Cats are the ideal furry companion. They are gentle with kids, generally low maintenance and are varied in personality, which makes it easy to find the purrfect match to suit your lifestyle.
When choosing a cat, it is important to consider the type of personality, breed and life stage that will best fit your lifestyle. To make things a little simpler, we’ve sat down with our resident pet behaviourist, Vickie from PetRescue, and put together some key pointers to help you find the right fit for your family:
From bouncy kittens to mature felines, here are some tips in the life stages of a cat.
Who doesn’t love a kitten – they’re playful, adorable and full of energy. Kittens do much of their growing in the first 6 months of life, after which they reach puberty and quickly grow into an adult cat. While they are cute, young kittens do require a healthy dose of attention and supervision, so it is important to factor in bonding time while they first settle in.
If you already have pets, a young kitten often fits into the family dynamic with ease, although it is always recommended you supervise their first few interactions. Many families also choose to adopt a pair of kittens. You get double the cuteness and love, plus they will have each other as company, which is great for when you’re not home.
There are so many great reasons to choose an adult cat. An older cat’s personality is already formed, so you can see exactly what you’re getting to ensure the best match for your lifestyle. Are they shy? Do they rub up against your leg? Did they come and sit on your lap? Adult cats tend to be easy to take care of, are generally healthy and have plenty of love to give.
If you are considering bringing an adult cat into the home with other pets, think about how your other pets will feel with the new addition and make sure you ease into the introduction to give them to give them the best chance at a beautiful fur friendship.
If you think an adult cat might be your purrfect match? Visit PetRescue to find your new best friend.
Cats are fascinating characters. From their sociability to their quirky behaviour, here are some classic cat personalities and what to consider when adopting them.
This cat truly believes it was born human. The Human Cat shares your home, your life and your personal space as if it was his own. This cat craves attention and will most likely find solace in your lap, rubbing up against your leg or sleeping on your bed.
Their ideal home is a comfortable family abode with plenty of faces and cosy corners to nap in. Their human personality can often mean that they struggle to develop relationships with other pets, so be sure to nurture and expose them to other animals from an early age.
A keen detective, the Curious Cat gets a thrill from exploring and inspecting anything and everything in their environment. They thrive on adventure and are certainly not shy when it comes to trying new things.
Their generally outgoing personality means that they love situations where they are able to meet new people every day, making them the ideal office cat. But be warned, they’ll get into every box, handbag and lap that enters its territory.
If you’re a cat lover, you’ll understand just how special shy cats can be. They bond strongly with their owner and develop a strong connection with their immediate family.
Sadly, they often miss out on adoption because they hide when new people come to meet them. But if you’re prepared to give a bashful cat time to settle in and learn to trust you, you’ll be rewarded with a wonderful relationship, and the feeling of knowing you have made a real difference.
A born hunter and gatherer, this cat is an extrovert at heart. No quest is too demanding for a Troublemaker Cat. They excel at stalking and capturing their prey, and love nothing more than playing with their toys and their owners.
They’re cheeky but adaptable and they’ll settle into a noisy household with or without other pets, and be a part of your family in no time. The ideal environment for this adventurer is a home with plenty of outdoor space so they can explore, chase and pounce to their heart's content.
The charming Ragdoll or the beautiful Burmese? Here's a few of Australia's favourites.
10-12 years average
The Ragdoll is a large and striking cat with beautiful, distinctive markings. Widely recognised as one of the most laid-back breeds around, the Ragdoll boasts an extremely gentle and relaxed nature.
It is this laid-back nature that has earned them their name and given them that floppy ragdoll impression. They are loyal and devoted to their owners, and their tolerant nature make them the ideal addition to any family. The Ragdoll does not require regular exercise, however it does require frequent grooming to keep its beautiful coat in good condition.
High to Moderate
18-20 years average
Originating from Burma, the Burmese cat is a loyal and affectionate creature that thrives on human attention. Their good-natured curiosity and vigorous health make them the ideal companion for people of all ages, but they are particularly great with children.
They are intelligent and playful, and can even be taught to play fetch! They are also extremely sensitive to their owners’ moods and feelings, so they’ll be right by your side to brighten your mood on a bad day.
15-20 years average
Large, chunky and affectionate, the British Shorthair is the gentle giant of the cat world. They are excellent with children and animals, and are loyal and loving companions to their families.
Timid by nature, the British Shorthair does not have the same adventurous streak as many of its fellow feline counterparts. Instead, it is more likely to want to spend its time snuggled up indoors.
Short to Medium
12 years average
Did you know that the Tabby cat is not actually a breed? Contrary to popular belief, the word "tabby" refers to a color pattern of stripes, swirls or dots in grey, brown, buff or orange tones.
They may not be of the same breed, but Tabby cats certainly do have personality traits in common. They are independent, curious and just a little bit mystical in their behavior. Tabby cats are also highly intelligent and learn to adapt to the lives of their owners quickly and easily. If you’re looking for a playful, affectionate and easily domesticated furry companion, look no further.