PDA

View Full Version : Buying a kitten



Volat
04-19-2016, 04:32 PM
I had dogs and cats in the past. My cat died several years ago. He had no pedigree with many health problems. We spent fortune to keep him healthier. I want to buy a kitten now. The cat I am looking should be

- healthy first and foremost
- medium size once fully grown
- has medium coat
- The cost will not matter. I will go to animal shelter or buy a kitten from a recognised breeder with all papers.


Which breed will you recommend?

MikeWhalen
04-19-2016, 05:05 PM
what sort of lifestyle do you live and what kind of personality in a cat do you like?

I'm sure you know that various breeds tend towards various behaviors and trying to match that with how you live and what you want would be important

as a recent example, I always had Siamese cats in the house when younger, and while affectionate with the family, they also liked their own company and did not demand or need constant attention...recently I have been baby sitting my brothers Hymalan cat (very much a Persian in attitude) and it craves attention and loves being fussed over

2 very different cats and needs

so if you could fill in some details, we might be able to fine tune any suggestions

one final note, many folks are leaning towards rescue cats and I think that is how I would go for myself in the future (for obvious reasons)...I mean, I would love one of the fairly new breed of Bengal cats, they are real beauties, but I wont pay $1800 bucks for a kitten either
...also, many humane societies will let you give a breed type you are looking for and give you a call when a rescue of that type comes in

Mike

Volat
04-19-2016, 05:21 PM
Thanks for your response. I never thought my lifestyle should be compatible with my cat. It should be the other way around. The last kitten I purchased sought plenty attention from me. He escorted me to bus stop in the morning. He followed me when I took rubbish 500m away from my house. He would bring mice and birds to my bed in the morning. Right to my pillow. He was courageous against the dogs of my neighbours when I was around. He'd lie across my face after I spent d away from home for around 2 weeks. He also had cat's aids that could not be spread to human or other animals. Any scratch or flue required antibiotics.

My lifestyle is of an average guy. I know personalities of cats differ despite their breeds. I am looking for a healthy (very importan, as I spent lots of money on my catt), medium size cat that is affectionate, loyal and intelligent.


I am looking at Samali breed right now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8Ur1A7AanI

VinceT
04-19-2016, 09:00 PM
I grew up with Domestic Shorthairs (http://www.cat-breeds-encyclopedia.com/Domestic-shorthair.html) myself, mainly because they're good mousers: the first a kitten from a neighbour's litter, the last a rescue kitten from the SPCA/Humane Society. If I could afford a new cat right now, I'd be sorely tempted to get a Bengal (http://wildforestbengals.com/) or Egyptian Mau (http://cfa.org/Breeds/BreedsCJ/EgyptianMau.aspx).

But I'd recommend keeping an eye on cats & kittens available at your local animal rescue shelter.

[Edit: One of the main reason's I wouldn't get another Domestic Shorthair is because I had developed an allergic reaction to cat dander. The Bengal and Siberian (http://cfa.org/breeds/breedssthrut/siberian.aspx) are apparently hypoallergenic breeds (http://www.petmd.com/cat/wellness/evr_ct_hypoallergenic_cat_breeds).]

Saetro
04-20-2016, 01:53 AM
what sort of lifestyle do you live and what kind of personality in a cat do you like?
I'm sure you know that various breeds tend towards various behaviors and trying to match that with how you live and what you want would be important Mike

Totally agree, Mike.
For health, we went to get a tabby (mongrel) from an animal shelter - lots of hybrid vigor.
We picked one that demonstrated some ability to look after itself (/independence) and was attentive to us without seeming needy.
(Space was not a problem for us, but if you live in an apartment, some breeds may do better at that.)
Maybe we were lucky, but it worked out fine with a few ground rules on our side and negotiation on everything else.
A great relationship over 4 homes in three different states over nearly 20 years.

Volat, good luck with your choice.

Volat
04-20-2016, 07:51 AM
Thanks everyone!

I am looking at Egyptian Mau and Somali. The only problem that I may not find breeders of this cat pedigrees in our town.

Afshar
04-20-2016, 08:48 AM
If you want a playful cat, you should get an Angora.

Volat
04-20-2016, 09:14 AM
If you want a playful cat, you should get an Angora.

Angora is a long-coat cat. I am looking for cats with medium coat.

jesus
04-20-2016, 09:18 AM
The Mau is pretty healthy and playful.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9txtegTDrU