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Finding the perfect feline friend: some of the most popular cat breeds to own as pets

Updated: Apr 29

Choosing the right cat breed to welcome into your home is an important decision that can greatly impact your lifestyle and happiness. With so many breeds to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics and personalities, finding the perfect feline companion can be an exciting journey. In this blog, we'll explore some of the best cat breeds to consider as pets based on their temperament, grooming needs, and compatibility with different lifestyles.

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1. Ragdoll:

Known for their affectionate and gentle nature, #Ragdollcats are often described as "puppy-like" for their tendency to follow their owners around and seek attention. They are large, muscular cats with striking blue eyes and semi-long fur that requires regular grooming. Ragdoll's are known for their relaxed demeanor and are great companions for families with children and other pets.

2. Maine Coon:

The #Mainecoon is one of the largest domesticated cat breeds, known for its friendly and sociable personality. These very large cats are often referred to as "gentle giants" for their friendly disposition and affectionate nature towards their owners. Maine Coons have thick, water-repellent fur that requires occasional grooming, but they are relatively low-maintenance compared to other long-haired breeds. They are intelligent and playful cats that enjoy interactive toys and games. They can grow to incredibly large sizes so you might want to think about the space you have in your home before looking to buy one of these breeds.

3. Siamese:

With their striking blue almond-shaped eyes and sleek, muscular bodies, Siamese cats are a visually stunning breed known for their vocal and outgoing personality. #Siamesecats form strong bonds with their owners and thrive on attention and companionship. They are intelligent and active cats that enjoy interactive play and mental stimulation. Siamese cats have short, fine fur that requires minimal grooming, making them ideal pets for busy individuals or families. Some say they can be very vocal so if you're looking for a very quiet companion this may not be the right breed for you.

4. Scottish Fold:

Recognizable by their unique folded ears and round, owl-like appearance, #Scottishfoldcats are known for their sweet and affectionate temperament. These laid-back cats are often described as "lap cats" for their love of cuddling and lounging with their owners. Scottish Folds are adaptable and get along well with children and other pets. They have a plush, dense coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangles and have an incredibly cute face!

5. Shorthair

Known as crossbreed or standard shorthair or #moggy, these make up a large proportion of cats and come in all different colours and sizes. Tuxedo cats known for their black and white tux like colours, tabby cats, pure black, pure white, ginger, calico and lots of other beautiful mixes make up this breed. Usually easy to look after they can often be found in rehoming centers, charities and shelters near you. This can be a good choice for a first cat but remember if you are looking to rehome a cat you don't always get to know their history so they may be a little nervous or frightened. Once they learn to trust you they can make the most loving pets and can work out to be a much cheaper option than purebreeds.


Choosing the best cat breed to own as a pet ultimately depends on your lifestyle, preferences, and personality. Whether you prefer the affectionate nature of Ragdolls, the playful antics of Maine Coons, the vocal charm of Siamese, the laid-back demeanor of Scottish Folds or the straightforward attitude of a moggy, there's a cat breed out there to suit every household. This was just a quick snapshot of a couple of well known breeds but there are many more to choose from. Before making a decision, take the time to research all the different cat breeds, visit reputable breeders or shelters, and spend time getting to know individual cats to ensure a lifelong bond and companionship.

I own two 'moggys' and they are friendly, loving and full of fun! I love to draw cats so why not check out the pet portraits of cats that I have done in the past by visiting this page on my website.

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