How to Choose the Right Kitten
There are over forty different breeds of cats, and after doing your research, you’ve determined which one has the temperament and degree of activity that is ideal for you. How do you go about locating a reputable breeder in order to ensure that your new kitten will be happy, healthy, and able to adapt to its new environment? For some advice, we sought it from Allene Tartaglia, the executive director of the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA.org), which is the biggest registry of purebred cats in the world.
There are advertisements for kittens in the newspaper, on the Internet, and of course, there are those gorgeous kittens at the pet stores. Q: There are advertisements for kittens in the daily. Where would you recommend I get my new kitten?
A: The best option for you is to work directly with a breeder to acquire your new pedigreed kitten. Obviously, this might be done through several mediums, such as the internet, the newspaper, or by attending cat events and talking to breeders there. Because there is not a lot of interaction between humans and other people in pet stores, we normally advise people to avoid going there. You have no interaction with the breeder, and you have no idea where the kitten came from, how long it has been there, or anything else of the kind.
When I bring my new cat home, what age do you recommend that they be?
A: The majority of breeders will retain the kittens until they are four months old at the very least. They reach a higher level of socialisation at this point. Kittens take longer than puppies to develop their social skills, so they require more time with their mothers and other littermates. They have also completed the majority of their shots by that point. There are certain breeds that reach maturity slightly earlier than others, but in average, it takes between three and four months.
Is it true that purebred cats are more likely to have health issues than mixed-breed cats?
A: Not in the least bit. In point of fact, breeders are aware of any health issues that run in their family line, and they intentionally breed their animals to eliminate these risks. DNA testing will be performed on both the parents and the kittens by the breeders. It’s a bit of a give-and-take situation. If you obtain a kitten from a shelter, there is a chance that it will catch an upper respiratory disease from the other cats who live there. If, on the other hand, you are more concerned with the genetic side of things, you will see that the gene pool for what are known as “randomly bred cats” is far greater.
Will a cat breeder that specialises in show cats offer me a kitten even if I have no intention of exhibiting it?
A: Absolutely. They will sell you a kitten, but they will insist that you have it altered in some way before you can keep it. The purpose of breeding animals is to produce offspring that conform to a certain standard. And obviously, a substantial number of the kittens that are bred are not going to be ideal specimens of that breed, therefore breeders are glad to sell them as pets despite the fact that they are not going to be perfect examples of the breed.
If I want to determine whether or not someone is a good breeder, what kinds of questions should I ask?
A: Have they been breeding for an extended period of time? Do they make an exhibition of their cats? Do they give any titles to their cats? Which breeds do they specialise in working with? It’s possible that good breeders don’t always compete in cat shows, but even if they don’t, they’re still focused on bettering the breed, and that’s why they breed cats in the first place—not simply to make a profit.
Should I go to the house where the kittens are being bred to take a look at them? And what should I check for when I go there to make sure the kittens are healthy so I don’t have to worry about them?
A: Because of the significant ways in which the environment has evolved in recent years, many breeders are reluctant to have visitors come to their homes. Because an increasing number of people are acquiring kittens from further away as a result of the proliferation of the Internet, it is conceivable that it will not be feasible to visit the residence of a breeder.
However, if this is not possible, you should search for cats that come from a clean household and are properly cared for and do not have runny eyes or noses. They shouldn’t have a lot of sneezing or sluggish symptoms. They shouldn’t have a feverish appearance. Because there is more cat food at a cattery than in a house, there is a possibility that there will be an odour. Additionally, full male breeding cats spray, which is an odour that is very difficult to prevent.
How can I know whether the kitten I’m interested in has had the proper amount of socialisation?
A: They should not be afraid of a single individual. Even if they don’t come running up to you like a puppy would, they should at least be interested in what you have to say. They need to be engaged in the process. You should avoid adopting a young cat that is listless and content to do nothing except lie around. The vast majority of kittens, regardless of breed, have a lot of energy for play.
How can I determine which of the kittens has the most outgoing personality?
A: Prior planning is required to choose the breed of cat that will be most suitable for a person’s home. Personality and demeanour are something that can be accurately predicted with pedigree cats, which is not always the case with cats who are the product of chance breeding. If I want a cat that is really active, then I should probably choose an Abyssinian. On the other hand, it’s possible that an Abyssinian isn’t sitting on my lap like a lap cat. If you want a cat that will stay with you at all times, your best bet is to choose a Burmese or a Persian, both of which are very laid-back and easygoing breeds of cat. Burmese cats are also known to be quite affectionate.
There are a variety of breeds that are suitable for families with young children. The best course of action is to inquire with the breeders as to whether or not their cats get along well with youngsters. The breeder will be aware of which kittens get along best with kids and which do well with dogs. Breeders are also able to tell you whether or not a cat would want to be an only cat in the household. They are familiar with the temperaments of both their adult cats and their younger kittens.
It is also not unheard of for a breeder to recommend that a customer get a second kitten or cat, and this is not done with the intention of generating additional revenue for the breeder. The reason for this is because cats want human interaction; they want someone to play with them and keep them company, especially if their owner is gone for the most of the day. Sometimes the breeder may also have an adult cat that they are wanting to find a new home for, and this older cat might be the ideal companion for the kitten.
If I am unable to care for the cat for whatever reason, would the majority of breeders provide me a health guarantee and be willing to take it back?
A: Yes, you can get a health guarantee from the majority of breeders. If things aren’t working out as planned, the majority of people are willing to joyfully take the cat back rather than have it be thrown away or, even worse, put to a shelter.
A number of questions have been posed to me by the breeder. What do you think? Why do they desire to know everything that there is to know? Do they really want to do anything but sell kittens?
A: The better, the breeder should ask the consumer as many questions as possible. They ought to be curious in whether or not there are any other pets, whether or if there are children, and whether or not you live in a house or an apartment. This demonstrates that they are worried about the sort of family who will adopt their cat. They are concerned about making sure it is delivered to the appropriate family. Because of this, there is a reduced likelihood that the kitten will be brought back. When it comes to many reputable breeders, finding a home for a kitten is analogous to finding a home for a kid.
If the breeder does not ask any questions and only wants to make a quick transaction, you should steer clear of dealing with them.