How To Choose A Cat
Having trouble figuring out how to choose a cat for your home? Like any other pet, choosing a cat is a deeply personal thing and tends to find its basis in individual preference. However, there are a few things you should consider before choosing a new cat.
- Establish the cat's medical history. The last thing you want to do is get a cat that will grow ill soon after you bring it home or even worse, spread illness to your other pets. The owner or facility should have veterinary records that will help put your mind at ease.
- Examine the cat for any signs of disease or illness. Check the cat for any signs of diarrhea; look on the cat's fur as well as in its living space. Next, check its eyes and ears; both should be free of any dark discharge and the eyes should be clear and bright. Now listen to the cat's breathing; it should be clear and rhythmic. Be wary of any wheezing. The nose should also be moderately clean and free of excessive fluids.
- Make sure the cat does not have any pests or parasites. This is by no means a deal breaker, but make sure that the cat is free of any ticks or fleas before you bring it home. Some pests can reproduce in your home to harm your family or other pets.
- Study the cat's behavior, but avoid hasty conclusions. Cats are sometimes hard to read based on their behavior. Cats that act shy or antisocial at first may turn out to be the most affectionate pet you ever have. Don't make a decision based on initial impressions. Take the time to get to know the animal.
- Last but certainly not least, don't discriminate based solely on appearance. Some of the best cats are picked over based on physical appearance. Keep an open mind to avoid being a part of this unfortunate cycle.