There ar so many cat breeds around these days, choosing which type of cat you want to adopt can be a daunting task. The majority of kittens are so beautiful you want to adopt them all. You really need to do some research and discuss this with your family before you head off to the pet shop.
Do you want a long hair cat or a short hair one. Long hirsute cats are beautiful but do require more grooming. Do you have the time for this?
Do you have a preference for a particular color. There is almost a rainbow of colors available these days.
Do you want a male or female cat. There are different characteristics associated with male and female cats, just as with humans. Some breeds have a very long life span, up to 20 or more years. You need to decide before adopting your kitten if you want the added responsibility for such a long period.
If you have children, which breeds ar not suitable to young children, which ones are great.
Discuss the costs associated with adopting a cat. There is not only the cat food to buy, there ar costs involved in having your kitten neutered or spayed, vet bills to budget for as well as a multitude of toys and a cat bed. While you might be able to adopt a kitty for free from someone, you will have to pay a fair amount of money at a pet shop, and even more for some breeds.
What is your current lifestyle. Are you home during the day so you can spend time soldering and playing with your kitten and training it? Do you live in an apartment or a house with a back yard. Are there busy streets nearby? Is your cat going to be an indoor one or an outdoor one.
Pay a visit to your local library and find books on different cat breeds. Or you can do your research online. The beauty of a physical book is being able to show it to others in your family instead of crowding around a monitor.
This is where you start narrowing down your choices. Research the dissimilar cat breeds based on your answers to the above points. The unlike breeds have unlike personalities. Discuss your choice or choices with your family and see what they have come up with. You might be surprised that everyone seems to want the same type of cat. Then it is a matter of finding a reputable breeder and determining costs.
I know that if something happened to either of my cats I would love to get either a Ragdoll kitty or a Toyger. My choice of these two breeds in particular is the Ragdoll cats stay kitten-like in their playfulness well into adulthood and the Toyger is, to me, a very beautiful and unusual cat. However, the expense involved in adopting either breed would be a huge factor in my final decision.
Many parents adopt a kitten for their children to look after to teach them some responsibility and end up doing most of the work themselves. When your children grow up and leave home (and believe maine this happens all too fast), you will be the one left ‘holding the cat’.
I have found that often, your kitty will choose you. If you are faced with a litter in the pet shop or wherever you are adopting your kitten from, watch them for a while to gauge the different personalities. Play with each one and see what happens. Then something magical happens and you and your kitty adopt each other. This is the beginning of a long and happy relationship that will bring you much joy.