Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Looking for the Purrrrfect Pet

Hello again, Fo the cat here. We seem to be hearing more and more from cat friends so Zeva asked me to talk a little bit about cats and how to choose the right one for your family.

Just like dogs, there are many different breeds of cats. And just like dogs, each breed has different characteristics. Some breeds are known to be playful and energetic while others are more affectionate and gentle. Of course every pet like every human has his or her own personality but if you are looking for a cat with a more mellow personality, a Persian may be a better choice than a Bengal.

Age is also a consideration when choosing a pet. Age of the cat and age of the humans in the household. Kittens and little children are not generally a good match. Kittens need to be handled very carefully and little children don't realize that a big hug can hurt a kitten. A rescued elderly cat can be a good companion and may be a good choice for an older person who spends much of their time at home alone.

Cats make really good pets and we need less care than dogs which make them good for busy households. If you want a really low maintenance cat, choose one with short hair. Long haired cats like Persians and Ragdolls, like Grumpy Cat, do need to be brushed more often to keep their coats extra pretty.

People like cats because they are more independent and are easier to take care of than dogs. Mostly. Cats don't need to be taken outside to pee which can be very nice when it is cold or rainy but their litter boxes still need to be kept clean. Zeva reminded me cats, like dogs, also like treats and toys and a nice place to sleep.

Responsible cat parents make sure that their cats are kept healthy which means regular trips to the vet  and see that their cats are spayed and neutered to help keep the number of cats without good homes as small as possible.

Lots of people think that dogs and cats can't live in the same house because they will fight. I know lots of dogs and cats that live in the same house. The trick to making it work is to give them a chance to slowly know each other.

We encourage anyone looking for a cat to look at local shelters or look on Petfinders.com. Even if you want a specific breed, you many not need to spend thousands of dollars at a breeder because there are breed specific rescue organizations that may be able to help you find the perfect cat.

No matter what breed or age cat you choose for your family, we hope you will all benefit from the choice and enjoy living together for a long, long time.

That's it for meow,


P.S.  Blatant self promotion.  Zeva said to make sure I reminded you that you can find the purrfect gift basket for any occasion at pawpalsboutique.com 


  1. Hello, Fo. Nice to meet you. I do have two cats and a dog. When we first got Jasper, we had three cats. Unfortunately two of them passed away within just six months so then Meeko joined our household, I rescued him when he was six months old. He and Jasper became great friends right away. They eat, sleep and play together. When my roommate moved, she left me with Meeko and Jasper and we came into a house with three cats. Lumas and Matea have gone to the Bridge, but Joshua is still with us. You are right. Cats are very low maintenance, but they can give lots of love, too. Thanks for the informative blog. Tell Zeva hi for us.

  2. Thank you for your post Lali! Fo is a blind cat that lives in India with her human family and one of her kittens. She is cousin to Bumo and Miu. We are so happy she has agreed to write about cats since I don't know much about them and don't have any close cat friends (yet). Your house sounds like a lot of fun to live in and I am sorry Lumas and Matea now live at Rainbow Bridge but I see that they keep in touch with you regularly on the site.
    Thanks again for following my blog and have a wonderful day.
    Love, Zeva

  3. Thanks so much, Zeva. I love those sisters from India. Good to know Fo is a cousin to them. Yes, I started Lumas' blogs because they help his daddy (Jack) get over his loss better. Thanks again for the wonderful blogs. I look forward to them and so do the cats and Jasper.