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post #31 of 44
[quote=eilcon]Years ago when I went looking for my first cat, I was expecting to adopt a beautiful calico or uniquely marked tabby. I expected the kitten to immediately fall in love with me, sit on my lap, behave perfectly and cheerfully greet friends and family who visited. Instead, I ended up with a tiny, solid black creature, who hid from me when I was home and destroyed my house while I was at work. [quote]

Sounds like my story, . I figured I'd find a tan & black cat with interesting markings, etc. What I did find was two eyes, a black paw and a whiny little meow trying to get my attension. I brought Devin home, and silently hoped that his constant meowing would go away, did everything I could to not encourage it until I realized that my cat meows. A lot. I'll talk to myself and he'll join in, meowing and jumping, front paws on whatever part of me he can reach at the time. As soon as I get home, he greets me and then we chat for a bit. I wouldnt have it any other way! And to think, I never thought a cat could hold a conversation. Devin holds up his share of conversations, except when he's being pet or eating. He's very polite.
post #32 of 44
Sounds like you're describing my Nya! She meets every single one of your qualifications, only she's longhaired. But she doesn't really shed so that makes up for it! lol She's honestly the perfect cat (not to brag or anything), and I found her on the STREET! I lucked out on that one She's a moggy, and I've yet to meet ANY cat that's quite as wonderful as her

My suggestion for you would be to go to the shelter and look at all the adult cats. Spend time with them and talk to the shelter staff. (Smaller rescues will usually be able to give you more infomation on an animal than a city shelter). Good luck
post #33 of 44
Hissy my persian is the pic in the right hand bottom and he is on the floor. The only one on a table is the one in the upper left corner. I do allow my cats on the table and counters I am just saying my persian rarely gets on the counter and table unless I feed on those surfaces. Just because this person is looking for particular qualities does not mean she is not willing to accept a cat she chooses that does not turn out as she expected. I did exactly what she did when I looked for a dog. Did my dog have all the qualities I had hoped no. Do I still love my dog yes. Do I regret getting my dog no. I recommend going to a cat show and talking with breeders there.
post #34 of 44
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Originally Posted by RoseHawke
You are correct, a moggy is a mixed breed. It started out as more of a British term, but with the internet a lot of cat lovers of other nationalities as well have picked it up.

An Exotic is basically a short-haired Persian: CFA Breed Profile
Wow, the exotics are very handsome!

My 2 babies are moggies.
post #35 of 44
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Originally Posted by RoseHawke
You are correct, a moggy is a mixed breed. It started out as more of a British term, but with the internet a lot of cat lovers of other nationalities as well have picked it up.

An Exotic is basically a short-haired Persian: CFA Breed Profile
Wow, the exotics are very handsome!

My 2 babies are moggies. I've always called them mutt-cats because I didn't know the proper term
post #36 of 44
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Originally Posted by RoseHawke
You are correct, a moggy is a mixed breed. It started out as more of a British term, but with the internet a lot of cat lovers of other nationalities as well have picked it up.

An Exotic is basically a short-haired Persian: CFA Breed Profile
Love that link! Seeing all the beatiful pictures!
post #37 of 44
Well, I love my 4 plain old domestic short hairs. Zakk came to me through a co-worker- he was abandoned and jumped right into our arms when we got him. Rocky was a kitten at the shelter that had a bad eye that no one wanted. We could tell he was playful, cute and friendly. Suzie and Cookie were living outside my co-workers house by themselves underneath some steps. They were sad to leave the TV and inground swimming pool, but like the heat here. That being said, I think that some of the breeds of cats are very interesting and wouldn't rule out owning one... However there are so many kitties that need homes.
The breeds that intrigue me the most are ragdolls/ragamuffins, japanese bobtail, egyptian mau, british short hairs, scottish fold, siberians and bengals. I know that I probably wouldn't like a siamese.. I used to cat sit a bunch of them and they drove me crazy!
post #38 of 44
Looks like the op has left the building. He isn't responding to this thread anymore. Thanks to all of you for the "try" it was appreciated. I love the response, the ideal cat is the one that chooses you!
post #39 of 44
In case you come back to this thread a persian would be a good choice for you, however a better choice would be a British shorthair. They are stocky, quiet, lovely natures, come in all sorts of colours and apparently, specifically, are not very good at jumping. My girlfriend lives in a set of units that has a strata title. The strata managers would not allow her a cat unless she got one that `would not roam' - yes, idiots.

She looked into things and got a British Shorthair. Monty is the MOST beautiful boy, he is blue coloured with big orange eyes, and he doesn't jump. He can't even get up on the lounge without help. She had high fences installed so that he can go out the back as he pleases but can't get out. He is quiet and mellow, a bit shy but VERY loving towards her, he doesn't get into too much mischief and has the sweetest, most gentle, delightful nature. She managed to find a breed that fit the silly requirements of her strata and also got the loveliest most beautiful kitty into the bargain!!

Having said that, while you can look for desirable traits in the cat you want (much as dog owners do when looking for the `right' dog) you must understand that cats are highly individual animals and you may not get anything you're looking for. You have stated clearly that you will be prepared to accept, love and nurture whatever kitty you get even if it doesn't meet your list of criteria. Good luck, and well done to you for being thoughtful enough of your new baby to do all the research and try to find one that will be happy in your home with your lifestyle.
post #40 of 44
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Originally Posted by hissy
Looks like the op has left the building. He isn't responding to this thread anymore. Thanks to all of you for the "try" it was appreciated. I love the response, the ideal cat is the one that chooses you!

thanks... I was thinking about my cats when I wrote it... they chose us, and were not at all what we expected or were looking for!
post #41 of 44
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Originally Posted by hissy
Honestly, it sounds like you would be better off with a dog. Not a puppy, a dog. You can't train cats (at least not easily) Even the breeds said to not jump on objects, such as munchkins, still jump. You can't stop a cat from getting into mischief if you aren't around, because they are by nature inquisitive. Sounds to me like you are being to rigid with what you want, and if someone recommends a cat and you get one, and it doesn't "fit" your criteria- what then?
I agree with Hissy 100%. What you are asking for doesn't exist. If it does, it certainly isn't a CAT!
post #42 of 44
Honestly? Stuffed. Or really ancient and arthritic. Jumping and climbing and occasional mischief are basically universal cat traits.
post #43 of 44
Come on, I think we are all being a bit harsh here.

This person has come on here for advice and he seriously seems to be honestly wanting to make sure he makes the right decision about his cat. He is putting a lot of genuine thought and research into it. Also, if you read his second post, he says that it won't matter if he doesn't get the `ideal cat' because they'll love and care for it just the same.

His motives are because he wants the cat to be happy and healthy in his home. Admirable motives IMO.

When we went looking for our dogs we absolutely looked for the breeds that had the best characteristics to suit our lifestyle, so that we had the best opportunity to make them as happy with us as possible.

I think that is all this person is trying to do and perhaps had we been more helpful he wouldn't have left the board, as it appears he has.
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