When choosing a pet it is best to use a reputable shop or organisation. A pet will soon become part of your family and it is important that your pet is healthy, both physically and psychologically. If you are considering choosing a cat as a family pet, consider the following:
• Re-homing centre,
• Cats Protection,
• RSPCA or a well known animal shelter.

Don’t rush out and buy! Discuss with your family what type of pet would best suit your lifestyle and the day to day happenings in your household. Be honest with yourself, if you work all day then a dog is not really suitable (dogs don't like to be left on their own for long periods). Dogs need a lot of exercise and commitment. Cats, on the whole, are easy maintenance and will provide you with years of love and affection.
There are two ways that cats can live

1. A house cat. If you intend to keep a cat as a house cat then you are better considering a kitten than a mature cat. A mature cat may be used to spending extended periods outside and may become distressed if forced to adopt to life indoors. A lot of pedigree cats are house cats. House cats are ideal for people that live on main roads or live in flats. House cats need toys to play with and it is also a good idea to provide large climbers (available at your local pet store). Cats like being high up and enjoy looking out of the window so climbers are essential as well as providing an acceptable scratching post (without a climber / scratch post cats will use your furniture!).

  2. Outdoor cats. When keeping a cat as an Outdoor cat it is best to fit a cat flap and allow the cat free access to and from the house, especially when you are out for the day or evening. Cat flaps enable outdoor cats to shelter from the weather and any threats such as other animal or any dominant cats in the neighbourhood. Fitting a cat flap will also reduce the risk of the cat straying. If you choose a kitten, you should keep it indoors until it is 5 months old and ideally it should be neutered or spayed. I would advise you get your cat micro chipped, this means if the cat strays, it can be traced back to you. The RSPCA and the Cats Protection micro chip all their cats. It costs about £20 at your vets and can save you a lot of heartache and tears.
Considerations when choosing your cat:

A healthy cat will:
• Have Bright Eyes
• A healthy shiny coat
• Be steady on its legs (not wobbly or off balance)

Never choose a cat that:

• Has any signs of runny eyes
• Has sticky eyes
• Is sneezing
• Showing any signs of discharge coming from its nose.
 The symptoms above are indicative of cat flue. Cat flue is very contagious and a serious problem for cats.

Before you choose your cat and take it home check it’s been wormed! All cats carry worms, all kittens are born with worms. They should of been wormed before you buy the cat and you need to worm them regularly (check with your vet).Kittens with a hard rounded tummy usually mean they have worms.

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