Firstly, it is important to realize what it means to have a cat.
Many people have the misconception that “I can not have dogs, so I can “just” get a cat, it does not require as much”. Wrong! Sure, you don’t have to walk your cat, although some do, but it needs as much attention as a dog. Cats can be very sociable and it applies to a cat, like so many other pet, the more time you spend on it, the better.
Once you have decided to get cat, you must also decide whether it should be a housecat or a pedigree cat, and if so, what breed, because each breed differs in both temperament, appearance, grooming, etc. Some special clubs have made a racial description that tells short and clear about how their race is different from other races and if you contact them, they will gladly send you information.
The best you can do is go to a cat show and talk to different breeders or borrow some books at the library. The advantage to see the cats at an exhibition may be that you get a good picture of their temperament.
Maybe you already know someone who owns a pedigree cat and then you could possibly talk to them about it. Once you’ve decided to get a pedigree cat, please contact the individual principal clubs, which publishes a kitten list once a month and get it / them sent. If you already have decided what breed you want, you can contact the special club which probably exist in the breed, and get them to send you a kitten list. Most kitten lists can be found on the web
Once you have found the breed you would like to have, it’s a good idea to visit as many breeders as possible. You should not feel that “now I come and disturb, so I better buy a kitten here.” You must remember that the kitten you purchase, you must have in many years, so it is important that you choose the right kitten, from the right breeder. There is usually always some questions along the way and so it is important that you have a good relationship with the breeder and that you trust him / her. Most breeders would also like to follow “their children” until they reach a certain age, then again, it is important to have a good chemistry between buyer and seller.
When selecting a kitten, it is wise if you make yourself clear on what is important to YOU before you go out and look at various breeders. What you can look for is, for example:
There must be clean and neat when the kittens are living and there must be no wind drag from outside. It should be possible to see the mother and possibly see a picture of the father, if not the breeder also has him in the house. The kittens must act healthy, ie. they must not be thin, ruffled the hair, have indigestion, have eye problems (such as the nictitating membrane prolapse) act lethargic, or otherwise appear in poor condition.
You should also note you how the other cats at home behave properly and that none of the cats may be shy. There is obviously a difference whether the cats are frightened or are shy, but as a rule, both the breeder and the buyer might be able to touch all the cats and take them up. Excluded, however, pregnant females who need special care, and fertile males may be slightly up on his toes, especially if they just had lady visits.
Also make yourself clear, before you look at the kittens, if you will or will not buy from a place where you feel sorry for the cats / kittens. While there may be places where you think: “I want to save this kitten from the lives it has here,” it’s actually an incredibly bad idea to buy a kitten from that particular point, because the bad breeder will not stop to breed kittens if he / she can earn money. The only way to stop a bad breeder at is, first, not to buy kittens there, so they must stop at some point because of too many cats, and secondly, to lodge a complaint with the police or animal Appeal.
And one more thing. When you look at the kittens, take your time!Do not visit 4 breeders in 2 hours because you just want a cat. Actually you should not visit two catteries right after each other, since you can bring the disease from one to another cattery. So rather arrange visits with a couple of days in between each. Take your time in each location. If possible, visit the same place repeatedly, especially if the kitten is not ready for departure, when you see it first. It is both fun and instructive to follow “your” kitty
Moreover, there are some rules that every responsible breeder should comply: It is not permissible to remove a kitten from its mother before it is 12 weeks old and be accompanied by a pedigree and a certificate to the kitten vaccinated 1 time (on cat illness and cat flu) by a veterinarian. Some breeders also vaccinate against leukemia, as it is a disease occurring among the “wild” domestic cats and the disease is contagious through saliva and blood. Some breeder will also have their veterinarian to issue a health certificate for your kitten when it is first-vaccinated. You should have a contract (signed by both buyer and seller) that is legally binding and are subject to purchase legal conditions.
With all of this, I wish you good luck in your “kitty-hunt”