Your New Cat
When getting your new cat there are a number of things to think about. Where should you get the cat from? Will it be able to integrate itself into your home? Will you have the time and money to look after your new pet? Remember, you will be responsible for food, shelter, grooming and medical care for the cat's entire life.
Generally speaking cats are very independent and adaptable and should be able to fit easily into most households; however care and thought should be taken into account if you have any dogs, other cats or children.
Before you get a cat or kitten you should think about what type and age would suit you best. Kittens are incredibly cute and playful, but will take more work and effort as they may require some house training and due to their playful nature could damage some of your furniture. The most desirable age to get a kitten is between 8 and 12 weeks of age. However, kittens should only be taken away from their mother when they're 8 weeks or older, otherwise, they may become overly emotionally dependent on their owner.
Adult cats are a very good choice as their characters are already developed and if you are getting the cat from a rescue centre, they should be able to give you some information about the cat's behaviour and personality. If you have your heart set on a purebred cat you should first do some research and find out as much as you can about the different breeds. Some congenital problems are now being seen in purebred cats and they are sometimes born with a predisposition to upper respiratory disorders, hip dysplasia, allergies, glaucoma, and urinary tract disease. You can get a purebred cat from a pet shop or a responsible breeder. Alternatively, you can try the local animal shelter as a number of purebreds are surprisingly turned in.