Wondering how to choose the right cat for you? Looking for a new best furry feline is an exciting time. Whether you already have a lovable cat at home and want to add another, or this is your first time adopting a cat, you are in luck. Cats make wonderful companions with their curiosity, warmth, antics, and unconditional love. Cats have varied personalities and activity levels. A kitten, an adult cat and a senior cat are very different. Here’s how to choose the right cat for you.

Choosing a cat is a big decision. Choosing your new cat from a shelter is an especially loving act. Many shelters and rescues are overtaxed with the number of animals they must care for. The team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services wants to help you find your perfect meowy friend for a match made in heaven.

How to Choose the Right Cat: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Here are five initial things to consider when choosing a cat. Thoroughly going over each question can empower you in your decision and avoid problems down the road.

  1. What is your lifestyle? If you are away all the time, a kitten or cat that needs a lot of housetraining and supervision may not be the right choice. You will need to take time to show them the ropes, and if you are one who spends lots of time at work, it won’t be a great match. Also, if your house is noisy or chaotic, an anxious or unsure cat would not be a good fit. You need one that is more confident and friendly. Consider all aspects of your lifestyle and consider a potential adoptee’s demeanor.
  2. Adult versus kitten. This is another area of careful consideration. Kittens are cute, but a young cat will need their booster vaccines along with lots of patience and training. They will be more “wired” than a laid-back adult or senior cat, so expect more work and energy with a young cat. Kittens require more supervision and are prone to getting into things they shouldn’t, so you will have to thoroughly kitten-proof your house. Older cats are less likely to get into trouble.
  3. Do you have other pets? Multi-pet households are wonderful, and the fact that there is more than one pet means instant companionship. Still, it depends on the pets in question. If you have a standoffish or aloof cat, try to find a cat that won’t try to dominate the current kitty. Likewise, a playful cat will benefit from being with another playful cat. If you have dogs, make sure your new adoptee is comfortable with canine friends and do slow, supervised introductions.
  4. Do you have children? If you have young children at home, you will need to factor in their interaction. A child will likely want to pick up a cat or have them on their laps. An adoptee will need to acclimate to children or have a gentle, laid back disposition that is okay with a lot of physical handling (within reason). Adults cats are likely best. Kittens, senior cats and those with physical limitations are better suited for kid-free environments.
  5. Do you want to be a cat hero? Many senior cats are given up to shelters and get overlooked every day. These special friends may have the same desire for living and love as their younger counterparts, but don’t get chosen. Senior cats and those with medical needs can be the right choice for someone who has a more settled lifestyle or has the time, patience, and love to care for an older or special needs kitty. You are truly a star in our book to consider adopting these sweet special friends.

There are many considerations to make when you are ready to choose a cat. Adoption is a process that is both exhilarating and meaningful. Remember, that bringing a new fur friend into the home requires supervision, patience, and time as your new cat acclimates to their home and family members.

If the OVRS team can help you with any pet emergencies or specialty pet care needs, please call us! We hope you find the most magnificent match for your family.