Ben Simpson-Vernon, a veterinarian in England, went viral recently with two TikTok videos. The first listed the five dog breeds he would never choose (sorry, pugs) and the second listed(yes to the bastards!). So, of course, she eventually had to turn to our feline friends.
Simpson-Vernon’s latest video explains the four cat breeds that he, as a vet, would never have chosen. Three are due to health reasons, but one is pure personal preference. He also pointed out that these are breeds he would never have done buy, because he would consider giving these cats a home if they were in a rescue situation where they needed to be adopted.
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Simpson-Vernon praises the Bengal cat’s beautiful coat, but points out that it is a hybrid between a domestic cat and a type of wild cat called the Asian leopard cat.
“So they are still pretty wild in terms of behavior and temperament,” he says, noting that this breed has earned a reputation for being “quite aggressive” from the vet. He also notes that this intelligent breed needs a lot of stimulation and is not suitable for some families.
The Sphynx is a hairless cat, and certainly one of the most unusual of the feline family. And this is where Simpson-Vernon comes out of being a vet and becomes just a person with opinions.
“They are nice cats, I prefer to cuddle a furry cat,” he says.
Scottish Fold cats
Scottish Fold cats definitely meet the Simpson-Vernon “fluffy” criteria, but it’s a health issue that gives them distinctive ears. Those “folded” ears are caused by a cartilage disorder, she says, and that same disorder is in all of the cat’s joints. This commonly gives them painful arthritis at a young age. Simpson-Vernon even shows X-rays of a Scottish fold compared to a normal cat, indicating the difference.
“To me, this is just cruel and unfair, and I could never support their breeding,” he says.
His first choice is the elegant Persian cat.
“This is due to how flat their faces are and how much trouble they cause them with regards to health and their daily life,” says Simpson-Vernon. “People don’t realize they can struggle to breathe as badly as some.
The poor Persian is also prone to eye problems and heart, kidney and dental problems.
“So I’m a bit of a health disaster,” he says.