Choosing A Cat: Cat Breeds and Their Personality Traits

by | Apr 10, 2023

Are you considering bringing a cat into your home for the first time? Choosing the right breed can make your transition into cat ownership more pleasant and stress-free.
Personality traits, grooming needs, and potential health issues are all important considerations when choosing what type of cat might work best. Our vets know a great deal about each breed and their own set of genetic predispositions to specific health conditions. We wanted to help learn in advance about potential issues, so you’re prepared to provide the appropriate care for your new feline friend. This blog will guide you through some of the delights and challenges associated with four cat breeds.
Let’s start with two of the more “demanding” breeds that people love:


The beautiful and exotic Bengal is known for its high energy and intelligence. These active felines require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. Are you ready for this? To keep your Bengal cat happy may overwhelm a novice owner. Of concern is this breed’s predisposition to Progressive Retinal Atrophy, a genetic disorder that causes the degeneration of a Bengal cat’s eyes.


Although adorable and affectionate, Sphynx cats require regular skin cleaning due to their lack of fur. This grooming and their high energy levels might be more than a new owner bargains for. Health concerns are skin issues such as urticaria pigmentosa, cutaneous mastocytosis, ear wax problems, and infections. Regular vet consultations and genetic testing can help identify these conditions.

a cat stretching and sleeping
On the other hand, several cat breeds are known for their adaptability and low-maintenance lifestyle. Here are two:


Often very easygoing and friendly, these cats have a wide range of coat colours and patterns, and their short coats require minimal grooming, making them ideal for first-time owners. According to the ASPCA Pet Insurance, non-pedigreed domestic shorthairs have no genetic pre-disposition to diseases. They are often known as the “mutts” of the cat world and are available through the SPCA or other feline rescues in your area.


Ragdolls are an excellent choice for those who want a loving and affectionate breed. Known for their calm and gentle nature, Ragdolls love being held and cuddled, making them great lap cats. Despite their semi-long hair, they have mat-resistant fur; this means less grooming than expected. Ragdoll cats tend towards obesity and can be susceptible to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a type of heart disease.

Purrfect Match: Choosing Your Ideal Feline Companion

It’s essential to consider your lifestyle, the cat’s grooming needs, and the breed’s characteristic behaviours when choosing a feline companion. Each breed offers unique qualities, and what works for one person might not work for another. And while you should be aware of the potential health concerns associated with different breeds, don’t let this dissuade you from experiencing the joy of cat ownership. With the proper care and attention, these wonderful pets can thrive and become a cherished part of your family.
If you’re uncertain or have questions, don’t hesitate to consult with our vet team or a cat breeder. Their professional insights can help guide you in making an informed decision, but please remember that a breeder is not a replacement for proper veterinary care and education. Researching breeds and preparing for pet ownership will ensure a harmonious and lasting relationship with your new feline friend. And remember, many wonderful mixed-breed cats are waiting in shelters for their forever homes, so consider adoption as an equally rewarding option.
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