How to Choose the Perfect Purebred Kitten for Your Lifestyle

How to Choose the Perfect Purebred Kitten for Your Lifestyle


Buying a kitten can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it's important to choose the right breed for your lifestyle. Different breeds have different temperaments, energy levels, and grooming requirements, so it's important to do your research before making a decision. In this blog post, we'll be discussing how to choose the perfect purebred kitten for your lifestyle, why adopting a purebred kitten can be a great choice for your family, and how to find a responsible breeder.

Think about the space your kitten will live in

Stylishly designed living room with modern furniture and pops of color.

Before adopting a kitten with pedigree, it's important to consider your living space. Do you live in a small apartment or a large house? Some breeds, like the Maine Coon or the Bengal, require a lot of space to run and play, while others, like the Scottish Fold or the Sphynx, are content to curl up on the couch with their owners. If you live in a small space, you may want to consider adopting a breed that's more laid-back and doesn't require a lot of room to roam.

Look realistically at your schedule

Cat takes a break on a comfy spot in a beautifully decorated living room.

Another important factor to consider when choosing a purebred kitten or adult cat is your schedule. Some breeds, like the Siamese or the Russian Blue, require a lot of attention and interaction with their owners, while others, like the American Shorthair or the British Shorthair, are more independent and can entertain themselves for hours. If you work long hours or have a busy schedule, you may want to consider adopting a pedigree cat that's more self-sufficient.

Consider the new family you'll bring a kitten home to

Content kitty catches some Zzzs in a beautifully decorated living room.

If you have children or other pets, it's important to consider their needs when choosing a purebred kitten. Some breeds, like the Persian or the Ragdoll, are gentle and affectionate with children, while others, like the Bengal or the Scottish Fold, are more active and may be better suited for households without young children. It's also important to consider how your current pets will react to a new kitten and to choose a breed that's known for getting along well with other animals.

Decide on your grooming preferences

Adorable kitten snoozing peacefully on its back.

Different breeds of purebred cats have different grooming requirements, so it's important to choose a breed that fits your grooming preferences. Longhaired cats like the Persian or the Maine Coon require regular grooming to keep their long fur in good condition, while breeds like the Sphynx or the Russian Blue require minimal grooming due to their lack of fur. If you don't have the time or inclination to groom your kitten regularly, you may want to look for a kitten with lower grooming requirements.

Consider your budget

Dog and cat receive checkups from a veterinarian.

Finally, it's important to consider your budget when choosing a kitten or cat. Some breeds, like the Siamese or the Bengal, can be quite expensive due to their rarity and popularity, while others, like the American Shorthair or the Scottish Fold, are more affordable. It's important to choose a breed that fits within your budget, and to factor in the cost of food, grooming, and veterinary care when making your decision. 

Also, consider whether you want to spay or neuter your pet. Most owners either want a kitten for a family pet, or they've decided that they'd like to breed the adult, and sell their kittens as a small home operation. Not spaying or neutering pets can sometimes result in behavior problems, so consider carefully what you would prefer.

Additionally, take into account fund you'll need for litter, treats, enrichment toys, and more. Enrichment toys can help keep your pet mentally and physically stimulated, which can promote good health and prevent behavioral problems.

Find a breeder with pedigree

Adorable kitten cuddle.

Finally, take into account how to find a reputable breeder. Finding a reputable cat breeder is essential if you want to ensure that you are getting  healthy and well-bred cats and kittens. Kitten mills often produce unhealthy, unsocialized cats that will drain your time and resources. We personally vet all our breeders, so our customers don't have to put in the legwork to avoid scams or sick pets. If you're going solo, however, here are some tips to help you find a breeder:

1. Research: Do your research on different breeds of cats and the types of breeders available. Look for breeders who are registered with cat breed associations or clubs. A cat show is a great place to start.

2. Visit the Breeder: Once you have found a potential breeder, schedule a visit. This will give you a chance to see the breeder's cats and breeding facilities. Look for cleanliness and well-maintained living areas and ensure that the cats are healthy and well-socialized.

3. Ask Questions: Ask the breeder about the cat's health history, genetic testing, and temperament. A reputable breeder will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with documentation of their breeding program. A breeder may try to avoid questions like this if they are trying to sell kittens for cheaper prices, which increases your risk.

4. Get References: Ask the breeder for references from previous clients. Contact the clients and ask about their experience with the breeder and the cat they purchased.

5. Look for a Contract: A reputable breeder will provide you with a contract that outlines your responsibilities as the new owner and their responsibilities as the breeder. This contract should outline the vaccinations and other medical procedures your kitten will have upon arrival, and offer some paths forward, should your new pet suddenly take a turn for the worse after adoption.

Remember, a responsible and reputable cat breeder cares about their cats' health and well-being and is committed to producing healthy and well-bred cats. Do your research, ask questions, and choose a breeder that you trust.

In conclusion, adopting a furry feline can be a wonderful addition to your family, but it's important to choose the right breed for your lifestyle. By considering your living space, schedule, family, grooming preferences, and budget, you can choose a purebred kitten that's the perfect fit for your home. So why not consider adopting a purebred kitten today and experience the joy of having a furry friend by your side?

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