Should you get a new kitty or maybe 2? A few unintentional love scratches, soft and fuzzy rubs, and purring to spread great vibes in the air. This feline bundle of fur will become a part of your family, so let’s get started on your kitty search in finding a perfect cat. I now have 11 resident cats. My grandmother would think I was crazy and I would say that I am the crazy cat lady.
First, let’s uncover some facts I’ve discovered since I was a child. In order to have a successful experience, you will need to make a plan. Here are a few questions for you to answer to start off in helping you find that perfect kitty.
What kind of cat do you want?
Do you have a favorite breed?
What age do you prefer?
Do you have a favorite color?
What about disposition?
What other pets do you have?
Do you have small children?
Will this be an indoor or outdoor cat?
How much time do you have to spend with the new kitty?
Who will be responsible for taking care of the kitty?
Now that you have an idea of what you want, where do you want to look for it? Luckily, there are a lot of places for you to choose from. You could check the newspaper, the local pet rescue, SPCA, the local pound, or a pet store. A friend may have a new litter of kittens you could take off their hands or you could also contact a breeder if you are looking for a particular breed of kittens. Please keep in mind that kittens need to stay with their mother for approximately 3 months or 12 weeks before being separated.
Now is the best part, going to see the kitties. Don’t choose a cat by just looks alone. The personality, age and ability to fit into your lifestyle are the most important considerations when selecting a companion to share the next 15-20 years.
Once you have arrived at the shelter, pet store, owner’s home, or breeder’s facility check out the surroundings. Is it neat and clean, is there an unpleasant odor? If everything isn’t to your satisfaction, it could be best to look somewhere else. If it is, then bring on the kittens! Notice if the kitty likes to be held and cuddled. It could be scared at first so give it a little time to get used to you. Its eyes should be bright and clear, no watering or discharge. Check the ears for any signs of ear mites. If the ears look dirty inside, this could indicate ear mites. The nose should be clean and no sneezing or coughing. The rear end should be dry and clean and no matted hair.
Ask as many questions as you can about this kitty. How old it is? Has it had its shots yet? Is it a boy or a girl? Has it been healthy? Are there any behavior problems? Has it been around dogs? If you have young children in your home, ask if the kitty has been around children. Any other questions you might think appropriate to ask should be brought up at this time.
If you find that the first one is not the right one, keep looking. I find this the hardest part of the whole process. I hold a kitty and my heart melts. If you are considering a kitten, maybe you should get two. They can play and grow up together. I have eleven and love each one with their different personalities. Make sure you get the right kitty for you and your circumstances.
Sometimes the kitty picks you. I have one kitten that just walked through my front door. Now he lives with me and my other 10 cats. My veterinarian says this is how it is supposed to be, the kitty picks you.
Enjoy your search and your new kitty or kitties. What a fun and exciting adventure you have just begun.