There are probably not many people that would treat a kitten indifferently. A person either likes cats or he doesn’t – it’s rare to find something in the middle.
There are probably not many people that would treat a kitten indifferently. A person either likes cats or he doesn’t - it’s rare to find something in the middle. And, of course, everyone wants their pet to be healthy, happy and entertaining. So, what should you consider when picking a new "family member"?
This depends on the reason for purchasing the animal - for breeding, participation in a contest or simply as a pet, the lifestyle of its owners, finance availability, life conditions, the way you expect the pet to look and behave, and the amount of time you will devote to taking care of the pet.
Before making the decision, you should view photos, study the characteristics of the desired breed and do research on caring for the pet.
Kittens that belong to the show class are meant to participate in shows or for breeding. They are sold together with documents that display the kitten's pedigree. Another class is the pet class. These kittens are of mixed breed or do not have a pedigree. For a buyer that is not interested in pet shows, the kittens are still cute and are also much cheaper.
Short or long hair? This depends on your taste, but long hair requires constant care. And a kitten of a rare or exotic breed may need particular conditions to be met in diet, care or living conditions.
The behavior also depends on the breed. For example, Siamese, Norwegian, forest of Persian-exotic cats have a quiet temperament, and Maine-coon, Siberian and classical Persian cats are more active. Each breed has its own character.
You should also take into account the location and where the kitten will live: a house or a flat, will it be able to walk outside or not; how long you will be away from home during the day at your job, do you go on vacation regularly, etc. Important! Cat hotels do not regularly accept very small kittens, and not all regular hotels allow a person to stay with a cat.
Where to Buy?
You have the following options:
1. Clubs, catteries and shows
2. Friends and relatives
3. An advertisement
4. In a pet store
5. On the street
Let's review these options. Kittens cost a lot when bought at clubs or catteries, but the seller will be eager to sell you a healthy kitten. Also, you will get a set of documents with the kitten and even if you refuse the pedigree, you will be offered a medical passport. Shows will give a medical passport and pedigree as well. Diseased animals are not allowed to join a show, but, again, the prices are high.
1. Behavior. A healthy kitten, if it is not asleep, is very active, likes to play and is interested in the surrounding world.
2. The kitten should have shiny, clean hair. The mother cat will thoroughly lick and clean its children. The hair should not be knotted. There should be no bald spots which may be caused either by vitamin deficiency or by microsporosis, which can be transmitted to humans. Microsporosis is hard to get rid of, both on humans and animals, and children with this disease are not allowed to go to school. A vet is able to detect the fungus that causes microsporosis using a special microscope. You should also check the kitten for fleas (little black moving specks).
3. The whiskers should be intact.
4. The nose can be moist but not wet nor warm to the touch.
5. Eyes should be bright, shiny and lively. There should not be any pus or scab near them. Exotic cats might have problems with their tear glands and will require additional care.
6. The ears must be clean. A grey crust or exudate proves that the kitten has otodectosis, which is a disease caused by ticks otodectes cynotis from the family Psoroptidae. Humans can not catch this disease, but it is hard to cure. The ticks may also infest carpets and soft furniture, and chemical cleaning is required to remove them. If a kitten shakes its head, it might have otitis - inflammation of the middle or inner ear.
7. Maw must be pink, without drooling.
8. Fur around anus must be clean. Dirty or knotted fur means the kitten has digestive problems.
9. You absolutely must hold the kitten, pet and stroke it. It is not unusual if it tries to bite or scratch you - a cat is a predator. This way, you can tell if its movement is natural. A healthy cat may twist itself into contorted poses without doing any harm to itself. If the kitten whines or jerks while you are holding it, then you know that something is hurting it; therefore, it is sick.
And, as a conclusion, we remind you that a kitten is not a toy; it is a living being, almost a child. A kitten is more mature than a puppy or a human child of the same age, but it cannot be treated like a teddy bear. Every member of your family must be aware of that, so the life of your little furry friend does not turn into a living nightmare. If a kitten likes your home and family, then be sure that it will give you a lot of positive emotions.
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