- Age: While the playful antics of kittens are hard to resist, adult cats are often better suited to families with young children. Mature cats respond better to the clumsy handling of inquisitive toddlers. The ultimate choice when considering the best age of a feline for you is whether your household is ready for a grown-up cat that can turn on occasional playfulness, or the constant playfulness (with regular naps) that kittens are known for.
- Number: If you are thinking about adding another cat to your feline fold, it's important to consider the facts about a multi-cat household, including feeding, multiple litter boxes, and most important, whether the cats will get along. Ask you local animal shelter for tips on how to introduce a new cat or kitten to your family of pets so the transition is easy for everyone.
- Personality: Be aware that many cats are under a great deal of stress in the shelter environment. A cat's true personality may not come out until he has been in his new home for several weeks. The Payson Humane Society encourages you to visit the cat you're interested in several times and to read any information available from a previous owner. Generally, kittens should be active and enjoy being handled. And shy cats are best suited to quiet households.
- Coat: Decide if you want a long-, medium-, or short-haired cat. The longer the coat, the more brushing that is needed to prevent painful matting.
- Nutrition and Health: A veterinarian should examine your cat at least once a year. Good nutrition and regular vet visits will keep your cat healthy and happy.