8 Cat Breeds best suited for First-Time Owners

You’ve got to start somewhere! This list of cat breeds is specially dedicated to all of those cat owners to be, and to help pick the right breed for your first ever feline family member.

Don’t worry if your favourite breed isn’t listed here. At the end of the day each cat is its own and its personality that’s important.

However, for those still doing their research, then let us make that a little bit easier for you. Here’s our top 8 cat breeds that we feel will make great additions to your family as a first-time cat owner.

Maine Coon

Maine Coon

Image: CatTime

If you’re into the fluffiest of fluffy cats, then the Maine Coon may be for you. It’s considered very friendly and social as well as very outgoing.

If you’re looking to add a cat to a dog’s household, Maine Coon’s are considered one of the best breeds to do this with due to how social they are.

Depending on the cat’s personality, you may even be able to walk this one on a lead or play fetch with it. Just be aware if you’re prone to sneezing. These kitties can get pretty huge, and come with a LOT of hair.

Siamese

Siamese

Image: The Local Swizerland

A very smart but very vocal breed. Siamese cats are considered great for first time owners as in terms of grooming and cleaning they’re not too demanding.

Just be sure to keep their short fur coat combed occasionally as well as keeping their nails trimmed and teeth clean. Keep this up and it will love you forever!

Be aware though, Siamese cats love to talk to you. All the time if they can.

Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold

image: wamiz

The Scottish Fold is very unique in its appearance, and has selectively been bred to have folded down ears, giving it an “ear-less” appearance.

This cat is known for being very curious as well as loyal and very loving to its family members. They’re also quite into playing more complex games with their companions, making exercising your pet’s mind a lot more fun.

Sphynx

Sphynx

Image: Paw Culture

Not everyone’s idea of the perfect cat, due to its hairless appearance, but still a beautiful animal none-the-less. If you’re not bothered about the wrinkles and lack of fur, then the Sphynx is for you.

The thing that makes the Sphynx a great first-time breed is the lack shedding. It’s a massive plus for those that may be allergic to cat hair. While it’s not completely hairless, its peachy layer of fur is very thin.

Sphynxes are very laid back and are happy to sit with you in a small jumper in winter and bask with you in the sun during summer. Relaxation is their priority in life.

Persian

Persian

Image: Fantastic Pet Care

Known for its long silky fur, squashed face and expressive eyes, the Persian is one of the oldest cat breeds. Its calm and affectionate, and prefers a serene environment.

Persians are best kept exclusively indoors and need daily grooming. This is because their fur is very long so they can’t fully groom themselves and become prone to matting.

If you have a quiet house with no children running around, and don’t like the idea of worrying if you’re cat is okay while out on its adventures then the Persian is right for you as a first-time cat owner.

Oriental

Oriental

Image: Your Cat Magazine

A relative of the Siamese, Oriental’s are known for their large ears and inquisitive personality. They’re very smart animals and bond deeply with their owners.

This breed is often described as “dog-like” with its playful nature and ability to get on with just about any other pet and children. However, like their Siamese cousins, they can be vocally demanding for attention.

Birman

Birman

Image: Catster

Thought to have originated in Burma, this long haired cat is known for its beautiful blue eyes, dark patches on its ears, face, legs and tail as well as its white boots on all four paws.

This loving and gentle cat loves to play, but can also keep itself occupied when you’re busy. Perfect for first-time owners with children or other pets.

Ragdoll

Ragdoll

Image: Catster

The ragdoll is very appropriately named, as when handled it tends to relax and become rather floppy! The ragdoll is extremely gentle and affectionate, being careful not to use its claws or teeth when playing. They also tend to follow their owners room to room, like a puppy.

However, it’s worth noting that this cat shouldn’t left to wonder around on its own as it’s not too good at defending itself. While this means no dead animals on the door step, it can lead to the cat being harmed by more aggressive animals or pets.

If you’re after a relaxed, loving and gentle cat but have children to think about, then the ragdoll could be great as your first ever feline family member.

We hope that this list has given you a better idea on what breed of cat is best for you, as a first-time cat owner. Remember, always do your research and if you can – adopt!

If there’s any other breeds you feel is worthy of this list let us know in the comments!

Featured image credit: zastavki


Charity Dog
Dog and cat
Tilt
Kitten
Cat On Yellow
Cat