- Male vs Female: Franny writes: "Personality-wise, there really isn't a lot of difference between the sexes." But I'm a cat sexist and I want a male cat. All the fictional cats I've admired over the years are male: Garfield, Morris, Baxter, even Toonces the Driving Cat. I just think male cats have that "I'm too cool to let anything bother me" attitude that I admire and want to emulate in my own life. If I get two cats, one can be female, but at least one has to be male.
- Pedigreed Cat VS "Moggie": In the dog world, some people are really into breeds and having purebred animals. I get the sense that cat owners don't care that much. I have to say, I really don't care too much about my future cat's lineage as long as he has the qualities I'm looking for.
- Adult Cat vs Kitten: Franny makes the argument that "grown cats often are more "user-friendly", and will be ever-so-happy to find a new home," but I really want to experience the full life cycle of a cat. I'm willing to get a cat that's a in the middle of kittenhood (say 6 months to 1 year old), but I think anything older than that and I'll miss out on some of the fun.
- One or More: Franny suggests that two kittens are better than one and, after reading her article, I tend to agree. Afterall, if I were a cat, I wouldn't like being the only one of my kind in the household. Besides, adopting two cats gives my fiancee and I the chance to each have one cat we like best.
Monday, November 08, 2004
Which Cat is my Type?
Once I decided to adopt a cat, my first logical question was "what kind of cat should I get?" I read Franny's About.com article on choosing a cat. She outlines 4 different decisions you'll have to make: