Pet Adoption: 10 Things You Need to Consider Before Adopting a Cat by Donna John
June is the American Humane's Adopt-A-Cat Month, and the perfect time to adopt or rescue a cat or kitten if you've been thinking about it. Family pets are a big commitment, so before you head to the local animal shelter, here's a list from American Humane of the top 10 things you need to consider if you're about to adopt a cat.
- 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.
- Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours.
- Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption.
- Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before your new pet comes home.
- Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat.
- Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives.
- Cat-proof your home.
- 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.
- Be sure to include your new pet in your family’s emergency plan.
- If you’re considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process.
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