What To Consider When Adopting A Cat

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If you want to get a cat, you might want to adopt one from a shelter instead of buying one from a breeder or pet store. One reason is that it costs less. Before a cat is put up for adoption, the adoption fee usually pays for a health check, shots, and spaying or neutering. 

Before putting a cat up for adoption, many shelters also look at her personality and temperament. They can help you choose a cat that fits your home, personality, and way of life. Shelters also have many different kinds of cats, from young to old, with long hair to short hair, and with different colors, coat patterns, and personalities. A lot of shelters have different kinds of purebred cats. But a cat shelter can be hard to navigate because there are so many cats to choose from. Here are some tips that will help you narrow down your choices and find the best fit.

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Consider Your Lifestyle 

Before you start looking for a cat to adopt, you should think about what you want your new pet to be like. For this, it’s vital to consider how you live and who you are. Do you work a full-time job, travel a lot, or have a lot of evening social events? If this starts to sound like you, you should possibly choose an independent cat who doesn’t need much attention. If her human companion is always gone, a cuddlebug cat may feel lonely.

A cat that is very loving or has a lot of energy is a great pet for someone who likes to stay at home. If you have a lot of free time and are patient, you can keep up with a wild kitten that zips around the house, bats toys around, and attacks your fingers for fun. If you’re looking for a cat to cuddle with at the end of a long day, you might want to adopt a calm and friendly cat.

Think about the people in your family as well. If you have young kids or other pets, for example, you should look for a cat that is calm, friendly, and used to being around people and other animals. If you can’t keep an eye on the kitten all the time, it might be best to get an older cat. Kittens are very cute, but they are also very fragile and can get hurt by little hands or older animals who don’t understand. Of course, with an older cat, you do need to be prepared for them to pass away sooner, and arranging a cat cremation can help with this loss. 

Choosing Your Cat

There are often adoption counselors on hand at shelters who can help you find the right cat. If there are no counselors available, you can still talk to shelter volunteers and staff who have spent significant time with each cat and learned about their personalities. If you’re by yourself when you meet a cat for the first time in a shelter, it can be hard to figure out what kind of person she really is since the cat may be stressed out and change her behavior to deal with the situation.

Adopting a cat from a shelter is a good thing to do. Not only is it fun to take care of a new friend, but it’s also fun to know you saved a cat. When you adopt a cat from a shelter, you make room for another cat in need to be saved. If you follow these rules, you’ll be able to find a good match for both you and your new cat.

Sarah x


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