Your best bet is going to a shelter and visiting the cat room. While kittens are adorable the sweet cute little friendly babies can turn into a raging nasty neurotic cat once it’s gone through grouch cat puberty so to speak (they are spayed and neutered young) but about 7 to 9 months old rowdy kitten might turn into friendley cat or timid cat, mean cat, leave me alone cat or normal friendley cat, it depends on their imprinting when they were born and their experiences before they got to the shelter and what momma taught them.
When you look at a cat, they are full grown or close to it, you know their size and weight so it’s not a surprise that it’s either too large like a Mane Coon or a timid little dwarf Minchkin or similar. You can also judge them for their behavior. Especially when in a shelter with all the other cats, the distractions, noises etc you find a cat that isn’t nervous and timid, willing to come up to you, begging for atttention and rewards you with rubs and purring you can pretty much tell it’s at least well socialized and wants to be around people.
When you find a couple cats that you like and appears to like you, ask to go to the visitors room to spend some time with each. You will only get a short snapshot of their personality in the few minutes you spend with them, but if they instantly wander away from you and are more interested in the smells in the room then you.,, even though you get a quick snapshot of the animals behaviors.
Most shelters have an exchange period, somewhere between one and two weeks, you have to ask each shelter what their policy is, they don’t typically give refunds but if things doesn’t work out you usually get a credit at the shelter that’s good for a period of time. Once again each shelters different you have to ask.
Good luck in your search for your new family member, hope you find that one special cat that’s out there, it’s worth the time and effort looking for cats make such good companion animals.
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