Getting a new pet is an exciting time. . . but choosing one can be very overwhelming! It's hard not to get caught up in the "awwwwww" factor before considering the reality a new pet will bring to your family. The first thing to consider will be the amount of time you have to dedicate to your new pet. It should never be an impulse buy, so here are some quick tips to making educated choices:
- Adult cat or kitten? While kittens are adorable, adult cats are often calmer and already trained. Check with the staff to see if the kitty is litter trained and spayed or neutered. If you're choosing an adult, it helps to ask about the cat's background as well.
- How does she look? It's not just about beauty – make sure the cat appears healthy. Look for bright, clear eyes, clean noses and ears, and nice, unmatted fur. Listen to the cat's breathing as well.
- How is she behaving? I'd recommend selecting a few to look at close up. Consider each cat's behavior towards you (e.g., clawing or relaxed), and towards the other cats (e.g., listless or playful). It is important to see how this kitty's attitude will fit into your lifestyle, especially related to other pets and small children.
More tips of your own? Share them in comments!
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