What's the friendliest breed of cat?

(109 Posts)
TuttiFrutti Tue 11-Dec-12 19:40:50

We've only ever had moggies but have always admired the look of exotic breeds. We are thinking vaguely of getting two kittens this time round, but they would have to get on with our dc aged 5 and 7, and we'd prefer friendly cats which wanted to sit on our laps/be with us/play with us in the evenings. We've had some moggies like that and some which were very stand-offish.

Preferably not too mad either, I don't really want the sort of cats that climb up the curtains, although maybe that's inevitable with kittens?

Is there any breed anyone can recommend?

SimplyTes Tue 11-Dec-12 20:10:45

Bengals! They are super loving and follow me all around the house, happily sit on my boys in the evening BUT they are very energetic (mild understatement there!)

cozietoesie Tue 11-Dec-12 20:13:02

I'm inclined to think that it's down to the individual cat more than it is to the breed, Tutti, Siamese person though I am. Also, with two kittens, you might well find that they'll play and bond with each other (up and down the curtains) rather than the people in the house.

With kittens, you don't always know how they'll turn out - but if you got a youngish rescue cat (say about 6-9 months) they'd still be real playful but you'd be able to get a better idea of their personality when you saw them because they'd be more mature - and better suited to young DC I would have thought.

Are you wedded to the idea of a pedigree?

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Musomathsci Tue 11-Dec-12 20:15:55

Devon Rex are great fun smile We have three, and they are very friendly with visitors, playful, great with kids and so on. Also relatively low shedding (bonus) and a bit quirky!

msrisotto Tue 11-Dec-12 20:17:58

Bengals are super energetic, would expect them to climb curtains!

Rag dolls rock but I would say that...mine follows me around and demands conversation as soon as I get home from work and just before my alarm goes off in the morning.

KnockedUpMell Tue 11-Dec-12 20:18:22

My Abyssinian is a lovely boy. Won't sit on your lap, but will sleep by your feet, follow you from room to room and when he is in the mood, will climb all over you for a cuddle. Lots of character and a lot of fun.

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Tue 11-Dec-12 20:20:33

Ragdolls are great, bit like little dogs, they follow you around, they love company and need someone home all day, mine can be vocal when they want something, both very affectionate I bred them for a while, I miss it badly, I do like Bengals too,very energetic, Sphynx can be fun too, not for everyone as they have no hair but they are highly intelligent cats, not for me though, I like a bit of fluffiness on my cats. grin.

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Tue 11-Dec-12 20:21:42

I would get 2 also, better fun in which ever breed to choose.

juneybean Tue 11-Dec-12 20:22:36

A male Persian, so damn lazy and docile

elvisola Tue 11-Dec-12 20:25:49

I have a male Persian, he is amazing, really friendly even when my toddler accidentally sits on him and will drape himself (he is huge) round my neck like a big scarf.

I also have a female Exotic Shorthair and she is a real lapcat - doesn't leave my side but chirrups at me constantly!

Floralnomad Tue 11-Dec-12 20:28:11

My mum has a Ragdoll and he is lovely but a bit too clingy and very vocal , also most tend to be housecats as they apparently have no road sense.

cozietoesie Tue 11-Dec-12 20:30:26

Well - I think that these posts demonstrate that the best breed is - the one that suits you!

Myself, I would only have Siamese because I 'fit' best with those but I think you're going to have to look around a bit.

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RugBugsWearingLittleSantaHats Tue 11-Dec-12 20:31:27

Burmese or another of the Asian breeds might suit you.
They are all very human-centric, Burmese are good climbers, they will always figure out how to get on top of kitchen cupboards but ime some of the Asian breeds (I have a burmilla) aren't quite so agile.
Temperament is carried down lines so whatever breed you choose observe the Queen and other cats in the breeders home.
If you like the look of bengals but think they might be too much for you, the ocicat is another breed which might suit.

Pendipidy Tue 11-Dec-12 20:31:38

i have half rag doll . she thinks she is a dog. follows kids around, plays with their toys with them . one year old ds plays, lies on and cuddles ours all the time. she isn't vocal, just very friendly smile

TuttiFrutti Tue 11-Dec-12 20:59:42

Thank you all for your replies. Lots to think about here! I like the sound of Burmese but probably Ragdolls would be too clingy for me. Hadn't heard of Devon Rex before so will check them out.

