By Franny Syufy
So you think you might want to get a cat, and don't know where to start. You no doubt have dozens of questions running through your mind: "Should I get a male cat or a female, a kitten or an older cat?" "I'd really like a purebred (name your favorite breed), but maybe I should adopt a mixed breed instead." This tutorial helps answer those questions, as well as a few you haven't thought of.
Adopting a cat for the first time should be a lifetime commitment, so it is important to do your homework first.
Think seriously about this important step, which is much like entering into a marriage. Bringing a cat into your family should be a lifelong commitment, so give it serious thought. A good place to start is by understanding that no one truly owns a cat. Cats are sentient beings, and your cat (should you decide to welcome one into your home) deserves to be a family member rather than a "collectible." If you are looking for a cat as an adornment to your home, you definitely should reconsider.
However, if you've wanted a cat for some time, and think the time is right, read on. Here are some questions to ask yourself and other family members - you all need to share the commitment to make it work, since the cat will be part of your family.
In our first lessons, we discussed things to consider before deciding if you should adopt a cat, and what kind of cat you might want. We're ready to move on to the subject of where to go to get a cat. The following are several alternatives, depending on your motivation and budget, and two alternatives you should NEVER consider.
It's no secret that I am partial to humane shelters and cat rescue organizations. These groups are packed full of beautiful, adoptable cats and kittens. If you are dead set on a cat of a specific breed, there are also breed rescue organizations to explore.