Nancy NewberryBefore falling head over heels in love, determine whether a cat will be the right fit for you and your family
At a Breeder: Whether you are buying from a breeder or adopting from a shelter, the most important question to ask is if the kitten was with her mother and litter until she was at least seven weeks old (and preferably 12 weeks, to continue the learning process). A kitten needs feline companionship in those early weeks to learn, well, how to be a cat. Take a pass on any kitten that didn't have that social-developmental time, because she is less likely to grow into a confident cat that can integrate into a household with other cats.
Look at the entire litter and see how the kittens react with one another and with you. "A kitten from a breeder won't necessarily be any more or less introverted or extroverted than a kitten from a shelter," says Mieshelle Nagelschneider, a feline behaviorist and a consultant at www.thecatbehaviorclinic.com. Choose one that is not on an end ofRead More »from How to Choose a Pet Cat