Cozie, I get where you're coming from, and no it doesn't HAVE to be a pedigree but I just think this is the moment for us to take the chance. I am totally open to youngish rescue cats and if we could find a pedigree rescue that might be a good option.

TheWombat Tue 11-Dec-12 21:05:52

I was always a rescue cat fan until we got 2 Bengal kittens - now I've fallen in love with the breed smile
They are energetic, but also very, very affectionate. They will curl up on your lap, nuzzle you, try to 'make bread' on your lap every night. They are chatty and great company. We have 2 DSDs who adore them - and I never heard a growl or hiss in their direction.
Bengal cats love water so you might find out that the cat wants a bath with your DC hmm. I wasn't so sure about that but the girls loved it!

RandomMess Tue 11-Dec-12 21:07:17

Somali and Abyssianin are well renowned as super friendly breeds

cozietoesie Tue 11-Dec-12 21:22:57

Well I can't talk, tutti, because my 'senior' cat (ie the one who sleeps with me) is always a Siamese. We just suit each other it seems. In fact, if you scan down the threads aways, you'll find that there's a poster who ended up a week or two ago with a ruddy great litter of half-Siamese (from a Siamese girl she gave a home to who was clearly 'no better than she ought to be' as my grandma would have said.) So if you're not in too much of a hurry, she might be on the lookout for a good home for at least a couple of them in a couple of months.

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cozietoesie Tue 11-Dec-12 21:26:13

Here's the thread.

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JuliaFlyte Tue 11-Dec-12 21:28:52

We have a Persian, and she is just lovely. Even when dd dresses her up in dolls' clothes and carries her around she never complains. She loves being the centre of attention. Gorgeous cat

discrete Tue 11-Dec-12 21:31:14

Maine coons. I specifically chose the breed because they were supposed to be docile and we have 2 dc aged 5 and 2, and they are even more docile than I had expected.

They are also incredibly friendly with other dc that come to visit, at one point there were 6 children all pawing at our male and he just sat there purring contentedly. Our old rescue moggies would have had someone's eyes by that point!

They are also very companionable with us, without being clingy or pestering us when we are otherwise engaged. They will just sit nearby purring if we are busy. Never climbed curtains, but then we don't have any so that would explain it hmm.

Very big cats though, so if you like small and dainty maybe not for you.

HSMM Tue 11-Dec-12 21:35:27

I had Birmans. Very friendly and quite docile. The one I had as a child used to walk me to school and met me on my walk home.

Snog Tue 11-Dec-12 21:50:48

Get an older rescue cat if you want to be sure of temperament is my advice. And There are loads languishing in cages looking for a lovely new home!

Siamese or Peterbald. They're both lovely, friendly, people oriented breeds.

TheMysteryCat Tue 11-Dec-12 21:55:33

I also had a Maine coon. Gorgeous cat and wonderful temperament. Liked nothing better than to sit on my lap ( or anyone's-she wasn't fussy) for hours. Also she played with children gently and regularly came home wearing daisy chains round her neck.

Most excellent company. She wasn't as big as her siblings, due to being a runt, but still was a big cat by moggy standard!

steppemum Tue 11-Dec-12 22:11:54

We got our moggie from a house where the kittens were in the main living room and there were 3 kids, 2 under 5. As a result, he is very people friendly, puts up with loads from the kids and is really grateful for lots of love and cuddles.

The friendliest cats we have had over the years have been kittens from family homes, with kids.
So if you want friendly cats, get ones which have been brought up with kids.

As to the theory that 2 kittens play with each other. I can think of 2 occasions we got 2 kittens, we handled them loads and they climbed/slept all over us.

In the vets today I saw a sign for a rescue centre that takes in one particular breed and rehomes them (can't remember which breed though)

bagpuss Tue 11-Dec-12 22:15:18

We had a British shorthair who was so docile I could cradle him like a baby smile. Everyone in the neighbourhood knew him, he was something of a character grin. Evn my late father, who wasn't keen on cats, loved him!

larahusky Tue 11-Dec-12 23:02:27

Tonkinese, just got a couple and although they race around the house exploring and leaping out on each other, they are also very friendly and interested in all of us

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 12-Dec-12 09:13:42

If you want a pedigree look at the breeds society website or forum and see if any need re-homing.

