The other day I received an email from a supposed pet care expert with information that was so misleading that I could hardly believe my eyes. It appears that some of these “experts” in the field make the claim that certain cat breeds are considered low-maintenance pets. As far as I am concerned, there aren’t any animal companions who could accurately be described as “low maintenance”. At least I have never run across a kitty who, in all honesty could wear a label claiming that attribute.
To make these cats more appealing to dog-lovers, the cat breeds who were featured are depicted as felines who, like the canine species, are devoted to their humans and as fun loving as puppies. This gets me wondering if these “experts” have ever lived with cats. Since feline aficionados know that kitties are just as devoted as canines to their guardians and also thrive on having fun, how can this comparison be realistically made?
Among the breeds listed as “similar to dogs” were the Manx, the Abyssinian, the Burmese, the Maine Coon (due to their size) the Turkish Angora, the Sphynx (since they follow their owners around) and for folks who want to have a cat whose sociability level resembles that of a dog; it was suggested that adopting a rescued kitty would fit the bill.
In the article, the temperament and personality of the featured cats were compared to canine behavior. To name a few, for example: Although the Manx lacks the appendage that allows them to show their humans affection by wagging their tail, these kitties quickly form strong bonds with their human companions. Similar to canines, one of the Manx’s goals is pleasing their guardians. Some of their favorite pastimes are going for walks on a leash, taking a ride in the family car, following their people around the house, fetching toys and playing in water. It is also rumored that the Manx is so protective of their guardians that they will growl at intruders.
The Abyssinian is touted as having athletic proclivities similar to human sport’s stars. These are high energy felines who excel at running and jumping and require an abundance of interactive play with their guardians. Similar to canines, the Abyssinian is regarded as an extremely loyal feline companion.
The Burmese is a cat whose loyalty and loving personality makes the breed ideal for families with children. Much in the same way as dogs, Burmese can easily be trained to sit patiently and wait for their dinner. Since they are highly dependent on their humans, they thrive on their guardians’ attention, so if a Burmese guardian is planning to be away for more than a few days, it’s critical to have a loving cat-sitter to take care of them.
Since the Maine Coon cat is one of the largest breeds, their size and weight make them as big as many of the smaller canine breeds. Since they are devoted and loyal to their human companions and thrive on playtime, their temperament makes this feline breed quite similar to the canine species.
None of the feline breeds featured are low maintenance cats. They all require regular interactive play time, an enriched environment to challenge them, different degrees of grooming, nail trimming, fed a high quality species appropriate diet, clean litter boxes and regular veterinary care. But most importantly; all cats need respect, attention and and abundance of love.
There are no domestic companion animals that are low maintenance pets. But if someone is looking for one, that meets this description, I highly recommend that they find a “pet rock” with whom to bond. What’s your opinion? Share it in a comment.