Wanting to adopt a cat or a kitten but not sure where to start or what to expect? We are here to talk about everything you need to think about and do before, during and after a cat adoption in order to have a great experience for you and to provide a great home for your new pet.
Before heading to the shelter, there are a couple of final considerations for you and your family. If yours is a full-time working household, it is recommended that you pass up kittens and adolescents, cats less than 18 months old, in favor of an adult cat whose energy needs will be easier to meet. If you are a novice cat owner, think twice about excessive cats. Excessively shy, aggressive or demanding cats may provide too great of a challenge for your first experience. You best bet is the friendly, outgoing cat who offers an outstretched paw through the cage bars, and who nuzzles and purrs when you hold him in your arms.
This profile is a particularly good choice for families with young children. A cat in your life can add warmth, humor, and peace of mind. A cat can teach your child empathy for others while keeping her secrets. If you can make the commitment, a cat is waiting to enhance your life in ways only a kindred spirit can.
Pet adoption is an exciting, but also time-consuming process. It’s always best to call ahead to the animal shelter and find out what documents you need to bring with you. Typical items include picture identification with your current address. If you’re renting, bring your lease or a letter from your landlord. It must state you are permitted to have pets and how many. Your landlord’s contact information should also be displayed. If you own your home, you must be requested to provide proof of ownership.
Have a list of references handy, including their phone numbers and ask them for permission before using them as reference. If you have pets before, including a veterinarian reference is a good idea. You also need cash, debit cards or credit cards for paying the adoption fee. Many shelters require that every person in your household meet the pet you may be adopting. This is to ensure that everyone gets along and agrees to the adoption.
Once you introduce a new cat to the new family, you want to make sure they feel at home as soon as possible. A cat’s refuge is place where they can go and be with their cat supplies, a soft bed, a cat feeder, a scratching post and plenty of toys. Their area should be away from the rest of the house and out of the line of traffic.