Do you remember those commercials which promote adopting a pet? I would say that most everyone has his heart melting while watching dogs and cats sitting in the cage. But let us be honest, there are millions of animals (not only cats) which are euthanized each year. The main reason is an overpopulation. But there are still a lot of future pet owners who prefer buying the cat rather than adopting. Some of them say that there is a guarantee that breeder (the place you buy cat/dog from) will give them a nice cat with the roots and guaranteed proper behavior. Please do not forget that every shelter has personnel which can provide you an insight into the cat’s behavior or level of aggression since the moment the animal arrived at the shelter. So it’s almost the same as if you go to the breeder. Also, it is recommended to spend some time with the future pet to make sure it responds to you well. Do not pick it up right away, but rather let it warm up to you. Ask whether the cat is already spayed or neutered, or whether you’ll be required to pay for that procedure yourself. Check about any return policy, too. You will want to schedule a veterinary appointment as soon as possible, and you might need to return the cat to the shelter.
More likely, you will find millions of articles which beg everyone to adopt pets. At some point, there is a logic. Adoption can help to control overpopulation. Too many cats and not enough homes for them. That is why it is very important to keep your cat sterilized, it is a permanent solution.
Speaking of the costs, an adopting cat can cost less than buying. Sometimes it can be even free, sometimes shelters collect some certain amount of money for keeping cages clean, buying food etc.
As http://www.animalplanet.com says, some of the owners would prefer to go to the breeder to get the cat. Particularly, you can reliably predict the behavior and temperament of pedigreed cats better than random-bred. Also, they say pedigreed cats are less likely to maintain the predatory instinct, which is important for people who want an indoor cat that won’t go out and bring back small, dead animals. For example, if the household requires a cat with the specific temperament it is worth visiting a reputable breeder. The CFA (The Cat Fanciers’ Association) website provides users with the links to the breeders which have a reliable reputation. For instance, pet owners should their eyes on that breeder where they are concerned with the health of the breed, kitten socialization and providing a happy environment. You can also get breeder referrals from a vet.
Adopting or buying? The choice is up to you.