You aren't a dog person. They smell, chew up your Thom Browne ties, and they bark -- incessantly. No, that isn't a reflection on you, the one who trained the dog. It's the dog's fault. You swear. If that is how you feel, don't go for one of these associate-appropriate breeds.
So feline it is.
A young associate attorney on the rise has merely one factor to consider when choosing a cat: the status symbol. Do you have a large amount of disposable income to spend on an exotic breed? Some of the rarer varieties, while costing up to $3,000 per cat, might be worth it as a meowing manifestation of all of your hard work. (Or you might just have a strong desire for a forty pound cat.) Plus, you're making the big bucks, right? You can't put a price on happiness.
Here are five odd breeds of kittens perfect for a young yuppie attorney:
A personal favorite, the Savannah cat is a hybrid between an African serval and a domestic cat. They can grow to dog-like sizes, with some reaching nearly forty pounds. They also have huge ears, dog-like temperaments, and may follow you around, walk on a leash, or fetch. Some can jump up to eight feet in the air and balance on the top of a door. They are basically a dog in a cat suit. And they cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000 for a kitten.
Bengals and Toygers
Another rare breed, the Bengal cat is a cross between an Asian leopard cat and a domestic breed. They have large wild-looking leopard spots and if they are far-enough removed from the Leopard, will have the same temperament as a domestic breed. Toygers are a similar concept, though they aren’t descended from actual tigers; they just share their stripes.
Ragamuffin or Ragdoll
Has there ever been a cooler back story to a cat breed than this? According to Wikipedia, the Ragdoll breed (and it’s offshoot, the Ragamuffin) emerged when a cat breeder, believing her neighbor’s cat to be the product of genetic experiments by secret government testing, bought a few of the cat’s offspring. The cats all had two distinctive traits: super fluffy fur that is colored on the cat’s extremities and a tendency to go completely limp when picked up. The breeder inbred the kittens and created her own breed: the Ragdoll.
Hate it or love it. You either immediately fall in love with these weird flat-eared cats, or you wonder why everyone is so into these freaky-looking mutants. Besides the odd gene mutation that causes the lopped ears, they are a typical domestic breed in temperament and maintenance.
Look, you’ve just graduated and you’re making $160,000 per year. You could pay off your student loans, or buy a Maserati. Or, you could get one of these loving companions at a ridiculous price tag. Just be forewarned: the wilder breeds (Savannahs and Bengals) might be illegal in your area unless they are a number of generations removed from their wild elders.