There are so many questions when it comes to getting a new cat in the house. One of the things to consider before you bring home a new feline friend is whether you should get a long-haired cat, a short-haired cat, or even a hairless cat. While some of this comes down to personal preference, there are a few important practical considerations when it comes to cat hair length. Some cat breed tend to have longhaired while some are hairless. So choose wisely!
1. Grooming Time
Generally speaking, the longer the cat’s hair, the more often it will need to be brushed. Some very long-haired cat breeds such as, Maine Coon, Ragdoll, and Norwegian Forest Cat require vigorous brushing 3-4 times a week to avoid becoming a tangled mess. If you think that would take a lot of work, then you might want to get a shorthaired cat since shorthaired cats are generally capable of grooming themselves, making them a good choice for people looking for a lower-maintenance pet
A hairless cat breeds like Sphynx, Bambino, and Donskoy actually require more grooming than most long-haired cats. That’s because their naturally oily bodies need to be bathed at least once a week using special soap and their ears and toenails need special attention, too!
2. Are You Allergic?
If you or someone in your family has a pet allergy, keep in mind that long-haired cats accumulate more dander in their fur, making them more allergenic. People with cat allergies react to specific substances that cats produce, such as saliva, skin flakes called dander, or urine. The substances that cause these reactions are called allergens. A cat allergy can cause symptoms ranging from mild respiratory problems to a life-threatening syndrome called anaphylaxis.
People with mild allergies may be able to tolerate a short-haired cat. Even hairless cats can trigger allergies, but hairless cats probably the safest choice for pet-sensitive people who long for a cat.
3. Do You Like Messy Hair Problem?
Long-haired cats can mean major hair problem! The hair will probably be everywhere in your house. If you’d rather skip the lint rollers and heavy-duty vacuum cleaning, a short-haired cat may be for you. Hairless cats do not shed but they do leave an oily residue on furniture and fabric, so keep that in mind when considering the mess factor.
You’ll be happiest if your thermostat matches that of your new cat. Long-haired cats are most comfortable in cool environments; hairless cats require very warm rooms and probably need heated sleeping surfaces.
However, f you have other animals with specific temperature needs, make sure your new cat will fit in with the crowd. If you’re looking for a cat that’s not too picky about its thermostat settings, go with a short-haired cat.
5. Cost and Commitment
Every pet is a commitment, and you need to know that. The decision to bring a new cat into your home should never be considered as lightly. However, some cats are more demanding of your time, attention, and money than others.
Besides needing special care for their skin, hairless cats are known for being very vocal and attention-hungry. While long-haired and short-haired exotic breeds vary widely in their need for special care, so do your homework before you settle on a particular breed. Make sure to ask the breeders, pet shop or animal shelter for their needs.
There’s no such thing as a bad cat. It may had been you are not up for the challenge or not matching with your cat. Spend some time thinking about whether to get a long-haired cat, short-haired cat, or hairless cat, and you’ll be on your way to a feline match made in heaven. Remember cats have feelings too you know. They don’t talk, just miow a lot.
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