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.
DOMESTIC SHORTHAIR (NON-PEDIGREED)
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.