How To: Pick the right cat breed for you

Pick the right cat breed for you

Wondering what cat is best for you? If you've decided to adopt a cat, learn what different breeds can offer so that you can give your new feline a forever home.

You Will Need:
• A guide to cat breeds
• Honest answers to hard questions
• Patience

Step 1: Decide between purebred or domestic cats
Decide between purebred or domestic cats. Find a guide to cat breeds at the library or on the internet. Fewer than 5% of cats are purebreds, so expect to pay hundreds of dollars for a quality purebred cat.

Step 2: Decide between long-haired or short-haired cats
Decide between long-haired or short-haired cats. Do you love long, silky fur and have time every day to brush your cat's coat? Consider a long-haired Persian or Himalayan. No time for brushing or cleaning shed fur? Try a short-haired breed.

Step 3: Decide between vocal or quiet cats
Do you want your cat to meow and "talk" to you? Try a Siamese or Burmese. Want a quiet cat? Try a Scottish Fold or American Curl.

Step 4: Decide between active or relaxed cats
Decide between active or relaxed cats. Do you have lots of time to spend with a playful, frisky cat? Try an Abyssinian. Are you away from home a lot and want a mellow or relaxed cat? Try a Russian Blue or Ragdoll. Want a cat good with kids? Try a Maine Coon.

Step 5: Decide between a kitten and an adult cat
Decide between a kitten and an adult cat. Kittens are very active and require lots of attention and training. If you don't have a lot of spare time, try a full-grown cat instead. It will bond with you just as well and you will have a better idea of its personality.

Step 6: Find out more
Look at all your requirements, make a list of which breeds fit best, then find out more. If you're going with a purebred, check with a breeder regarding price and availability.

Step 7: Take your time deciding
Take time making your decision. Finding a cat with the purr-sonality that's right for you will ensure a

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