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How To Choose A Cat Or Kitten

Updated on July 20, 2012

How To Choose A Cat Or Kitten.

Choosing A Cat Or Kitten

I have been a cat/kitten lover for over 50yrs but to be honest I do not think that I am the best person to advise you on how to choose a cat or kitten. I love them all. The best that I can do is to pass on a few tips on how to choose a cat or kitten from lessons that I have learnt over the years. If I can help you decide on which cat or kitten to choose I will be very happy as I am sure that you will be with your new feline friend. But the first thing to consider is whether a cat/kitten will be a suitable pet for YOU! Cats/kittens make adorable pets but as with any other animal you do have to decide if you can give them the best care available before taking one on.

Before deciding on a cat or kitten here are a few things to consider:

  1. Where you live. Do you live near a main road or in a block of flats, how safe will a cat be?
  2. Your budget. A tin of cat food is not very expensive but vet fees, catteries and insurance can be.
  3. Do you have any other pets?
  4. If you are in a rented property do they allow pets.
  5. Your age.
  6. Do you want an indoor cat or an outdoor?

How To Choose A Kitten. Leo our new Kitten
How To Choose A Kitten. Leo our new Kitten

Where Do You Live

One of the first things to think about is your location, if you live near a main road or in a block of flats you would perhaps be better looking for a pedigree breed of cat. Some breeds of cats have been bred to be more suitable to being an inside cat as apposed to your common old moggy who loves to be outside.
Two. Your Budget.

Pedigree cats do not come cheap, they can cost hundreds of pounds, even your common old moggie kitten can cost you upwards of £20.00 so which do you choose? Cats have been a part of my life for over 50yrs and I have never had a pedigree cat, I love them all so why pay an astronomical price for a pedigree cat? Not only that there is a lot of documentation saying that pedigree cats ( or dogs ) are more prone to health problems etc. than non pedigree. I want my cats to live as long as possible so have always chosen the common old 57 variety

How To Choose A Kitten

Choosing A Kitten
Choosing A Kitten

How Can You Resist A Kitten At this Age?

Adopting A Kitten

Adopting a kitten or cat from your local cat sanctuary is a popular place for people to obtain their first cat or kitten. Choosing one is pretty much the same as buying one from some ones home. Ask where the kittens have come from and other back ground details. A lot of cats that end up at the cat sanctuaries are strays and can be very wary of human contact and it can be hard work to gain their trust. about four years ago we adopted a two year old ginger tom from our local RSPCA he was a stray that some one had taken in. He was a lovely cat but it took me 6months to finally get him to trust me enough to come and sit on my knee. Sadly not long after he disappeared and I am firmly convinced that he had just gone back to the wild.

Do You Have Any More Pets?

If you have any more pets cats or dogs you have to take into account that may not get on. We are having a bit of a problem at the moment with our two cats. We have had Jem for 6years now and she got on fine with Tiggs who we sadly lost at 16yrs old last year. We decided to get another kitten to keep her company and she will not have anything to do with him. After six months she is just starting to calm down when he is in the same room as her. I believe that we will get there in the end but it is a slow process. I have since learnt that females are often hard to introduce other cats to so if you do have another cat you may be better choosing a male.

Meet Jem Our Other Cat

Choosing A Kitten Or Cat YOUR AGE!

Cats make lovely pets for older citizens they are loving and not as demanding as say a dog but kittens can be boisterous and destructive. Rather than a young kitten a cat of 18month to 2 years may be more suitable. By that age they have usually calmed down and you will have a better idea of what sort of temperament that they have.

If you decide that an older cat may be more suitable for you, your local cat sactuary will more than likely have a few older cats in need of a loving home

You May Be Better Choosing An Adult Cat.

Choosing A Cat
Choosing A Cat

Other Tings To Consider Before Choosing A Cat Or Kitten

Are You In A Rented Property?

If you live in a rented property please check on your lease agreement to check if you are allowed to have any pets in the house. Not all rented properties do.

Consider Your Age.

If like me you are knocking on a bit you may find that an older cat would suit you more than a kitten, lovable as they are young kittens can be a handfull and at times quite destructive. An older cat from a rescue centre would perhaps fit the bill. Another plus to choosing an older cat is that you will have a better idea of what they are like temperament wise. You cannot guarantee that a kitten will grow into that lap loving cat you you envisioned getting.

For information on how to look after a kitten visit How To Look After A Kitten

Choosing A Kitten

Our Kitten Leo
Our Kitten Leo

Things To Check When Picking A Kitten.

Choosing a Kitten is hard, if you are like me you just want to take them all home. So what do you need to look out for when choosing one? This applies to both pedigree and you Heinz 57 varieties. If the seller insists on delivering a cat or kitten to you give them a wide birth, ideally you need to see the kitten in a home environment, that way you can see how a kitten reacts to humans and how much human contact they have had. To my mind the more human contact that a kitten has from a young age the more chance you have of having a loving cat as it gets older.

Check that the kitten has clean eares and that its eyes are bright and clear with no discharge. Ask if the kitten has been flead, you may not actually see any fleas but has the kitten got any small grit like granules in its fur ? these could be flea eggs. Check the kittens back end it should be clean and dry. If the kitten is a part of a litter check out the other kittens as well. If one kitten has any health problems it could be that all the kittens in the litter have the same, passed on in the mothers milk.


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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      I have 7 cats, and love all of them. They love my dog, and my dog tries to mother them. It's a match made in heaven. Great hub, voted up.