If you love cats and you want to purchase or adopt a pet, there are some questions that might help you pick which cat would be ideal for you. Cats are an excellent option if you are seeking a furry companion that is friendly and adorable and will delight you when you watch them play. People adore cats because they have features that remind them of their infants. The round heads, wide eyes, and juvenile conduct of these pets match human baby traits and make owners desire to protect these young buddies.
What should I look for when choosing a cat? Which cat is best for me? How do I find the right cat? Choosing a cat raises a whole lot of questions for every person who loves cats. The answer is important because the final decision concerns a coexistence of more than a decade with your pet. The average lifespan of a cat is 12–18 years, so you must think long-term when you plan to adopt or buy a cat. But the questions go on. Should I choose a male or a female cat? Should I choose a small kitten or a full-grown animal? And what about the cat's free access in and out of the house? Are my house type and the area where I am located more suitable for an outdoor cat or an indoor cat? So, before selecting, it is quite vital to consider all these issues.
If we wish our pet roommate to be a pedigree cat, then we have to know the physical and psychological traits of each breed well enough so that we can make a conscious decision when choosing. One aspect to be considered is that a pedigree cat is relatively expensive. If we are satisfied with adopting a mixed-breed cat, the choice is much easier because we can easily find such a tame, cute kitten in a shelter. Some people have even found abandoned mixed-breed kittens and adopted them, and now they have a wonderful furry friend who lives a happy life with his human family, being loved and protected.
When the animal you adopt is an adult, its previous life experience must be taken into consideration because its further behavior depends on that. Anyway, the new owner must be well informed about these circumstances and get to know the cat better before adopting it.
Certainly, if you choose a pedigree cat, you can get more information about the specific breed from reputable breeders. Useful information is also available from breed clubs for cats. Unfortunately, these animals usually suffer from various inherited breeding conditions, which are the consequences of inbreeding. Some have a very short noses, tipped ears, or furless skin.
If you decide to get a young kitten, the ideal age for the pet to be adopted is when it is older than ten to twelve weeks. At this age, the young kittens are weaned by their mother and become relatively independent, which is why they can adapt particularly well to a new family and environment.
When adopting, make sure that the cat has been vaccinated correctly. It should preferably have a vaccination card and look healthy. Healthy health status may be detected by having clean eyes and ears. Sellers you discover on the internet or in publications should be examined to determine whether they are serious, and they should be able to explain to you where the animal originates from and why it is being sold. If there are young kittens, the parents and the entire litter should also be visited, if feasible. The merchants that just exhibit a single kitten generally have something to conceal in relation to their company.
Cats that have been acquired overseas must be carried through customs in most nations, and their owners must be verified by legal paperwork. Otherwise, the cat could be seized by the veterinary office.