Breed Tips

8 House Cat Breeds You Should Consider

Why Get a Cat?

Looking for a cat but unsure of where to begin? Cats are common house pets thanks to their kind and cuddly nature. They are known for being low-maintenance and fairly independent. However, many people aren’t familiar with cat breeds. Much like dogs or other animals, each cat breed is going to have its own unique personality, size, and coat color. It’s important to do your research before talking to a breeder or visiting your local shelter to adopt your new furry friend. You want a pet that will fit well with your lifestyle and habits. You’ll find eight of the best common house cat breeds that you should consider below.

The list is in no particular order. This is because you and your home are just as unique as the kitties themselves. A cat that matches well for one family may not fit well with another. Take time to consider what traits you want (or don’t want) to find in your new cat.

Ragdoll Cats

  • Life expectancy: 12 – 17 years

  • Adult weight: 10 – 20 lbs.

  • Adult height: 9 – 11 in.

Ragdoll cats are known for being an extremely easygoing breed. Their name comes from their ability to relax and go completely limp in a person’s arms, like a ragdoll. These friendly cats are very good with children thanks to their moderate energy level. They are willing to play, but also love a good cat nap. If you are looking for a quiet friend to follow you around the house, the beautiful blue-eyed ragdoll cat is right for you.

Abyssinian Cats

  • Life expectancy: 14 – 15 years

  • Adult weight: 8 – 12 lbs.

  • Adult height: 8 – 10 in.

Abyssinian (or Aby) cats are known for their tall ears and muscular bodies. They are very playful and energetic. They are extremely gentle, making them good for kids. Also, they are very intelligent, which makes active games and enrichment perfect for them. If you are fortunate enough to come across a cream female, you are in luck because they are extremely rare to find.

Exotic Shorthair Cats

Exotic Shorthair
  • Life expectancy: 12 – 15 years

  • Adult weight: 8 – 14 lbs.

  • Adult height: 10 – 12 in.

Exotic Shorthair cats are known for their low-maintenance coat (compared to the higher-maintenance Persian cat below.) These quiet cats will love to lay on you for a cat nap at any hour of the day. However, this doesn’t mean they can’t be convinced to be active. Many Exotic Shorthair cats love to play, also making them ideal for children. If you are in search of a warm, sweet companion, the Exotic Shorthair may be perfect for you.

American Shorthair Cats

American Shorthair
  • Life expectancy: 15 – 17 years

  • Adult weight: 8 – 15 lbs.

  • Adult height: 8 – 10 in.

American Shorthair cats are known for their particularly easy-going personalities. When socialized properly from a young age, the American Shorthair is great with kids, traveling, and anything else you throw their way. They are a pretty curious breed, so it’s important to keep them entertained with enrichment activities and play so they don’t cause any mischief. If you’re looking for an active sweetheart to spend your days with, the American Shorthair could be right for you.

British Shorthair Cats

British Shorthair
  • Life expectancy: 12 – 17 years

  • Adult weight: 9 – 12 lbs.

  • Adult height: 12 – 14 in.

British Shorthair cats are also known for their easy-going personalities. This laid-back cat is the perfect family pet thanks to its patient attitude even around small children. They are quite loyal to their families and stick by their side. If you are looking for a kind and patient new friend, the British Shorthair may be your new cat.

Persian Cats

  • Life expectancy: 14 – 15 years

  • Adult weight: 9 – 13 lbs.

  • Adult height: 8 – 10 in.

Persian cats are most well known for their famous long coat. These beautiful animals are typically very gentle and kind. Although they are incredibly able, they are generally very quiet and reserved. However, this won’t stop them from cuddling up with people they feel comfortable with. If you are hoping to find a sensitive and kind pet, look no further!

Main Coon

Main Coon
  • Life expectancy: 12 – 15 years

  • Adult weight: 10 – 25 lbs.

  • Adult height: 10 – 16 in.

Main Coon cats are well known for being one of the largest domestic cat breeds. Their muscular build and long coat make them very lovable gentle giants. These intelligent cats are very adaptable and can handle kids and other pets. They are somewhat independent and are happy to give you some personal space when needed. Easy to train and easy to love, Maine Coon cats are worth considering.

Devon Rex

Devon Rex
  • Life expectancy: 10 – 15 years

  • Adult weight: 5 – 10 lbs.

  • Adult height: 12 – 14 in.

Devon Rex Cats are well known for being hypoallergenic. These extremely playful companions are great for kids with allergies. Also known as the poodle cat or the alien cat, Devon Rex’s short coat is easy to maintain and doesn’t shed very much. If you are looking for a social companion to fit in with your family and other pets, the hypoallergenic Devon Rex might be the one for you.

There are Many Indoor Cats to Choose

Whether you’re going to a local shelter in search of a new cat for your home or talking with a professional breeder, it’s important to know the different types of cat breeds. While the cats listed above are all great options, you can also take a look at our other cat breed profiles to compare until you find the right breed for you and your family. Also, consider talking with a veterinarian about your unique needs and the breed of cat you’re hoping to find.

When you do find your new furry friend, it’s essential to protect them from what may come their way.  Pet insurance is a great way to help protect your cats and kittens from unexpected accidents and illnesses.


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