People looking to adopt an animal to add to their family are always full of pet questions. This is especially true when it comes to adopting a cat. One of the most popular pet questions is what are the top 10 family cat breeds? However, this brings a bit of debate to mind. Are the top breeds the most popular, the healthiest, or something else?
It really depends on what your family is looking for in a pet. We’ve put together a list of the top 10 cat breeds for families and some other basics for you to keep in mind before you bring kitty home from either the breeder or rescue home.
What Families Look for in a Cat
Adopting a cat is a very important decision – one that comes with the responsibility for taking care of another life. You and your family must be ready to commit to the lifetime of the animal which means, for indoor cats, 15-20 years. Ask yourself if your living situation is stable enough to support a cat for that long. Also, consider the financial obligation of supporting a cat – food, litter, vet bills.
Most families with children want a cat that is mild-tempered, playful, and easy to take care of. Grooming is an important aspect of taking care of a cat, so cats with short hair may be better suited for families. If anyone in the household is allergic to pet dander, check with a veterinarian for the best cat breed.
Whether or not you adopt a kitten or an adult cat depends on how your family is comprised. If you have an elderly person or a child under the age of five, you may opt for an adult cat. Kittens are very rambunctious and can cause a bit of mayhem in the house – playful attacks, scratching, and biting as they learn to control their behaviour. Children and senior citizens can be hurt as well as the kitten!
1 – Persian
The Persian cat has been one of the most popular breeds in history. They are high maintenance because of their long, thick fur but have affectionate and loyal personalities.
2 – Abyssinian
The Abyssinian is a cat that behaves more like a dog. With a ticked coat and medium length fur, this cat requires grooming, but perhaps only once a week. Athletic, playful, curious, and smart, this cat is ideal for families with playful children and other cats.
3 – Maine Coon
Beautiful and large, the Maine Coon is a long-haired cat like the Persian. Loving, gentle, and protective this cat can surprise you with its astounding energy, intelligence, and playfulness. These cats are hardy and do well with other pets.
4 – Siamese
The Siamese is an ancient cat that likes to talk! Slim and athletic with short fur that lies close to the skin, these cats love to be pampered. They usually attach to one person in the family and are extremely loyal. Very intelligent and loving, it is best to get two Siamese at the same time. $200-$400/£100-£250.
5 – Ragdoll
The Ragdoll is one of the cutest cats known probably because when you pick them up, they tend to go limp in your arms. Fairly large – up to 20 pounds for the males and 15 for females – these cats have blue eyes, medium-length silky fur, and are incredibly affectionate. They do well with other cats and older children. $200-$400/£100-£250.
6 – British Shorthair
The British Shorthair is a nice looking cat with a dense, easy-to-care for coat. Excellent at hunting with a loving and loyal nature, these cats enjoy good health and are great with the kids. Hardy cats that love to play, the British Shorthair is ideal for a family with other cats as well. $200-$600/£100-£450.
7 – American Shorthair
The American Shorthair is much like the British Shorthair but is descended from the cats that came to the United States on the Mayflower. It is one of the most popular breeds of family cats. $300-$1300.
8 – Birman
The Birman is a blue-eyed beauty with white paws and even temperaments. They can easily adjust to any daily routine making them ideal for families and introducing other kitties to the mix. Birman often wait for their families to return home. $300-$600/£150-£450.
9 – Oriental
Much like the Siamese, the Oriental has a much broader spectrum of hair lengths and coat colours. Sweet-natured and less talkative than the Siamese, the Oriental is very affectionate, loyal, and people-oriented. This cat loves children and other cats. $300-$600.
10 – Sphynx
The Sphynx is an extraordinary cat that comes in many skin colours but lacks fur. It is ideal for individuals that may have an allergy. Lively and athletic, these cats love to climb and play. Loyal and loving they are perfect as an only cat as they demand attention. $600-$1000/£400-£850.