What Type of Cat Would Suit You?

With such a huge array of domestic cat breeds available, choosing your first cat can be a daunting task - especially if you have no idea about the traits or personality types unique to each breed. Choosing a cat that best suits your lifestyle needs means that both you and your furry friend can have the best relationship possible, so we’ve drawn up a list of common needs of owners and suggested cats who meet those needs to help you narrow down the best breed for you.

I’d like a calm cat

Cats are an appealing choice of pet for owners who would like a more relaxed or calm animal in their house - especially if it’s a smaller household. These cats can still be friendly or playful, but are more likely to be found sleeping or hanging out on their favourite windowsill or shelf.

Cat breeds that would suit you:

  • Scottish Fold
  • Manx
  • American Wirehair
  • Cymrics
  • Persian Long Hair
  • Ragdoll

I’d like an independent cat

If you have a job that requires you to be out of the house for most of the day, you may be more suited to a cat that can enjoy its own company while you’re away. These cat breeds are friendly yet independent, so while they’re up for the occasional playtime with their owner, they generally prefer to be on their own.

Cat breeds that would suit you:

  • Scottish Fold
  • Manx
  • Korat
  • Cornish Rex
  • Singapura
  • Cymrics
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Persian Long Hair
  • Russian Blue
  • Somali
  • Birman
  • British Shorthair

I’d like a talkative cat

Want to chat with your cat? Some breeds are considerably louder than others and enjoy chirping away to their owners. There is no guarantee that your cat will be talkative even if it’s typical of the breed - cats have unique personalities - but the likelihood is higher with these breeds.

Cat breeds that would suit you:

Very talkative cats:

  • Burmese
  • Bombay
  • Sphynx
  • Bengal
  • Japanese Bobtail Short Hair
  • Japanese Bobtail Long Hair
  • Oriental Short Hair
  • Siamese
  • Tonkinese
  • Tiffanie

Somewhat talkative cats:

  • Siberian Forest
  • Maine Coon
  • Snowshoe
  • Ocicat
  • Singapura
  • Cornish Rex
  • Egyptian Mau
  • Burmilla
  • Abyssinian

I’d like a quiet cat

If, on the other hand, you’d prefer a cat that’s on the quieter side, there are plenty of breeds that would suit you.

Cat breeds that would suit you:

  • Scottish Fold
  • Manx
  • Korat
  • Chinchilla
  • American Wirehair
  • Cymrics
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Persian Long Hair
  • Russian Blue
  • Birman
  • Somali
  • Devon Rex
  • British Shorthair
  • Ragdoll
  • Turkish Van
  • Norwegian Forest

I’d like a cat that’s good with children

If you have children, it’s important that they and your cat will get along. Some cats do not suit homes with babies or toddlers. The breeds listed below are the best known for their family appeal, as opposed to other breeds which may require more time to adjust to children or may not adjust at all.

Cat breeds that would suit you:

  • Abyssinian
  • Manx
  • Burmese
  • Birman
  • Maine Coon
  • Ragdoll

I’d like a cat even though I am allergic to them

Being allergic to cats doesn’t mean that you can’t have one as a pet - there are specially bred cats known as hypoallergenic cats which are particularly suited for those with allergies. These cats produce less of the proteins that cause allergies, so while they are not completely allergen-free, they may be less likely to cause reactions than most other breeds. Most of these cats are short hair or hairless, although some - especially the Siberian Forest - can be extremely fluffy.

Cat breeds that would suit you:

  • Sphynx
  • Devon Rex
  • Balinese
  • Siberian Forest

I’d like an indoor cat

If you’d prefer to keep your cat close by - a good idea if you live in a busy neighbourhood or in the city - some breeds are happy to stay indoors and will not often venture outside, if at all.

Cat breeds that would suit you:

  • Scottish Fold
  • Sphynx

If you have some outdoor space available, such as a garden, the breeds below would best suit you - they are mostly indoor cats but do require some outdoor space too.

Cat breeds that would suit you:

  • Burmilla
  • Manx
  • Korat
  • Egyptian Mau
  • Singapura
  • American Wirehair
  • Cornish Rex
  • Cymrics
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Persian Long Hair
  • Bombay
  • Russian Blue
  • Birman
  • Snowshoe
  • British Shorthair
  • Devon Rex
  • Balinese
  • Japanese Bobtail Short Hair
  • La Perms
  • Oriental Short Hair
  • Ragdoll
  • Siberian Forest
  • Siamese
  • Tonkinese
  • Oriental Long Hair
  • Japanese Bobtail Long Hair
  • Tiffanie
  • Turkish Van

I’d like a cat that does not need grooming often

Grooming is time-consuming, especially if the cat has long hair or strays outdoors often. This is an activity that both owners and cats can find enjoyable and relaxing, but if you don’t have the time or ability to groom a cat every day, one of the breeds below that requires grooming only once a week may be better suited for you.

Cats breeds that would suit you:

  • Siamese
  • Tonkinese
  • Oriental Short Hair
  • Japanese Bobtail Short Hair
  • British Short Hair
  • Balinese
  • Bengal
  • Devon Rex
  • Sphynx
  • Russian Blue
  • Bombay
  • Burmese
  • Ocicat
  • Cornish Rex
  • Singapura
  • American Wirehair
  • Egyptian Mau
  • Korat

Cat insurance from Towergate

Having insurance can be a vital part of being a cat owner - Healthy Pets can provide a quote to protect you against unwanted vets bills, providing you with peace of mind so you can just enjoy their company. Contact Healthy Pets today for a quote on 01730 230 564 or visit our cat insurance page for more information. 

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This is a marketing article by Towergate Insurance.

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