Best Cat Breeds for Families
While dogs may be considered as man’s best friend, don’t discount cats just yet. Cats, unlike dogs, are more independent creatures who like to hide behind their attitude of nonchalance. Where in fact cats are just as lovable and affectionate, they’ll be your friend for life. So, you’re now ready for a pet and you are looking for a low maintenance feline companion, well look no further. We have compiled a list of the 10 best cat breeds for you and your family for your ease. Cuddly or aloof we’ve got them all!
The Russian Blue
This steel grey cat with its bright green eyes is known as a Russian Blue breed, these friendly cats originally came from Russia. If you’re looking for a low maintenance cat, then the Blue Russian is for you. This sociable cat loves spending time with its humans, cats and even dogs. They are highly intelligent with an easy-going temperament; they love learning new tricks and games. Another added bonus is that they have a lower level of allergens in the coat, a win for people with cat allergies. The Russian blue cat will be the perfect companion for you.
The British Shorthair cat is known for its historical background that dates back to ancient Rome. Unlike the Russian Blue feline, this cat is not a very active cat, they’re pretty low-level energy. They’re highly independent when adult and super playful as kittens. You’ll often find them napping in the sun, or your lap when they feel like it. While they don’t appreciate love being forced on them, they’ll show you their affection in other ways. They’re very low maintenance cats, their coat only needs to be brushed once a week.
This fluffy cat with its big blue eyes is known as the Ragdoll breed. If you live in an apartment or house without a big garden, then this cat is the one for you. They are typically known as very lazy cats that love to lay around, and they do prefer the indoors. If you’re looking for a super loyal cat, the ragdoll cat is the perfect option, they love to follow their owner around all day. If this isn’t enough to convince you, queen of pop Taylor Swift recently got herself a ragdoll kitty.
The Scottish Fold is famous for its folded ears, their distinct forward-facing ears give them an almost owl-like face. Compared to the other cats on our list, these felines are pretty rare … meaning you will have to be prepared to spend a lot of money on this breed. These friendly cats are laid-back and enjoy relaxing outdoors in the sunlight. Because they are so intelligent, they need to be mentally stimulated daily through play, like hide-and-seek and fetch and learning new tricks. If you’re home a lot this cat is your match.
While they may not look it with their long shiny coat, the Siberian cat is actually a very low maintenance breed. The breed dates back to over 1000 years ago in Russia, where they are actually the national cat of the country. Their temperament is very similar to that of a dog, curious and playful by nature. Make sure you put away your irreplaceable vases as these cat’s love to go exploring on top of bookshelves. It’s important to note that the Siberian cat needs to be stimulated so that it doesn’t become bored and naughty!
These grumpy looking cats known as the Persians, are actually very friendly and laidback. They are low energy cats who love to nap and relax throughout the day, no need to entertain them with games or tricks. If you have the grandkids coming over, no need to worry as they get along with children, dogs and other cats reasonably well. You can thank their easy-going nature for this. While their coat does need a daily brush due to their excessive shedding, this is quick and easy with the Persian cat, they’ll enjoy the pampering!
The Exotic shorthaired cat is basically a shorter haired version of the Persian cat, it has the same squashed face and large sad looking eyes. Unlike the Persians, they are a little bit more high energy. They are a laid-back cat that likes to relax, but it does occasionally like to play with other cats, even dogs. You’ll often hear them purring as they love to cuddle with their owners. Another added bonus is that they’re super friendly with other animals and humans, so not a very good alarm for your home.
This medium sized cat is named after its short, fine coat. These are one of the most common cats that people own. While the American Wirehair is an easy-going cat, its fur is not. Because its hair is very fine, it can become quite brittle, resulting in hair loss. To prevent this from happening, it is important to brush your cat’s fur daily. This cat has very strong and powerful muscles, but it is an adaptable cat. Meaning it also enjoys relaxing on its owner’s lap throughout the day.
The Birman breed of cat is popular for its soft, cuddly fur and friendly manner. They are low maintenance; they just require a daily brushing of their coat to keep it soft and shiny. These cats bond very strongly with one specific person, in fact some old age homes provide these cats to their seniors because they are so loving and friendly. They are also very playful cats, so be sure that you provide them with lots of fun toys or another cat, or else your couch might be its next victim.
The last cat on our list is the Domestic Shorthair, it is also commonly known as a Moggy and is the most common housecat in the world. These cats have been mixed bred for years, resulting in a whole bunch of different shapes, colours and variations in their appearances. The domestic cat has a lovely temperament, especially if adopted from a young age as their upbringing affects their personality. There are plenty of kittens or adults with different personalities at shelters that you can go look at to ensure you get the right cat for your home.