So you want to get a cat or kitten but don’t know what to look out for. Getting a cat or kitten is a big commitment and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Cats love to cuddle, play and sleep so finding one that you like can be a bit tricky especially if you decide to adopt from your local animal shelter.
Before going to the animal shelter you may want to look for it on the internet and see if they have a website. Often times, if they do, they will post pictures of animals that need to be adopted. This will give you an idea if they have what you are looking for. Some people are very specific in what kind of cat they want. For example, some may want a Siamese cat or Calico cat while others don’t mind a tabby. Still others want a certain color and may have to wait a while until there is one available. That’s why looking at their webpage can give you a lot of information on whether they have the cat your are looking for.
When viewing cats at the shelter make sure to see them outside of their cage or with other animals. You want to guage if the cat has a good temperament. Petting the at will also tell you a lot about its temperament. Some cats hate to be petted and can’t tolerate your touch. While others lavish in your attention and want to lay on your lap. So if you can, take the cat out of the cage and see if it’s friendly. If you find that it’s skittish it may not be a good companion for you.
Another thing you want to look out for is to see if the cat is sick. If there is discharge around the eyes or nose then it is a sign that your cat is infected with something and should be treated. Many people shouldn’t get cats that are sick because it just means expensive vet bills. So look for cats with a clean coat, a face with no discharge and an energetic quality.
Usually when you find a cat you want you want to quickly adopt it. There are many people who visit the shelter and they may end up taking your cat home before you do. I know people just like to go to the shelter to see the pets, but I suggest that if you go to the shelter be prepared to take a cat home.
Once you find your cat, take her home and lover her to death!