Things to Consider When Buying a Cat - Cat 101 - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats.
Hello my name is Dr. Carolyn Quagilata. I am the owner and founder of City Pet Doctor, New York City's premier house call vet service. A lot of people ask me where they should get a cat. The main thing that I want to encourage people to do is to always go to their local shelter. There is a lot of wonderful cats that need homes there. The other great place to look for a cat would be a local rescue organization. If you definitely want a pure breed cat, the main thing that you want to do is make sure that you go to a reputable breeder. Do your homework. Make sure you ask lots of questions. Have your vet ask questions and some really good breeders will actually let you have a tour of the facility where they breed the cats so, that is the first thing, is to do your homework.
The other thing is when you are deciding what type of cat you want, each cat is an individual but, and breeds definitely have tendencies. Like there are some cats that are prone to be very vocal, active so, if you are looking for a cat like that, potentially a Siamese cat would be great for you. If you are looking for the kind of cat that is much more laid back, that you want to snuggle up with you while you are sitting by a fire, then a ragdoll would be better. So, the main thing is, first and foremost, go to your local shelter or rescue organization. If you want to go for a breeder, make sure you do your homework.
If possible, buy the same type of food that the shelter used.
Cats are often seen as the low-maintenance alternative to a dog, but if you buy a cat thinking there will be little to do, you are mistaken. Cats take just as much care and attention as the next animal, so only buy one if you are ready to look after it properly. If you have done the research and decided that a cat is the perfect pet for you, you are probably wondering what to do next. Here are some useful tips to help you better look after your brand new kitten.
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Hi Pat. It’s good you followed our advice, thank you. Usually with cats in multi-cat households, the golden rule is one item for each cat + one spare. This goes for litter boxes, food/water bowls, toys, etc – anything that they use really, so they don’t have to share and “fight” for resources. So we would suggest buying a few new toys just for her, that he has not had before, and if space and money allow, maybe even a new cat tree. We hope that helps.
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