Choosing the Perfect Cat!
So you have a few questions about what to look for when getting a cat right? Well here is our light-weight yet informative break-down of what you need to be aware when selecting a cat. Studies show that people who have pets are generally more happy as well as live a healthier life style. We hope you are ready for a new adventure with a new furry feline! Anyways let’s get to the important details of why you are here, choosing a cat!
How do I pick the right cat?
Some common factors when choosing a cat are typically age, size, breed, personality, and appearance. These are all individual preferences and decisions you need to be aware of when you are looking for a cat.
Most importantly, you need to ensure you get the right breed. As this will most likely determine the size, personality, and obviously the appearance of your feline friend. For example if you want small house cat, a Persian breed might be perfect for you. If you prefer one of the more larger breeds you might be more interested in a Norwegian forest cat or Main Coon. This is the perfect time for you to review some of the links at the top of our pages, specifically the cat breed sizes!
Kitten or Adult?
Everyone loves a little kitten, but do you know how much work they are? As well as destructive at times… We just want you to be ready for what you are getting yourself into, not all kittens cause trouble but if left untrained they can be a little nightmare! So lets say you do choose a kitten, it will need to be litter-box trained, and carefully watched to undue any unwanted habits.
The other choice is the adult cat. They are already litter-trained and are past always energetic life style. Sure they will still play but they’ve slowed down a bit now. They are for the most part very adaptable and quick to learn of their new environment.
Short-haired cat or long-haired cat?
First, all cats need to be brushed, it doesn’t matter if it is a short-haired or long-haired cat breed. Though long-haired cat breeds need to be brushed more, and cleaning occurs much more frequently. If you don’t have enough time to consistently brush your cat a short-haired breed might be better for you.
Where can I find these cats?
Here at Cat Breeds Information we recommend you to visit an animal shelter first as there really is too many cats waiting for a new home! Regardless though, here are the sources of where you can find cats to buy.
If you are looking for a pure-breed look no further, including much sought after exotic cats like the Bengal or Serengeti. Getting a cat from a breeder will always be expensive compared to the alternatives. Also breeders typically prefer to match you to one of their cats rather than you selecting the one you want and being done with it.
Typically ran by your city, government or private means. Animal shelters are typically always full of cats. One of the great parts of an animal shelter is you see a cat you love, you can most likely leave the same day with it! Not to mention the costs are considerably lower than a breeder.
Rescue organizations are another great way to find a cat. For the most part they don’t have facilities like an animal shelter where you can walk right in and see them. They live at boarding facilities until they hold adoption events. These events are typically held at parks, or parking lots for local community.
Getting ready with your new cat
Hopefully we didn’t lose you anywhere! So now we are at the point of bringing your new friend home, so what exactly do you need and or be aware of? Below you can find our handy check list of what we personally go through when bringing a new cat into our homes.
- Ensure you have everyone at home and at hand before bringing your cat home.
- Make sure you have a cat carrier as having her unsecured while driving is not safe.
- When first bringing your cat into the house we recommend you let her out in a safe, small, secure area. This could be a bathroom or closest.
- Make sure you have both water and food close to its carrier once it comes out.
- Find a good veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Give your new friend some time to adjust, alone if needed.