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Top Ten Friendliest Cats

April 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Friendliest Cats

I think all cat owners have made this mistake: they go to the shelter or rescue and choose the cutest cat in the bunch, without even considering its temperament or personality. Then it turns out the cat ends up not being what they expected. Some are timid, some like to be petted and others don't, others love to play, while others will hide under the bed all day.  What are the friendliest cats? When you go to the shelter or rescue, always ask the people in charge what breeds the cats they have there resemble the most.  They will almost always tell you, "This one has a little Ragdoll in it, this other has a bit of Maine Coon", and many times you will find pure breeds that have been abandoned... so keep this list of the top ten friendliest cat breeds before you go to find the most wonderful treasure you will ever have.

Click on each picture to see their wonderful qualities:
(See below for a list of picture credits)

Chantilly Cat
Somali Cat
Ragdoll Cat
Persian Cat

Manx Cat
Maine Coon Cat
Maine Coon
Burmese Cat

Birman Cat
Exotic Short Hair Cat
Exotic Short Hair
Abyssinian Cat


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Somali Cat

Persian Cat


Exotic Short Hair

Adopting from an Animal Shelter

March 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Adopting From an Animal Shelter

Animal shelters from your local Humane Society are your best source when looking for a cat or a dog to bring into your family. Not only do they have a great selection of adult animals for adoption, but they also have kittens and puppies, even purebred animals. On average, purebreds account for about 25 to 30 percent of a shelter's dog population.  So before you look for a dog or a cat for sale, go to the American Humane Society, and take the steps to adopt a dog, or a cat that really needs a home.
Many pets at your local shelter are waiting for new homes because they were obtained by someone with unrealistic expectations of the time, effort, and money required to sustain a lifelong relationship with their pet. National figures indicate that about half of the animals in shelters must be euthanized for lack of homes. Animals at your local shelter are eager to find a new home and are just waiting for someone like you.

You can depend on responsible shelters to assess the animals' health and temperament in order to make the best adoption matches possible. When animals are relinquished by owners, the shelter staff makes every attempt to collect a thorough history of that pet. Then, while caring for animals, staff and volunteers try to learn as much as they can about these animals as well as those who come to the shelter as strays.

Don't be discouraged if, when you first visit the shelter, there are no animals of the breed or type you want. Shelters receive new animals every day.

dog_shelterYour shelter may also have a waiting list and can call you when an animal matching your preference becomes cat_shelteravailable. Before choosing your pet, you can even speak with an adoption counselor about whether your choice of a particular type or breed will be best for you. In an effort to make good matches between people and animals and to place pets in lifelong homes, many shelters provide adoption counseling and follow-up assistance, such as pet parenting and dog-training classes, medical services, and behavior counseling. Or they may be able to refer you to providers of these services.

Another advantage is that shelter adoption fees are usually much less than an animal's purchase price at a pet store or breeder. And your new pet is more likely to be vaccinated, dewormed, and spayed or neutered.

To locate your local animal shelter, check the Yellow Pages under "animal shelter," "animal control," or "humane society." Many shelters have websites on which they display the animals they have available for adoption. Some sites allow you to download adoption forms and read about responsible pet care. |

A growing number of shelters also promote their web sites, and the animals they have for adoption, on sites such as Pets 911, Petfinder, and

Reprinted by permission of The Humane Society of the United States