If you’re thinking of getting a pet cat, there are many considerations to bear in mind – such as maintenance, health issues and pet cat insurance costs. However, the most important considerations will be the cat’s looks and character, so here we describe the UK’s top ten breeds.
1. Persian Cat
Well-known for its beautiful long coat, as a result the Persian does require more time grooming than other breeds. It comes in black, white, grey, orange and mixed colours.
2. Siamese Cat
With distinctive elegant bodies and posture, the Siamese craves attention and loves nothing more than being groomed and stroked.
3. Maine Coon Cat
One of the better-natured breeds of cat, the Mancoon is a good choice for children. Fun-loving and loyal, they shouldn’t cause problems with playful kids.
Ragdolls are very gentle cats with medium-length hair. Their easy-going and affectionate nature is best kept indoors, as there are many threats outside to such an innocent cat.
5. Burmese Cat
This breed develops a strong bond with its owner and, like the Siamese, may become quite vocal if they are left alone for long periods.
6. Manx Cat
The Manx gets its adorable cuddly image from its rounded body and short tail. They are among the more social cats and have no problems around strangers.
7. Siberian Cat
In terms of temperament, this breed shares many characteristics with your typical dog – intelligent, loyal and affectionate. Coupled with its allergy-friendly fur, it makes a great choice for a family pet.
8. Somali Cat
Fluffy hair and a big bushy tail is the hallmark of this breed. They are curious, fun-loving and playful. They also require fairly little grooming because they tend not to shed very much.
9. Russian Blue Cat
This breed has a striking blue-grey coat and green eyes. They develop a strong bond with their owners but they aren’t great with strangers.
10. American Bobtail Cat
Named for their short tail that looks like it might have been docked, these cats have a cheery personality and short or long coats.