Choosing your perfect cat is not for the faint of heart. You're going to be sharing your space with this tiny creature, and you want to make sure it's a good match. Do you want a playful kitten or a big, lazy cat? Short hair or fluffy? There are so many breeds and personality types to choose from, and it's likely that your local animal shelter has its fair share of cats for adoption.
If you're looking to adopt a new cat, here are a few tips for finding the best cat for you.
Kitten or Adult Cat?
Yes, kittens are cute. But they're also a handful. You might have to worry about litter box training, you have to get all of their kitten shots, you might have to get them fixed, and they're likely to dig their claws into a few things you probably don't want them to (both skin and furniture). They're also fragile and not great around young kids.
But, kittens are cute. They're fun and playful and you might love the idea of your pet growing up with you.
Adult cats are great if you're looking for a more low maintenance companion. Other than flea and tick prevention and annual checkups, you don't have to worry about many vet expenses. They're litter trained, and you can probably find a cat that loves kids.
Long or Short Fur?
Long-haired cats require a lot more grooming than short-haired cats. While all cats self-groom, long-haired cats occasionally get matted areas in their fur that you'll have to help them out with. Be sure to keep a cat comb on hand if you opt for long fur, be prepared to brush them a lot, and understand that they're going to shed. A lot. All over your furniture.
With that being said, your short-haired cat will still shed. If you don't like the idea of any fur around your house, there are hairless cats.
Do You Have a Family?
Not all kittens or adult cats are going to be good with children. Kittens need to be handled carefully, and many adult cats have had bad experiences with kids in their past. On the other hand, many cats are great with kids because they're so playful, or they're relaxed enough that kids won't bother them. If you have a family, or plan on having a family in the near future, keep that in mind when choosing your perfect new cat.
What's Their Personality?
Each cat has its own personality. Ask the helpers at the shelter or vet to tell you about each cat so you can match your cat to your own personality, and so you know what to expect once you bring your new cat home with you.
That's all there is to it! We hope you find the perfect match in your new cat and we're so happy it's found its forever home with you!