As we head into the summer months, many shelters are overwhelmend with new kittens as well as older cats. When looking for a new feline friend, it’s important to remember shelters are a great place to start. They’re often overwhelmed and overpopulated so not only will you be making a positive impact, you’ll also have a good selection to choose from. Peruse around adoption sites like PetFinder.com to see if you can spot any matches. But before you scoop up your new furry family member, consider these questions from the American Humane Society.
1. Why Not Both?
Although they may be more independent than dogs, cats still need plenty of social interaction and exercise. If you’re away from home for long periods of time, consider getting two cats so they can keep eachother entertained.
2. Two Peas in a Pod
Cats have unique personalities just like us. Find one that matches your lifestyle. Cats with long hair and round heads and bodies tend to be more laidback and chill. If you want one with more spunk and energy, look for leaner cats with narrow heads and short hair.
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3. An Apple a Day
It’s important to schedule your feline friend for a vet visit as soon as you adopt her. Just like human babies, kittens are more susceptible to disease. If you’re adopting an older cat, she still needs to be checked out ASAP. They may be scared to get in the car or their cage but it really is vital to their health and your family’s.
4. Dolla Dolla Bills Ya’ll
A cat from a shelther may be cheap or even free, but keep in mind they still require litter, food, neutering/spaying, and any other medical need that may come up. If you can’t afford these expenses, a cat is probably not the best option.
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5. Cat Proof
Cats are naturally curious creatures and that’s part of the reason why we love them. It’s ideal to keep them in a single room with food, bedding, toys and litter box until they seem comfortable in their new home. Make sure you remove small items they could choke on or dangerous items they could play with, like loose electrical cords.
6. Let Me Tell You ‘Bout My Best Friend
If you have other pets, remember to be careful when you introduce them to eachother. If you already have a dog, make sure he gets along with cats before you bring one home. Once everyone is settled and comfortable, social interaction is key to a happy family.
7. Gift that Keeps on Giving
Looking to get a cat for a friend or a family member? Make sure everyone in the household is on board with the decision. Taking care of another animal is a huge responsibility and it’s important the future caretaker is a part of the adoption process.
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Note: Don’t wrap your new friend in wrapping paper. It’s not a burrito.