When choosing a cat breed, here are three main 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 to humans and other pets.

A cat that turns up on your doorstep may need a lot of expert care if she is timid or not well socialised.

Choosing a cat breed, consider 1. disposition

Choosing a cat breed 3 things to consider

Choosing a cat breed, consider disposition, inherited disorders and grooming. Photo: Shutterstock.com

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).

Choosing a cat breed, consider 2. 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.

Choosing a cat breed, consider 3. coat & 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.

Links to cat breeds information

Most popular cat breeds in Australia
Australian Cat Federation
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