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When Dr. Sarah Miller's family decided to get a
cat, the choice was obvious: two
Maine Coon kittens. As a veterinary cardiologist, Dr. Miller had seen many
Maine Coons in her practice, and she liked the breed's generally laid-back personality and large size.
The kittens are 7 months old now, and Dr. Miller says they have been a great choice for her family. At 14 pounds each, they are large enough to be
good playmates for her three young daughters. “The girls can do anything with them,” she says, and the kittens will "just sit there and purr. One of them is
obsessed with water, and he has jumped in the bathtub with them. They are just hilarious and great.”
The cats also get along with Lucy, Dr. Miller’s aging
Golden Retriever. One kitten, Vincent, spoons with Lucy and enjoys
kneading the dog’s belly.
Why choose a pedigree cat over a domestic shorthair or
longhair? Like Dr. Miller, you may prefer a cat with a tendency toward certain traits such as personality, size or coat type. For instance, some pedigree cat breeds may be more likely to
get along with dogs and children or enjoy
walking on leash. Some, such as
Oriental Shorthairs, tend to be
talkers, while others typically let out nothing more than the occasional gentle mew. If you are a boater or have a swimming pool, you may choose a cat breed that is known to enjoy playing in water. (Of course, every cat is unique, so even with pedigree cats, there's no guarantee that a cat will display specific behaviors associated with the breed.)
“I chose my
Maine Coon, because I'm more of a
dog person, and I liked that Maine Coons were described as being the most ‘dog like’ of the cat breeds,” says pet owner Carol Gravestock. “Fred was mellow, loved
dogs and the water, and would fetch."
She adds, "I know you can get this temperament in any cat, but choosing a breed that has been intentionally bred for this type of personality increased my chances of getting a cat most suited for my home and lifestyle."
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