How to choose the cat that best suits you
When you’re looking for a cat for yourself or for the entire family, you need to take a lot of things into consideration – not only from your own point of view, but you need to keep in mind the interests of the animals in the same way.
Before starting to look for a kitty, first of all it is worthwhile to take a look at yourself and the environment to expect your new pet. It is an important consideration how much time on average you can spend with your kitty and what it is going to do while you’re at work or you go out for any other reason and it stays at home by itself. It is also just as important whether the cat can only move around in the apartment or there is a garden or yard available for roaming around safely.
The other aspect useful to scrutinize is the rest of the family, in addition to yourself. If there is a young child in the family below 7 to 8 years of age, you should be very careful to make the right choice. Little kittens might be really cute; however, before your child gets mature enough, it might easily occur that they fail to take care of the little cat properly, also involuntarily, causing even long-term problems. It is also equally important to take into consideration whether someone in the family is allergic to cat fur, and if no such thing has been revealed yet, it might be expedient to take preliminary tests as well.
How to choose?
The first question, already mentioned, is whether to choose a baby kitten or an already adult animal. In addition to being extremely cute, little kitten can be trained from an earlier age – or are better to be made accustomed to the circumstances and forms of behaviour that you would like them to master. Besides these arguments, however, it is important to take into consideration that a baby kitten needs special care in terms of feeding, training, as well as the length of time you can spend with them. If you choose an older cat, it might have habits that seem to be unpleasant at first sight, but it might as well be the case that it is already house trained and gets on easier with people (especially children).
After deciding that you would like to have a kitty, the next question is what species or type you prefer. As regards looks, one of the key issues is always the cat’s fur. Long-haired cats can be beautiful, but at the same time they require more care and combing, and in general they change their fur more often. Before making a decision, it is worthwhile to do some research on the specificities of each species or you can ask an expert what kind of kitty they would recommend.
Non-purebred cats as pets are equally likeable to purebred ones; what is more, in some cases they are much more impervious and contented with less care. In their case, however, the risk of admitting them at an early age is that you can’t foresee the features that are previously clarified in case of a purebred kitty.
If you’re thinking about an older cat, animal shelters are the most handy solution. You can meet a great many types and species of cats at animal shelters. Of course, many people think that it will simply be a love at first sight with their future pet, but it is worthwhile to make some inquiries. On the one hand, it is expedient to ask animal shelter employees about the kitty’s features and habits, and there are forms of behaviour that might come back in the future as well. If a kitty immediately approaches you and also feels comfortable when you take it in your hands, this will presumably be so in the future as well. At the same time, if a kitty is first reluctant to approach you, it also might be a sign for the future. In general, such kitties require less care, accept less people, but they can demonstrate unconditional love and loyalty to their keeper.
Whatever you decide, don’t forget that you won’t choose a kitty for just a few months, but perhaps for as long as 15 to 20 years. If you are really a perfect match and you’re ready for them, they can bring lots of joy, laughter and love, and will make it up to you in plenty for things that you sometimes may even perceive to be burdens in everyday life.