Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Oct 24, 2015
When you've decided to get a cat as a pet, please go to a shelter or ASPCA. There are plenty of wonderful cats at these places and they really would appreciate a nice comfy home. Don't rush into anything. It's ok to go home and think about it for a day or so, once you've singled out one or two cats you are interested in. What I recommend is interacting with the cats. Let a cat pick you. If the cat comes up to you immediately and bumps his head against you, purrs, and makes all sorts of cute faces at you, that's a good sign. Even if a cat looks beautiful to you, if it cowers in the back corner and just seems very stand-offish, it may not be a good fit. In my opinion, my favorite type of cat is the basic
American Short-Hair. This cat usually has a mellow temperment, will be very affectionate toward you, and needs only the very minimum of care as far as grooming and health issues go. It's good to brush their fur often, but long haired cats can really be difficult to groom. You have to keep at it constantly, so be sure you have the patience for that sort of care.
Another thing...If you plan to have two cats, it's good to get them at the same time or at least not to far apart in time. In my experience, the cat who is already established in your home may get a little annoyed at the new member of the family. It will usually work out, but the personality of the original cat in your home may change. They may not do some of the cute things they used to do, because they are on guard because of the newcomer. It's something to keep in mind and consider when bringing cats into the family.