Less trouble than a kitten (our bengal was a nightmare kitten) and you get to see the adult personality too.

Some of our persians were right little so and so's and some were really nice tempered, the males were nicer than the females who both had ishoos.

hellsbells99 Wed 12-Dec-12 09:16:50

Birman or British Shorthair - although not particularly exotic looking!

cozietoesie Wed 12-Dec-12 09:38:23

Now, now, Fluffy. You're not supposed to say that females might have more ishoos than males. wink (Although I agree with you! grin)

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 12-Dec-12 10:16:16

Apart from sparkling cat who is gorgeous (in case sparkling sees this).

cozietoesie Wed 12-Dec-12 10:17:09

True, True!

Floralnomad Wed 12-Dec-12 15:41:25

Forget what I said about Ragdolls . I was at my mums this morning and the cat left the room because apparently " he doesn't like people talking when he's trying to sleep" . I did suggest he went to live in a library with sofas!

cozietoesie Wed 12-Dec-12 15:45:28

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Fluffycloudland77 Wed 12-Dec-12 15:54:06

Sleep deprivation is a form of torture you know!

BionicEar Wed 12-Dec-12 16:47:48

Oooh another vote here for Devon Rex!

We have a Devon Rex he is very playful and loves to cuddles!

They wag their tails when happy.

Low fur loss, and are good for a lot of peep who are allergic, thou not all so would need to check out.

Our Devon Rex love to chase toys and will bring them back to you to throw over and over!

TheWombat Wed 12-Dec-12 18:18:35

OP have you seen this thread? The poster is seeking a home for her 2 adult, cuddly, house trained Bengal and Bengal cross cats. Might be worth a look?

Thank you cozietoesie for the mention, I am the the lady with the 7 ( yep you read that right!) siamese x kittens. I've never had a pedigree cat before and I'm now a total siamese convert.
My 2 are fabulously loving, Zen ( my boy) slightly less so than Zara but both love a good snuggle.
Hopefully if the babies are 1/10 as loving as Zara someone is in for a lovely pet.
If you are interested in the kitties pm me, I'm still trying to sort out some pics on my profile ill come back and let you know when they're on smile

TheWombat Wed 12-Dec-12 18:35:08

Agree Siamese are gorgeous cats, so chatty and sociable and loving. Demanding though! I am jealous of yours FTR smile

lljkk Wed 12-Dec-12 18:37:21

Are Ragdolls usually obese? (As if it was easy to tell under all that fur?)

I'm just thinking that what with being docile house cats, they must be quite prone to obesity. I met a lady who took in rescue Ragdolls (she had 7 I think) and they were all huge; too huge for own good. Plus their fur looked rather high maintenance.

TheWombat jealous enough to take a kitten off my hands??!!?? grin

TBH I am very lucky because for the most part my 2 are not very demanding, Zara is demanding at the moment about being fed but you would if you we're breast feeding 7 wouldn't you!

prettybird Wed 12-Dec-12 18:50:15

We've always had pairs of Siamese cats and they are wonderfully friendly if brought up as family cats. They think they're dogs though and will go for walks with you (the boy-cat is particularly bad keen on this and has to be shut at the top of the house so that we can escape if we're going out for a walk) and play fetch (they love pipecleaners).

I've only had one over the years (counting parental home, I've had over 10) that climbed and even he only did that as a kitten and one that "steals" (current male) (all the others never went on to the kitchen counter until we were in bed at which point anything left out was fair game grin - came as a shock to have one that we need to remember to hide all food from at all times).

I've found that the males are slightly more "people" cats than the females, but being Siamese, that's relative, as all Siamese (in my experience) adore company. Our current female is a "lap seeking missile" - you sit down and suddenly you notice she is already on your lap.

