|There are a lot of factors that you need to take into consideration when choosing a cat. Consider each one carefully to ensure you make the correct decision for yourself, your family and your new pet.|
A Kitten or an Adult Cat
While kittens are very cute and appealing, they also require a lot or work until they have grown up a bit. When you first bring a kitten home they will require feeding several times a day so they should either have someone at home with them all day, or someone should be able to be at home periodically throughout the day. If they are not already litter trained this will need to be done and as they get older they will need to be trained how to use a cat door/flap. Kittens will also chew and scratch things (so watch your furniture!) and they will be lively and playful. Sometimes an older, adult cat is more appropriate for some people/families.
Pedigree or Mixed
The characteristics of pedigree cats are generally known, so it is easier to select a breed that will suit your needs, however there are a lot of mixed breed cats that require homes too and if their parents are known it is possible to make an educated guess on their temperament.
Your personal and family circumstances will play an important part in your decision on what breed of cat to buy. Long haired cats will require a lot of grooming, some cats prefer the company of others, some are active where as others are more sedate and some cats are more suited to families with children than others. You should research the many different breeds of cat to ensure you choose the correct one for you and your family.
Male or Female
Whether to get a tom (male) or a queen (female) is also another point that should be taken into consideration. There are advantages and disadvantages to both sexes, but if you don't really have a preference it doesn't really matter, the main thing is that you develop and enjoy a happy bond with your cat.
Selecting a Cat
When you have taken all of the factors into consideration and you have decided what your new pet will be and where you are going to get it from, then all you need to do is choose it!
If you are choosing a kitten you should look at all of the kittens in the litter and check that they all look healthy and see how they interact with each other. They should be between 12 and 16 weeks old and you should make sure they are alert, bright eyed and show no signs of aggression. A kitten should be avoided if it shows any signs of ill health such as sticky eyes, a runny nose, a dirty back end or is inactive.
If you have decided on an adult cat choose one that shows no signs of aggression, is active and friendly and has a healthy coat and bright eyes.