The Ultimate Guide to Adopting a Kitten or Cat

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As you look to adopt or rescue your new pet, be smart. Always make sure you’re on the lookout for kitten mills and even online scams targeted at taking money without ever having an animal for your to adopt.

Should You Adopt or Purchase Your Cat?

So, knowing all of the places you can go to find a new cat, should you be looking to adopt your new cat or purchase him?

Adopting a cat from a local animal shelter or rescue organization is a very fulfilling experience. It is one of those standstill moments that remain etched in your memory forever. After all, you just saved a life.

While you are saving a life when you adopt from a shelter, what you see is not necessarily what you get. In the case of kittens, you will probably not get to meet the parents – so you probably won’t know anything about the kitten’s genetic legacy. You will also know little about his early life experiences.

When you purchase a purebred kitten, the chances are that you will be getting him from a breeder and he will be young. At least one of the parents should be nearby, so you can check that parent’s temperament and condition. The cleanliness of the facility, the breeder’s knowledge of the breed, the stage at which he is willing to let kittens go (it should never be before eight weeks of age), and the kitten’s socialization skills should be tip-offs to the quality of the kennel.


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Deciding if Your New Pet is an Indoor or Outdoor Cat

Today cats live longer than ever. Just 20 years ago the life expectancy of a cat was four to six years; today they live 15 years or more. Life expectancy in cats depends on many things, but the most important factor is whether he is an indoor-only cat or an outdoor cat. Life expectancy varies significantly between the two.

Indoor cats generally live from 12-18 years of age. Many may live to their early 20s. The oldest reported cat was 28 years old at the time of death.

Outdoor cats generally live to be around four to five years of age. Their deaths are typically due to traumas such as being hit by a car or dog attacks. Outdoor cats are also more susceptible to several deadly viruses that are spread by fighting or prolonged intimate contact with an infected cat.

While indoor cats may deal with more behavioral issues around being bored and they will likely need more help from you to lead an enriched life, they will generally be around for a longer, healthier life with you and your family.

Are You at Your Cat Limit?

If you’re looking to add another cat to your house, it’s worth considering if that’s the best move. There is a limit to how many cats one should have.

So, how many cats are too many? Even with just two cats there can be issues getting them to be friends. For most people, two to three cats are a lot to handle. For others, 5 to 10 might be manageable. But don’t fall into the collector trap. Individuals who collect great numbers of cats think that they are doing the right thing, but this often isn’t true. As the number of cats in the household increases, the incidence of behavior problems rises. Once you get to more than five or six cats, you can almost guarantee problems with fighting and inappropriate urination.

Picking a Name for Your Cat or Kitten

Ready to do this? OK. We have some help with one last, important step: Naming your new friend! The PetPlace team has done numerous articles on cat name suggestions over the years, and we compiled them all in a list that includes everything from names based on haircoat to Marvel Universe-themed names.


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