You have decided to get a cat
1.1 Cat as a pet
Cats are always mysterious, fine and are a source of charm for the person throughout the history. A cat was admired, then pursued, and now it is loved again. Cats are perfect for the city life of the society of our century. Both thoroughbred and ordinary cats are attractive, grateful and easy in keeping pets. Irreplaceable partners of people of all age and nationalities, they are very changeable: fearless hunters one minute and purring fans of comfort in another.
It is possible to get acquainted with different breeds at the exhibitions, and also through catalogs and atlases of cat breeds. At the exhibition the owner of the animal you liked will tell in detail all about the pupil, about the breed he cultivates, will show cats` photos from the cattery and will tell, when the next litter is expected.
Often people, wishing to get a kitten, ask, who is better: a male or a female? This question has no answer at all, a choice between a male and a female — a case of personal predilections. The only thing that can help with this question, is to tell about the difficulties the future owners of courageous handsome males and gentle coquettish females would face.
At bandaging of uterine pipes the female cat has regular estruses and it is still attractive for male cats. At uterus and uterine pipes, gonads removal, the female cat has no estrus and any sexual problems, and also all illnesses connected with sexual system vanish. As for which of two variants of castration to prefer, it is up to you to choose, for this purpose it is necessary to consult with the veterinary surgeon.It is recommended to perform such operation after the first estrus, better not earlier than 8-10 months. In this case the operation is easy and there is a small probability of complications. Operation isn't reflected in mentality of a cat by no means, simply she will stop to dream about the fantastic prince several times a year and won't exhaust your nerves with night concerts. In the rest it remains the same gentle, clever and beautiful kitty.
It is better to take the kitten away from its mother at the age of 3 months. Certainly, it is possible to do it earlier, but in any way not earlier than 2 months. For the cats living in more natural conditions, for example in villages, the cat's family often breaks up only when mum-cat will bring a new litter. By this time the previous kittens usually already possess a set of molars and come nearer to mature age. Once I observed, how a rural domestic kitty, having week kittens, fed up the extracted mice to the overage daughter from the previous litter. In this respect it is necessary to trust a parent instinct — it is more obvious for a cat when its kittens are ready to begin an independent life.
After two months kittens have basically the generated mentality and have already passed the initial stages of socialization. It is very important for the future mental health of your cat. The kittens one month old are very lovely and touching, but they only have approached to a threshold of dialogue with similar and with people, they have no life experience, and you should become a mother, a friend and a teacher for the kid. It is, of course, tempting enough, but hardly the person can cope with such difficult role, therefore it is better to entrust it to mum-cat and to suffer 1,5 - 2 months. A kitten and you only will win from it. In this time the kitten will receive a stock of initial knowledge from mother, concept about hygiene, will develop physically in rough games with brothers and sisters. Do not be afraid that a completely generated person will get to your hands - after all you aren't going to get the subordinate for yourself , and it is better at once to prepare for dialogue of equal with equal. It in a greater degree concerns the Persian cats as they are especially pets and, having got to the constant owner, very seldom communicate with similar. If a kitten have been taken away from mother at very early age, it excludes the further accumulation of experience of dialogue with fellow tribesmen and further at copulations, a birth and education of kittens the kitten can play the negative role, therefore all stock of knowledge on mutual relation with relatives should be received, living with mother.
You can live with the cat for 14 and more years so it is important to choose a kitten who will grow and becomes a healthy and happy adult animal. Don't buy a weak and painful kitten only because you feel pity for it. Doing it you can involve yourselves in big veterinary expenses and can test a great grief in case of the kitten`s death.
The females have anus and vagina located close; a male has anus and penis - on distance.
When you bring an adult cat to the house, it already has habits, small whims which, probably, will irritate you. As it is known, to bring up is always easier, than to re-educate, but also here don't give in at the first failures, don't think that you've done all you could before exposing a rebel from the house. You simply underestimate yourself. Just remember that any cat is "Its Majesty the Cat", and it is impossible at once to make it change the habits. To beat a cat is worse than it is useless; it can be disciplined only with patience, in no way with beating.
It can appear that the new member of your family is pathologically tidy, patiently waits at a saucer on a floor for the next portion of meal , modestly is content with a foot rug, and you should show all your persistence to drag it in bed and purr a duet.
These simple tests will allow you to understand the character of your kitten faster and better.
1. The test for socialization
Observe a kitten on a distance:
If he runs up to you, rubs about your feet or plays with your laces, means, socialization has passed normally.
2. The test with a foil ball
3. The test for propensity to domination
4. The test with a loud sound