My two cats died this year and I am still pretty sad about that. Someone suggested that in looking for a cat I should get a mature one - so I could have some idea of personality - and that seemed like a good idea. I went over to the local PetSmart where they have some in cages up for adoption. I was hoping one would pick me out, but no such luck. One sort of came over but when he realized that I was unable to pet him through the bars, he went away. Another one tries to hide, and a sign on his cage said he is afraid. I felt sorry for him.
So how do you pick out a cat?
Thanks.
Bill
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In some cases, my cats have just arrived. IOW - 2 were strays, that I wound up adopting. Another - my first one when I was 23 - I picked sight unseen when a friend told me about a litter that a friend's cat had had - all I knew was that there were 2 black kittens & 2 grays, & I opted for a gray. I assumed (for some reason) that she'd be a gray tabby, but she turned out to be solid gray when I went to get her. She was a wonderful cat, & lived to be 17, almost 18.
One cat that I actually did pick out from the Humane Society...

I went up to look at the kittens, but also looked at the cats. One in particular, a calico about 12 months old "struck" me, but I came home, empty-handed/cat carriered. Wanted to see if any particular one would stick in my mind. The calico did. So I went back for her 3 days later. She's now 12 yrs. old. :-)
I think everyone has their own method, or not even a method, of adopting cats &/or picking them out. And some cat adoption stories I've read said that they picked the cat/kitten who was the scaredy-cat, & it worked out lovely.
Good luck; there's a Petsmart here, finally, & I've gone over to see the cats they have up for adoption while there for food & litter. Many seem to be about 5 years old - some really gorgeous/handsome ones! There was a beautiful long-haired dilute tortie there last weekend & she was huge - one of the biggest cats I've ever seen - sort of Maine Coon sized. Others younger & just plain cute. Hard to choose - want them all to have homes!

Cathy

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So how do you pick out a cat?

Since you were used to having two, and are open to adopting an adult, why don't you check with your local animal control, rescues, and humane societies and see if they have two adult cats - that were surrendered as a pair from the same household - up for adoption. I have a feeling that if you were to go this route it will work out beautifully. It is often very difficult to find homes for pairs, and terribly stressful for them to first lose their home and then each other when it takes too long to adopt them together and the choice is made to separate them. You have an opportunity to do a really wonderful thing here and I hope you decide to take it.
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My two cats died this year and I So how do you pick out a cat?

Sorry about the loss of your cats. It's always hard to lose good friends! I lost my girl to cancer a few months ago. I couldn't face going to one or more shelters and pick one (and leave others behind)..so, I went to petfinder.com. They have postings of cats/kittens (etc.). You can search according to age...gender...location and see photos of all. That might work for you.
You let the cat pick you. That is the way it works.

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So how do you pick out a cat? Thanks. Bill

Hi Bill..I'd try the municipal "pound" first. The cats there are probably have a set death sentence...most are anywhere from 48 hours to 3 days. If nothing there suits you, try the Humane Society. Just hang out in the cat room, strike up a conversation with some volunteers or workers and get some insight on individual personalities, and the "story" behind each kitty. . See who catches your eye, and who has the personality you're looking for. Adopt two, even! Maybe there will be siblings or a pair that gets along well there.Good luck. Bless you.
Sherry
Good luck; there's a Petsmart here, finally, & I've gone over to see the cats they have up for adoption while there for food & litter. Many seem to be about 5 years old - some really gorgeous/handsome ones!

The thing about our Petsmart is, the cats there are in foster care and come in just for the weekend adoptions. It's wonderful when people decide to adopt there, the cats really need forever homes. But they aren't in any danger of being killed. So I usually steer people there last, only if the H.S. or pound doesn't have what they're looking for.
My personal limit is 4 cats. Since Jacky died, I only have three. I have been *so* tempted every time I go to petsmart, you're right about the gorgeous cats there. But I know a cat is going to turn up somewhere before too long. A dumped one or a stray or something and I can fill up Slot #4.

Sherry
You let the cat pick you. That is the way it works.

Or you choose the cat with the greatest need, the one who isn't the prettiest, and has sat in a cage too long because potential adoptors overlook him/her.

Sherry
My two cats died this year and I am still pretty sad about that. Someone suggested that in looking for ... cage said he is afraid. I felt sorry for him. So how do you pick out a cat? Thanks. Bill

I'd recommend adopting two from the same cage. Two cats that get along from the start and can keep each other company.
Adam
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