|Purred: Tue Sep 30, '08 7:46am PST |
|Its really great your asking so many questions! you just want to make sure you get the right cat for your situation and not jump into anything you'll regret later. All the breeds everyone is talking about are really great. A friend of mine had a male main coon. he was so sweet to people and his adopted brofur, but fought a lot with other neighborhood cats. he was very sweet and very beautiful brown and white patched tabby though.
Also Siberians are really great beautiful cats. they do shed just like any other long hair, but they are hypoallergenic (they don't produce the enzyme in their saliva that people are allergic to) so theyre great to have if you have a friend or family that might visit with allergies. one of my cousins has a beautiful lynx point one and he is a big beautiful mush ball. I jsut love him!
It's really nice to maybe visit your local shelter every week if you can and see new cats o check out cats that might have been there for a while. I first saw Phil on pet finder and visited him every week while i volunteered. I wasn't planning on getting him cause he had some special dietary needs, but i just feel in love with him and felt such a connection ih ad to get him and make him better. He had been there for 4 months, been returned once, and was on hold, but then taken off hold a few weeks later, I felt if i didnt get him, no one would, and now he makes me so happy I cant stand it! A good diet and some suppliments have totally made him better, although his poo is rather stinky when he first does it.
Our other cat is 100% healthy and has the "cattitude" you were asking about, which basically means she calls the shots. She likes to be pet and held sometimes and will purr and snuggle, but the second shes over it, shes really over it and will hiss and swat. She likes being around humans, but not always handled. She is a beautful sassy tuxedo cat, but Ive also met incredibly sweet tuxedos too. When we just had her, her litter box seriously didn't stink at all. we would go days without cleaning it and there was absolutly no smell. Phils has added to the smell because of his tummy problems, but we use a covered litterbox and a multicat household litter and a litter deoderizer and clean it every day and it's totally fine.
Like everyone has mentioned, and I think you have too. Pet finder is wonderful and you have the chance to seek out purebreds (I almost got a firepoint siamese from the shelter, but he found a good home when i was undecisive) and if you have a car you can travel a little while to find one. Te most important part is to get the perfect cat for you so you can have a long happy life together! All cats are different, so jsut be sure if there is a problem, the shelter is willing to take them back, so no one is miserable, and just try again.
Keep us updated! I'd love to see who you end up with!
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