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Selecting a Breed

Cats - Selecting a Breed Once you've determined that a cat is the right pet for you, there are a few other things to be decided.

Cat or Kitten?

First of all, do you want a cat or a kitten? There's no doubt about it: kittens are adorable. They are soft and cute and cuddly, and their tireless energy and endless curiosity can be completely endearing. But kittens are also mischievous. They are discovering the world around them for the very first time and can often end up in situations that you'd really rather they hadn't (like in the middle of the living room, tangled up in a pile of shredded curtains!). Kittens also require some training and extra attention during this formative time.

Adult cats are generally calmer than kittens. They have had enough time to learn about the world around them and figure out how to respond appropriately. By the time a cat is considered an adult, he will have developed his own distinctive personality and should have learned some basic manners. By adopting an adult cat, you'll be able to know immediately how big or heavy he is, and what his likes and dislikes are. Of course, an adult cat has a history that is unknown to you and may have more health problems or special dietary needs.

Adopting either a kitten or a cat can be a lot of fun and bring many happy days to your household. You just need to decide which is a better match for your lifestyle, or which one you simply can't live without!

Male or Female?

Once you've decided whether to get a kitten or a cat, it's time for another decision: Male or female? There are not too many major differences between male and female cats. Male cats are usually larger than females, and, if unneutered, they will spray urine to mark their territory. Having your male cat neutered before puberty (usually around 6 months of age) will stop this behavior. Female cats should be spayed between 6 and 8 months of age.

Purebred or Moggy?

So, now you need to decide whether you'd like a purebred or mixed breed (moggy) cat. Purebreds are descended from one particular breed and can be quite expensive, so if you're not planning to show or breed your cat, a moggy may be the right choice for you. However, if you're set on a certain breed, check your local animal shelter and you just may find the purebred you're looking for.

Breed?

If you've decided to get a purebred from a breeder or look for one in an animal shelter, you'll need to decide which breed you're interested in. There are over 40 breeds to choose from, so you may need to do a bit of research before you make your final decision. Click here to visit the Breeds page and learn more about several of the most popular cat breeds.

AdditionaI Information on this Topic: The Simple Guide to Cats