Hi I'm new :)

Layna GilbertLayna Gilbert Member Posts: 5
edited 11 December, 2012 in Choosing the Right Cat
Hi, I'm new around here. I quite often browse catster and love looking up all the different breeds. It gets me thinking though, I've never had a cat before, maybe when I leave home as boyfriend is a cat lover. Which cat breeds would be suitable for me? I've not had much to do with cats growing up, so gentle, affectionate quiet docile small types. But I thought I'd ask your expert advice!!

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  • Mary DubuissonMary Dubuisson Member Posts: 296
    edited 12 November, 2012
    Coming from a kitty that was orphaned at 2 and a half weeks old, I'm very happy that my humans rescued me and took such good care of me. Every breed has its charm, but in momma's opinion, shelter cats are awesome! The shelter has cats of all ages, and all personality types, from sweet and cuddly, to hyper and playful! Not only will you be saving the life of the cat you adopt, but you'll also be making room in the shelter for other animals in need too! Sometimes you can even find purebreeds at the shelter too!
  • Debra HoffmannDebra Hoffmann RidgewoodMember Posts: 1,174
    edited 13 November, 2012
    Our advice: Get an older cat. Why? Becuase many times they are more gentle, require less of a 'learning curve' and are good for Cat people novices. Mommy's first real kitten was CK...and don't get us wrong, but CK was alot of fun and alot of work for all of us...and he still has alot of the 'young cat' things going on. on the other hand, Emily Rose, our latest foster who just got adopted was the 'purrfect cat'. Gentle, soft pawed, chatty, loving, and very well behaved, she would be a great first cat for someone. Our advice is to work with a small shelter or rescue that know the cats. Go and spend some time with them...but lean toward older cats who's personalities are known. You will be glad you did.
  • Layna GilbertLayna Gilbert Member Posts: 5
    edited 14 November, 2012
    Hi :) Thanks for the replies. I have thought of this before, I think its a great idea getting a rescue cat or kitten, as the shelter will know the cats and their personalities. Hopefully something me and my boyfriend will do when we eventually get our own place. My boyfriend loves cats and had a very sweet tabby boy cat when he was a child and he misses having a cat. I am a complete cat novice and a bit scared lol. But other peoples cats tend to like me, the one's i've seen, they tend to come right up, hop up onto my knee and purr away at me. lol
  • Mary DubuissonMary Dubuisson Member Posts: 296
    edited 14 November, 2012
    We cats know a good person when we see one. ^.~ Feel free to ask any questions you might have! Doing your research before hand will make you more prepared when the time comes when you can have a cat.
  • Layna GilbertLayna Gilbert Member Posts: 5
    edited 18 November, 2012
    Thank you :) I seem to like tabby cats, but i've been researching into the different breeds. I love ragdolls so far, they seem ideal for me, quiet, affectionate and docile and that they are low level as well. what other cats are friendly and low level? I also like the look of tiffanie cats as well.
  • Lissy JohnsonLissy Johnson Member Posts: 84
    edited 18 November, 2012
    From my point of view, shelter cats are the best! No matter the size, age, or coloring all of them are so unique and need a loving home!:)
  • Lissy JohnsonLissy Johnson Member Posts: 84
    edited 18 November, 2012
    P.S. I always had a soft spot for Ragdolls, too!:))
  • Layna GilbertLayna Gilbert Member Posts: 5
    edited 19 November, 2012
    :) Also, what breeds DON'T like climbing to high places and are more floor cats? And which are better lap cats?
  • Abby StolbergAbby Stolberg Prairie VillageMember Posts: 9,419
    edited 30 November, 2012
    To be honest I can't think of a breed of cat that isn't likely to climb on things. But I am no cat breed expert so I could be wrong. I do agree with everyone's suggestion on looking into adopting a cat. There are so many different types or rescues out there today and I would suggest looking at a great variety of different rescues & shelters. A great website to find some near you is www.petfinder.com . Also if a rescue/shelter has cats that are currently in foster care or have just come from it that can be a plus because the foster parent can tell you how the cat was in a home environment. Because this will be your first cat I would also suggest maybe leaning towards an adult cat however there is nothing wrong with getting a kitten. As someone who currently has a spunky little 6 month old fuzz ball they are a great deal of fun but she can be quite a hand full. And I could see a kitten being a tad overwhelming at times for a feline novice. Though if you are still wanting a cat with some spunk and playful behavior getting a young adult (about a year or 2) will give you a cat that is more mature but still has a little bit of kitten-ness left in them. And like was mentioned before if you have question what so ever about cat ownership before you get a cat please do ask! This is the place! :D Lots of great advice from friendly cat people!
  • Layna GilbertLayna Gilbert Member Posts: 5
    edited 11 December, 2012
    Hello again :) Thank you so much for all the replies. Wow! Everyone is so friendly around here. Have been doing more research, there is a cat shelter near us, so eventually one day we can go there and have a look. I'm talking a while away yet though but it doesn't hurt to do research. Have been looking some more and have found out about the Selkirk Rex and some other breeds as well. Also, after chatting to my boyfriend, he says he doesn't know what breed of cat his was when he was a child. I wonder if anyone can help identify? He says he was a small, quite slim male grey tabby cat, he was quite quiet and only meowed for food, he didn't like going outside. He was grey/black tabby and he had a white spot on his head, and some white on his neck going down to his belly and his legs. Has anyone any ideas what he might have been?
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