Choosing a kitten
It is exciting to choose a new kitten, but it’s not something you take lightly. Cats can get up to 20 years old, so it’s time to share home and life.
Pedigree cat or house cat
It is a very personal choice. Race cats can be expensive, but it is easier to predict how they will look and behave like adults.
If you’ve decided on a purebred, you must give yourself plenty of time to study the different breeds. There are more than 70 breeds to choose from. The Internet is a good place to start, since most breeders have a website on their race.
Find out if your chosen breed has a tendency to certain diseases and what health checks, where appropriate, it will need.
What about the traits of each breed? For example if you have small children, it can be a good idea to choose a kitten of a breed who is playful and sociable like Burmese.
It is also important to ask yourself what type of kitten care you need. Long-haired breeds such as Persian and Birman needs daily care. Do you have time and patience for that? Remember that it might need this for 20 years. Don’t be scared. Caring for your kitten shouldn’t take hours and you need to want to do it.
Domestic cats may be more robust, although it is not so easy to predict what type of cat they will grow into. If possible, visit your future kitten a few times and try to get an idea of its temperament. Do not rush your decisions.
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The pick of the litter
If you choose a kitten from a litter, a few simple tips can help you make the best choice.
Take your time and ask lots of questions. Has the kitten been to the doctor? Has it has been screened, vaccinated and wormed?
Which environment did the grew litter up in? Be wary if a shed or enclosure where the kittens have not had much contact with humans.
Cats have a very short socialization phase of 4-16 weeks. It is therefore preferred that a kitten should get in touch with people from an early age, preferably of different people, so they don’t accept only a single person. A kitten who is not accustomed to see, hear and smell a normal life at the time could have problems later on.
How heartbreaking it may be, be careful to choose a kitten that seems nervous. It could be signs of poor early socialization. Also, do not be tempted to take the smallest and weakest looking kitten out of pity. It may prove to be a costly mistake but the choice is yours.
Do not take a kitten from its mother or littermates too early. It must be at least 12 weeks old. There’s a chance the kitten will get very sad and start acting weird. It might get sick and stop playing and being happy and you don’t want that.
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Where do you get your kitten from?
You can get a kitten from many places – local animal shelters, ads in the newspaper, friends and family or pedigree breeders.
If you’re looking for a purebred, try the breed clubs and cat magazines, which may have information on litter.
If you’ve decided on a cat, a cat shelter a good place to start. Do not be surprised if they ask many questions and want to check the home. They want to ensure that the kittens get a good home.
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