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Unread 07-28-2015   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

I am looking to get a kitten for my 12 year old son who is a bit anxious and for whom it has been recommended that a pet cat might be a good idea. We live in a 2 bedroom flat and will be out 4 days a week from about 9 to 4. The cat will be kept indoors.

I have done a bit of research and have been contemplating either a Ragdoll, a Burmese, an Australian Mist or a rescue kitten. I think the Ragdolls seem lovely but am a bit worried about the shedding and their size given our relatively small space. I also think the Burmese would be a great cat for my son as they seem playful but the downside is they might get super bored and potentially destructive when we are out. I know it would be better to get two cats but I have to admit that I haven't owned a pet for years and really only feel comfortable getting one kitten at this stage until I get my head around the commitment involved.

Does anyone have any advice or suggestions about which which breed would best suit our circumstances ? Does it matter what gender I get in terms of temperament ? Are Birmans very similar to Ragdolls in temperament but just smaller ? I should say that I am hopeful we can move into a place with some outdoor space in the next year or so and would try to arrange an outdoor cat run.

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Forget breeds and forget kittens.

Spend some time in your local rescue or shelter (multiple visits) and see which settled adult cat Chooses your son.

If you really have a hankering after a specific breed consider a retired breeding queen or stud (spayed/neutered of course) who needs a loving quiet home.

Better yet, adopt a bonded pair from a shelter who would other wise be separated. Two is not that much different from one, and they would be company for one another and you would be keeping two devoted friends together.

But again, make sure they Choose your son.
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Thanks Acerlt. That's really great advice.
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Rescue cat, get one that is past the really little kitten biting/scratching stage. I have a 9 week old kitten and he is full on and very scratchy. We don't mind and know it is just a stage but you say your son is a bit anxious so he may not like it. I also have a rescue who is approx. 3 years old, she is a domestic medium hair and doesn't shed much at all. She is just beautiful, so loving and never been an ounce of trouble. take your son to the shelter to pick one out, let him interact with the cats and see which one suits him best.
Good luck and please let us know what you decide on.
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