7 Best Breeds for First-Time Cat Owners

You may be daunted by all the things to consider when choosing your first cat. Will she require too much grooming? Does her breed put her at risk for certain hereditary health problems?

To help you in your search, we put together this photo gallery of the best breeds for new cat owners. When you're looking for the perfect cat, a little research into various breeds can be informative and helpful. Of course, every cat is an individual — don't assume that your particular feline will perfectly match the physical and personality traits typical of her breed. After all, it's those little differences that make us love our cats so much.

Breeds to Consider as Your First Feline

Maine Coon Upside Down

Johnny Kruger, Animal Photography

Maine Coon

Likely the oldest cat breed native to America, the Maine Coon has a reputation as a social, friendly feline and can be a great travel buddy. If you've had dogs and are looking to get a cat for the first time, he may be the right choice for you. Some Maine Coons even enjoy playing fetch and walking on a leash!

Two Seal Point Siamese Cats

Tetsu Yamazaki, Animal Photography


The gorgeous Siamese is a classic favorite among the cat-loving set. This breed is endlessly curious, and inclined to be smart and demanding. One advantage is that the Siamese usually doesn't require much grooming — comb his short coat, trim his nails and brush his teeth, and you should be all set.

American Shorthair cat breed

Tetsu Yamazaki, Animal Photography

American Shorthair

If you have friends with non-pedigreed cats, it's likely that their kitties are domestic shorthairs. In fact, the American Humane Association estimates that domestic shorthair cats make up 95 percent of all U.S. cats. The American Shorthair is the pedigreed version of that breed, and she comes in more than 80 colors and patterns.

Scottish Fold on Bed

Tara Gregg, Animal Photography

Scottish Fold

The drop ears of the Scottish Fold are the cutest mutations we ever did see. This breed tends to be outgoing, curious and involved in whatever his people are doing around the home. If you make this cat your first feline, you'll join the ranks of Scottish Fold owners like singer Taylor Swift.

Sphynx Cat Breed

Vidar Skauen, Animal Photography


People who come to know the often snuggly, affectionate Sphynx soon fall under the spell of this bald, but beautiful cat. Instead of fur, the Sphynx wears a suedelike coat that makes him warm and soft to the touch.

Ragdoll Laying on Carpet

Leesia Teh, Animal Photography


Searching for a cat breed that gets along well with other animals? The Ragdoll may be your match. She gazes up at you with beautiful baby blues, typically eager to follow wherever you go. Many of these good-natured kitties are also great companions for children who understand how to treat her gently and with respect.

White Exotic Shorthair Cat

Alan Robinson, Animal Photography

Exotic Shorthair

So, you're enamored by the glamorous looks of the Persian, but daunted by his high-maintenance daily grooming requirements. Enter the Exotic Shorthair. The Exotic, known as the lazy man’s Persian because he shares the Persian’s sweet face, has a short, plush, easier-to-care-for coat. This breed also tends to be more lively than the laid-back Persian.

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