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    Which Cat Breed Is Right for You?

    Popular Cat Breeds and Their Traits continued...

    Health issues include teeth and eye problems, but they tend to be healthy and long-lived, the veterinarians say.

    5. Ragdoll. These large, semi-longhaired cats are calm and gentle with a strong need for human contact. They are good with children and train easily, including learning tricks and walking on a leash. Grooming is necessary, but not as much as with a Persian. And although they shed, they aren’t considered heavy shedders. Ragdolls are a healthy breed that can live well into their teens.

    6. Abyssinian. Abys are very high-energy cats that need room to run and climb. They are intelligent and high-strung, and although people-oriented, they aren’t lap cats. Abys may not be the best pet for younger children, but they do need others cats or pets as company. Their sleek, short coats mean little grooming is needed, but they do shed. Health problems include some dental and ear problems.

    Finding the Perfect Cat

    With all the choices available, Kent says you should take your time and choose your new pet based on how its personality and needs will fit into your lifestyle. “People so often choose a cat based on its looks without checking to find out what the cat is really like,” Kent says. “That can lead to real problems. But with a little research, people can find the perfect cat for their home and family.”

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    Reviewed on March 02, 2011

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