Why Pets are a Part of the Family
Pets are a source of warmth and comfort because they are relatively easy to relate to. Several years ago, I was going through a rather dark phase in my life following a hurtful relationship that ended in a severe heartbreak. After sulking in depression for several weeks, my therapist recommended that I could overcome my prevailing loneliness by acquiring a pet.
After reflecting on my past, I remembered how comforting cats had been when as children we would cuddle with them at home following a bleak occurrence either at home or at school. I silently thanked my therapist for the advice and decided to buy a cat. After a tumultuous start in my search, I succeeded in buying a three-month old Maine Coon kitten and my life changed for the better.
A Shopping Guide for Buying a Maine
Just like in any other acquisition, it is very important to consider various issues when acquiring a pet. Whether it is a cat, a dog, a bird or any other pet, several issues must be considered and various questions asked to determine whether it is the right choice or not. Several years ago, I decided to buy a pet cat and I realized just how complicated and tricky the whole process could become if one is not very careful and well prepared. Although I had been around cats most of my life, I realized just how ignorant I was regarding the whole cat business when I started ‘shopping’ for a cat.
I did not even know any specific cat breeds or any specific attributes that were crucial when making my choice. Luckily for me, I met a college friend who had brought her cat for a cat show and she offered to guide me through the process of buying a pet cat. Her choice cat was the Maine Coon and I fell for it after encountering her brown tabby male Maine Coon, and we decided to shop for one.
A Cat ‘shopping’ Tips that Made me Realize More About Pets
To start with, my friend insisted that you should never buy a pet from a pet shop or from a random backyard breeder. The best place to shop for a pet cat is at a cat show. Because we were shopping for a Maine Coon, we attended the local cat show and identified the Maine Coons on display and their breeders. There were many cats in the show and we settled on one Maine Coon mother, whose breeder stated had a litter of five three-month old healthy kittens at home.
Although the kittens were not on display at the cat show, we hooked up with the breeder and booked an appointment to visit her home. After arriving at the breeder’s home, my friend proved more than resourceful as we investigated the suitability of our purchase. My friend started by asking the obvious question regarding whether the breeder’s cattery was registered. After confirming what we already knew, my friend insisted that we had to compare the kittens with their mother. We were looking for any signs of inbreeding and also assessing whether the parents had won any championship stakes in past cat shows. After comparing the kittens and their mother, there was no evidence of inbreeding and the mother was both a grand and regional cat champion.
Next we inquired about existing or inherited health problems in the breed. The breeder showed us historical medical documents that indicated that the pedigree breed had been out-crossed to extinguish a previously genetic misnomer that could cause spinal muscular atrophy leading muscle weakness and early death. The next step was to read and sign an ownership contract that outlined various requirements on both parties.
Finally, we agreed on a price and after making the payment we were handed a written health warranty and our copy of the contract before we took little Steve home.