kittenishness and are ready to settle in, ”says Teresa.
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