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What to Look for When Adopting A Cat

Posted April 14th, 2021 by daniel

So, you have decided to adopt a cat.  And, now that going to a shelter is possible, it should just be as simple as going to see the cats at the shelter and bringing one home- right?

Well, while that might be the case for some people, it is not always the best approach. If you want the process to be as smooth and easy as possible there are some things you need to keep in mind and some actions you may need to take into consideration.

What You Need to Look for When Adopting a Cat

There is much more to adding a new furbaby to your family than just selecting a name, a litter box, and a food bowl. You need to do a bit of homework first. To help you make the purr-fect selection, here are some pro tips.

  1. Don’t go to just any shelter! Do some checking around and find out what shelters other pet owners in your area recommend. Then take the time to visit them and check out the conditions. While there talk to the employees and find out what they know about the animal’s health, habits, or background. If they can’t tell you much, then you may want to go somewhere else to adopt your cat.
  2. Determine YOUR needs before adopting a cat. Remember that adopting is typically a long-term commitment, so be prepared for that. Also, factors such as Do you have younger children? Are you away from home a lot? How often do you have company over? Do you have other pets? Each of these factors can help you determine the best cat and personality you will want to adopt.
  3. Does appearance matter? While it might sound like a silly question when adopting a cat, it is important. Be sure to choose a cat whose appearance makes you happy.
  4. Decide on the gender. Save yourself some time when adopting a cat by deciding before going to the shelter, whether you want a boy or girl. Of course, if you don’t have a preference then no worries!
  5. Do you want a long hair or short hair cat? A cat with long hair will require more time spent on grooming than a short-haired cat, plus you will have to deal with detangling matted hair.
  6. Disposition is important! Be sure to choose a cat that will meet your desires. If you want a cat to cuddle up on the couch with you, then you may prefer a more mature cat, while a younger kitten is going to have a more playful, inquisitive personality.

Adopting a cat is always a great idea. Just be sure to plan ahead so that bringing home your furry friend is a smooth transition. If you have any questions about adopting a cat, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to help you.

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