You've probably been planning the arrival of your new furry friend for months (or even years!) or you might have fallen in love with an unsuspecting stray kitty who is suddenly joining your household.
Kittens are certainly hard to resist. What's not to love? But before you choose your new kitty consider these important questions.
Where do you live?
Think about the property you live in and that your new kitty will live. Not all homes are suitable for cats, and you need to figure out whether yours is. If not, you may need to do some serious cat-proofing. For example, if you live in an apartment is there access for your cat to get outside safely if the windows are left open. If you are in a rental make sure to get your landlords permission before buying that new kitty.
Which kitten is right for you?
Consider the different breeds and what their individual needs are. Some are quiet, some loud, some messy, some require lots of attention and some like to be left alone.
Consider your budget.
Owning a pet comes at a cost. Food, flea treatment, accessories, grooming and trips to the vet will all add to your household budget. You also need to consider additional expenses such as pet insurance.
Breeder or adoption, where is your new kitty coming from?
Ensure your new kitty is coming from a reputable cat breeder or adoption centre. If adopting from a breeder, you should receive copies of lineage and necessary health testing for the breed.