Like other household pets and animals, caring for a cat or a kitten is such a big commitment for pet owners and you should not deal this lightly. Once you train a cat in your households, this requires a routine veterinary consultations and treatment, caring and training attention, scheduled make-over and grooming sessions, and the most important thing is, an individualized care for around 10-20 years. Yes, 10-20 years because this is the average lifespan of cats. Thus, it is really not a joke on having a pet cat around.
At present, a number of household cats are being rescued in growing number of rescue homes hoping to be home again because of an immediate decision of pet owners to dispose them after buying the pet, and that they can no longer meet or provide the care or cope with financial commitments, wearing off and novelty of owning a household cat because of specific economic circumstances under global financial crisis related issues, sudden change in lifestyle, change in family like moving out or migration from a distant geographical location, lack of time to attend the needs of the cat and lack of care givers.
Unlike humans, a cat is only a pet that you cannot expect any responsibility for anything like guarding your residence. That is why, it is very important to consider and accurately plan everything before buying household pets and take them home. Before you buy, always make sure that the breed matches your circumstances like the economic status, maintenance, care givers and others. It is best if you will choose the breed suitable to your family environment so that you won’t spend more in restructuring your environment. Because, like other pets, different breeds have different personalities so always know first your planned breed if you don’t want to send them in rescue centers in the future.
Cats have so many breeds, but it has only two classifications, the pure breed and mixed or cross-breed. It is wise as a pet owner to know first what breed suits your circumstances. The advantage if you will select a pure breed from a mixed breed is they have fixed and more defined characteristics; and most of its characteristics are already expected that you will no longer worry on structuring their environment. Mixed breed on the other hand has undefined characteristics which sometimes too difficult to handle. Example, a long-haired breeds obliged you to have more grooming sessions than short-haired breeds, some breeds have sensitive furs that oftentimes causes asthma to your little children, some have fine furs and others are trainable while some breeds are not.
After you decided on what specific breed to choose, the next step is to ensure that you will pick the most healthy and lively kitten. An ideal age of 10-20 weeks old kitten is good already. Don’t choose those kittens which are lethargic, teary eyes, sneezing, firm body structure and other unusual observations. The kitten should not show any aggression when held to you, not nervous, and should be inquisitive enough. In this way, you will know if the kitten likes you or not.