10 Things to Consider When Looking for a Cat


7. Health

Getting a cat with as few health problems possible is a must if you want to get the most out of the relationship. While some health problems can’t be avoided, doing your best to choose a healthy kitten from the start can reduce certain risks. In fact, here is what to look for when choosing a cat or kitten:

  • Bright eyes free of discharge
  • Dry, clean ears
  • A slightly moist and velvet nose
  • White teeth, pale pink gums, and odor-free breath
  • A round belly (not pot-bellied)
  • A clean bottom

Although cats and kittens each have their own personalities, it’s important to look for signs of vitality or lameness to determine overall health.

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