Choosing a cat breed 3 things to consider

Choosing a cat breed 3 things to consider

When choosing a cat breed, we have three things to consider to help you make an informed decision.

Whether you choose a purebred or moggie, it’s important that your kitten or adult cat is healthy and well socialised.  cat that turns up on your doorstep may need a lot of expert care if it is timid or not well socialised.

Choosing a cat breed 3 things to consider

Choosing a cat breed 3 things to consider

Choosing a cat breed 3 things to consider. Photo: Shutterstock.com

Disposition – Cats have a wide range of personalities. Choose a cat that is right for you and your lifestyle.  Some are noisy, some are active and others are laid back. Siamese cats, for example, are known for their talkative nature and some breeds are quite demanding of attention. So it is best to ascertain what you might be taking on or what you want your cat to do. (icatcare.org).

Inherited disorders – It’s important to do your homework about known inherited disorders of cat breeds. There is mounting evidence that flat faced cats, for example, have serious health issues such as breathing problems, eye inflammation, skin infections and difficulty eating.

Coat and grooming – Is the breed long or short haired? Think about the requirements for the breed and the time you will need to spend on grooming.

Purebred vs moggie pros and cons

Purebred pros

  • To a certain extent, behaviour and characteristics can be predicted, however, all cats are individuals and their behaviour can still vary greatly within the breed
  • Documentation on history and heritage
  • The breeding is more regulated and good breeders aim to breed healthy, people-friendly cats and avoid (or seek to deal with) inherited disorders which arise

Purebred cons

  • Some breeds have inherited diseases – there are ethical considerations with some breeds if you really want to consider the cat’s welfare.

Moggie pros

  • They are considered to have a lower risk of inherited diseases.

Moggie cons

  • It can be difficult to determine the parentage so there is no control over coat length, colour or body shape.
  • Breeding is not regulated. Look for a good animal shelter/rescue group to ensure the kitten or adult cat is healthy and used to interaction with humans.

Links to cat breeds information

International Cat Care has a list of cat breeds with information on known inherited disorders
Cat Fanciers Association has a list of cat breed with information on the breed features and temperament
Purina has a cat breeds library

 

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