Best Cat Breeds For Seniors/Retirees

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Best cat breeds for seniors at a glance

  • Birman cat
  • Ragdoll cat
  • British Shorthair
  • Russian Blue
  • Domestic shorthair or longhair
  • Persian cat
  • Burmilla
  • Scottish Fold
  • Snowshoe
  • Exotic

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Birman cat

Birman cat

Coat: Semi-longhair

Activity: Moderate

Care: Easy, a daily groom to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: Ragdoll, Persian

The Birman is an affectionate, gentle and intelligent cat. They are known to be playful, but not over the top. They enjoy the company of people and can form close bonds with one person in particular.

Ragdoll cat

Ragdoll cat

Coat: Longhair

Activity: Moderate

Care: Easy, a daily groom to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: Ragdoll, Persian

The Ragdoll is a loving and calm cat who is known for his affectionate and laid back personality. They love to follow you around the house and “help” with anything you may be doing.

British Shorthair

British Shorthair

Coat: Shorthair

Activity: Low to moderate

Care: Easy, a weekly groom to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: Russian Blue, American Shorthair, European Shorthair

The teddy bear of the cat family. British Shorthairs are a good-natured breed of cat, while playful as a kitten, they tend to mellow out quickly. They are independent and happy to spend their days happily amusing themselves (often snoozing).

Russian Blue

Russian blue cat

Coat: Shorthair

Activity: Low to moderate

Care: Easy, a weekly groom to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: Korat, British Shorthair

Russian Blues are a quiet but loving breed of cat. They like to be close to their human companions but generally stay out of trouble. The Russian is not an overly active cat and gets on well with people, children, and other pets.

Moggy (domestic shorthair or longhair)

Domestic shorthair cat

Coat: Shorthair or long hair

Activity: Varies

Care: Easy, a daily or weekly groom to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: 

Moggies come in all shapes and sizes; some are active, some are more laid back. The best place to adopt a moggy is from your shelter, where they can match you with the right cat to suit your needs. An older moggy is a great idea for people looking for a quieter and more laid back cat.

Persian cat

Persian cat

Coat: Longhair

Activity: Quiet

Care: Easy, a daily groom to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: Exotic shorthair, Himalayan, Chinchilla

Persians are sweet and gentle cats. They are affectionate and bond well with humans. They get along well with other pets and people but tend to avoid boisterous younger children.

Burmilla cat

Burmilla cat

Coat: Shorthair or Longhair

Activity: Moderate

Care: Easy, a daily groom to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: Longhair Burmilla, Burmese, Chinchilla

The Burmilla came about from an accidental mating between a Chinchilla (silver Persian), and a Burmese, but is now a breed in their own right. They are more active than the Persian but quieter than the Burmese. Playful without being overly active. Burmillas are affectionate, gentle and enjoy being a part of the family.

Scottish Fold

Scottish Fold cat

Coat: Shorthair

Activity: Moderate

Care: Easy, a daily groom to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: British Shorthair, Scottish Shorthair

The Scottish fold is a quiet, loyal and intelligent breed of cat. They get on well with people and other pets.

Snowshoe cat

Snowshoe cat
Coat: Shorthair

Activity: Moderate

Care: Easy, a daily groom to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: Siamese

Snowshoes are sweet-tempered, intelligent, and loyal. They get along well with people and other pets. They are more vocal than other breeds listed on this page, but not as noisy as their Siamese cousins.

Exotic Shorthair

Exotic cat

Coat: Shorthair

Activity: Moderate

Care: Easy, a daily groom to remove loose hairs and clean the teeth daily. Trim the claws as necessary, usually every 4-6 weeks.

Similar or related breeds: Persian

The Exotic is a short haired Persian. They are a little livelier than their Persian cousins but still considered to be a laid back and quiet cat. They are a calm breed, but when they do talk, it is said to be soft and pleasant.

Things to consider:

Grandchildren are often a big part of their grandparent’s lives, when looking for a breeder, try to find one whose cats have been raised around young children.

Travel is often a big part of retirement, so it is important to think about what will happen to the cat during the holidays. Is there somebody who can come to the house and feed the cat or a nearby boarding facility?

Seniors usually would prefer a mellow cat over an active one. There are several cat breeds which are very laid back, some are still affectionate and love a lap, others are a little more independent.

Longhaired cats will need to be groomed regularly (either by you or a pet groomer) to ensure their coat remains mat free. Mats are more than just a nuisance; they can become quite painful as the tangled up fur eventually begins to pull on the skin.

Most kittens, even those from the breeds listed below are playful and active. Some breeds remain active well into middle age while others calm down once they reach adulthood.

Consider an older cat if you would prefer to avoid the playful kitten stage. Breeders sometimes look to re-home ex-breeding cats once they are a few years old and shelters are always full of adult cats looking for a second chance in life.

Image credits:

Burmilla cat courtesy Chris, Flickr

Snowshoe courtesy King Taco, Flickr

2 COMMENTS

  1. I do feel that cats are great pets especially and this cite helped me find the right cat for my grandmother after reading the descriptions of all the kitties, we found that the Persian cat was best and easiest for my grandmother.
    Thank you!

    – Reader

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