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How To Choose The Right Kitten

 by michelle on 20 Jul 2014 |
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When you decide to adopt a kitten, there’s several things you should consider besides which one is the cutest. That adorable little kitten could be part of your life for the next 10, 15, or even 20 years, which is why it’s important that you select the kitten that is right for you and your home. With an abundance of cats to choose from, it’s best to start by asking yourself the basics:

 

Male or female?

 

This is completely preference. As long as a kitten is spayed or neutered, there is little to no difference in personality between genders.

 

Long-haired or short-haired?

 

Again, the answer comes down to your preference. Both long-haired and short-haired cats will shed, but long-haired cats will require daily brushing to prevent matting. If you choose a long-haired breed, make sure you are willing to devote time to regular grooming.

 

Purebred or domestic?

 

Most shelter cats are considered domestic, meaning they are mixed breed cats. In general, they tend to be healthier because their gene pools are more diverse. If you’re considering a purebred, do your research and choose one with the right personality for you and your family. Ask yourself if you want a lazy lap cat, or a cat with a bit of a wild side. Also note that some breeds are prone to certain medical conditions.


Purrsonality

There are a few things you can look for to determine a kitten’s personality:

 

1. Observe the litter. How does each kitten interact with their siblings? You should be able to tell things like which is the troublemaker or who is shy. Kittens should be playful and curious. If they’re hissing or hiding they probably haven’t been socialized well. This could be a big issue if you have other pets, or small children in your home.

 

2. Hold the kittens. Some kittens will purr and cuddle when held, while others will try and use you as a climbing post. The latter is likely to have a more energetic personality, whereas the first is likely to be more of a lap cat.

 

3. Observe mama cat. As the saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. If the mom seems comfortable with people, chances are so are her babies. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider a kitten taken from a feral mother. With the right amount of love and affection, these kittens too can make wonderful companions.

 

Health


The signs of a healthy kitten include clear eyes and nose, pink inner ears, and an odor free coat. Look for evidence of ringworm, fleas, mites, and diarrhea. You can also ask to have the kitten examined by a vet before committing to adoption, which reputable breeders should agree to.


Remember


Adopting a kitten is a life changing event! Do your research and consider each of the above points so you can be sure to choose the purrfect lifelong companion for you and your family.

 

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