Adopting A Cat – Some Things You Should Know
16 April, 2012
When you are ready to adopt a new kitten or cat and bring it home, there are some things you should consider to make the transition a smooth one. For instance, you need to think about the time you have to spend with your cat, financial constraints (however they are very inexpensive) and your lifestyle. Your new feline friend will be with you for a long time, so let’s make sure that you find the right cat to suit your and his needs.
Spend time with the cat
Before you bring your new cat home, try to spend some time with him or her. Do some homework to estimate what the vet bills could cost, what type of behavior the cat exhibits and how your house can be cat-proofed to cut down on dangers. When you do make a trip to the shelter, read the bios each cat has and ask questions. Get to know each cat. You may need to make several trips to the local shelter before finding your new feline family member.
Choose the right personality for you and your family
Sammy, my adorable tabby, is very playful and sometimes a bit rough. I love his personality for me, but he wouldn’t be ideal for a family with small children. If you want a loveable lap cat, pet your favorite cat and put him on your lap to see if he or she is comfortable there (although most will become comfortable in time).
Adult cats tend to be calmer than kittens and many of them have lived in homes already so they might not explore and be as curious as a kitten which means they are probably better for small children.
Choose a cat that fits your lifestyle
As mentioned above, kittens are adorable, but they do require some training at least for the first few months. They won’t know where the litter box is or that scratching your furniture or eating your plants is not ideal. Therefore, if you don’t have to time to spend with a kitten, an adult cat might be a better fit. Of course, there are excitable adult cats too, but you won’t have to train them as much.
Find out all you can from the shelter or rescue group
Some cats have come to the shelter or rescue group with conditions that require some extra care and attention. Ask the shelter or rescue group about your cat’s health history. Make sure that you know of any medical conditions that are pre-existing. Also, ask if the cat has had any problems with illness that required medical care while in the shelter. Many cats tend to get colds in the shelters but some may have ongoing problems like diabetes, thyroid issues, or other problems.
Schedule a visit to your Veterinarian
Once you choose your feline friend, the first thing that you need to do is schedule an appointment with a vet for a checkup. The vet will make an assessment of your cat’s health and any vaccines that might be needed. They can also recommend some good dietary suggestions for your cat.
There really is no “wrong choice” in adopting a cat, but hopefully these tips will make the transition that much smoother.