Adopting your first cat is a huge step, not to be taken lightly. Although cats have a reputation for independent natures, that fact does not equal “no care is necessary.” Before rushing in to buy that darling “purebred” kitten in the pet store window (which is a mistake in itself), take the time to do your homework, to understand cats better by knowing why they do the things they do.
That understanding can help you can avoid these common mistakes made by new cat owners. Forewarned, you will also be able to avoid mistakes made by experienced cat owners. The result will be a happier and healthier cat and a long-term companionship with another living being, the like of which you never dreamed.
My son and I considered long and hard for weeks before we agreed that two kittens might bring new life to our bored older cats. And we never once considered getting them anywhere other than a shelter. And you know what? We were right. It worked, both for our older cats and these youngsters.