I am looking for a house cat to join my family this year. I'm thinking it's between the Birman, the Ragdoll or the BSH because as a wheelchair user, I would like a large, affectionate cat that I can reach easily by leaning down from my wheelchair. What are the pros and cons of owning each please? Any other breeds I should consider?
I am torn between getting a kitten or a cat, but before deciding whether to get a kitten or an older juvenile, I wanted to ask a few questions so that I can make sure I would be a good owner, I hope you don't mind.
1. How big are 13 week old Ragdoll, Birman and BSH kittens are in comparison to kittens that grow into medium sized cat breeds? (I want to bond with the cat as soon as I have him/her, so I need to reach them unless they would jump on me voluntarily)
2. I have a placid, low-energy 8 year old dog who loves nothing more than chilling on his bed, wandering up to people for strokes when he feels like it then going back to a quiet spot to rest. Are even the most docile, sweet cat breeds little balls of crazy as kits?
3. How likely is it that a kitten would be frightened of an electric wheelchair?
4. Would a ragdoll, birman and a BSH try to dart for the door as soon as my carers wanted to enter/leave? They can't go far because I live on a cul-de-sac so we'd catch them easily, but would they try to run for freedom all the time?