* The key is to select a cat or kitten that will adapt well to your environment. .

Take into account whether you are single, have a family with children, a multi-cat household, or a house with both cats and other animals. Cats are well known for having “personalities.” Aside from temperament, there are also differences in size, body types, and hair lengths that should be factors in your decision. Researching breeds and learning about gender differences can help you make your choice. It is a myth that females make better pets. Males tend to be more affectionate and do not tend to spray if neutered before hormones set in.

* Expect to Pay a Fee? Unless you are answering a “free to a good home” ad, expect to pay an adoption fee. The fee will vary depending on the type of breeder/organization from which you adopt. Remember, these adoption fees go to care for other kittens and cats that are waiting for a home and they often include medical care, including shots, for the cat that you are adopting.

* It’s a Lifetime Commitment? Adopting a cat should not be done with the idea that if it doesn’t work out you’ll just give the cat away.Bringing a cat into your home is a commitment that should last the entire lifetime of the cat. If the cat exhibits behavior problems down the road or becomes ill, it is the job of the caretaker to provide what the cat needs. That may include some training to bring the behavior back in line or medical attention to help it recover from a disease.

*Adopting From Responsible And Reputed Breeders
For people who wish to buy a purebred cat, there are plenty of reputable breeders out there. By doing a little research, you can be sure that you are dealing with a breeder who has the best interest of the kittens in mind.

* When dealing with a breeder, you should always visit the place where the cats and kittens are kept. A reputable breeder is not going to have any problem with allowing this. In fact, a breeder who truly cares for the kittens and cats is going to insist on meeting you and perhaps even doing a background check on you before selling you a kitten or cat.By dealing with reputable breeders, you know that you are not supporting “kitty mills” and others who treat animals poorly.

* Responsible breeders (and you'll note that a responsible breeder is NOT necessarily a show breeder) is someone who cares enough to know about the breed and who has a purpose in breeding a litter.
* They are students of the breed.
* They try to learn all they can about the parents and lines of the cats they are breeding.
* They don't breed for the market or the money.
* Normally they breed because they think they can produce a quality kitten and perhaps keep one for themselves. With that in mind, they breed for a sound, healthy cat of their own.
* Kittens from responsible breeders are going to be costly, simply because the care and health testing (that they can SHOW you - never take anyone's "word" when you're shopping) they do is expensive.
* A responsible breeder who tests can still produce cats with genetic or medical conditions. That does not mean a breeder is irresponsible.
* It is the responsibility of the breeder when they find a problem in their bloodlines that will demonstrate their ethics. The purpose of breeding programs is to contribute to the betterment of the breed, and so each new cat and new generation of cats is a learning tool to be used for improving the next generation.
* A responsible breeder who tests can still produce cats with genetic or medical conditions. That does not mean a breeder is irresponsible.