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How To Choose The Right Cat For Me

Cats and dogs are oh so different, but are they? One usually does not associate the words “faithful”, “companion” and “loyal” with cats. But if you’d like to have a great faithful and loyal companion, and you are not ready for a dog, a cat might be the right pet for you. True… you can’t take your cat to the park and spend the day throwing a ball, but cats can also be your best friends.
It’s not just a cat, it’s a whole new personality When you are choosing a cat to adopt, personality is very important. While at the shelter different cats will behave differently: some like to get attention, some will not stop mewing, others will be loving and some will just observe you from a distance. You can judge a cat’s personality by the way it responds to your touch. Ask the volunteers or counselor for some time alone with the cat. Notice if the cat likes to be played with and is alert to your movements or just sits there and ignores you. Does it look at you or acts aloof? Try dragging a string around, or see if the cat rubs on your legs.
However, not all cats may respond normally in the shelter’s environment. If you happen to like a cat that’s too timid, try interacting with it over a couple of visits to see any change in temperament. Just make sure you get what you want. If you like cats, but are not very keen on having one rub against you or look to get on your lap all the time, an aloof, independent cat might be for you, but it can be frustrating for someone that is looking for a friend to cuddle and play with.
Cute kitten or grown cat?
Both have their advantages. With a kitten, there’s never a dull moment. They are full of energy and can keep you laughing and entertained with their little antics. However, they need to be cared for, trained and fed. You are going to have to be their momma for a while. Young kids usually don’t have the maturity to handle kittens responsibly, so a cat about four months old is the best choice for homes with children. A grown cat tends to be lazier and less mischievous, preferring to relax rather than chase a silly toy across the floor. An adult cat can fend for him or herself, so they can be left unsupervised without so much worry. An adult cat already developed its personality, so you will know what you’re getting. A kitten will be an adventure. A grown cat will probably be independent and set on its ways. A kitten will grow up with you and get used to your lifestyle.

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