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How to Choose a Cat Breed

How to Choose a Cat Breed

The best cat breed for your home will be determined by your lifestyle and personality, as well as the characteristics you find most appealing in a feline companion. Our Knightdale veterinarians recommend the following six breeds as house cats.

What's the best house cat breed?

The answer to this question is contingent on the personality, physical characteristics, and other qualities you seek in a feline companion and your lifestyle. Cats are as individual as their owners; some are chatty attention seekers, while others prefer to sleep quietly. Here are some breeds that do well in a house cat's environment.


These outgoing, golden-eyed felines love to show off their athletic abilities, provide hours of cuddles, and affectionately chat with you for hours. This breed is simple to groom, sheds moderately, and only needs to be brushed once a week.


A lovely choice for apartment dwellers seeking a feline friend, Ragdoll cats are large, long-bodied, and strikingly beautiful, with long, silky coats. When it comes to their personality, they are loving, sweet, and always up for cuddles.

They often welcome their people at the door when they arrive home, and can learn tricks easily with a little positive reinforcement.


Also known as “Himmies”, these gentle and calm cats have large, deep blue eyes and long, full, dense coats that require regular grooming.

A Himalayan will frequently display kitten-like bursts of energy. These lovely cats can be found snoozing in a sliver of sunlight and sprinting through the living room on their way to their next adventure. These cats make excellent companions if their owners pay attention to their nutrition and provide them with adequate exercise and interaction.

British Shorthair

Originally bred to keep rodents from invading their masters’ barn and house, this breed plays well by itself and is a good choice for single people provided they get enough exercise and interaction from their owner. 

This powerful, medium-to-large breed is known for its round and thick appearance. Grooming your British Shorthair daily is essential because these cats have thick, dense coats that shed seasonal changes.

Scottish Fold

Named for their unusual and adorable folded ears, Scottish Folds are known for being enthusiastic mousers who are playful, sensitive, and expressive. One striking feature of this breed is their orange-yellow-colored eyes.

This breed is good with children and loves attention, companionship, and time around people. If you’re out of the house for long periods this may not be the best cat breed for you. 

Devon Rex

The pixie of the cat world, this breed is loyal, laid-back, and fun-loving. Large eyes, high-set cheekbones, long legs, and slender bodies characterize these mischievous felines. This energetic breed gets along well with kids.

Kittens at heart, Devon Rex's are intelligent, active, and need stimulation such as playing with puzzle toys that offer treats as a reward or learning tricks.

Wondering which breed would be best suited to you? Contact our Knightdale animal hospital for advice.

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