Choosing a Feline Companion

If you are set on the idea of adopting a cat, and you've talked to your parents, then here are some things to consider before bringing your new kitty home.

Do you want a kitten or an adult cat? The attraction of a tiny mewing kitten is hard to resist, but they will need lots of attention and will have to be house-trained. On the plus side, kittens adapt quickly to their new surroundings. For many people an adult cat is a wise choice, especially if you are at school all day or would not enjoy the crazy behavior of a kitten.

Is your feline healthy? Healthy cats have clear, bright eyes, pink gums, and a clean nose and ears. Look for a smooth and shiny coat. Small black specks on the fur indicate fleas.

How can you find the cat with the right personality for your family? Look for a kitten or cat that is easy-going and responds to you. Robust kittens play well with their littermates and will be curious about you. They should be active, outgoing, and willing to be handled. A cat or kitten that shies away from you might be better in a quiet household. Adult cats are more relaxed.

Regardless of the age of the cat you choose or the sex (both male and female cats are equally affectionate), keep your cat indoors and you'll likely have a loving friend for 12 to 18 years.

Choosing a Feline Companion

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