Key considerations when choosing your next cat or kitten

Deciding to add a new cat or kitten to your family is a very exciting time for all involved and of course, there is just so much to consider! For example, are you going to get an adult cat or kitten? Should you opt for a pure breed, mixed breed or even rescue cat? The most important thing to remember is that temperament and personality can differ significantly from one cat to another. Consequently good, in-depth research is key to ensuring that you make an informed decision that is in your best interest, as well as the best interest of your prospective new family member.

Should you choose a kitten or adult cat?

There are pros and cons to both keeping adult cats and kittens as pets. For instance, with an adult cat, their personality has already been shaped so you will know the type of character that you have on your hands from the outset. Whereas it is very difficult to determine the personality of a young kitten.

That said, it is hard to influence the development of behaviour in adult cats. Just like us, a cat’s personality is often heavily influenced by their surroundings. Consequently, if you select a kitten then the environment that you bring them up in will be key to shaping many of their personality traits.

Another important consideration when choosing a cat or kitten of course is time. A kitten will almost certainly mean a higher demand on your time. Kittens grow through various mischievous development stages which you need to be aware of and also need regular visits to the vet for vaccinations and check-ups.

What type of cat realistically suits your lifestyle?

So many of us have incredibly busy lives so you need to make a realistic assessment of how much time you can spend with your cat. If you know that the time that you will get to spend with your cat is likely to be limited, then it would be advisable to look at an adult cat with a more laid-back, independent personality or even a specific breed such as Persian cats that are well-known for typifying these type of traits. If you do however have enough free time and are able to spend large amounts of it entertaining and interacting with your pet, then why not choose a kitten or perhaps even a specific breed of cat such as a Bengal, that is known for being lively and playful.

Do you have time to spend grooming your cat?

The breed or mix of breeds of a cat will largely dedicate the amount of time needed to dedicate to grooming. In general, those with longer coats tend to become matted more easily and will, therefore, need to be brushed much more regularly. Breeds such as the British Longhair are likely to need to be brushed for a few minutes each day as well as thoroughly brushed at least twice a week. Also, bear in mind that certain breeds of cat are much more prone to shedding than others meaning that you will need to spend a fair amount of time running around after them cleaning your clothes and furniture.

Do you have children? Or already have other pets?

Cats often find contact with other animals (in particular other cats who they’ve not grown up with) very stressful and the way that each, individual cat deals with both other pets and children will vary. In most instances, however, kittens that are introduced to children and other animals from a young age will be better suited to a home with children and pets.

Your next cat will no doubt be a beloved family member for many years to come so it really is so important to conduct your research and ensure that your selection works out to be in the best interest of you, your family and your new pet.

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