How do I know which cat is right for me?

How do I know which cat is right for me?
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Owning a cat requires a long-term commitment. Cats typically live 15 to 20 years, so you’ll be together a long time.

When choosing a life partner, most people try to determine compatibility before making a serious commitment. You should do the same when adopting a kitty.

Before you pick up the cutest cat you see, consider which one is right for you.

Kitten or adult cat?

How much energy do you plan to devote to caring for your new pet? Kittens love to play and require a lot of attention.

Kittens also exhibit less-developed personalities than adult cats. While a kitten’s personality can be molded, adult cats are usually set in their ways. If you want a cat to cuddle and that adult feline doesn’t want you to touch her, she’s probably not right for you.

On the other hand, a kitten may develop a personality you don’t like. So, if you’re looking for specific traits, choose an adult cat that fits your style.

An older cat might also be a better fit for homes with children. Kittens are small and fragile, and young children sometimes need help mastering the art of being gentle.

Short or long fur?

Long-haired kitties require far more maintenance than their short-haired companions. Long-haired cats need to be brushed daily, and they may also need to be trimmed by a groomer. A full-cat grooming can cost between $50 to $75.

Got allergies?

Cats considered hypoallergenic either spread less dander or produce less of the protein found in feline saliva.

If you have allergies, but want to adopt a cat, look into breeds such as Bengal, Burmese, Russian Blue or Siamese.

Allergic to cats and looking for more ways to alleviate your symptoms? Learn more here.

Own other pets?

Want a kitty who fits into a home filled with kids and dogs? Make sure your children and other pets can tolerate a cat, and vice versa.

Some cats only let you touch them when they want to be touched. While not ideal for a home with children who are fascinated by them, that kind of cat may be perfect if you want a companion, but don’t want to pay attention to it 24/7.

Shy and clingy, or social and outgoing?

Are you away from home often? Look for a kitty that doesn’t cling. If a cat feels the need to be close to you and you’re not home very much, it won’t be happy.

Do you often invite guests over? You don’t want a feline friend that’s going to run and hide or hiss at guests.

Look for a cat that’s outgoing. In this case, when you’re choosing a cat, make sure to get one that approaches you when you meet. If the kitty hides in the back of the carrier when you first meet, it’s not the best for an outgoing lifestyle.

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Cats generally live 15 to 20 years, so make sure you're ready for a long-term commitment. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
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Think it's time to adopt a cat? Not so fast! Before you bring a new kitten home, there are many factors that you need to carefully consider.

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