Are you thinking about adopting a cat?
1. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two. Cats require exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction. Two cats can provide this for each other. Plus they’ll provide more benefits to you. Cats’ purring has been shown to soothe humans as well as themselves – and they have an uncanny ability to just make you smile.
2. Adult Cats vs. Kittens. You also need to decide whether an adult cat or a kitten is better suited for your family. Kittens need a lot of socialization as their personalities are just developing. They're super cute, but they're also very energetic and can get into trouble if unattended for too long. They're fragile, so you need to watch them closely especially if you have other pets or small children. Adult cats can be left alone longer and are more content to sleep and entertain themselves responsibly while you're gone. They're more likely to be litter trained. You'll have a better idea of an adult cat's personality from the start, but kittens are more malleable and willing to be trained.
3. Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours. Just as we each have our own personality, so do cats. We are dedicated to find you the perfect match, your next family member!
4. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption. You’ll want to take any medical records you received from us to your first visit. We are also here to answer any additional questions.
5. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home. We prefer the whole family to come together and interact with our available pets. It takes a village!!!
6. Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat. Understand any pet is a responsibility and there’s a cost associated with that. For example, food, routine veterinary care, collars and ID tags, litter and box, grooming supplies, a carrier, a bed, toys and endless LOVE from you!
7. Cat-proof your home. A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying out. Food left on the kitchen counter will serve to teach your new friend to jump on counters for a possible lunch. Get rid of loose items your cat might chew on, watch to ensure the kitten isn’t chewing on electric cords, and pick up random items – they are all wonderful toys for them!
8. Go SLOWLY when introducing your cat to new friends and family. It can take several weeks for a cat to relax in a new environment. It’s a great idea to keep the new addition secluded to a single room (with a litter box, food and water, toys, and the cat carrier left out and open with bedding inside) until the cat is used to the new surroundings; this is particularly important if you have other pets. If you’ve adopted a kitten, socialization is very important. But remember – take it slow.