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Cat Breeders: Choosing the Best Kitten for Your Family

Check out WebMD’s tips of what to look for and how to know if the kitten is right for you.
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Q: How do I choose the kitten with the best personality?

A: People need to think ahead of time what kind of cat they want in their household. One thing you get with pedigree cats that you probably won’t get with random bred cats is a predictable personality and temperament. So if I want a really active cat, I might want an Abyssinian. But an Abyssinian may not be draping itself over me like a lap cat. So if you want a cat that will be with you all the time, then you might look at the Burmese or the Persian, which is a very calm, mellow cat.

There are a lot of breeds that are good for children. The best thing is to ask the breeders if their cats are good with children. The breeder will know which kittens are better with children or dogs. Breeders also can tell you if a cat would prefer to be an only cat. They know the personalities of their cats and kittens.

It’s also not uncommon for a breeder to suggest that someone take a second kitten or cat, and it’s not because they’re looking to make more money. It’s because cats need to interact, they need someone to play with and keep them company, especially if the owner is working all day. Sometimes the breeder will have an adult cat that they’re looking to place that might be a perfect second cat to go with the kitten.

Q: Will most breeders give me a health guarantee and agree to take the cat back if I can’t keep it?

A: Most breeders will give you a health guarantee. And most will gladly take a cat back, rather than have the cat given away or, even worse, taken to a shelter if something isn’t working out.

Q: The breeder is asking me a lot of questions. Why do they want to know all this information? Don’t they just want to sell kittens?

A: The more questions the breeder asks the purchaser, the better. They should want to know if there are other animals in the household, if there are children, if you have a home or an apartment. It shows they are concerned about the type of home their kitten is going to. They want to be sure it’s going to the right home. That will lessen the chance of the kitten being returned. To many good breeders, placing a kitten is like placing a child.

If the breeder doesn’t ask any questions, if they just want to make a quick sale, I would stay away from that breeder.

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Reviewed on August 14, 2009
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