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kittenWhen it comes to choosing a cat as a new friend and companion, there are a few things to consider.

Where will you find him of her?

What should you look for?

What to avoid?

Let’s take a look at each question.

Where to find your new cat? The local animal shelter is an excellent place to begin. They always have a very good selection of cats and kittens to choose from. With so many different breeds, sizes, colors, and ages to choose from, you’re almost sure to find a new friend waiting for you! Farmers frequently have kittens that are available to go to a new home. If you are interested in a particular breed of cat, contact their registry. They should be able to direct you to a reputable breeder in your area.

So, now choosing a cat that’s right for you. First, make sure the cat or kitten is healthy. Bright eyes, shining coat and a lively manner are indicators of good health. Interact with the kitten or cat…

  • Does she hiss and pull away when you touch her or does she purr and rub her head against your hand?
  • Is she patient or happy to be picked up, or is she frantic to get away?
  • Does she walk away from people and sit down as far away as she can with her ears down or does she hold her ground and let her curiosity draw her to the new person?

It will become obvious quickly which kitten or cat will have the kind of personality that you will enjoy.

Avoid the cat or kitten with an ugly attitude or that shows poor health.  That will be the way to avoid heartbreak on down the road.

Another thing that you should consider when choosing a cat is yourself. Most people are suckers for kittens. Those little fluff balls with their sweet faces are nearly impossible to resist. Do you have the time and energy to deal with a lively kitten and her antics? (Oh, you mean I’m not supposed to climb up the curtains?)

Maybe you would be more comfortable with an older cat who already knows all about litter boxes and not jumping on top of the counter. A quiet adult who will sit on your lap and purr while you watch your favorite show may be more your speed. Be honest with yourself choosing a cat that fits your lifestyle. You and your new cat will be much happier for it.

Okay, you’ve assessed yourself and the kittens and cats available to you. You’ve chosen your perfect new friend. On your way home think over what supplies you have at home.

  • Do you have everything you need?
  • A litter box with nice fresh litter?
  • Is there a little scooper to clean her litter box with?
  • A food dish and a water bowl?
  • Do you have good quality food for her?

You’ll want to stop and pick up some cat food that she’s familiar with. It will be something she already knows in a strange place and may help her become comfortable in her new home faster. You can begin blending your preferred food into her old one in the coming days, eventually shifting her completely to her new food.

There is much to consider when getting a new cat. Take your time. Make sure all your preparations are made. You will be well on your way to a happy life for you and your new cat.

Choosing a cat isn’t quite as easy as you might think, but a well-thought out plan helps.

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