Next time one of them dies (currently 9 and 6), we're going to get another pair so that we can enjoy two kittens together again. We bought the 6 year old as company for our older cat when her brother died (he was 9) but she got frustrated that the older cat didn't want to play. So after a few years we bought the boy-cat (who is such a big softy) - but the middle cat hated him. It was only when the old cat died a year or so later that she eventually (as she was getting lonely) decided that she would tolerate him. They now sleep all snuggled up and are fine together.

cozietoesie Wed 12-Dec-12 19:00:06

Glad they're all fine FTR. I shouldn't think you'll have any difficulty finding good homes for them, but thought I'd mention it in case any Litter Tray devotees were on the lookout.

Looking forward to the pictures.

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NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Wed 12-Dec-12 19:18:13

Ha! An obese Ragdoll,they are quite large, my boy is huge! I had 4 girls and 1 boy at one point and was constantly tripping over them. I only have 2 ragdolls and a moggie now, one Ragdoll is a PITA, she consonantly wants to pad on me and ruins my jumpers and pulls on my necklace, my male ragdoll is fine though, great fine, I like Birmans too.

OP if you are going for specific breed make sure the people you buy from are registered with that Cat Breeding Club.

prettybird Wed 12-Dec-12 19:25:51

Don't know about the other breeds (but I suspect it'll be the same) but with Siamese, the breeders are not allowed to let you have them until they are 14 weeks old, so you have them as really small kittens.

Meant also to say that Siamese are brilliant with young children - they tolerate things from kids that they no way would accept from adults.

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Wed 12-Dec-12 19:40:23

I love Siamese too, Ragdolls have a bit of Siamese and Birman in them, they are all mixed up, in a good way! I love how Siamese are so very vocal! grin

cozietoesie Wed 12-Dec-12 19:45:51

I've always had mine at about 12-13 weeks prettybird but the breed clubs may have upped the requirement for recognized breeders - for the avoidance of doubt.

I'm always happier to have a slightly older kitten. They're steadier, more competent in their eating, drinking and use of tray, and genuinely weaned from Mom so that they're more than happy to dive into a new family. (None of my Siamese, for instance, have ever 'kneaded' which I've always suspected is because they were properly weaned.)

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OhYouMerryLittleKitten Wed 12-Dec-12 19:47:49

I'd love a Maine coon or a Bengal, but I'd be a bit worried about them being nicked as I like my cats to be able to go outside. Bengals esp worry me as we've had a neighbour hood one who would go off walking with anyone.

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Wed 12-Dec-12 19:51:12

Mine don't go out, even the moggy stays in, they live upstairs mostly during the day and come downstairs at night and run riot when I try to sleep

milktraylady Wed 12-Dec-12 19:56:29

Hi I have a Tiffany cat. She is a breed that is a cross between Burmese and Chinchilla (cat not the gerbil type thing!)

She is super lovely- nice and fluffy (not as fluffy as Persian) and very friendly.

Very good with kids- she sits there while they manhandle her. Walk off when has had enough. But comes back 2 mins later to play more! Daft cat!

They are a bit unusual, I only found out about them as I went to the national cat show a few years ago, looked at ALL the breeds and picked the one I thought was the nicest, if I was ever to get a cat.

And Gucci (designer name for designer cat!) is sooo lovely.

Plus she can't/ won't jump up- never has run up the curtains & isn't interested in the Christmas tree. Only problem is defluffing clothes every time I step out of the house!

Enjoy choosing your cat buddy! grin

prettybird Wed 12-Dec-12 20:09:54

The only one of ours that has "kneaded" is our current male - but that might be because he spent c.2 weeks at the vet school when he was c.6 weeks old with a rare syndrome which he nearly died from (presented as rear leg paralysis - turned out he couldn't metabolise extra-rich breast milk and the "cure" was to put him on to adult food confused). He particularly like cashmere and mohair hmm

I have uploaded a couple of pictures on to Flickr of the handsome "moggies" smile

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Wed 12-Dec-12 20:16:00

My girl does this, she left home way too young, I was very naive, she is a PITA at times but very loving, she ruins all my clothes with the 'kneading ' though and the sucking on my necklace can be irritating!

prettybird Wed 12-Dec-12 20:16:31

None of our cats have ever been interested in climbing the Christmas tree (and we get a c.10 foot real one! smile) - but I do make sure that the lower decorations are all unbreakable.

