Post # 1
I’ve always been a dog-person, but with FI and my busy schedules we just don’t have time for a dog. So I was considering a cat since we don’t have to worry about walking them while were at work. But I love the personalities of dogs! Does anyone have a cat who is super people friendly? A breed that sheds less is also a plus!
Post # 3
I grew up with Siamese and they were absolutely lovely… Very vocal – which is part of their charm, IMO. They are short haired – and I don’t recall being super sheddy…
Oh my – now I want a cat…
Post # 4
These little guys don’t shed at all! But they need a lot of skin care.
My cat sheds, but not too much. She’s an American Short-Hair. As long as you avoid cats that have long hair, or are white, you won’t SEE the hair as much, and just vacuuming a few times a week keeps up with it.
Post # 5
@peachacid: +1 – pale colored cats’ hairs are soooo much more noticeable.
Post # 6
My cat is very friendly, will jump up on a stranger’s lap and purr his little heart out! Friendly cats that act like dogs do exist! Go to your local shelter and tell them what type of personality you want- they know all of the cats and can show you a few that would match your criteria. As a broad generalization, male cats are generally more people-friendly and lap cat-y than females. Also if you get an older cat you’ll get a better idea of his personality than if you get a kitten.
As far as fur, there are certain breeds that are better, short hair does not neccessarily mean they won’t shed as much as long haired cats. My old cat was a domestic short hair and he shedded like crazy when you petted him. My parents’ Maine Coon had long cottony fur that would come off in clumps when you brushed her but rarely off on you hand when you petted her. Just different fur types.
I would avoid a cat with white because they stand out on everything. A gray or brown wouldn’t show as much probably. But if they have hair, it’s gonna come off on stuff. The only way to completely avoid shedding is to get a hairless. As far as I know, there aren’t any “hypoallergenic” breeds that don’t shed like in dogs.
Post # 7
This is going to sound crazy since they have SO much hair, but you should look into a Persian. I have had several and they are essentially cat-dogs. Even people who don’t like cats love mine because they are so dog-like. Mine are super-friendly purr monsters who follow me everywhere. I even had one that would fetch. As for shedding, they shed in clumps so it doesn’t get all over your clothes and furniture like other fur does. They are also ridiculously cute and funny.