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What kitty is for you: Pedigree or Moggy?

After you've decided to introduce a kitten to your family, you'll need to decide what kind of kitten you want. There are so many options, and not all of them will be ideal for your house.

When you've decided that you want a kitty, you must choose between pedigree and moggy cats. If you want to buy a moggy, which is a kitten that isn't of a particular breed or is a hybrid between two breeds, you can find them almost anywhere.

Small advertising in local newspapers, bulletin boards at grocery stores, or asking your local veterinary clinic if they know of someone looking to sell a kitten can lead you to a suitable kitten in your town.

All you have to do now is go look at what's available and pick the one that seems to be calling out to you! The majority of moggies are sweet. Assess if they are good with children - you may get a good idea if you can gather information on both parents. Are they cross-bred with established breeds with excitable or mild temperaments?

If you treat them well, moggies can be very sweet.
They're easy to care for and usually pretty healthy.

Pedigree cats, on the other hand, are more difficult to come by, particularly if you're looking for a specific  breed. If you have cats, study the breeds you're interested in and rule out some that have been known to have problems with children, if this is important to you. Some cats are easily provoked and have little patience for curious children who want to play make believe!

While some breeds will have no problem being dressed up in doll clothes and rolled around in a stroller, a Siamese or Burmese will normally take offense and scratch and claw its way out, making it an unsuitable option for a family with small children. You should also be aware of which breeds are susceptible to illnesses and which have limited lifespans, and take all of this knowledge into consideration before deciding on a cat breed.

Maine Coons have some genetic health issues that can be problematic, particularly if you don't buy from a reputable source. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasia, and spinal muscular atrophy are among them. The most common type of heart disease in cats is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).
Maine Coons have some genetic health issues that can be problematic, particularly if you don't buy from a reputable source. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasia, and spinal muscular atrophy are among them. 

Once you've decided on a breed that appears to be a good fit for your family and lifestyle, the safest place to buy your kitten is from a reputable breeder. You will find breeders who specialize in the breed of kitten you want by scouring the Internet for breed associations, or asking your local veterinary clinic for reliable recommendations.

Make sure your pedigree kitten arrives with all of the paperwork so you can rest assured that you are getting a stable pedigree kitten. Before making a purchase, do in-depth study on the average cost of a kitten in your chosen breed. 

Take the time to find the right kitten for your family because it will be with you for many years. Often, a breed with a documented pedigree that goes back many generations is best, and other times a moggy kitten born from the cat next door is just right. Consider your choices and choose the one that is best for your family.

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