That playful little bundle you're looking at one day will eventually become a mature and possibly large cat – so make sure you know what you're letting yourself in for when you choose your kitten.

Also make sure that you’re ready to enter into a relationship that will potentially last for many years. So don’t just make a selection based on your heart melting – ask yourself some serious questions.

Commoner or pedigree?

First of all, you will need to decide if you want a common or garden house cat, or if you would prefer a pedigree cat.  If you choose a pedigree cat, you can be fairly certain as to how they will grow up – both in terms of physical size and its temperament.

With a rescued kitten or one of unknown parentage, no such guarantees exist, so you need to be prepared for anything as the kitten matures.
Also, if you’re opting for a pedigree cat, ask yourself if you want the elegance of an Abyssinian or something less grand.

There’s a huge range of diversity on offer and attending a local cat show is a great way of seeing just how much choice there is out there.

Male or female?

This is one of the more important decisions you have to make when choosing a kitten. Some people say that females are cuddlier and males more aloof – but other owners will swear the exact opposite.

Properly socialising your cat will have a bigger effect on how friendly your cat is than its gender.

If you’ve opted for a female, a visit to the vet for some ‘family planning’ should be is one of the first items on your agenda.