Handsome cat would go off with anyone - he's soooo friendly, talks to everyone and goes visiting. Gorgeous cat is more circumspect - she'll come and sit on your lap like a shot, but she'll only approach you outside on her terms.

RugBugsWearingLittleSantaHats Wed 12-Dec-12 20:24:10

milktraylady We have the shorthaired Tiffany! A silver shaded brown tortie burmilla, they are so beautiful and unusual! Bless her she does not have the muscular body of a burmese but I adore the soles of her little paws.

Runs off to proudly add pic to my profile

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Wed 12-Dec-12 20:24:29

Aww they are very handsome prettybird I do love boys, cat-wise. Mine especially, not too clingy but there if I want him grin

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Wed 12-Dec-12 20:25:34

I love Tiffanys too, I almost bought one. She was super pretty!

cozietoesie Wed 12-Dec-12 20:26:18

Lovely, just. A blue and a tabby ? (Wasn't sure from the pics.)

bureni Wed 12-Dec-12 20:30:42

I love the NFC breed, very large furballs with an easy going temperament but not that common in the U.K, they tend to be very large and heavy with large paws and a giant bushy tail but are slow growing for a cat and tend to take 7-8 years to fill out fully. Certainly the nicest pet I have ever owned but they do like their freedom and spend a lot of time outdoors so not really for indoor types imo.

prettybird Wed 12-Dec-12 20:33:17

Yup - a blue and a chocolate tabby point.

His breeder saw the boy again recently (we've got all 5 of our cats from her over the years) and said that if we'd ever wanted to show him, in her opinion he is Grand Champion standard as he's got a very fine face and his body is beautifully pale. Not much point though, as he's been "done". With his lovely temperament though, he'd have been a dream for the judges to assess. He never puts his claws out - has lovely velvetty pads.

OK, I tell a lie: he puts out one claw, onto my bare back when I'm in bed, when he wants me to lift the duvet so that he can decide not to go under! hmm

racingheart Wed 12-Dec-12 20:33:59

Our neighbours had an Ocicat. Looks like a baby leopard but is the friendliest, gentlest cat I've ever met. Bit like Burmese, in that it will follow you round and loves cuddles. They are beautiful. When they moved I really hoped they'd ask us to keep it but they took it with them.

racingheart Wed 12-Dec-12 20:42:46

But if you want a moggy, you can't go wrong with neutered ginger toms. We always have them and they are angels. Our first one used to get hauled around by his tail by DS1 and just sat with a look of utter patience on his face. And he used to take flying leaps over the DCs cots to get from our bed to the windowsill, to make sure he never accidentally landed on them.

The tom we have now puts our DC to bed every night. He comes up with us and kisses each one in turn. He hates it if we take the DC out on foot when it's dark. He accompanies us way beyond his usual manor and screeches in panic. When DS1 moved into a new bedroom in the new extension on his own after years of sharing with his brother, the cat settled him in for a fortnight by sleeping with him. When DS stopped complaining of being lonely, he seemed to sense it and came back to keep DS2 company, who he usually slept with.

I will always want to have a ginger moggie in the house.

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Wed 12-Dec-12 20:57:36

I love my blue tabby boy, he is obsessed with my bed covers, he just lies in the middle when I change the sheets, very strange cat, he is the kind of cat you can take for a nap though, he goes to sleep, my girl ragdoll would play with my feet and hair etc, she is very playful! It's my tabby kittens I miss the most, I wish I kept more of them.

Nobhead Wed 12-Dec-12 21:08:05

Male persian. We had a beautiful blue tabby persian boy called Leo, he was gorgeous, he would cuddle up in bed with you purring and dribbling on the pillow next to you. He was so docile grooming him was a breeze- we could even bath him. Unfortunately though he had polycystic kidney disease and we lost him when he was only 5 years old- it broke my heart, it was 9 years ago and I still fill up when I think about him. sad

milktraylady Wed 12-Dec-12 21:12:00

Yay some Tiffany fans here smile
The loveliest cuddles and has funny playful moods. She went through a phase of playing fetch with mini present bows- sooo cute!

Of the people I know who had rescue moggies, they (the cats not the people!) were a bit nuts and never really worked out.

I couldn't have a moggy, because I knew I couldnt see all the cats needing homes without taking them ALL home! Bizarre logic but there you go.

