10 tips to help you choose your cat

  10 tips to help you choose your cat

10 tips to help you choose your cat

It's the big day: you've decided to adopt a cat ! Before taking action, it is essential to ask yourself a number of questions about your desires and your expectations vis-à-vis your future little companion: which race to choose, at what age, of what sex.. .

Once these points have been clarified, you will be able to go to a shelter, a breeder, a pet store or private individuals to acquire your kitten. Observation will be your best bet in choosing it, as it shouldn't be based solely on appearance but also on the personality of the animal. Here are 10 tips that can help you make your choice.

Kitten or adult cat?

We often don't think of this option when adopting a cat, but it is quite possible to welcome an adult cat rather than a kitten. Even if kittens are cute, considering turning to an adult can have advantages and sometimes better suit your situation: if you don't have much time, if you have young children (older cats are calmer and less fragile than kittens), if you want a cat that is already clean... In addition, the personality of the adult cat being already acquired, it is easier to predict its attitude and behavior. Finally, shelters are full of adult cats waiting for a new home.

His race

While alley cats are the most common, cheapest, and easiest to find, you may be tempted by a purebred cat . You should know that the latter are standardized and, in addition to their physique, can have character traits specific to the breed, which allows you to target according to your expectations: do you want a playful and active cat, calm and cuddly, discreet? or present? Some breeds are known to be sentimental and close to their master, while others will be more independent or even distant. The health criterion is also important, in fact, some breeds have more or less robust health, the alley cats often being the most resistant.

His age

If you adopt an adult, you can of course do so at any age because the problem of weaning will not arise. On the other hand, if you lean towards a kitten, be careful not to adopt it too early: it should not be separated prematurely from its mother and siblings, otherwise emotional, social and behavioral repercussions could take place. A kitten is generally not weaned before its 8 weeks, which is why, legally, you cannot adopt before this age, but ideally, it is better to wait 12 weeks: kittens weaned too early often have a difficult character, because they have not been educated by the mother, and may suffer from more fragile health and behavioral problems, especially in terms of cleanliness.

His sex

In terms of personality, sex doesn't really matter in cats, but some details can be important. For example, at puberty (around 6 months), the male cat will begin to mark his territory by urinating and may fight with other cats. It is therefore advisable to have it sterilized to avoid these disadvantages. In addition, the heat of the cat can be difficult to bear and it will surely be necessary to consider having it sterilized if you do not want babies . The price of oophorectomy for the female is about twice as expensive as that of castration .

Short hair or long hair?

This criterion is of course aesthetic but will have repercussions on your daily life: indeed, long-haired cats of the Persian or Maine Coon type lose a lot of hair, and if you are not a fan of the vacuum cleaner, this could be a problem. Also, frequent brushing is necessary in these cats, so if you're short on time and/or just don't want a high-maintenance pet, a long-haired cat might not be the best. option. Short-haired cats, on the other hand, shed moderately and do not need very regular brushing.

A healthy cat

When choosing your cat, take the time to examine it to check that it does not show signs of illness: the eyes must be clean and without crusts, the same for the ears which should not contain excess wax. or dark in color. The cat should not shake or tilt its head or scratch its ears frequently. He should not sneeze too often and his nose should not show secretions. His breathing should be fluid, without coughing. Observe the skin and fur for lesions or scabs, check the cat for fleas or ticks. Finally, check his behind to make sure he has no worms or signs of diarrhea.

Choose from a staff

Faced with a litter of adorable kittens, it is advisable to observe the behavior of each one and not to choose hastily! Ask to take in your arms the one you are interested in: it is important to choose a kitten who accepts caresses and manipulations. Your future kitten should also be active and playful, even if you are not necessarily looking for this type of behavior, it is completely normal for a little cat and a guarantee of good health. A "normal" kitten should be curious, try to play and follow you when you put it down, or settle into your arms and purr. Conversely, a sick kitten will not be dynamic and will not tend to come to you.

Types of kittens

There are three main types of behavior in kittens and even if it may seem simplistic, observing them is already a clue to their future personality. A well-balanced and comfortable kitten will come to you, let themselves be carried away, accept handling and petting. The shy kitten will not come towards you, but will be gently taken and will tend to hide; it may be difficult to socialize with children or other animals, but may be suitable for a single person. Finally, the aggressive kitten is to be avoided: it spits, lowers its ears and claws when you reach out your hand.

Chat with the seller

When you go to meet your cat, ask questions about its history, its behavior, its preferences... This allows you to better understand its personality because the seller knows it well and has been able to observe it since birth. He can also have information on the behavior of the kitten towards other animals and members of the household, and can tell you, for example, of a health history or inform you of his suspicions. Ask if the kitten has already seen the veterinarian, if it has been vaccinated or will be for sale, and if it regularly associates with humans, which will facilitate its socialization.

Check the papers

An adult cat should not be adopted without identification papers or a health book, as these documents contain their health history and show that their vaccinations are up to date. Age and race are also indicated on the papers, as well as the microchip or tattoo number . If you adopt a kitten, the transferor (breeder, individual, pet store) will have to carry out the formalities of identification of the animal before giving it to you.

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