Best Cat Breeds For First Time Cat Owners

White British Shorthair between two blue British Shorthairs

Best cat breeds for first-time cat owners at a glance

  • Burmese
  • British Shorthair
  • Burmilla
  • Exotic Shor,thair
  • Russian Blue
  • Ragdoll
  • Tonkinese
  • American Shorthair

Cat breeds come in all shapes, sizes and personality, and pet owners must choose carefully before bringing a new pet into the home. This article looks at cat breeds which are suitable for novice or first-time owners. The criteria I have based these breeds on include overall health, a friendly personality but not too needy and ease of care.

Included is a star rating for independence, with * meaning they are less independent and **** meaning they are more independent.

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Struvite Stones in Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Struvite stones in cats

What are struvite stones?

Struvite stones are rock-hard minerals (uroliths) which form in the urinary bladder and are composed of magnesium, ammonium and phosphate. Struvite and calcium oxalate are the most common type of stones in cats. Less common stones include ammonium biurate, cystine and uric acid.

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Male Calico and Tortie Cats: How Does This Happen?

Male calico and tortie cat

Reviewed by Dr Sam Kovac – Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic

How are some male cats calico or tortie?

Calico and tortie cats are almost always female, which we have covered in our article on calico cats. To recap, cats have 19 chromosome pairs, 18 autosomes and the sex chromosome pair of XX or XY. The chromosomes are located within the nucleus of every cell. Each chromosome is made up of matching pairs, which provides information from the mother and the father. Genes are located on the chromosomes and are tiny segments of DNA which act as a code that specifies the production of a protein, which do most of the work within the cells and are essential for the function and regulation of the body’s organs and tissues.

Chromosome and DNA

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Calico and Tortie Cats – What is the Difference?

calico and tortie cats - what is the difference?

What are calico and tortie cats?

Calico and tortie (tortoiseshell) are both common coat colours/patterns which appear almost exclusively in female cats. The terms calico and tortie are often used interchangeably, and it is easy to see why. Both patterns refer to a multi-coloured cat which may consist of black and orange, brown and orange, grey and cream with or without white.

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