How to choose a kitten? What to ask a breeder about?
What should be considered when choosing a kitten and what questions should be asked to the breeder before taking the kitten into the house?
If you decide to have a kitten, consider your options for keeping, educating and caring for your new friend. Remember – you take a pet to the house not for 1 year, but for a minimum of 10-15 years, so be responsible for the issue of choice and decision-making.
First of all, decide on your capabilities. A kitten is a small defenseless creature that needs your care and attention. Evaluate and weigh time and material possibilities: do you have enough time and money to provide him with decent care and maintenance? Think about the conditions, because a rented apartment or an apartment under repair is not the best conditions for a pet. If there are already other animals in the house, evaluate whether their cohabitation will cause conflicts.
If you are ready, feel free to move on to choosing a future pet and friend.
Thoroughbred or not thoroughbred?
There is no definite answer to the question “which kitten is best to get,” but there are reasons that can help with the choice.
If you want to join a professional club of cat lovers and breed a certain breed, then a purebred kitten will certainly not work for you. Predicted character and exterior traits will also speak in favor of a thoroughbred animal. Temperament, body proportions, coat length and other characteristics vary greatly depending on the breed, so you have a wonderful opportunity to choose an animal that meets your own temperament, lifestyle and aesthetic preferences.
If you want to take a purebred pet to your house, you will get a wonderful friend, smart, hardy and loving, but you will not be able to properly evaluate its exterior, relying solely on external data at the time of selection.
Which breed to choose?
Today in the world there are more than 50 generally recognized cat breeds, and it is not so easy to choose from them. Where to start? Which kittens are right for you?
First of all, determine the exterior of the future pet. The number of variations is striking: there are cats with elongated and shortened muzzles, long-tailed cats and cats that have no tail at all, stocky and graceful, long-eared and fold-eared animals – everyone can choose an animal to their liking. Perhaps the decisive role is played by the length of the coat: cats are divided into long-haired, medium-haired, short-haired and hairless. Cats with a long coat (such as Persian) require more grooming than others. Cats with little or no hair (such as sphinxes) are ideal for allergy sufferers and help you not to spend extra time cleaning.
The nature of the animal is very often directly related to the breed. For example, Persian cats and ragdoll cats are calm and phlegmatic, while Siamese and Abyssinian cats, on the contrary, are energetic and temperamental.
To clearly understand which kittens are best for you, be sure to get to know the breed better. Read about character traits, care difficulties, a predisposition to diseases, consult with friends who have pets of your favorite breed.
How to get a kitten?
Having made your choice, do not rush to run to the pet store or the bird market – this often leads to rash and not the most successful acquisitions. Try to find trusted breeders, for example, through friends or cat lover forums. Choose a few and try to meet – when meeting you will have a wonderful opportunity to check all the documents of the kitten’s parents, as well as evaluate the exterior and temperament of cats at home.
But here you should not show impulsiveness! How to evaluate the behavior of kittens – as a rule, their temperament is maintained throughout life. Choose a future friend among active kittens willingly walking in their arms. Take it in your hands and appreciate the appearance: clean ears, evenly covering the body’s hair, eyes without traces of outflow in the corners, fatness, absence of traces of feces under the tail – these are all health indicators of a kitten, which you should pay attention to first of all.
A competent breeder will advise you at what age it is better to take a kitten. Usually the most favorable age for purchase is 2.5-3 months. At this age, the kitten should already be given an anthelmintic and must be vaccinated against at least one of the main infectious diseases. At a conscientious breeder, information about these procedures should be recorded in the kitten’s personal veterinary passport, certified with the seal of vet. organization and signature of the doctor.
Be sure to ask the breeder about the nuances of keeping the kitten, because the stress during moving is significantly reduced if the pet gets into the usual environment. Find out how often and with what the kitten eats, and if the usual food is not easy to get, ask the breeder for some with you.