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3 Essential and Simple Tips on Choosing a Cat or Kitten.

Buying a new cat or a kitten is very often an impulsive decision and can be very exciting. Once you see a new cat or more especially a kitten, it is hard to resist their charms; this makes it important you answer a few important questions before finally making your choice.

Cat or Kitten?
First establish whether you want a fully grown cat or a kitten.
Kittens are obviously cute, cuddly and playful but they can be stressful and make great demands on you as an owner, they will initially require a lot of your attention, vigilance and time, so if you are not able to give them lots of attention and initially a lot of time and energy you should consider getting a more mature or adult cat.
Older cats are invariably already domesticated and will have some established behaviour patterns. Ideally you should try and discuss with the previous owner details about the eating habits and preferences, disposition, toilet behaviour and any other personality traits the new cat may have.

Male or Female?
There is a widespread belief that male cats are usually more independent and females are more friendly and loving towards their owners however there is little difference in behavior between the sexes once they have been neutered. Unless you intending to let your cat breed, neutering is advisable as this will result in a better pet with less “anti social” habits which are associated with cats used for breeding.
Males tend to be a little bigger than females.
If you already have a cat(s) what sex cat may be determined by these existing cats. If you already have a sociable (neutered) male cat, then a young (neutered) female may be the best choice for both him and you.

Pedigree or Non-Pedigree?
Most cats in the UK will be mixed breeds and perfectly suitable as family pets.
Cats, unlike dogs, do not vary greatly in size, just in appearance.
An important advantage of pedigree cats is that it is usually easier to predict the sort of cat you are going to end up with, especially how it will look and to some extent what temperament it may have. A further advantage will be the ability to do research and establish background information about specific breed types.
It is generally accepted that mixed breed cats are generally healthier and less costly than pedigrees.
If you intend showing or using your cat for breeding purposes then you should buy a cat that has a proven pedigree.

Their will obviously be more factors you will need to take into consideration and there is a wealth of useful information to help you, this can come from magazines and books, friends and other cat owners, the internet or your local vet.

David Bates - -



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