Can you choose the great feline friend who will be the excellent companion you have always wanted? I think you can if you follow an objective method. Allowing fate to make the call for you may work OK but you’ll want to avoid the cat who could make your life a living hell (or a living heck, if the cat is only moderately evil).

Our cats’ wellbeing matters too. They need forever homes. Temperament testing the candidates is a matter of patience. Watch the litter politics being played out in front of you. Quietly let each baby sit in your hands. Understanding the antics, postures, and interactions will help you make the best choice.

Each week I share a short video, a podcast, or a blog to help bring out the best in pets. You can sign up at no charge on my website, drjeffnichol.com. And when you do, I’ll send you my free at-home pet first aid and CPR guide.

Thanks for your dedication to your pets. I’m Dr. Jeff Nichol.