Choosing which cat you take home with you from the cattery
is an important step in the pet-owning process. You want a healthy, vibrant, and alert cat that needs a good home. There are certain things you need to look for when you’re at the cattery in order to determine which cat should be yours.
First and foremost, you want a healthy cat. Look for any signs that any of the cats there are unhealthy or diseased. Look for diarrhea, sneezing, and colds, and discharge from the noses. These are signs that a cat is unhealthy. If cats with any of these symptoms are in a cage or pen with other cats, stay away from any of the cats in the pen, because many diseases are communicable.
If you decide you like one of the cats in the cattery, ask the manager if you can take the cat to see a veterinarian first for a check-up. You want to make sure you’re bringing a healthy cat into your home before you risk spreading any other kinds of diseases among your family and other pets.
Ask questions of the person you’re buying your cats from. They should be willing to answer your questions and eager to help you. Most people who run catteries are honest people who only want the best for the pets they sell. But there are dealers out there who are only in it for the money. You need to make sure you feel comfortable buying a cat from the person you’re buying from.
Ask to see the mother and father of the cats you’re looking to buy. This will give you a good idea of what the cats will look like when they grow up. Also, if you spend a few minutes with your parents, you can get a good idea about the demeanor of the kittens. This will help you make an informed decision about whether to buy a particular kitten.
Many catteries and pet stores will have policies about buying pets that if you decide you can’t take care of the cat within two weeks. Or if you decide you don’t want the cat (because of illness or disease), you can bring the cat back for a complete refund (or they let you exchange the cat for one that is healthy). This is a good policy. It helps you to feel more at ease that you’re getting a healthy cat and can help you decide whether it can adapt well to your environment.