of How to Choose a Cat was reviewed by on February 4, 2017.
There's nothing left to say other than Do It! If you're in the market for a cat choose an older one -- a cat with character, a cat that's been around the block and back. Putting a spin on the , I say: "Adopt an Older New Yorker Today!" You won't regret it. Though naysayers say cats can't give love, the older cat will. I promise you.
I will say that the one time I purposely went out to purchase a pedigreed cat I chose wrong. Don’t mistake my meaning, Ruka, an Oriental Shorthair, was a great cat, very loving and full of personality. But we did not click and he didn’t fit in with the rest of my feline family either. I bought him because I knew he would be a good show cat. I finally had to admit defeat and found a wonderful older couple who only wanted a cat to spoil. We were both much happier that way.
Where can you install your cat door? Cat doors can go many places that dog doors cannot! Cats are much more agile than dogs, so usually all sash (up and down closing) windows are safe bets for cat doors! Usually if you need to add something, it will just be a step on one or both sides and the cat can jump the rest of the way. Though maybe not for the most timid of cats, the Endura Flap in the Thermo Sash 3e is a great option as the Endura Flap is flexible, which can be more favorable for pets, and the entire unit is extremely weather-proof compared to similar products on the market. There is also the option to have the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door in the Thermo Sash, which is perfect for homes where intruder animals are a concern! The SureFlap Microchip Pet Door can use a collar key OR your cat’s already embedded microchip to grant access to only the cats you choose to allow inside. No more neighbor cats or other critters!If you adopt an adult cat, you know exactly what you’re getting. Body type, coat, and eye color are set. Laid-back or active, quiet or vocal, cuddly or demanding, an adult cat has already settled into his own persona. These considerations may not be as important in a pedigreed cat, because you know, based on your kitten’s background and the breeder’s reputation, what your kitten is likely to grow into. But in a nonpedigreed kitten, these qualities are anybody’s guess. If you want to make sure that you’re getting, say, a mellow pet, choose a cat beyond the ants-in-his-pants kitten stage.Have you been thinking about getting a new cat to add to your family? It’s usually pretty easy to find kittens, especially in rural areas like ours. Usually you know someone (or someone who knows someone) whose cat has just had an unexpected litter of kittens and is trying to find homes for them. And this can be a great way to adopt a new cat into your family. But what if you don’t know someone whose cat has just had kittens? Or what if you are thinking about an adult cat instead of a kitten? Then a visit to your local animal shelter might be in your plans! Here are our 10 tips for choosing the shelter cat that is right for you and your family:The possible disadvantage of adopting an adult cat is that you may be choosing a pet with behavioral problems — not using a litter box, for example. A good shelter, rescue group, or breeder practices full disclosure of any known health or behavior problems with the animals up for adoption. Remember, however, that many animals are given up for problems that can be resolved — such as the cat who’s looking at a filthy litter box every day and decides to do his business elsewhere.You may notice that a lot of these recommendations are similar to our . But there are a few differences in what you will be looking for in a cat versus a dog. Above all, take your time when you are considering adopting a new furry family member. Many cats (and dogs) can live for 10-15 years, or even longer. Remember, you are making this choice for your family – and for your new pet – for their life!It’s very common for families to want to add companion animals to their home, especially if they have children. However, some homes are small, and some families may not have time to care for a dog or may include members who are allergic to dogs — making cats a common (and wonderful!) choice.