How to choose or buy a cat?
There are many circumstances that can lead us to own a cat. There will be those who want to have one for a long time, buy it in a hatchery and choose a promising son of champions; another, on the other hand, will pick up, without thinking too much about it, an abandoned puppy, which honors the good fan of these felines. This post is about how to choose or buy a cat?
Raised or vulgar?
When you intend to acquire a purebred cat, with all the papers in order, it is convenient to take into account some details. First of all, choosing the right place to buy a puppy is not easy. There are specialized breeders and shops that have the advantage of offering a wide range of breeds, but we can also deal with qualified breeders, who are usually specialized in one or two breeds and who carry out selection work based on precise criteria. We can usually contact the best breeders at the feline shows that are organized annually in many cities.
The dedication of the breeder is the main guarantee for the buyer. Instead, it is convenient to distrust the person who regards animals as mere commercial “objects.” The cat is not a package, and whoever buys it should be aware that it will be your companion for many years.
WHAT WILL IT LIKE AS AN ADULT?
By observing the behavior of a playing puppy we can guess what he will be like when he reaches adulthood. Here are some clues.
His gaze is fixed, and his tail and hair are raised: it is clear that the puppy that behaves like this when playing has the firm intention of becoming a boss. The direct and sure look weakens the adversary and forces him to make the first gesture; then, the future boss replies by getting on top of him, allowing him to deploy his attack weapons: his teeth and claws.
Recall the sphinx position of a cat that is playing, with the hindquarters slightly off the ground. This behavior is typical of a cat that loves to hunt: it is the position that adults have when they are tracking a prey. If, in addition, the puppy is very agile, he perfectly controls his balance and unleashes safe kicks at any object that passes in front of him, it is almost certain that he will be an excellent hunter.
Attentive gaze, more interest in their peers than in objects, and ears directed forward to better capture sounds are all indicative signs of the desire to know others and the main characteristic of their temperament. This type of cat has a herding instinct with the other specimens of its species and is a perfect companion for children. He is interested in everything around him, from the rolling ball to the tail of his brothers.
Always behind his mother, he is shy and little given to moved games. At mealtime, he stays next to his mother, sitting and meowing non-stop: it is the robot portrait of the eternal cub. This cat will always be dependent on his master and will prefer the armchair over all things.
The cat is the first of the litter to seek intimacy from him. He plays but does not admit any reply when he has enough and is forced to continue: then he defends himself with some well-delivered kicks. He likes to observe others from afar, and he has an enigmatic and dissuasive look. It is the typical attitude of the cat that does not adore physical contact, be it with his fellow men, or with people. In short, he is a contemplative with a touch of British phlegm.
Often, at a few months of age, the differences are not very easy to appreciate and we may have to reject a puppy that had already begun to purr in our arms It is interesting and useful at the same time to personally visit the place where the reproducers are housed and kittens, to make sure that the puppy is growing in the right conditions and above all in perfect health.
To begin with, we will thoroughly examine the animal. We will check that the eyes are wide open, without inflammation or tear discharge, and without the third eyelid being prominent. Breathing must be regular; the nose will appear moist, clean and without mucus; coughing or sneezing are signs that the kitten is suffering from a disease. The ears must look clean, free of earwax, and must not exude any strong odor. The mouth should be pink in color, the gums should be free from inflammation and the teeth should be white and well visible.
The hair is lustrous, soft and smooth.
We will check that the mantle is not a refuge for parasites and that areas devoid of hair are not appreciated. The abdomen does not have to feel plump. We will observe that neither in the bed nor in the perianal area there are traces of diarrhea. The puppy must be playful and curious, and he must move and jump freely; If a kitten is shy and listless, it is possible that he is incubating some disease.
It is advisable that the puppy spends the first two months of life with the mother and the rest of the litter, and that it has been properly weaned, dewormed and vaccinated against gastroenteritis, rhinotracheitis and calcivirus (with the corresponding reminder). Another question is: what kind of cat to buy ?; Short haired or long haired ?; Wich size? The choice of breed depends on personal taste, fashion, and the buyer’s knowledge of the character, temperament, care of each breed, and the type of “maintenance” each requires.
The situation is different when, perhaps without ever having considered the possibility of having a cat, you find an abandoned puppy or a stray cat in need of care. Naturally, all we can do is pick him up, give him a good meal, and provide him with a place to sleep (in other words, offer him a family). Subsequently, the veterinarian will be in charge of assessing the animal’s health status and proposing the necessary treatment.
The beautiful adventure of the relationship between cat and master begins and the new friend, beautiful or ugly, male or female, whatever his color, will in any way become a companion who will recognize the one who helped him. Anyone who has never had a cat will discover that he is clean, affectionate, discreet, dignified, lazy, independent and very friendly. Puppy charm: toys or helpless babies?
Male or female?
When we buy a cat, we must decide if we want a male or a female. Male urine stains, leaks, and “love songs” are often overlooked when compared to the risk of unwanted litters and the inconvenience of female cats in heat. The choice will be determined by the living conditions that we can offer you. If the animal can live in freedom, entering and leaving the house freely, it will be necessary to avoid during periods of heat inopportune encounters for the females or dangerous escapes for the males.
If the cat must live at home, without the possibility of leaving, we will have to face other types of problems. The female (who is not menstruating) during periods of heat becomes more affectionate and eager for pampering, continually emitting wailing meows, alternated with heartrending howls. The heat lasts from five to six days every fortnight or month (from January to September, although there is no absolute rule). The male, once sexual maturity is reached, marks all the corners of the house with urine stains, which emit a rather annoying and long-lasting smell, caused by the pheromones they contain.
In the case of the female
We can resort to contraceptive products or sterilization, which we have already discussed in the preceding chapter. The belief that it is beneficial, from the point of view of health, for the female to give birth at least once in her life is totally unfounded. In this sense, it is very important that the matings are desired and are properly programmed, so that the descendants can find a family and do not join the ranks of unhappy stray cats.
The male can also be sterilized.
It is not an act of cruelty nor does it entail any loss for the animal. Moreover, for a cat in freedom it represents a form of protection, since it will avoid the innumerable risks (accidents, fights, etc.) that he would encounter in his forays in search of cats; on the other hand, at home he will not mark the territory by urinating on the furniture or trying to escape. In any case, not all the annoyances that an animal can cause are foreseeable, because all the specimens are different. Indeed, there are adult cats that never mark the territory, as well as there are females that pass the heat calm and silent. Males and females are just as affectionate; perhaps the former have more physical presence and the latter are more elegant; in any case they both experience the same affection for their owner.