Hi, I'm 27 and work from home, spending a lot of time at a PC (easily 10+ hours a day). I'm trying to determine which breed would benefit the most from my lifestyle, and vice versa. I'll keep my eye on a few shelters, but purebreds seem to be a bit more predictable in terms of personality traits from what I've seen?
I'd prefer a cat that enjoys sitting on your lap (or on top of the chair near your head) often, or for long periods. Anywhere from 1-7 out of 10 on a vocal scale, and that would enjoy playing every 1-3 hours whenever I take a break. I think a one-person or family cat would be better than a highly aloof personality; one that follows you around, takes an interest and/or joins in whatever you're doing. I tend to like intelligent and energetic animals, which is unfortunate because I'm rather sedentary myself; so they'd have to be somewhat demanding about playtime, or nag me to take more breaks (which I could definitely use).
Shedding isn't an issue, and there's no other pets or children, although more cats is a possibility at some point. I've been looking at the following breeds, pretty much in that order:
Somali, Turkish Angora, Balinese, Javanese, Ragdoll, Turkish Van, Birman.
I'd love to hear any suggestions or personal experiences.