Now Is The Best Time To Adopt A Shelter Cat
Each spring during “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of felines already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. And the shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first kitteh – or to bring home a friend for another beloved kitty!
CHECKLIST TO ADOPTING A SHELTER CAT THIS MONTH
1. If you’re thinking about adopting a feline, consider taking home two, as they can be playmates for each other. Find a kit whose personality compliments yours.
2. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption. At Full Circle Vet Care you get a free physical exam when you adopt a shelter cat from the Humane Society or any qualified shelter.
3. Make sure everyone in the house is onboard and prepared to have a cat before it comes home.
4. Set up a budget for the short and long-term costs of your putty. Things like food are obvious – but then you can entertain all kinds of accessories – water fountains, play toys, scratch posts, collars, and leashes. Plus medical visits, medicines and supplements.
5. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives. (A hungry kitty is not a happy kitty).
6. Cat-proof your home before you adopt a shelter cat. Cats like to rub on everything – wall corners especially will have repeated rubbing visits. Some corner molding can save your walls.
7. Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family. Sometimes the best way is just to let your cat come up to new people when they are seated for a while. Cats are not big on loud noises or sudden movements.
8. Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan. Decide who is picking up the pets on the way out of a emergency situation.
9. If you’re considering a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process. In this case a surprise of a pet is not a good thing. Animals are a responsibility and not to be just thrust on someone without planning. They might be delighted at first, but feeding and caring for their new friend might be overwhelming.