Cat Breeds 101: Information you need to know [Checklist]

Are you considering adding a feline friend to your household? Cats can be wonderful companions, providing love and comfort to their owners. They're a particularly popular pet choice in New Zealand, with 41% of homes having at least one cat in 2020.

For those looking to take home a furry friend, adopting a shelter animal can be a rewarding experience as it gives an animal in need a second chance at life and frees up space in shelters. Shelter cats typically undergo health checks, vaccination courses, microchipping and desexing before adoption, thus saving on the extra initial costs.

If you choose to purchase a purebred cat instead, it’s important to do your research and find a reputable breeder. Responsible breeding requires careful consideration of health, environment and life experiences to ensure that the animals involved are as healthy and happy as possible.

Whether you choose to adopt a shelter cat or purchase a purebred cat, it's important to protect your furry friend. Proper care including regular veterinary check-ups, proper nutrition and a safe living environment can help ensure your cat leads a healthy and happy life.

Take a look at our downloadable checklist that offers valuable insights on discovering the purr-fect feline companion for you and your family and providing them with the care they deserve.

Download the Cat Breeds 101: Information you need to know [Checklist]


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