Updated: Oct 23
Malini wants to bring home a cat to her new apartment. She is away from home for a large part of the day owing to her packed schedule. Moreover, her apartment is in Mumbai, which is well-known for its hot climate and humidity. Given her lifestyle and location, Malini would love to have a breed that is easy to handle for first-time owners.
Farhan has two kids and a dog. He wants a cat that will get along with his children and dog. Tricky, right?
Pet parents come in all shapes and sizes. That’s why we are here to help! Here's a list of 3 cat breeds for first-time cat owners in India.
Most of the breeds listed here are shorthairs as they're easier to groom and can withstand India's tropical climate. Each cat has its own distinctive personality, and it's wise to spend some time with the cat to see if it's friendly towards you before you make it your "fur-ever" friend.
(And fair warning - once you get a cat, the cat will own you and your home, and not the other way around!).
Domestic Shorthair (DSH)
The Domestic Shorthair or the Indian Billi (stray cat) is a random-bred cat, which means its breed has been around for many years. Ginger, tabby, tortoiseshell, calico, and spotted, these cats come in a wide variety of patterns and colours.
Adopting a stray is advantageous compared to adopting a pure-bred as the former bred naturally and has diverse genes.
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