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    Default Cat selection help

    Hi, I am a little confused about what breed of cat to get because originally I was thinking a Burmese but read that it is better to have 2 as they require a lot of attention.

    This will be our first indoor cat, our 11yr old dog recently passed away :-(

    So if anyone can help with breed selection, that would be great!

    Here is some info:
    * I have two young boys, school age (5yr and 7yr)

    * The cat would be on its own only 3 days a week (approx 8.30am - 3.30pm), I only work 3 days a week. Obviously on the weekends we might go out on Sundays...etc and on my days off I might duck out to the shops...

    * It would be an only cat, we really don't want a second cat.

    * I would love the cat to be playful, but also love to snuggle on our laps.

    * I really don't like the idea of having a lot of hair around on the furniture or clothing, so would prefer a low shedding cat. Am I right in saying that even domestic cats shed quite a bit in comparison to some other breeds?



    I really want to choose the right breed, your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    PS: Please don't judge that I won't be adopting a rescue domestic kitten...

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    A devon rex!!

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    We have a pure Bengal. I would never want any other cat. She is amazing. Very very low maintenance, in that she doesn't need a whole lot of attention, and is happy if we go away for a few days. She is indoor and outdoor. We have never had issues bringing mice or anything into the house. She is very patient with my well-meaning but rough children. Very little shedding, not enough to even notice it. At 8 years old, she is still quite playful sometimes. She is happy to snuggle up on the end of the bed or the couch. She is just a beautiful cat. We have had other cats with her (including her brother) but she prefers being alone. IMG_1478654791.479875.jpg

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    I have a Burmese. She is nearly 8. She's beautiful, friendly, playful and amazing. I am away from home a lot, always have been, I got her as a 16 week old kitten, when I was working 70+ hours a week. She's never been destructive or anything.

    She loves a snuggle on the couch, will fetch a small toy or piece of paper. She has always tolerated my children's "love", (the way they love her probably borders on abuse though!) They pick her up, carry her around, drop her by mistake, everything kids do, and she just puts up with it. My kids are 6 and 4, so even though I got the cat first, she just adapted!

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    I had a sole Burmese for years and he was totally fine. We then got a cat and a dog and he loves them too.

    They are incredibly smoochy and affectionate and they do want to be with you, but they'll also chill on their own if you aren't there.

    My main reason for getting one (he was a retired breeder) rather than a rescue cat (which I've always done in the past) is that they do really well indoors and they don't seem to want to kill wildlife. well mine doesn't he's never chirped at a bird. They love the creature comforts of being inside.

    I have another pedigree cat who is also just gorgeous but imo you can't beat a Burmese. Especially a desexed male. They're like smoochy dogs.

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    Default Cat selection help

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahalfdozen View Post
    We have a pure Bengal. I would never want any other cat. She is amazing. Very very low maintenance, in that she doesn't need a whole lot of attention, and is happy if we go away for a few days. She is indoor and outdoor. We have never had issues bringing mice or anything into the house. She is very patient with my well-meaning but rough children. Very little shedding, not enough to even notice it. At 8 years old, she is still quite playful sometimes. She is happy to snuggle up on the end of the bed or the couch. She is just a beautiful cat. We have had other cats with her (including her brother) but she prefers being alone.
    A friend of mine has a bengal, and he is just a beautiful cat! I'd love to have one. We have a plain old domestic short hair and while our boy (mostly) has a good temperament, he does get a bit snippy sometimes. And he sheds soooooo much hair! Drives me nuts.

    Siamese are lovely sociable cats too. But they are talkative, so you'd have to be prepared for that if you got one of those! And ragdolls are super cuddly too, but hairy.

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    Do Bengals suit indoors alone, or outdoors?

    Thanks for you help.

    My research has come up with: Devon Rex, Burmilla, Exotic short hair, Russian Blue and quite a few others!
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    Default Cat selection help

    My neighbours have a Bengal and he terrorises the whole street. He's constantly in other people's backyards, sprays on our front door, just a real menace. Seems very friendly with his family, but roams far & wide. They are quite a large cat too.
    Why not adopt a kitten that needs a home? We have 2 domestic shorthairs and they are lovely. My boy was an only cat for years and he was just fine.
    ETA: just re-read your op that you don't want to adopt a kitten. My mum just got an Australian Mist, they are beautiful cats full of personality.
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    Sorry was meant to add more. We have a devon rex. He is hilarious. Sheds a little but not much and doesnt seem to bother my ds who has allergies. Very playful but also a big smooch. They also look different to most cats so often a talking point. They come in different colours, seal point is just one. Ours has the most beautiful blue eyes.

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    I have 2 Burmese and they are wonderful cats. They are playful and love to snuggle in. We got our 2nd cat 6 months after our first and our first was fine as a solo cat - we just wanted 2. Prior to the Burmese we had a Birman and a persian x tonkinese - both very fluffy and I hated having fur on everything. They were lovely cats though - especially my tonkinese cross (perhaps a tonkinese might work for you also). He was the most handsome, loving cat - he would let the kids do anything to him. I miss him dearly. But I can certainly recommend burmese


 

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