Advice on choosing the perfect cat companion for your home


1. Lifestyle Compatibility

One of the primary reasons for selecting a specific cat breed is to ensure compatibility with your lifestyle. Some breeds are more active and playful, requiring regular mental and physical stimulation, while others are more content with lounging around and enjoying the quieter moments. For instance, the Siamese cat  (seen in the picture above ) is known for its high energy level and social nature, making it an ideal choice for households with active individuals who can engage in interactive play. On the other hand, breeds like the British Shorthair are known for their calm demeanor, making them well-suited for families seeking a more relaxed and laid-back companion.

2. Allergies and Hypoallergenic Breeds

Allergic reactions to cats can be a significant concern for some individuals. If you or someone in your household has allergies, choosing a hypoallergenic breed can make cohabiting with a feline friend much more comfortable. Breeds such as the Siberian, Balinese, and Devon Rex are often considered hypoallergenic due to their lower production of allergenic proteins in their saliva and skin glands. While no cat is entirely hypoallergenic, these breeds may cause fewer allergic reactions for sensitive individuals.

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Siberian Cat Relaxing on the Floor Indoors.

3. Grooming Needs

The grooming requirements of different cat breeds vary widely. Long-haired breeds, such as the Maine Coon and the Ragdoll, demand more frequent brushing to prevent matting and tangling of their luxurious coats. If you’re willing to invest time and effort into maintaining your cat’s coat, these breeds can be rewarding companions. Conversely, short-haired breeds like the Abyssinian and the Cornish Rex require less grooming but still provide the joy of feline companionship.

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Cornish Rex cat

4. Apartment Living vs. Spacious Homes

The size of your living space plays a crucial role in determining the most suitable cat breed for your household. If you live in an apartment or have limited indoor space, selecting a breed that thrives in confined environments, such as the Burmese or the Scottish Fold, can help ensure a harmonious coexistence. These breeds are often content with indoor living and won’t feel deprived by the lack of outdoor space. Conversely, if you have a spacious home with ample room for exploration, breeds like the Bengal, known for their playful and adventurous nature, might be a perfect fit.

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Scottish fold cat

5. Socialization and Family-Friendly Breeds

For families with children or those seeking a cat that can easily adapt to a multi-pet household, choosing a breed with a sociable and friendly nature is paramount. Breeds like the Ragdoll ( pictured below ), the Maine Coon, and the American Shorthair are often praised for their gentle and tolerant disposition, making them well-suited for households with young children or other pets. These breeds tend to form strong bonds with their human companions and are more likely to enjoy interactions and cuddles.

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Ragdoll cat

6. Age and Energy Level

Considering the age of the cat you’re adopting is also crucial. Kittens, for instance, are generally more active and playful, requiring lots of attention and stimulation. Breeds like the Abyssinian and the Bengal are known for their high energy levels, making them great choices for families with young children who can engage in interactive play. Conversely, if you’re looking for a more mellow and mature companion, senior cats or breeds with lower energy levels, like the Persian or the British Shorthair, might be more suitable.

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Bengal cat

7. Health Considerations

Different cat breeds have varying predispositions to certain health issues. Researching the common health concerns of a breed can help you anticipate potential medical needs and provide proper care. For example, breeds like the Siamese and the Burmese are known to have dental issues, while breeds like the Ragdoll can be more prone to heart conditions. Being aware of these potential health concerns allows you to take preventive measures and offer appropriate medical attention when necessary.

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Burmese cat














8. Costs of the different breeds

The cost of different cat breeds can vary significantly based on several factors, including the breed’s rarity, popularity, lineage, age, and geographic location. Keep in mind that prices can fluctuate over time, and what might be accurate now could change in the future. As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, here’s a general overview of what you might expect to pay for some popular cat breeds:

  • Persian Cat: Persian cats are known for their long, luxurious coats and distinctive appearance. They can range from $500 to $5,000 or more, with show-quality cats generally at the higher end of the price spectrum.
  • Bengal Cat: Bengal cats are known for their wild appearance and unique coat patterns. They can range from $1,000 to $4,000 or more, depending on their lineage and markings.
  • Sphynx Cat: Sphynx cats are hairless and have a distinctive, wrinkled skin. They typically range from $1,500 to $3,000 or more due to their rarity and special care requirements.
  • Siamese Cat: Siamese cats are known for their striking blue eyes and color-pointed coats. They usually range from $400 to $1,200 or more, depending on lineage and show potential.
  • Maine Coon Cat: Maine Coons are large, fluffy cats known for their friendly personalities. They can range from $800 to $2,000 or more, with larger and more well-bred specimens typically being on the higher end.
  • Ragdoll Cat: Ragdolls are known for their gentle and affectionate nature. They often cost between $800 and $2,500, depending on factors like lineage and color patterns.
  • Scottish Fold Cat: Scottish Folds are recognized by their unique folded ears. They can range from $1,000 to $3,000 or more due to the distinctive feature.
  • Russian Blue Cat: Russian Blues have short, dense coats and striking green eyes. They usually range from $400 to $2,000 or more, depending on pedigree and quality.
  • Abyssinian Cat: Abyssinians have a ticked coat and an active, playful personality. They typically range from $500 to $1,500 or more.
  • Exotic Shorthair Cat: Exotic Shorthairs resemble Persians but have short coats. They can range from $800 to $2,000 or more, depending on lineage and quality.

Please note that these price ranges are approximate and can vary based on individual circumstances. Additionally, adoption from shelters and rescue organizations is a wonderful option and can provide you with a loving companion at a lower cost. Always make sure to research thoroughly and buy from reputable breeders who prioritize the health and well-being of their cats.


