Deciding to bring home a new cat or kitten is very exciting. But like all important decisions, it's essential you gather as much information as possible. You'll need to consider how your cat will fit in with your lifestyle. Do you adopt a kitten or an older cat? Choose wisely.
Kittens are instantly adorable. They're cuddly, playful and incorrigibly inquisitive. But, at the same time, they require a great deal of vigilance and attention. Be honest with yourself - are you prepared to invest the time and energy necessary to look after a kitten properly?
Adult cats can also be playful, but remember that they may have spent their early years in someone else's home, outdoors, or even homeless. Whatever their background, their personality is, however, better established and may therefore be easier to identify. With a responsible animal home or shelter you should be able to get information about litter tray habits and food preferences.
The older cats are often harder to rehome. However, older cats can make excellent new pets and are more likely to sleep through the night. Common problems such as inappropriate urination or aggression, especially to other cats, are less likely in an older cat.
If your home already has at least one cat and you're determined to bring home another, a kitten may cause less social conflict than an adult. Probably the best way to decide the ideal age of your future pet is by playing with each cat or kitten available for adoption. Attachment is all about that unique chemistry and difficult to predict.
If they are neutered, both males and females make great pets. Generally speaking, males are a little bigger than females.
If you require any further help, then do call your vet for advice. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home also provide an advice service for behavioural issues and will help you make the right choice, as well as offering kittens and cats for rehoming.