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Cat Breed Selector
Which Cat Breed Is Best For Me?
Are you considering bringing a cat into your home, but just can't decide which one best suits you? Or maybe you are asking yourself, "what kind of cat is this?" Get some help making this important decision, choosing (or identifying) a cat breed, with this personalized guide. It's simple: Tell us your preferences, and we'll match them with a list of cat breeds, in ranked order, that best meet your desires.

  • This selector focuses on cats as pets. Are you interested in other types of pets?
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      No, I am here at the "Cat Breed Selector" because I want to select the breed of cat that's best for me.



    1. SIZE: Which size would you accept?
    Small
    Medium
    Large
    No preference
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    2. BODY TYPE: Which body type would you accept?
    foreign These terms are used by cat fanciers to describe the range of cat body types. cobby
    Foreign
    Long slender bodies, fine bones, wedge-shaped angular heads (e.g., Siamese)
    Semi-Foreign
    In between, but closer to the foreign description
    Domestic
    In between, but closer to the cobby description
    Cobby
    Heavy boned, short bodied, round head and usually a thick tail. (e.g., Persian)
    Foreign--Long slender bodies, fine bones, wedge-shaped angular heads (e.g., Siamese)
    Semi-Foreign--a little less slender.
    Domestic--somewhat more weight.
    Cobby--Heavy boned, short bodied, round head and usually a thick tail. (e.g., Persian)
    No preference
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    3. COAT: Which of these coat characteristics would you prefer? Although hairballs and shedding are common cat issues, certain breeds will be more problematic than others in these areas---especially if they aren't brushed regularly.
    Short Coat (including hairless)
    Medium Coat
    Long Coat
    No preference
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    4. TAIL: What sort of tail would like your cat to have?
    A nice long cat tail.
    No tail or a bobtail
    No preference
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    5. GROOMING: Would you like a cat that requires a minimal amount of grooming? Even though cats spend about 15 percent of their days grooming themselves, that doesn't mean that you're necessarily off the hook.
    Yes, I don't fancy myself spending a lot time of acting as a cat beautician.
    No preference
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    6. ALLERGIES: Would you prefer a cat that is among those rated as most easily tolerated by allergy sufferers? Some breeds are said to cause less of a reaction than others.
    Yes, I am not into watery eyes and sneezing if I can avoid or minimize it.
    No preference
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    7. ACTIVITY: Which cat activity level would you like? Some cats are perfectly content lounging in the sunshine all day long. Others may need exercise, such as chasing or a regular walk around the lawn.
    Low. Lazing aroung the house is good.
    Medium. A moderate amount of activity is preferred.
    High. I want to be entertained by their athletic antics.
    No preference
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    8. INTELLIGENT: Would you like a cat that is considered intelligent? IQ testing of cats is subjective at best. If you really want a smart pet get a dog or even a pig, both which rate smarter than cats.
    Yes, although I realize cat breed intelligence is difficult to measure so probably not all that meaningful.
    No preference
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    9. PLAYFULNESS: Would you prefer a cat that is predicted to be playful? Remember, this may mean that you'll have to keep your home well-stocked with catnip mice and other toys.
    Yes
    No preference
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    10. VOCALNESS: Would you like a cat that is noted as "talkative"? Some folks believe that cats have their own language. Purring and meowing is often interpreted as talking.
    No, less is better
    Yes, more is better
    No preference
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    11. FRIENDLY: Would you prefer a cat that is people-friendly and social? While some cats are comfortable greeting new guests in your house, others will run and hide under your bed.
    Yes, social cats preferred
    No preference
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    12. COMPANIONSHIP: Would you prefer a cat that is likely to be a good companion? Cats have their own distinct personalities, with some breeds having a reputation for being loners.
    Yes, I'd like a companion cat
    No, I'd prefer a cat that's independent
    No preference
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    13. KID APPROPRIATE: Would you like a cat that enjoys kids?
    Yes, there will kids in my household.
    No preference
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    14. PET TOLERANT: Would you prefer a cat that tolerates other pets?
    Yes, a cat that tolerates other pets is what I want.
    No, it's better that my cat is happy being the only pet.
    No preference
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    15. HEALTH ISSUES: Would you prefer a cat that would tend to have fewer health problems?
    Yes
    No preference
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    16. COST: How much money are you willing to shell out for your cat?
    Very little money. In fact, I'd prefer to get my cat for free.
    A lot of money. You get what you pay for.
    No preference
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