Deciding to adopt a cat into your family is a major and exciting decision. A sweet furry feline can make a wonderful addition to any family, as long as you choose one that fits with your family's lifestyle.
If you have younger children, you're going to want to look for a sociable, easy-going cat that is not territorial and has a high tolerance for sudden movements and loud noises. Thankfully there are several breeds of cats that match that description.
These cats are perfect for families who spend their days running and playing. Known for their lean and muscular stature, Abyssinian cats love nothing more than being active nearly all the time. These cats are also extremely intelligent and social, and are known to mimic the actions of their favorite people.
Adding a Burmese cat into your household is almost like adding another human member of the family. These cats are very social and enjoy observing and joining in on household activities. However make sure you keep an eye on these cats (and your earrings), as they're also known for their love of finding and hiding shiny objects.
Maine Coon cats are the gentle giants of the feline world. They can grow to the size of a small dog, and also typically display dog-like friendliness. If you're a first time cat owner, this is a very easy-going breed that's not too difficult to handle. Just know that Maine Coon's unique paw shape makes it easy for them to open doors, so invest in good locks.
If you choose to adopt a Manx cat, there's two major things to prepare for. First, your cat will likely form an extremely close bond with one member of the family. Second, you'll always be looking up for your cat, as this breed is known for perching high on shelves and doors to observe the family.
Ragdolls got their name because they are absolute cuddle buddies. These sweet cats love nothing more than being held in your arms or in your lap. This breed is perfect for less active families, as Ragdoll cats should never be left outdoors unsupervised, as their trusting nature can get them into trouble.