Deciding on a New Kitten: Breed or Shelter?

by Melissa R. on October 24, 2009

Our New Ocicat Kitten

Cirrhi, our new Ocicat kitten

After losing one of our cats to old age earlier this year, we decided it was time to get a new kitten. You may have seen my earlier post asking about what gender to get. In the end, it didn’t seem to make much difference, so we decided to get a female. Many people suggested getting a kitten from a shelter, and we spoke to several people who had purebred cats. After much consideration, we decided to get a kitten from a breeder.

I know that there are many people who will be unhappy about this decision. In the future, I hope to get another kitten from the shelter, but right now this is what we wanted.

Cirrhi, our new Ocicat kitten

Cirrhi, our new Ocicat kitten

My boyfriend has always had an interest in cat breeds, although had only ever owned kittens who came from the shelter. We were impressed with friends who had purebred cats, and were really amazed by how devoted they were to their breed. This got us thinking, and we started researching the different breeds of cats. I had no idea there were so many!

In the end, we decided we were most interested in an Ocicat (named after the Ocelot, which they resemble). Ocicats have very pronounced spots and stripes. They are registered with the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), and are a mixture of Siamese, Abyssinian, and American Shorthair. There is no “wild” cat in them.

We researched breeders, found one that was well-known and reputable, and began the process of getting a kitten. I was surprised to find that getting an Ocicat kitten was much like getting a purebred dog! Applications, forms, deposits, etc. I was impressed as well – we were unable to bring our kitten home until she was spayed. We intended on spaying her anyway, so it was fine. Don’t you wish more people did this?

Cirrhi, our new Ocicat kitten

Cirrhi has some good moves on her!

Stay tuned for more stories about our new Ocicat kitten!

Learn more about the Ocicat breed here:
http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/ocicat.html

See all the different types of cat breeds:
http://www.cfa.org/breeds.html

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About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

JB October 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Your kitty is very lucky, much more so than the hundreds of thousands waiting in shelters for a home : (
At least she is spayed.

Lisa October 24, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Cirrhi is beautiful! Already shows a lot of personality! How’d the other cats do getting to know each other?

Melissa October 26, 2009 at 8:21 am

Cirrhi is getting along well with the other cats. You’ll see another blog post coming up about introducing them all and getting them used to each other.

We are very pleased that Cirrhi and Kai (our 7 year old cat) are now best-buddies and play with each other endlessly. Cirrhi has some growing up to do to have much advantage over him, but she’s giving him a run for his money! They love to play under the dining room table. One jumps around on the chairs while the other bats from the floor. LOL….

Lisa October 26, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Too much fun! I can hardly wait for your next adventure!

Felicia October 27, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Cirrhi just melts my heart, she is so beautiful and sweet!

Like you, Melissa, most of my pets are rescues (even some of my fish). I have a soft spot for unwanted and special-needs pets. But once in a while, one falls in love with an individual from a store, or a breed from a breeder that can’t be found at a shelter. The heart wants what the heart wants, right? Just ask my ridiculously expensive Conure I bought from a ridiculously expensive pet store. She would tell you it was the best money ever spent, and I agree just because I love her so much.

Can’t wait to see more Cirrhi posts!

Claudia Orozco November 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I just lost my cat to lymphoma and I don’t think I will get one ever again. Is so sad and painful.

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