Choosing the right Cat for your Family
When choosing a cat there are many important things to consider in order to find a breed that is most suited for your family and home.
Pedigree or Moggy?
When considering breeds remember that pedigree cats are much more expensive than mixed breeds, or "moggies". This is because their genetic lineage can be traced, with only the best cats within the breed producing litters of kittens so that particular traits such a coat length, markings and even temperament are passed on from generation to generation. For people with allergies a pedigree cat is probably a better option as you will know for definite the type of coat your cat will have.
Moggies come in all shapes and sizes, and are every bit as wonderful as pedigree cats. In fact, many experts state that mixed breed cats are healthier as they are not prone to genetic conditions that may be worsened by breeding animals from a smaller gene pool.
If you do not have your heart set on a particular breed, why not adopt a cat from your local animal shelter and give a good home to a moggy in need?
Male or Female?
Male cats tend to be larger, and if un-neutered can cause a problems such as wandering, fighting and spraying. However, neutering should prevent these problems.
Female cats are slightly smaller and should also be neutered to prevent behavioural problems and unwanted pregnancy. If money is a concern then a male cat is a better option as the cost of neutering a male is much less than the cost of neutering a female.
Although some cat owners claim that male and female cats show affection differently, and have different personality traits, overall when it comes to choosing the sex of your cat, both male and female cats make suitable family pets.
Kitten or Cat?
The final consideration you should make is regarding the age of cat you want to get. It is always tempting to get cute, fluffy kittens, however they are very energetic and require a lot of energy and training go begin with. If you don't have the time to spend on raising a small kitten it may be fairer on both parties to consider an older cat.
Adult cats can be difficult to re-home as they may already be used to a certain way of living. When considering adopting an adult cat, be sure to ask the shelter or owner if the cat is litter-box trained, if he is used to being indoors or outdoors, if he enjoys affection and if he is used to children or other animals. Although most cats will adapt to any new situation as long as they are treated well, finding an animal that is already comfortable with the type of environment of your home will ensure an easier transition.
Whatever type of cat you choose to bring home, be sure to spend plenty of time with him during the first few weeks to make sure he feels secure and loved in his new home.
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