Choosing a Cat as a Pet
If you are thinking of choosing a cat, there are a number of things to consider. Will it live indoors or outdoors? Do you have other pets? What age of cat should you get? Here at Petmania.ie we are delighted to provide you with some helpful advice to choose the right cat for your family. We look forward to helping you welcome your new pet into your life.
There are lots of different breeds of cat; from pedigree, mixed breed and non-pedigree. Non-pedigree cats can be the most difficult to predict their temperament; however they are possibly the most common type of cat in Ireland.
Short-hair, Semi-longhair and Long-haired breeds are all popular, with longer hair breeds shedding more; and requiring some grooming.
Age – Kitten, Adult or Senior Cat?
Kittens are curious, adventurous and full of energy. Being extremely playful, they require constant supervision until they reach adulthood. Your kitten will need to be fed up to four times a day, until about eight months of age.
As a kitten, it is difficult to know how it will be as an adult, and taking a kitten home you will become a parent to it. Your kitten will respond to the environment in which it lives and the people it encounters; so its adult personality will evolve as it gets older.
Because of their naturally playful nature, kittens will become more playful among moving feet; so families with toddlers or less than nimble adults, should consider the risk to both cat and owner.
Kittens are relatively easy to house train, with a little patience.
A cat is considered an adult when it reaches 12 months, and will be fully grown by 18 months. By this stage, the cats personality and temperament will have fully developed too; and while still playful, they tend to be calmer and do not require constant supervision.
An adult cat may take a little longer to settle into a new home than a kitten; but with a little patience and lots of love, they will come to call it home in no time.
Cats can live for up to 20 years; while kittens are playful and fun, unfortunately due to circumstances, senior cats sometimes need to be re-homed too. Like any animal, they should not be forgotten. Older cats make wonderful companion pets; and while an age appropriate diet, and some additional medical attention may be needed, due to age related illness, they make for very un-demanding pets.
Where to get a cat?
If you decide to buy a cat, the Governing Council of the Cat a Fancy of Ireland (GCCFI) will provide a list of registered breeders in Ireland.
Adoption is a great way to offer a loving home to a rescued or surrendered cat. The Petmania Adoption Centre works with local rescue agencies and can help you find the newest member to your family.