Have fun chosing OP!

sashh Thu 13-Dec-12 04:37:45

Have you thought of a mum and kitten? Shelters are always full of mums with kittens, the kittens are rehomed easily, but the mums are often left behind.

If you do that, hopefully, mum will pass on some of the temperament to her kittens.

So you have an idea of what the adult will looklike but all the fun of the kitten.

MrsMushroom Thu 13-Dec-12 04:43:32

My Siamese is like a gregarious, cuddly best friend. He's GORGEOUS and loves talking and sitting with us in the evenings.

MrRected Thu 13-Dec-12 05:15:13

Norwegian Forest Cats - much the same as Maine Coons just a little smaller.

Beautiful, dog-like (mine follow us around the garden), super friendly and very gentle with kids.

My girl is known to drape herself half over the back of the sofa and half over our shoulders (and those of unsuspecting guests who sit on the sofa)....

MrRected Thu 13-Dec-12 05:19:05

Agree that NFC's hate being cooped up indoors. IMO it would be cruel to keep them as indoor pets. I tried with mine and they both pined, one of them was particularly poorly. As soon as I let him out and let him have fresh air, he started eating again and was soon well. Baffled the doctors, but I really believe that he despised being locked inside and it exacerbated whatever virus he had.

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Thu 13-Dec-12 10:58:56

Mums and kitten are often not a good mix, cat mums are not like us and by 15/16 weeks my Mum cats were practically picking up the kitten and throwing it out, the babies tend to feed off Mum also unless they are completely desperate, I had some Mums doing this up until week 16,they don't look like they enjoy it and only do it for a couple of second then get up and leave the kitten lying. Some Mums and kittens are different is they have had a period of separation.

Paiviaso Fri 14-Dec-12 18:38:13

I'm really surprised you've had multiple bengal recommendations, considering you wrote, "nothing too mad." While bengals are my breed of choice, I have to recommend against bengals if you are looking for a friendly but calm lap cat.

You could do one of those questionnaires Which cat breed is right for me?

kiwigirl42 Fri 14-Dec-12 19:11:18

I had a ginger tom for 18 yrs - he was king of the manor! We adored him. I now have a black and white moggie (who is always in bed with me) and 2 male Ragdolls - one seal 8 yr old and my son has a 2 yr old lilac point who is a cheeky little ratbag! I adore my big placid seal point boy. He was a rescue from an ad on the internet and had socialisation issues as he'd been left alone so much until we got him age 2. I don't work so they are never alone for long and he is a totally different cat now. Really friendly and engaged. They all get on well with visitors and love our labrador, although Flea, the little Ragdoll, tries to take her down like a buffalo with his paws round her neck. They play really rough! My son, age 13, adores him and is so proud of 'his cat'. I let them go outside as we have a fairly enclosed garden and back onto allotments. Its lovely to see Sparky the seal point relaxing under the apple trees in summer, as he'd never been out before we got him. They are quite low maintainence. They don't get really knotty like persians - the main thing is combing under the ruff in winter when they can't reach down far enough.
I can't say enough good things about Ragdolls and would never have another breed now.

After much delay and swearing there are some photos on my profile of my kitties smile

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 15-Dec-12 17:32:21

They are GORGEOUS.

What happened to all those kittens?

fluffy I still have them all!! They're not ready to go until the second week of jan and I've got no takers yet hmm

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 15-Dec-12 19:10:46

Good grief I'm going grey with 1 cat, we used to have 4 when I was young, I dont know how my mum coped.

I'd love a kitten but I suspect my cat is a kitten serial killer in waiting so we dont dare.

What happens if they dont get re-homed? sad

cozietoesie Sat 15-Dec-12 19:16:25

Oh you'll find homes for them FTR. You haven't really started trying yet have you?

smile

Have DH's shipmates made any offers?

cozietoesie Sat 15-Dec-12 19:17:36

PS - I'd reckon beginning Feb if you can put up with them for that long. That few extra weeks will make all the difference to them.

FayKnights Sat 15-Dec-12 19:19:07

Came to say Bengals and have been beaten to it! Mine follow me everywhere and 'talk' to me, fantastic with the DS' too.

