Adopt-a-Pet

Finding Your Feline Friend

Ready to add a new cat to your life? Consider these adoption options.

By Justin Sanders

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Two or More Cats?
Many people wonder when getting a new kitten if they should bring it into a house where another cat already lives or, if they don't already have a cat, whether they should get two kittens to keep each other company. The answer to both questions is up to the needs of the individual animal ... that part of it is kind of breed specific, according to Anne Edwards, a Missouri breeder of Persians and Havanas and board member for the National Animal Interest Alliance.

But feral cats, regardless of breed, have been trained from birth to expect other cats in their lives, so if you don't already have a cat at home, it is probably best to adopt two.

You should never have a feral cat alone, said Brian Kortis of New Yorks Neighborhood Cats. You'll drive them crazy.

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walt    ludowici, GA

11/27/2011 3:45:58 AM

great artecle good info

Lily    Granger, IN

2/15/2010 9:49:27 AM

Be careful if kittens are not properly socialized by a breeder, pure-bred kittens could have the same socialization issues as a feral stray. Make sure you know what you are getting.

Amy    Vancouver, BC

8/27/2008 8:47:26 AM

Great article, although pet stores don't exactly sell "top notch" cats. They might be from cat mills :/

Daphne    Atlanta, GA

7/8/2008 7:24:19 AM

One thing that you also have to remember when adopting a kitten is that their personalities are much like a crap shoot. You really do not know what kind of personality a kitten will have when it is grown. Sometimes if you are looking for a specific "type" of personality it would be ideal to get a pure breed kitten because you like that breed's characteristics. My recommendation is that if you are searching for a "pretty" kitty adopt a kitten, but if you are looking for a "lap kitty", etc... get a grown cat that has an established personality.

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