If you’re looking to be a pet parent, adoption can be the ideal choice for you and your family. Not only are you saving a life, you’re bringing some major love to your home. Even if your heart is in the right place, adopting a cat shouldn’t be done impulsively. If you’re cat is coming from a shelter, they may have been through stressful situations or haven’t been around children and other pets before.
Before bringing your newest furry family member home, here are some things to consider:
Consider Fostering First
If you’ve never had a cat before, or you’re uncertain about the time commitment needed, consider fostering first. There are many shelters that offer short or long-term fostering periods for their animals. This also might be a great way to meet a prospective cat for adoption without needing to make a long-term commitment right away.
Time and Money Investment
Taking on a new pet is not only an emotional investment, it’s a financial and time-filled one too. Do your research and find out how much money a cat can cost with bedding, toys, food, and vet bills. If you’re planning on adopting a cat with health issues, medications and check-ups are part of the financial commitment as well.
Create a Routine
Bringing a new cat into your home might be overwhelming at first. Your cat is in a new environment and may need extra attention or high places to feel safe. Before bringing a cat into your space, consider the type of routine you’ll have so your pet feels like they’re part of your home. Make sure food is set out every day at a certain time and create spaces where the cat knows they’re allowed to go. Don’t worry if you don’t have it down perfectly: Your cat will let you know what they prefer!
Do Research On Your Future Pet
Instead of reading stereotypes about why animals are put in shelters, do some groundwork. Research your future pet by talking to the professionals at the shelter itself, interact personally with the potential pet, or research the breed for general personality traits. There are some harmful stereotypes about animals that end up in shelters that simply aren’t accurate. Some cats are more outgoing and enjoy other cats and people, while others like to keep to themselves. Find one that makes sense for your lifestyle and personality.
Older Cats Need Love Too
Often, people are attracted to kittens and disregard older cats that need a home too. Considering cats live until they are 16, older cats are mature, well-tempered, house-trained, and can be a wonderful addition to a home.
Make the Commitment
One of the best things about having a cat is that they are independent and strong-willed creatures. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t affectionate filled ones too! When you adopt a cat, know that you are in it for the long haul. At first, they may be anxious or stressed in your space and it’s up to you to give them the time and attention they deserve.
When you adopt a new cat, it may take a little time for them to adjust to their new home. Whether you’re adopting a kitten or a cat that needs a little extra care, know that you’re making an important commitment. Congratulations on your new family member!