to Choose a Cat
There are varieties of cat breeds available. After you have
looked through the cat breeds, you might have a better idea of what kind of cat that you are looking for. Cats can
be great pets for people who are looking for an animal, but want one that is a little more independent. There are
of course many other considerations to take into account before rushing out and buying your cat based on a picture
or vague description.
A good question that you need to consider is if you are
looking to get a male or a female cat. There is a vast difference between the two species just as there is with
humans or any other type of animal. Males tend to be a larger cat than females and also boast a more extrovert
If you do decide to get a male you have to make the decision
on whether or not the cat is going to be neutered. Just as a cautionary note, when a male cat is not neutered they
tend to have a much different personality. You might find that they spray urine all over, will try to roam, and
might just pick fights with other cats if there are any in the house or outside. When you choose to neuter them,
you will be able to avoid a lot of these tendencies. Females have different traits than males do. They are a more
careful and gentle than males are.
They tend to also be quieter as well. Again comes the question
on whether or not to spay your female feline companion. If you choose not too you will be looking forward to
dealing with her heat cycles and all that they entail, especially not a good thing if you have any unneutered male
cats in the house.
Once you have made a decision on whether the cat will be male
or female you need to decide how much hair that you want to content with. That is, do you want to get a long hair
cat or a short hair cat? Even though you may think that you want a particular breed, it might not match up with
what you want in a cat. This is really a choice that depends on your personal taste.
Long haired cats might seem great to one person and a total
nuisance to another. If you choose to go with a long haired cat, you need to understand that it will be up to you
to keep you cat groomed and looking nice. Just think about your own hair, if you have long hair then you need to
keep it brushed or combed on a daily basis, a long haired cat is no different. They need their owner to comb their
lustrous locks on a regular basis so they don't begin to look like a scraggly cat.
Again, you have to realize that when anything has long hair it
tends to shed, a lot! If none of this sound like fun or appealing in any way it might be a good indication that you
in fact are not looking for a long haired cat such as a Persian, but a short haired cat instead.
Now that you have the first two factors of choosing a cat
decided, you next need to decide how much money you really want to spend. The reality when you go to buy a cat you
can choose from mixed breeds or purebred cats. When you buy a mixed breed there isn't quite as much to worry about
because you don't have to worry about all the pedigree issues and such, plus as you might have guessed they aren't
going to cost quite as much.
On the other hand all of that changes when you plan to buy a purebred. There are certain precautions that you will
have to take before you buy a purebred cat. First you need to research the different breeding establishments to
make sure that they are of good reputation. It won't hurt to do a little bit of research and to even visit
different establishments and ask question and look at the cats that they are offering before you actually buy
The last question again is one of preference; do you wish to
buy a kitten or a cat? Many might jump to the answer of kitten, but as everything there is much to consider before
making such a decision. You need to realize that a kitten is in essence a baby and as such requires a lot more time
and attention than a grown cat does. It's not to say that an older cat doesn't require time and attention, but
normally they are quite a bit easier to care for than a baby kitten.
Before you get a kitten or older cat, you’ll first want to
examine the source. If you are getting the kitten from a breeder, you’ll want to make sure that the breeder
has a good reputation. You’ll also want to ensure that the cattery is clean and in good shape. The
kittens that are still there shouldn’t be overcrowded, and their surroundings should be clean. The litter
boxes there should be kept up and both the food and water dish should be clean and full. The kittens
shouldn’t be caged, instead free to run around. All cats that are there should appear healthy, with shiny
coats and none of their ribs showing.
When you get your kitten, it should be used to being touched
and handled. The kitten should be sweet, not afraid in the least. Kittens that have been handled young
normally have a better temperament. The better breeders won’t allow their kittens to leave the nest until
they are around 12 weeks old, with some waiting until the kittens are 16 weeks. By doing this, breeders
ensure that the kitten is in good health and his immune system has properly developed.
There’s no mistaken the fact that cats are great to own.
You can get a kitten from a reputable breeder, through a local newspaper, or an adoption agency. Cats can
also be obtained from a local pound, although people normally don’t like to choose this option. No matter
which way you decide to pursue, you should always make sure that your cat is healthy. If you get a healthy
cat, you won’t have a lot of problems later on down the road. Healthy cats were taken care of – and normally
have everything up to date – including their vaccinations.