So you’ve decided to take that big step and become a first-time cat owner. Congratulations! Now that you’re ready to bring a cat into your home, you may find yourself overwhelmed by all of the cats available for adoption. Here are some helpful hints to consider when choosing a cat.
Gender: Personality-wise, you won’t find a particularly large difference between male cats and female cats, as long as they have been fixed. And of course, any cat you adopt should be fixed for health and behavior reasons anyway.
Pedigree: You may have seen a certain breed of cat that you just adored and would love to bring home. However, purebred cats are only recommended if you adopt them from a knowledgeable and responsible breeder. Otherwise, inbreeding and poor genetics could mean a host of health issues. There are plenty of wonderful mixed-breed domestic cats out there looking for a home, so don’t count them out!
This information is courtesy of Dr. Tripp Stewart.