It is important to consider the effects a cat will have on the household. Cats do need care and attention. A normal and healthy cat may live for fourteen years or more. You need to consider whether you can stand such a long-term relationship, responsibility and commitment. Before you buy a cat, it is wise to look at your lifestyle, home and so on.
The choice of cat depends very much on personal preference: type of cat, long or short fur, coat colour or pattern etc. But, the most important thing you need to consider is, how much money you can spend.
The Pedegree vs Off The Streets
At the top end of the price scale are cats whose parents and grandparents can be traced through long pedegrees back to the late 1800s. You could have a cat with the aristocratic qualities of its purebred and the resilient of its parents. The showing and breeding of cats with a known ancestry has become a popular hobby. At the end, it was making a much greater range of breeds.
At the other end of scale are unplanned litters of non-pedegreed cats which may be picked up for free. It is perfectly possible to adopt a stray you have found on the streets. Much more cheeper and easy to handle. However, they have been exposed by some infection or diseases. So, it is important to check them at the veterinary centre.
Longhair vs Shorthair
Having a longhair cat requires you to set aside some time every day to groom. It is to make sure the coat free from tangles and matting. If you are living in a hot weather, a longhaired cat is not a wise choice. Unless you can prepair an air-conditioned home.
If you are allergic to cats, it will probably make no difference. Human allergies to cats are because of the proteins in the scurf or in the dried saliva covering the hair.
Gender & Age
If you already have a cat in your home, it may be worth going for the opposite sex in your new cat.
If cats are neutered, there is little difference in behavioural term between a male and a female. Male cats are generally larger than females. Male cats are usually bigger than their female equivalents. Although if they have been neutered, they may be a little more indolent.
The largest pedigree variety is the Maine Coon & the smallest is Singapura.