A cat’s behavior will vary as much amongst the same cat breed as it will between breeds. Contest judges, breeders, veterinaries and cat owners generally agree on this fact. This means that you will see all kinds of different characters in every breed.
Heredity is related to small segments of chromosomes refers to as genes. Each gene is “coding” the physical aspect of the breed. On the other hand, the behavior is influenced by several different genes. And this influence will only impact on approximately 30% of the overall character of the cat. The balance will be determined by the cat’s environment.
The sex of the cat is another aspect to consider in your choice. Studies indicate that sterilized females are more irritable and independent than castrated males !! Again, this confirms that the behavior type is not based on breed.
Males are solitary and protect closely their territory. Their relations with other males in the area are based on a hierarchy established by the “social club” they belong to. The male is more a lover than a father. He will not look after feeding and educating the kittens. The sexual activities of the male will get him involved in encounters and incidents where he may catch infections or get hurt. Castrating the male will reduce his desire to “mark” his territory but he will keep his “macho” character forever ! So, you can see that the cat breed is not as important in the behavior type of the male.
The female is usually the chief of the social club. She normally occupies, with her kittens, central and secure areas. Other than in her sexual activities with males, the female has a stable character and she will behave, not so much based on the “genetics” of her breed, but based on her personality and experience. The sterilization of the female cat will not significantly change her behavior.
The ideal age to adopt a cat is from 12 weeks. This period is not too early and not too late in the cat’s life to be influenced by his environment.
Before adopting a cat, check him out carefully. His eyes should be clear and sharp, his nose should not be running, otherwise this may be the sign of a disease. The ears should be clean and his skin should be free of crusts or wounds.
Looking to choose a cat breed ? Contact your local pet associations, they should provide you with a list of certified breeders who will be able to explain the physical characteristics of a cat breed.