Selecting the right cat breed for your household is a decision that goes beyond aesthetics. It involves careful consideration of your lifestyle, living environment, family dynamics, and personal preferences. By choosing a cat breed that aligns with these factors, you set the stage for a harmonious and fulfilling relationship between you and your feline companion. Whether you opt for an active and playful breed, a calm and cuddly one, or a hypoallergenic companion, the journey of finding the perfect cat is a rewarding one that leads to years of joy, companionship, and unforgettable moments.


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Author: James Kelly

James Kelly is a network marketer and blogger who earns a living from affiliate programs and blogs 



Author: James Kelly

James Kelly is a network marketer and blogger who earns a living from affiliate programs and blogs

16 thoughts on “Advice on choosing the perfect cat companion for your home”

  1. People don’t realize how important it is indeed to have a cat that is suitable for your household and how important this is for the wellbeing of pets. I am sharing this article on a cats forum, as it is very informative and maybe animal shelters pick this up as well and tell people all these things or ask them questions on the circumstances of their homes and daily life, to find a matching cat 😉 I hope that every cat finds a perfect home!

  2. Cats, like any other pet, are a lifetime commitment. So selecting the correct breed for your lifestyle is of the utmost importance. And I agree that finding a reputable breeder is a key component to your search. I like how you listed several different breeds and their average cost, but I would also mention that your local humane society is also a good spot to acquire your furry  companion. Nice read.

  3. Your article on choosing the perfect cat companion for one’s home is a comprehensive guide that beautifully covers the various factors to consider when making such an important decision. Your thoughtful breakdown of lifestyle compatibility, grooming needs, living space, socialization, age, health considerations, and costs provides readers with a well-rounded perspective on selecting the right feline friend. Your emphasis on researching and understanding each breed’s characteristics, along with the reminder to prioritize adoption from shelters and rescue organizations, highlights your commitment to the well-being of both cats and their potential owners. This article will undoubtedly assist countless individuals in making informed choices that lead to a harmonious and fulfilling relationship with their chosen feline companions. Well done!

  4. I love this article being a crazy cat lady myself.  I have only one concern in the description of the Siamese cat.  I love cats and have never had one that would not hire me as a member of their staff.  All except the Siamese.  I have never met a Siamese that did not hate me on site.  I have never found them affectionate in the least.  Very bossy and superior.  The description, in this article, of the Persian and the Scottish Fold or the Bernese is so great.  I hope to see more articles like this.


    1. Interesting comments about Siamese cats Dierdre. In general they do like human companionship so you must be one of the exceptions to the rule! Very pleased that you enjoying reading articles such as this one. Jim

  5. Hi, i agree that different breeds have different characteristics, and some are more suited to indoor family life than others. We have had some domestic cats as pets who were not at all friendly. In fact one of our cats bit my wife on the wrist, and we had to go to the hospital to have the wound cleaned. Its a good thing we did as the doctor was concerned for my wife´s life had the wound not been irrigated at the hospital.

    1. Thanks Alan for those comments which are very much appreciated. I can relate to your wife’s experience as I made the big mistake one Christmas Eve by trying to separate our cat Leo from one of our neighbours cats and ended up in hospital as well with many scratches and bites on my hands and arms which left a big blood trail our driveway. Won’t ever try that again! Jim

  6. Hi James, thanks again for creating such a lovely website. I really enjoy the beautiful pictures of the different breeds. It’s so true that different breeds have different temperaments. We have had numerous cats, but we once took on rescue cat who was a very adventurous cat who needed a huge amount of entertainment and attention! He was a moggie, so who knows what was in his genes, and it could be to do with his past too that we didn’t know much about. On the contrary, our British shorthair was peaceful and content and cuddly. 

    With regards to hypoallergenic cats, good tips to pick your breed carefully. And, important for people to know hair-wise how much hoovering they’re going to be needing to do before taking a cat on. I know people who are rather house-proud and have been disappointed by the amount of needly hairs stuck to all their lovely white furniture and clothes!

    1. Hi Michelle pleased to know you and thank you very much for that detailed response which is greatly appreciated. Yes some cats, like our cat Oscar, definitely leave a lot of hair around the house but the cleanup is a small price to pay for their loving companionship. Jim

  7. This article offers invaluable advice for individuals seeking to choose the ideal feline companion for their home. With practical insights and considerations, it guides readers through the process of finding a cat that aligns with their lifestyle and preferences. A must-read resource for those embarking on the journey of bringing a new furry friend into their lives.

  8. I love cats!  

    But it seems like many don’t appreciate the differences between them.  They are all so different.  It’s important to be mutually well-suited to each other.  It’s important for the cat and for the human.  Energy levels could be a huge issue.  I’m a fat, slow moving old woman, so maybe a high energy young Bengal kitten would not be as good a match for me as a tired old Burmese…a gal like myself…somebody to be a couch potato with!  

    One of the things I’ve always loved about cats is how autonomous they are.  The long fur sure is pretty, but I don’t want to have to brush it.  I need a short-hair. 

    I don’t have a cat right now, but I must need one because I can’t stop looking at them on facebook.  When I do get a cat again, I will not go out and buy one.  I will find somebody whose barn cat had kittens and give one or two of them the best home and the most love I possibly can.  If there’s two of them, and they have more energy than me, at least they can entertain each other, then just come to me to snuggle.

    Thanks for this highly informative article.



    1. Thank you Anna for sharing your thoughts on the subject with all of us. Your perspective in this matter is greatly appreciated.Jim

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