Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Sep 02, 2015
We saved Champ from a rescue shelter - the only place I recommend you get a cat (there are so many to be rescued!). She is a female orange tabby - a rarity, from what I understand. We have heard that female orange tabby's are usually male, but if they are female their personalities will swing in either one of drastic ways: aggressive and mean or sweet and kind. Thankfully, ours is the latter - sweet and kind!
For anyone considering adopting an animal, I think a cat is the perfect "test run" so to speak. They are independent, so if you have a busy lifestyle and do not anticipate being home often, they do not need physical maintenance like a dog (i.e. you don't need to take them out for walks/bathroom runs). On the other hand, if you are willing to put in the effort, cats can be the most amazing best friend. As kittens, they do need a gentle touch, TONS of playtime, and someone to train them about the basics of care.
A few tidbits on getting your first kitty: 1/buy the pet insurance that your vet offers you. It should be like a small upfront fee that may sound expensive ($100? maybe more), but trust me - it's worth the investment. 2/Expect your cat to get a cold (yes, an actual cold - just like humans), the first time you bring it home. It's not a big deal, but it will need to be treated (just like a humans' cold needs to be treated). This is where the vet bills will start to add up and sometimes the pet insurance will cover a great deal of it. 3/Keep your cat up to date on vaccinations - it won't take much for a an easily-preventable disease or illness to take away your baby. 4/ At the same time - not EVERYTHING requires a vet. You will get the hang of it, but every sniffle or nick is not life threatening.
Overall, cats are a perfect first pet to have. If you put in love and attention from the beginning, they will surely give it right back to you!