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Are you contemplating bringing a cat into your house? Have your children been pestering you to get a pet for a long time now? If you answered yes to both of these questions, you should not hesitate to bring home a cat. Felines are very friendly and they’re much easier to care for than you might initially believe. However, you must remember that there are numerous cat breeds and each one is unique in one way or another. Some are more docile and patient than others. Some breeds will demand more attention and time. To understand why that is you might want to check out our post on cat evolution.
With that being said, you’ll need to go above and beyond to find the very best breed for your family and your lifestyle. Below, you will find tips that can help you pinpoint the very best breed for your family.
Consider Your Work Schedule
First and foremost, you should take the time to consider your work schedule. Again, some cat breeds require more attention than others. If you’re going to work an 8 to 5 job, there is a good chance that your schedule is already hectic and overloaded. Therefore, you should consider choosing a cat that is capable of looking after itself. The Russian Blue breed is one of the best in terms of independence. These cats will require very little attention.
This will allow you to enjoy your cat’s presence, while remaining active at work.
Male Or Female Feline
Another very important factor to consider when choosing a cat is the sex. Of course, if you plan on neutering or spaying the cat, the sex really won’t make a difference. However, if you choose a male cat and leave him unneutered, you are more than likely going to end up with a cat that sprays. Female cats that are not fixed are very vocal and will always try to get out of the home to seek companionship. In addition to this, neutering and spaying your cats can help reduce the chances of behavioral issues, along with other illnesses that might develop down the road. According to the Cats are on Top website, many cats are fixed before they’re adopted out.
Considering The Youngest Children In The Home
Before bringing home any type of cat, you have to consider the children in the home. What is the age of the youngest child that you have? How friendly is your new four-legged companion going to be and is your new cat used to being around small children? These are all questions that need to be considered when choosing your cat. It is well known that purebred cats are much friendlier and more docile around children than others. However, older cats that are set in their ways and those that never have been around children before might not be a good ideal if you have small children in the home.
Children sometimes get aggressive when showing affection to animals, and this might cause your cat to react in an aggressive manner. You also have to be careful with kittens as well. While choosing a kitten is a good idea, because it will get the cat used to its environment of being around children, kittens can easily be injured if mishandled roughly or improperly. Consider your child’s age and personality before making your final decision.