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What's the friendliest breed of cat?

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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?

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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


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.


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.)


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

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