First-time cat companion advice?
May 14, 2007 11:17 AM Subscribe
Before I get my new kitten, I have some first time cat companion questions. Advice welcome.
posted by MeetMegan to pets & animals (48 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
My friend's cat is pregnant. I have been thinking about adopting a cat for months, and now I have the solid opportunity. My friend will raise the kitten (in the company of its mother) for the first six weeks, and I will have the kitten after then. My friend believes that the best kitten for me (a first-time pet guardian and a resident of a 800 sf Chicago apartment) is a male kitten.
I have no idea if she is correct, but I do know my preferences:
I hope I can find a kitten who is as affectionate as I am - who loves to cuddle and enjoys a moderate amount of activity. What can I do to help ensure that the kitten I choose for a lifetime companion is of this persuasion? Is it true that male, altered cats are stereotypically the most friendly?
I want an indoor-only cat. I do not plan on ever releasing the cat outdoors, however, I will not declaw him, as I have read the previous threads on the subject. For the same reason, I will also have him altered as I understand the importance of preventing further cat population problems. Are any of my decisions in this aspect misinformed?
I find short-haired black cats to be the most beautiful cats. My friend's cat is a short-haired black cat, and the father is a short-haired tuxedo cat. I believe that means it is fairly likely that I will end up with a short-haired mostly-black cat, which is precisely what I want. Is it wrong to want a cat in a particular color?
The cat and her kittens will all be examined by a vet, of course. I will also take my kitten to the vet on the day of his adoption. What can I do to make the adoption day positive for both me and my kitten? Do I pre-arrange an appointment with the vet? What purchases do I need to make to prepare myself? What's the best kind of cat food and cat litter I can purchase? Is Arm & Hammer an OK cat litter? That brand is what was recommended to me by my friend, but she lives in a large house shared by more than one cat.
Due to limitations imposed on me by my apartment community, I may only have one cat. What can I do for my kitty companion to make sure he's not lonely without his brothers and sisters?
I am very lucky to have developed a small savings account for my kitten's health care, but I am wondering if the previous threads about pet insurance are still valid. In my situation, where I do have a savings account. Should I get insurance?
I'm sure I will discover more questions as I embark on this adventure, but if you have any general advice, I would deeply appreciate it. This is my first time on the pet companion track! I have had some lovely fish, but with all due respect to Buddha the Betta, I think this is a whole new ball game.