I've put an advert on my works intranet noticeboard and only had one email hmm I've also asked every single person I know and even some I don't l know well! DH is not based on a ship and is only part of a pretty small team so he only has one person interested too.
If I don't find homes for them in January I would rather keep them a bit longer than them go to a shelter, there's also the option of an advert on gumtree or similar but I'm loathe to go down that route unless absolutely necessary.

cozietoesie Sat 15-Dec-12 20:00:47

I reckon we can get into gear in a few weeks. You'll find, I think, that most people will be concentrating on Xmas now and would put off any thought of a new addition to the family until that's done and dusted. Don't get despondent. We'll get homes for them.

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Thank you cozie you have exceptional timing, I've just had some words with DH about what will happen to the babies, he used the words " I'll give you until February to find homes for them then they'll have to go to a shelter" I'll give you??? Like its my problem! Hmph he won't even be here in February, he'll be at sea! Grrrr
I'm sure the might on MN can find 7 good homes smile

Bodice Mon 17-Dec-12 09:47:55

I have a siberian.

One of the largest breeds. Similar size and fluffiness to a maine coone and known for being low allergy which is an added bonus.

But the best thing about them is their dog like tendancies. They follow you round the house, beg for food - we have taught ours to sit. They always have to be where you are. If we are on the sofa ours has to be snuggled up right inbetween us. If friends come round he comes and stands right in the centre of us all. He likes to be involved. He is so soft and cuddly. The best Cat I have ever had.

Plus they are an quite unusual breed which makes them even more special.
Downside is a lot of grooming and malting but he is so worth it. Would definitely reccomend.

CatKitson Tue 18-Dec-12 10:06:24

I love my ragdolls, but they can be very clingy and dislike being separated from their humans. I like that personally, but I suppose it can be cloying. Ive always wanted a snowshoe after admiring one at a friend's house, and somali have those fabulous tails and are meant to have a wonderful personality.

I think you know when you meet the right cat, they just get to you.

LadyofWinterfell Tue 18-Dec-12 22:32:58

FTR's found a home for at least two of them with me! grin

cozietoesie Wed 19-Dec-12 07:05:21

Oh excellent! Half Siamese, beautiful and with a bit of good yeoman stock to steady them? You won't look back LadyofWinterfell.

FTR - if you've upped their backsides yet, might be a good idea to let us know what she's got in terms of male/female etc.

smile

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Wed 19-Dec-12 07:11:43

I keep looking at them, thankfully I am too far away, I have 3 cats, 2 have attitude problems, well maybe one and one making one worse! I love kittens though, easy to tell apart, (even if I did have to take 3 boys to the vet and even he didn't know) girls have | and a . under boys have :

cozietoesie Wed 19-Dec-12 07:15:06

....even if I did have to take 3 boys to the vet and even he didn't know.....

That's not altogether reassuring, Not. (With regard to his clinical expertise.)

hmm

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Wed 19-Dec-12 07:18:39

Tell me about it. I was breeding and had a waiting list so was very eager to tell people news but nope, he said 'too young to tell', I know now after another 4 or 5 litters this is not true, you just have to do it right away and it's quite easy to tell the difference, most of the time.

I will admit one the 3 boys did look different but he was a huge kitten so looked bigger everywhere, I changed Vet anyway, he was useless in many other ways, local but useless!

I've 2 girls (1 black and 1 tabby) and 5 boys (1 black and 4 tabby)
The 2 black ones are twins, they were born last attached to the same placenta, the boy is the largest in the litter and his twin is the smallest smile

cozietoesie Wed 19-Dec-12 19:16:18

Maybe a different Dad, FTR. These girls have no shame when they're on heat!

Maybe, she's under house arrest for the foreseeable future!!
The kittens are no freely roaming the house as I've given up trying to contain them hmm

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Thu 20-Dec-12 19:22:34

I keep looking at them grin I loved it when they became mobile, so much fun, okay so my leather suite is more than 'distressed' as it was advertised but all good fun.

Any curtain climbers yet? they were my favourite kittens they would get to top and look down and panic!! I miss having a house full of kittens.

