I'll be sixteen in April, and I've been waiting a very long time for a cat of my own, to keep inside with me. Our family cats are two moggies that we took off the hands of a friend, and they were raised being outdoors, so we let them be outside, and they come into the garage for shelter whenever the weather is too cold or yucky. They are very loved by all our family.
However, I've been wanting another cat, one to keep indoors, with me. I probably will actually get said kitten in the summer, so I won't have to be away for excessive time while they are young, because I know young cats need pretty much constant attention (I remember when ours were babies, haha). And I've admired some breeds for awhile, and was planning on getting a certain breed with certain characteristics that I desire, since all the cats we've had in my life have been rescues, and it is often kind of a coin flip as to how they will be. One of our cats, Luna, was extremely shy when we first got her, and I was afraid she would be a very unconfident cat. But she bloomed into a very personable, almost "polite" cat, and she never met a stranger. She greets everyone with a question mark tail and a very quiet meow. I really am looking for a breed with a docile, amiable temperament. We don't have any children under the age of eight years old in our house, and both of my brothers are very gentle with animals, so that isn't a concern for me. But I would prefer a cat that is not sensitive about being handled, because I do have young cousins/friends at my house sometimes, and I wouldn't want a cat that would get really freaked out about that. I want said cat to also be very cuddly, and like lap fungus, as some cats are described. I like a cat that will follow me around, want to be with me when I'm sleeping, and will enjoy being pet and being in my lap. Only one of our cats will sit in your lap, and it's only sometimes when she feels like it.
I understand completely that all cats are individuals, and there is no guarantee of the personality that I'm searching for. But I do know some breeds are more inclined to this sort of personality than others. Breeds that I've been researching a lot are the Ragdoll (probably my top choice) and the Birman (pretty similar), and I also like the Burmese and Tonkinese, and also the Scottish Fold, though I hear they are usually more towards the reserved and quiet side. I'd like to hear from some experienced breeders/cat parents out there. What breeds would you recommend for a person like me, and what are your thoughts? I am in highschool, so obviously I can't be home all day. I'm willing to take some time to brush fussy coats (I do that anyways for our two cats, which are longhairs), although a breed that needs to be thoroughly groomed daily, like the Persian, is probably not for me. We don't really have any other pets in the house (save a hamster that stays in it's cage), and there is almost always a person home, since my mom is a stay-at-home mom, and she homeschools my brothers. I am looking for a lap kitty, and a snuggle buddy that will seek a close bond with me.
Sorry for the novel; I will stop now. Breeders, cat owners, lets here it. What are your suggestions?