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Choosing the right cat for you

Every time you decide to get a kitten, you make us all at Sanicat smile ☺. We are passionate about cats, so we want to lend you a hand and resolve any questions you may have about choosing your cat. In this post we will help you decide between purchasing and adopting, choose the right breed and identify the basic questions you should ask yourself before taking the plunge.

One of the first decisions you have to make is whether you want to adopt or buy a cat. Here we will explain the pros and cons, so you can make the decision that best suits your needs.

Buying vs adopting

Most people prefer kittens in order to enjoy their early stage of playfulness and growth; kittens are tender and fun but also challenging because of the attention, training and almost constant care their rambunctious and hyperactive nature demands.

In addition, kittens do not show their personality (active, loving, distant, quiet, rebellious...) until they start to mature, at which point you have to accept whatever comes.

Adoption, however, involves welcoming abandoned cats into a safe and loving home, whether they are kittens or adult cats.

Unless they are traumatized or ill, they often adapt easily to cosy environments. Although sometimes you may have to correct a bad habit from a previous training, they appreciate the second chance you are giving them.

Adult cats are much calmer and their personalities are fully developed, so the adopter may choose a more compatible companion.

The right breed

An extraordinary variety of cat breeds have evolved over time and through genetic selection, each with their own unique personality and physical traits.

So every owner is entitled to a perfect breed: more or less need for contact, more or less independence, child-friendly and so on.

The official classification of cat breeds from the International Feline Federation (FIFe) distinguishes around 40 breeds according to their appearance, length of their coat and geographical origin. In addition, although still not recognised as official breeds, there are many other varieties from crosses or mutations.

Before heading out to get yourself a kitten, you should think about how much time and effort you can dedicate. Note that cats that have been well taken care of can live for about 20 years. This choice requires practicality and responsibility:

  • How much are you willing to spend monthly on hygiene, nutrition, health and accessories? Each breed requires a different level of care.
  • The time and desire you have to give your cat such a level of care.
  • Is it very important for you to have a cat that is affectionate and a good companion? Or, do you also want your cat to have a striking aesthetics and exotic origin?
  • If you will enter your cat into competitions or devote them to breeding.
  • What type of personality would you like your cat to have, and what would suit your lifestyle?
  • Would you like a pedigree cat?

And if you finally decide on a purebred cat, beware of promotional deals and bargains: sometimes kittens are sold as purebred but as they grow older, you’ll know that you were misled.Make sure the Origins or pedigree certificate is issued by an official feline organisation and that it traces in detail your cat’s family tree down to at least four previous generations.

So, have you found your kitty yet?

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