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Before you get a cat into the house, you should think over everything properly. Weigh all the pros and cons. After all, you take into the house not a live toy, but a new family member. If you have made a fundamental decision, you need to decide on the breed. Each breed has its advantages and disadvantages, and it all depends on what suits you best. I decided on the breed.

It remains to decide what gender your kitten will be. In the animal kingdom, as a rule, males are more beautiful than females. This also applies to the cat family. Males are usually larger and have richer coats. Cats mark territory. Some do it all the time, others occasionally. True, there are exceptions: cats that do not leave odorous marks.

Yes, and cats happen to splash furniture and walls. Sexually mature cats require a cat, often with loud, monotonous cries. Depending on the individual characteristics of the body, periods of sexual activity in cats can be repeated anywhere from 2-3 times a year to 1-2 times a month. The cat (over time) will also need a meeting with the cat, otherwise marks and loud calling cries at night.

Not every cat does this, but still. A healthy animal needs only one bride every 3–4 weeks. If you decide to have a pussy for the soul, then in this case, the cardinal solution to the problem is castration. Then the sex of the kitten has no fundamental difference. Neutered animals (this also applies to cats) remain children in their hearts, playful and funny until they are very old. They are not prone to shooting during the mating season and do not cause disturbance to the owners. Moreover, thoroughbred cats-castrates can be successfully exhibited at exhibitions, receive titles in their class, and become winners of Best in Show.

After that, you need to decide on the color of the future pet. Try to find out more about them; go to a cat show; look through literature; look at photos on the Internet. So, we decided on all the criteria, found and wrote down the phone numbers of the breeders, and are ready to go see the kitten! What should you pay attention to when choosing it? In any case, do not rely only on the photo.

Ideally, a kitten stays with its mother and other kittens from its litter for the first three to four months of its life. The people who care for him treat him consistently and lovingly, and he is fully familiar with home life. When you come to see the kittens, take a look around. The house must be clean both in appearance and smell.
If possible, check out the mother cat, as her genetic and personality traits will have a huge impact on your new friend.
And now the most interesting stage is the meeting with the kittens themselves.
At first, just quietly observe them. Notice the kitten that will come up to you to examine you and greet you. Kittens that feel a natural attraction to people make the best pets.

Always remember that you are making a commitment for almost two decades. Therefore, there is no need to take the first kitten that comes across, but it is better to choose one that will be the embodiment of your dreams. Every year, literally millions of kittens are looking for owners. The perfect friend is waiting for you somewhere, so be patient!
Don't take a kitten that runs away, hisses, or cowers in a corner. You should also not take a kitten that scratches or bites when you pick it up. Instead, choose your friend among the many wonderful kittens who seek your company and enjoy the fact that you take them in your hands. If the kitten purrs when you pick it up, this is a very good sign.
Choose a healthy kitten.
These kittens are very easy to distinguish. They are active, their fur is shiny, their eyes are clear and there is no nasal discharge. They are thin, not bony, and not pot-bellied. It is extremely important to choose the right moment when you look at the kitten, because a sleepy kitten can be mistaken for a lethargic one. Like most other young creatures, kittens play a lot and sleep a lot, too.

Adult cats should be chosen according to the same rules. Before you go looking for a cat, sit down and imagine how your ideal four-legged companion should behave. Should he be active and constantly play pranks? Or should he behave with dignity and look at you with an understanding look? Should he love people or be aloof? Get a clear idea of the qualities of the animal you want, and then it will be easier for you to choose an animal in accordance with these qualities. If you find it difficult to imagine exactly what you want, think about the cats that have made you happy throughout your life. What qualities did these cats have?
Now you are ready. Older cats are easier to deal with because, to a certain extent, what you see is what you get, with the exception of females in heat, which do not fit this rule. A cat in a state of hunting or pregnancy is extremely friendly and loving. However, this does not mean that it will remain the same after the removal of the ovaries (sterilization). You're going to sterilize her, aren't you? True, this also does not mean that it will certainly change.
Partially used information from the book: B. Kilcommons, S. Wilson "All About Your Cat".
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