It is not an easy matter to take a quick decision for buying a cat. First of all, you should take into consideration your own needs and expectations. You should prepare yourself for paw prints over countertops, fur of cats on everything in addition to taking on litter box duty.
- Spend some time researching on cats before you actually adopt one. You might research well for the characteristics of cats and find the best for you, but in fact, if that cat doesn’t want you then you will be facing a big problem, so it is better to get to know every cat personally before you take a decision.
- It is recommended to have a cat whose personality matches your personality and your fits your needs. If you need a lap cat then you should have a cat or kitten that likes being held and pet most of the time. However, if you want to have a playful cat then try to choose one that responds well to your orders and doesn’t just go ahead and nap in the corner.
- Although kittens are cute pets, they require so much training and commitment in addition to permanent supervision to make sure that they use their litter box and not claw the furniture or damaging the family’s plants through chewing them. Adult cats have a routing of their own and you don’t have to train them that much you have to do with a kitten.
- Take into consideration the health of the cat you want to adopt or buy and see if it has been neutered or spayed. Ask the shelter staff regarding vaccinations and other health issues for cats. Don’t forget to ask for a vaccination record when you adopt a cat, so you can show that to the veterinarian when the cat is examined at the first time.
- Most of the shelters don’t have the return policy, so make sure your veterinarian examine your new cat as soon as you adopt it. The veterinarian will have to make an assessment regarding the health of your pet in addition to advising you regarding the follow-up vaccinations and further examinations.
Last but not least, you should know that you are choosing a long-term friend that can last for up to twenty years in age or sometimes more than that.