What to Look for When Adopting a Cat

Adopting a new cat is a great way to bring tons of joy (and purrs) to your home! But how do you know which cat is the best fit for you while you’re at the shelter? Luckily, there are some tips to guide you along the way.

Kitten vs. Adult:

This is a decision you have to make while taking into consideration multiple factors. Kittens require socialization since their personality are still in the development stage. While they’re cute, they’re also little balls of energy and can get into trouble if left alone for too long. Also, they’re still fragile, which means you need to keep a close eye in case you have other pets or children at home.

Adult cats on the other hand can tolerate being left alone for longer periods of time and are more than content to nap and entertain themselves throughout the day if you’re away. They’re probably litter-trained too. Adult cat personalities are easy to detect from the start, whereas kittens are more lenient and willing to be trained.

You can also consider getting two cats for extra exercise and mental stimulation.

Coat Length:

Do you prefer cats with long hair or short hair? Long coats are gorgeous, but they do require a lot of care and maintenance. From regular brushing to trimming the fur around their *backsides* - these cats will need a lot of grooming to keep them clean and fresh (and to prevent litter box accidents).

Short coats still shed and do cause allergies, but they require far less brushing sessions. There are some breeds out them at don’t shed, but they also have unique needs. For example, some furless cats require more frequent baths. So make sure to research thoroughly before adopting.

Energy & Personality:

In case you’re considering adopting an older cat, make sure to ask the shelter about their personality and energy since each cat has his/her unique quirks. Do they like strangers? Do they meow a lot? Would they describe them as outgoing and curious or more on the shy side?

Also, knowing a cat’s history is helpful when trying to understand how they react to change and stress. Cats that have a history of abuse will need special care, whereas cats that were in a loving home might have some depression due to the change in environment.

If you have other pets and kids at home:

It’s important to figure out how your new cat’s personality will blend with the people and pets at home. Some cats get along easily with everyone – including dogs. Some might be a bit more aggressive and territorial, which can cause problems if there are any babies or small children at home. Don't forget to assess if your own pets will do well with a new addition. Some cats will do great in a multi-pet household, but not every cat will. Some dogs have too strong of a prey instinct to tolerate a new cat, but other dogs will treat your cat as their new best friend. If you do have other pets, remember that you'll need to introduce your new cat to them very slowly.

We hope this helps in your adoption process!

 

What to Look for When Adopting a Cat

Adopting a new cat is a great way to bring tons of joy (and purrs) to your home! But how do you know which cat is the best fit for you while you’re at the shelter? Luckily, there are some tips to guide you along the way.

Kitten vs. Adult:

This is a decision you have to make while taking into consideration multiple factors. Kittens require socialization since their personality are still in the development stage. While they’re cute, they’re also little balls of energy and can get into trouble if left alone for too long. Also, they’re still fragile, which means you need to keep a close eye in case you have other pets or children at home.

Adult cats on the other hand can tolerate being left alone for longer periods of time and are more than content to nap and entertain themselves throughout the day if you’re away. They’re probably litter-trained too. Adult cat personalities are easy to detect from the start, whereas kittens are more lenient and willing to be trained.

You can also consider getting two cats for extra exercise and mental stimulation.

Coat Length:

Do you prefer cats with long hair or short hair? Long coats are gorgeous, but they do require a lot of care and maintenance. From regular brushing to trimming the fur around their *backsides* - these cats will need a lot of grooming to keep them clean and fresh (and to prevent litter box accidents).

Short coats still shed and do cause allergies, but they require far less brushing sessions. There are some breeds out them at don’t shed, but they also have unique needs. For example, some furless cats require more frequent baths. So make sure to research thoroughly before adopting.

Energy & Personality:

In case you’re considering adopting an older cat, make sure to ask the shelter about their personality and energy since each cat has his/her unique quirks. Do they like strangers? Do they meow a lot? Would they describe them as outgoing and curious or more on the shy side?

Also, knowing a cat’s history is helpful when trying to understand how they react to change and stress. Cats that have a history of abuse will need special care, whereas cats that were in a loving home might have some depression due to the change in environment.

If you have other pets and kids at home:

It’s important to figure out how your new cat’s personality will blend with the people and pets at home. Some cats get along easily with everyone – including dogs. Some might be a bit more aggressive and territorial, which can cause problems if there are any babies or small children at home. Don't forget to assess if your own pets will do well with a new addition. Some cats will do great in a multi-pet household, but not every cat will. Some dogs have too strong of a prey instinct to tolerate a new cat, but other dogs will treat your cat as their new best friend. If you do have other pets, remember that you'll need to introduce your new cat to them very slowly.

We hope this helps in your adoption process!

 

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