Selecting The Right Cat
Choosing the right cat for you could be as easy as
visiting your local shelter. Whichever one jumps in your lap first is going home
with you. Other considerations may include, does the cat that chose you also
choose your children and or other pets. It's always good to bring all these
considerations to the forefront when having a pet choose you. If your pets is
going to be chosen, perhaps you are more inclined to breed, color, or hair coat
specifications. In this case visiting a reputable breeder of specialty cats and
doing the research necessary to be sure you will be able to provide the
appropriate attention to grooming and health concerns that a pure breed cat may
require. Location or region of the country will also dictate the needed
vaccinations dependent upon risk factors in the environment. Any pet should be
thoroughly examined by a veterinarian before purchase. A certificate of this
initial examination is called a health certificate and must by law be provided
with the purchase of any pet. Pets leaving shelters will also be vaccinated
before leaving the shelters. If choosing a kitten, additional vaccinations may
be required to be fully protected.
Cat or Kitten?
So many cats and kittens are awaiting your arrival at the local
shelter. These days even purebred cats are available through shelters.. Selecting
the right cat may be as easy as waiting for the first one to jump in your lap.
Cats being very independent will often times select you. Considerations in
selecting your cat may include your expectations in regard to the amount of time
you have to spend with your companion cat. Kittens will need extra time to
learn the ropes; like, no clawing the furniture. Young kittens will also need to
complete a series of booster vaccinations and routine deworming. Spaying and
neutering your kitten will also need to be considered, to prevent the
overpopulation problem seen in our shelters today. If you are looking for a
high-energy companion who will need extra care and additional vaccinations once
you have them home choose a kitten. If you're looking for a relatively settled
companion that has had its annual vaccines and may already be sterilized choose
an adult cat.
The domestic shorthair is familiar to us all. These cats have a
smooth short coat of any color. Although these cats have short hair, like all
cats, they do shed bi-annually as they prepare for the changes in season.
Domestic long hair cats and some pure bred cats like Persians have long coats
that require extra time for grooming. Grooming a longhaired cat may include
crème rinse during bathing and brushing to prevent and remove mats. Cats will
groom themselves by licking their fur to remove dander and loose hair. A
veterinarian should see any cat that has stopped grooming itself, as it may be a
sign of illness or pain. Some cats in the process of grooming will actually
ingest some of the hair. Some cats especially the longhaired cats can suffer
from hairballs. A simple hairball remedy given regularly can prevent vomiting
the hairball by allowing the hairball to pass through the system naturally. A
veterinarian should see any cat that stops eating or has continued vomiting of
The personalities of cats can range and vary greatly from
gregarious to timid, anxious to laid back. Some cats can exhibit dramatically
different dispositions in varying circumstances. Some pure breeds may have more
distinct behaviors and personalities. Careful research should be done before
acquiring any pet. Most cats know when they are going to be taken to the
veterinarian and make themselves scarce the morning of the appointment. This is
why it may be a good idea to make the preparations for transporting your cat the
night before by secluding your cat in a room where they will be easy to kennel
for their trip to the vet.
Male versus Female
The gender consideration is greatly simplified by routine
sterilization surgeries. Not having to worry about a female giving birth to
unwanted kittens or a male roaming and getting lost or injured in search of his
perfect mate is alleviated by sterilization. Although male cats have a higher
risk for urethral blockages they are wonderful companions, and the risk for
blockage problems can be greatly reduced by proper diet and nutrition.
The doctors and staff at All Animals Clinic will be happy to
discuss your pets needs and answer your questions.