Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
My favorite breed is any one that needs a home at a local shelter, especially if they are risking euthanasia. I have never bought a pure bred cat and have had WONDERFUL companions. I also enjoy getting slightly older cats, as they have the most problems finding a good home. They will be less of a handful too.
One thing. Get plenty of scratch posts and stage them all over the house. Cats WILL scratch the furniture and shred your couch/chairs if they have no better alternative. I use clippers to trim the sharp points off of their claws. They grow quickly, so you need to check them often. Teach your cat to accept this chore. I was given one cat that will NOT let you touch her claws for trimming. Luckily, it is only a minor problem.
Keep your cat pans very clean, so they are never tempted to go to the bathroom elsewhere. They have sensitive noses and a dirty pan will offend them.
Spay or neuter ANY cat you get. A first cat is not one to try to get into breeding with.