Top Cat Breeds for Your Household
If you've spent hours watching cute cat videos and scanning local shelters for new kittens, you're probably ready for a kitten or cat of your own. Cats are amazing pets that provide companionship, decrease anxiety, and improve happiness.
Cats come in varying breeds, personalities, and temperaments. If you're curious what type of cat would be best for your family, take a look at the top 10 cat breeds in America below!
1. Domestic Shorthair
The Domestic Shorthair is hands down the most popular cat breed in America, making up 95% of cats in the U.S. This popular cat is actually a mix of multiple cat breeds and is often considered the "mutt" of cats. Since the Domestic Shorthair is made up of numerous breeds, they vary greatly in personality and fur color, making each one unique.
2. American Shorthair
Originally bred to keep vermin away, American Shorthairs are athletic but are also happy to hang out on the couch. Not overly social and not overly independent, American Shorthairs are great cats for families looking for a cuddle bug that's happy to be left alone when needed.
3. Domestic Longhair
Related to the Domestic Shorthair, Domestic Longhairs carry a recessive longhair gene, giving them beautiful fluffy coats. Since the Domestic Longhair is mixed with various breeds, each one will come with a unique coat and set of personality traits.
4. Maine Coon
Incorrectly declared extinct in the 1950s, Maine Coon's have since become one of the top cat breeds. These rugged cats are large and have a dense coat, making them perfect for cooler climates. Main Coons are known for their loyalty to their families and are said to follow their owners from room to room.
Siamese cats are distinctive, with bright blue eyes, cream fur, and brown paws. They are one of the chattiest breeds and are known to talk your ear off, whether you're listening or not. These intelligent cats love to play and don't like being left alone for long periods, so their best for families who don't often travel and have time to dedicate to feline play.
6. Russian Blue
Shy around strangers, Russian Blues are quiet cats who are happy to play alone or with their owners. These cats are known for their dark gray fur and upturned mouth, making them appear to be smiling. Although Russian Blues are reserved around newcomers, they can be very playful and cuddly around humans they trust.
Laidback and affectionate, Ragdolls are among the top cat breeds for families. These large fluffy cats are pointed breeds, meaning they have light-colored bodies with dark fur around their paws and face. Known for their adaptability, Ragdolls are great with kids, cats, and other dogs.
Although Bengals look wild, they're one of the most beloved domesticated cats. Bred initially with Asian Leopard Cats, Bengals have a distinctive spotted coat that gives them a leopard-like appearance. Considered one of the most athletic breeds, Bengals love to climb and play. They stay active as they age, so they need a family that can provide exercise and a stimulating environment.
Bombay cats are a crossbreed of Burmese and Domestic Shorthair. They have a sleek black coat and stunning copper eyes. Like many cats on this list, Bombay's are very affectionate and loyal to their families. They're happy to cuddle with you on the couch or spend time playing with a laser pointer.
If you're looking for a lazy, extra fluffy cat, consider adopting a Persian. Like Blue Russians, Persians can be standoffish around people they don't know but are happy to cuddle with their family members. Families who adopt Persians should prepare for potential health issues. Although their scrunched face is cute, it can cause complications down the line.
Caring for a cat can be a rewarding experience. Before adopting a new furry friend, keep in mind your family's lifestyle and consider what feline personality types would suit your household best. Use this list of the top 10 cat breeds as a reference point as you decide what kind of kitty you're bringing home.
And once you decide, schedule an appointment with Forever Vets; we'll ensure your pet gets the care it needs.