No curtain climbers yet, luckily my curtains don't reach the floor and the kitties haven't managed to climb on the furniture yet!
I'm trying very hard not to get attached to any of them but they keep confusing me with their cute little faces and their big blue eyes hmm
I'm going to try and get some new photos taken over the weekend, howeve they do seem to have taken up residence under my Christmas try so it depends if they ever venture out into the big wide world living room grin

Goldchilled7up Thu 20-Dec-12 23:06:55

Siamese, mine wants to be so close to me all the time that I could carry him on my head all day grin

They're like dogs, mine even fetches. Honestly they are the most wonderful, friendlier cats in the world smile

cozietoesie Fri 21-Dec-12 08:09:24

Just to check, FTR.

If anyone's interested (for mid-late January) are they OK just to send you an initial message on the board?

smile

cozietoesie Fri 21-Dec-12 08:11:05

Sorry - I meant 'an initial personal message via the site'.

<insufficiently caffeinated as yet>

Of course, I'm happy to be inundated with messages grin

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Fri 21-Dec-12 11:07:44

Aww they are gorgeous, I would probably take one but mine have flue, so it's unfair to bring any more animals in just now. I also have 3 cats grin

I am sure they will venture out from under the tree soon and start climbing the furniture, mines were like rock climbers, I could almost here their laws go in and out of the couch.

I love kittens, so much fun. Some of mine used to run up my legs too, okay I may have encourages them by wearing jeans and patting my thighs and saying 'come on you can do it' hmm

My 3 cats are all in here just now which is unusual they usually split up I have on in front of the TV, one looking out the window and one on a coffee table! 2 weeks ago I would have hid 2, but its fine now, I have permission for them.

I hope you find good homes for them. I will look forward to new pictures, that's a game in itself as they get older, I found taking them when they slept worked!

NotWankinginaWinterWonderland Fri 21-Dec-12 11:07:59

flu not flue

cozietoesie Mon 31-Dec-12 10:56:34

Any joy on kitten homes yet, FTR?

smile

No, nothing confirmed yet. They're 6 weeks old now and I'm getting horrifyingly attached to the tiny black girl (I'm secretly hoping nobody will want her so that I can keep her wink)

cozietoesie Tue 01-Jan-13 13:00:01

Well 3 is no more trouble than 2 really, is it? smile

There might be initial problems with having Mum and daughter together though. If you decide to keep the little 'un, you'll need to make sure to have her spayed as soon as possible (I know you're getting Mum spayed) and be prepared for some jealousy and a little tussle for dominance at the beginning.

We're getting to the point of looking for homes for them then, I guess. 8 or 9 weeks is about the earliest you can realistically home them although a couple or three more (up to DH's deadline) would do them good in my view. (12 weeks plus should mean they're properly independent, socialized and ready to go to a new home.)

Maybe put some 'latest' pics up on your profile so that any adoring fans (and possible future owners) can gaze?

smile

TuttiFrutti Tue 01-Jan-13 19:43:42

Have just come back on MN after a few days' absence and have really enjoyed reading all your posts! Thank you everyone.

Not read the whole thread - but Maine Coons are wonderful, incredibly friendly and gentle.

babooshkadoll Thu 03-Jan-13 15:01:06

Maine coon here .
Loving affectionate .
Very friendly,
Massive though.

VenusRising Thu 03-Jan-13 20:52:06

We have a tonkinese female kitten and she is wonderfully tolerant and snugly. Tonkinese are a breed which has half Siamese and half Burmese in their ancestry. Our girl is third generation tonkinese and is beautiful, with a blue Burmese coat pattern and vivid green eyes.
She gets the mad gids about three times a day and charges around, but never climbs the curtains- just runs about chasing straws and Pom poms.
She's very tolerant of the dcs and lets them pick her up and lug her around for ages, seeks cuddles when she's about to fall asleep and yells when she's hungry.
Best thing about her for me though is that she appears to be completely hypo allergenic, as she has no underfur and doesn't shed.

Apologies for numerous days radio silence, was obvs new year and was DSs 4th birthday this week too

cozietoesie DH seems to be getting rather attached to our little girl now too so he may not be as hard to talk round as I thought!! smile

cozietoesie Fri 04-Jan-13 10:02:50

There you go, FTR! It happens.

smile

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