Cats are cute, cuddly and perfect as pets. They love long snuggling sessions, snoozing and lots of attention and love. They are not as energetic as dogs and are thus perfect for people who prefer some peace and quiet in their homes. They also make good pets for children as they are relatively low-maintenance compared to dogs. However all cats are not the same. Some breeds are more active or high-maintenance than others and some do not like to be left alone. Therefore before bringing a feline friend to your home, consider your schedule and personality and then make a choice. Here are the top 10 cat breeds that can be adopted as pets.
Abyssinian is one of the oldest cat breeds and bears a striking resemblance to ancient Egyptian cats with their slender build, almond shaped eyes, pointy ears and slim legs. They are one of the most popular short-hair cat breeds with a shiny coat and gold, green, hazel or copper eyes. They are one of the friendliest cat breeds besides being extremely active, extrovert, wilful and intelligent. They are undiscriminating playmates and love interacting with people. Abyssinians love to explore and play and are extremely loyal. But they might get depressed without daily love, attention and playful activities. Some ‘Abys’ as they are affectionately referred to, may be shy and timid occasionally. Abyssinian cats were depicted to be intelligent enough to change TV channels in the 500th episode of ‘The Simpsons’
9. American Shorthair
American Shorthair, also known as ‘working cats’ are athletic and healthy with a maximum lifespan of fifteen years. They are a breed of domestic cats claiming a rich history. They are believed to be descended from cats brought to North America by the original settlers to protect cargoes in ships from mice and rats in the 16th century. They can control rodent population in your home and thus is considered a true breed of working class cat. They are also depicted as witch’s black cats in popular folklore. There are more than eighty different recognized colours and patterns of the American Shorthair including the brown-patched tabby cat. They are generally easy-going, affectionate, social and also get along well with dogs. They are low-maintenance and are not fussy about grooming except for the occasional brushing.
Birman, also known as ‘Sacred Cat of Burma’ is a domestic cat breed believed to have its origins in Burma. There are legends about these cats being kept by priests in the temples of Burma. Birmans are large and sturdy cats with long silky hair that does not mat. They have a distinctive appearance and are known for their blue eyes, dark points on ears, face, tail and legs and snow white ‘gloves’ on their paws. Birmans are laid-back and appreciate long grooming sessions. However they are very friendly and can easily adapt to strangers. They maintain a balance between playful and quiet and can stay out of the way when you are busy. They are loving, gentle, and are perfect for some soft bedtime cuddling.
Manx is a breed of domestic cat having its origins in the ‘Isle of Man’ of the British coast. Their most distinctive feature is the complete or partial lack of tail which occurs due to a genetic mutation. This breed comes in both long as well as short haired varieties generally having a round face, short front legs and long hind legs. They were used as mousers and prized hunters in earlier days. Manx cats are believed to be highly intelligent, playful and able to learn simple verbal commands faster than other breeds. Their behaviour is often described as being similar to dogs as they love to play fetch and enjoy digging and burying toys. Manx cats are smart and friendly and can join in social gatherings and games with ease. They are highly interactive, dedicated companions and they adore company, cuddling up to those willing to listen to them ‘talk’ or rather purr.
6. Maine Coon
Maine Coon is the largest of all domestic cat breeds and is a native of Maine of North America. They are healthy, hardy and is extremely playful with both human and other animals. Their mewing sounds like chirping of birds and they have very thick fur with a waterproof layer. These beautiful cats have large wide paws which help them walk easily across snow and a long thick tail which they wrap about the face in harsh weather. They can easily switch from being playful to serene and make for great travel companions. Some of these cats respond to leash training with ease. They enjoy play and cuddle sessions equally. They will let you know how they adore you by following you from room to room and giving you gentle head butts.
Tiffany is a cat breed with origins in North America. They were first heard of when a New Yorker brought home with her a pair of chocolate coloured, golden eyed cats with unknown origins from an estate sale. Tiffany cats are semi-long haired with plush fur on a round face. They have broad cheekbones and a glossy coat with soft silky fur. A Tiffany cat is often known as a Goldilocks cat due to its serene personality and moderate disposition. It can be active or quiet according to the situation. Tiffany cats are curious but would not get into mischief or be feisty when left alone. They can be great pets for children as unlike other cats they do not tire out kids excessively despite playing with them amicably.
Ragdoll is one of the larger cat breeds having a soft and silky coat. It is a semi-long hair cat with blue eyes and an affectionate temperament. It has a tendency to go limp, relaxed and floppy like a ragdoll when picked up or held and thus justifies its name. Ragdolls are lap cats made for cuddling and whispering sweet nothings. They are gentle and adoring and will follow you everywhere loyally. They are inactive and should not be allowed outdoors as they do not have good defence mechanisms. They love getting attention and require long grooming sessions due its full and plush hair. It is laid-back, placid and are satisfied with a relaxing lifestyle.
Siamese cats are one of the most popular short haired cat breeds having big ears and blue almond shaped eyes. Siamese means ‘moon diamond’ in Thai and this beautiful cat breed was the first recognized Oriental cat breed. They are long, slender necked, lean and appear dignified with dark patches on the face, ears, tail and paws. They are curious and they will want to be a part of your everyday routine. They are loving, social and affectionate and easily get along with everyone. They are outdoors-loving and love attention and tender care. A fun fact-Siamese cats were featured in Walt Disney’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’ in the song ‘We are Siamese’.
Sphynx is an exotic cat breed known for its complete or partial lack of hair. Sphynxes generally have wedge shaped heads, big pointy ears, strong bodies and a pot belly. They have a fine peach coloured fuzz on its body and are sensitive to the outdoors. Thus they should be considered only as indoor pets. They are highly intelligent, curious, energetic and affectionate. They have the sweetest natures and are always hungry for love. They engage in funny antics just to get attention from their owners. Sphynxes are extroverts and are a fun addition to any family. You can cuddle up with a sphynx under the covers anytime for warmth and affection.
Persian is one of the oldest cat breeds famous for its long, silky fur, flat face and expressive eyes. A Persian cat is a typical indoors cat loving calmness and serene surroundings. They are not especially active but are gentle and affectionate, with a sweet nature. Persian cats require regular baths and long grooming sessions as it has long fur prone to matting. Persian cats are essentially lap cats loving gentle affection and care. It will return the favour as long as you are not too rough with it. Persian cats are often featured in popular folklore and culture. Crookshanks, Hermione’s cat in the Harry Potter series was a Persian while Snowbell from Stuart Little is also portrayed as a Persian cat.