When people pick out a dog they usually check to make sure his breed, size, and temperament fit with their lifestyle and space. When picking a cat, though, many people just look at its appearance and personality.
Cat breeds might not have as much visible variation as dog breeds, but they do have their differences. You might be tempted to simply choose the friendliest cat when you’re picking a new companion, but what you consider adorable can be a nuisance when you get the cat home (like when you choose the most pathetically meowing cat. Waking up at 2 AM to loud mews is not fun!)
It’s especially important to find a fitting breed when you plan to keep your cat indoors. Not all cat breeds make good indoor cats! Some cats are too active, too needy, or too mischievous to leave alone inside for too long.