Selecting the Perfect Feline Companion in 5 Simple Steps by Anita Kelsey

In today’s world, the allure of having a cat is irresistible to many. Undoubtedly, cats possess an undeniable charm. They exude confidence, and we’re well aware of it! However, the task of selecting the ideal cat that matches both the household environment and lifestyle can often be misjudged. As a cat behavior specialist, I’ve witnessed numerous instances where the wrong breed is paired with an incompatible household, leading to potential behavioral issues down the line. For example, placing a highly intelligent Bengal cat, known for their energetic and lively demeanor requiring ample stimulation and attention, in a cramped high-rise apartment with limited space. Or transitioning a formerly outdoor moggie to an indoor-only lifestyle.

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Below are some expert tips to assist cat owners in making the right choice from the outset:

  • Consider Personality Traits:

Breeds such as Persians, Ragamuffins, Ragdolls, and Exotic Shorthairs are renowned for their laid-back personalities, making them suitable for households with children or as indoor companions. However, be prepared for regular grooming, especially with Ragdolls, Ragamuffins, and Persians. Ensure you’re well-versed in their grooming requirements by consulting with breeders or local holistic cat groomers.

  • Address Energy Levels:

Bengals, Siamese, Sphinx, and Burmese are typically high-energy, intelligent, vocal, and playful breeds. They thrive on mental and physical stimulation and may not fare well when left alone for extended periods. Consider adopting two kittens from the same litter to provide companionship. These breeds require spacious environments and often benefit from secure outdoor areas for exercise. Fortunately, they are relatively low-maintenance in terms of grooming.

  • Accommodate Size and Space:

Maine Coons and Norwegian Forest cats are larger breeds that require ample climbing space and room to roam. They may struggle in small urban apartments but thrive in homes with secure outdoor access. Their grooming needs are considerable and should be factored in before adoption. Additionally, understand that these breeds may prefer sitting beside you rather than on your lap due to their thick fur and sensitivity to heat.

  • Social Interaction is Key:

Breeds like Abyssinians, Cornish Rexes, Singapuras, and Somalis are highly social and playful. They require significant stimulation and companionship, making them well-suited for indoor living with proper enrichment. Abyssinians, in particular, thrive on human company and are quick learners.

  • Embrace the Moggie:

Never underestimate the charm of a non-pedigree cat, especially those awaiting adoption in rescue centers. Moggies, often overlooked, can be incredibly affectionate, forming deep bonds with their owners. Their personalities vary widely, so consider factors like background, temperament, and grooming needs before adoption. Many moggies are low-maintenance in grooming, with short hair and diverse coat colors.

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Ultimately, always prioritize the needs of your cat, viewing the world from their perspective. Consider adopting two kittens if space permits, ensuring they have companionship during periods of solitude. By making informed decisions, you’ll undoubtedly foster a loving and fulfilling relationship with your feline companion.

Want to discuss your options? Email me on info@catbehaviourist.com

All enquiries welcome.

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Selecting the Perfect Feline Companion in 5 Simple StepsABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming challenging or phobic cats. Anita, a strong advocate of a vegan lifestyle, is based in East Sussex but consults all over the UK as well as international requests. She lives with her husband, a music producer, and 1 Norwegian Forest cat, Kiki.

Her first book ‘Claws. Confessions Of A Professional Cat Groomer‘ was published by John Blake in 2017 with her second book, Let’s Talk About Cats self published via Amazon worldwide in 2020. The Little Book Of Extraordinary Cats is Anita’s third book out now 2024.

Selecting the Perfect Feline Companion in 5 Simple Steps