Adopt-a-Pet

Make a Perfect Match

Many roads may lead to your ideal kitten. Here's where to start.

By Theresa Meyers

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After picking out a kitten, immediately take it to a veterinarian to be tested and given a full checkup. In many cases, when you are purchasing from a breeder or pet store, there is a written health guarantee that gives you the option of returning the kitten if any diseases or health defects are found during the initial veterinary exam.

Happy Hunting
Finding a shelter is as easy as going to your keyboard or checking the Yellow Pages. Pet Finder lists every shelter and nonprofit rescue group nationwide. Simply type in your ZIP code and you'll get a listing of establishments near you.

To start your search for a purebred kitten, contact your county offices or visitors information center to see if a cat show will take place in your area. You can also call the Cat Fanciers Association at (732) 528-9797 or The International Cat Association at (956) 428-8046 for breeder recommendations.

In the end, the love for your kitten will grow no matter which path you take to find that special bundle of fluff.

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Jody    Phoenix, AZ

5/25/2012 12:52:56 AM

I think this article is very good, well-thought out, and knowledgeable. My cats have always come and picked me, or were given to me by a friend. But after that sad day when our current cat has passed, we plan to go to a shelter and adopt two kittens. Thank you for such a great article.

Haley    Big Piney, WY

6/20/2011 10:03:54 AM

I think it was a great article and if people think that it was terrible well they can just get off the site. Appreciate that these kind people wrote this article for other people who might not have ever had a cat before.

ger    canaan, CT

2/27/2011 1:26:46 PM

Does not address as to perfect match for me...poor article. Article should include: allergies (certain breeds are less allergic) general cat energy level (some breeds are wild, others sedate); cat noise level (Siamese are notorious meowers & can be annoying to some); cat size (from 5-15 lbs., can vary with breed or parents); lap cats? purry cats? cats who will keep you company, but not necessarily sit on your lap, ETC. There was a site which asked 10 questions similar to the above. I answered it and it came up EXACTLY with the cat I happen to have! Unfortunately I did not bookmark it...darn. BTW, even for half-breeds or mutt-cats, a good feel for the personality can be gotten from looking at Mom and Pop cat!

Withheld    someplace, WY

5/4/2010 4:37:39 PM

If looking for a pedigreed kitten (or a retired adult), there is one more option. It is the Fanciers Breed Referral List (or FBRL). They list by state and by breed. But ALWAYS, ALWAYS ask around at cat shows to make sure you get a kitten from a reputable breeder. And the best people to ask about health issues at a cat show are not the breeders, but individuals who have pedigreed kitties.

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