Tips For Adopting A Cat

Are you thinking about adopting a cat? It’s never been easier to take one home, with shelters and rescue groups abundant in most areas. The process can be less intimidating than it used to be, but there are still many things you should consider before bringing one home.

Cats are wonderful creatures. But sometimes, they can have a mind of their own. They might be naughty and try to wreak havoc around your house or destroy something you’ve cherished for years. Having lived with a cat for a long time, I’ve learned a few things about them. Hopefully, these tips will help you adopt a better cat and make them more welcome in your house.

If you’re considering adopting a cat, here are some tips to help you get started:

  1. Think about how much time you have to devote to the cat. If you can only spend a few hours on weekdays and not at all on weekends, then adopting a cat may not be right for you. Cats need interaction and attention every day, and they need to know that their humans are coming back home at night. So if you’re going out of town often or just don’t have time for playtime and snuggles, a dog might be the better option for your lifestyle.
  2. Consider whether or not you want an adult cat or a kitten. Adult cats are more independent and tend to form strong bonds with their human families more quickly than kittens do (which is great if you want to get up and go!). Kittens are still young enough that they’ll need more attention from their caretakers initially, but most kittens can also be trained well enough by their owners so that they can eventually be left alone for long periods of time as adults—and many people find that having one kitten at first makes it easier for them to adjust later when they adopt an adult cat from the same litter (who likely already knows how to behave himself in

Tips For Adopting A Cat

Cats are amazing, but they aren’t always the easiest pets to have. They can be finicky and have a lot of demands, but if you’re willing to put in the work, they’ll give you their love in return. Here are some tips for adopting a cat:

  1. Make sure it’s legal where you live
  2. Take some time to research your local shelters—maybe even call them and ask questions about the cats they have available
  3. Don’t go to the shelter during kitten season (April through September) unless you want to spend thousands of dollars on immunizations and shots for your new kitten(s)
  4. Bring your own carrier so that you can transport the cat safely home from the shelter—don’t let them ride in someone else’s car without one!
  5. Make sure that all of your family members are on board with adopting a new furry friend before bringing one home

Tips For Adopting A Cat

Adopting-a-Cat-Blog-Post.jpgSo, you want to adopt a cat. Here at The Animal Foundation, we have the perfect feline friend for you. Our adoptable cats range in size, age, color, and temperament. Some are snugglers and others are quite talkative. Here are ten tips to help you select the right cat for you.

Know Your Experience Level

Kittens are definitely cute and cuddly, but they are also a lot of work. Kittens usually require more training in household manners and your home will need to be kitten proofed. Kittens also have a knack for getting into everything. Adult and senior cats tend to be less work than kittens. They are already litter box trained, can easily find their food and water, and can safely be left alone.

Whatever age group you are looking for when visiting The Animal Foundation, we can help you find the perfect cat. Our staff can help coach you on additional proofing and training tips for bringing your kitty home with you.

Consider the Children in Your Home

Babies and toddlers are busy bees. Kids tend to have the urge to improperly handle pets which can be dangerous for everyone. If the cat you choose seems skittish or easily startled, you’ll want to prepare your family to engage with your cat calmly and quietly. If you choose a kitten, you’ll want to instruct your children on how to properly hold, pet and play with their new friend. We can help you select a cat that is a good fit for your whole family.

Consider the Type of Home You Live In

Do you live in a small apartment or a large home? Do you have roommates? All of these factors can help determine what kind of kitty you should bring home. If you live in a small space, an adult or senior cat may be the perfect fit for you. Although they are still playful, adult and senior cats tend to have less energy than growing kittens.

If you live in a large space, you’ll want to consider what areas you will want to give your cat access to. Many cats love to hide, but you don’t want them to spend the majority of their time hidden. Simple solutions could be closing doors to rooms and providing lounging items like pillows, beds and cat trees in other areas.

Women-Petting-White-Cat---Cat-Adoption-Blog-Post.jpgWhat is your work life like?

Are you home a lot or gone all day? Although cats can be self-sufficient, they do need daily attention. Your kitty will need some playtime, petting, and loving interactions. If you are gone all day, adopting a kitten may not be the best choice. These little ones need lots of stimulation and attention. If you are not giving your pet enough attention, it could lead to behavior problems later on.

Another solution, if you are at work all day, is to adopt a bonded pair of cats. Normally, kittens are young enough to go to separate homes. However, we do allow you to adopt two cats from the same litter. This also applies to adult and senior cats.

What is your social life like?

Does your lifestyle include lots of visitors? Answering this question will help you determine if you want a very social cat or a calmer cat. Shy cats can feel overwhelmed with too many social gatherings.

Remember Grooming Responsibilities

Brushing your cat at least twice a week is a requirement for being a responsible pet owner. Longhaired cats especially need extra attention to make sure they remain knot-free. Be sure to consider the cost of local groomers who can help with haircuts, nail trimmings and baths.

Kitten---Cat-Adoption-Blog-Post.jpgThink About Your Personality Preference

Are you looking for a playful cat or a lap cat? Cats have very strong personalities and our rescue kitties do too! Once you spend time with a cat out of its kennel, you’ll really see its personality blossom. Most cuddly kitties at the shelter will continue to be lap cats at home. If you meet a really spunky feline in our cat adoption rooms, they’ll most likely be even more playful at home. Feel free to ask one of our staff members or volunteers for help while you’re here on campus.

Learn About Dog to Cat Introductions

Is your dog cat-friendly? You’ll want to set up your house for harmonious living prior to bringing your rescue cat home. Kittens, confident adult cats and cats who have previously lived with dogs generally do well in a new home with dogs. Shy cats can be fearful at first with a high energy pooch. It’s important to give both animals enough time and space to comfortably get accustomed to each other. Make sure all interactions are supervised. You may also need to have separation from food bowls or the litter box.

Learn About Cat to Cat Introductions

What is the temperament of your cat at home? This can help you find a shelter kitty that will be a perfect fit for your cat. If your cat is mellow, spend some time with our senior or adult kitties. If your cat is very playful, an active adult or busy kitten may be a good match. Just like with dogs, you want to make sure your cats have plenty of space and time to get used to each other. You will want to always supervise interactions, at least in the beginning.

White-Cat--Cat-Adoption-Blog-Post.jpgWill your cat strictly live indoors?

Many house cats are comfortable living strictly indoors and getting their dose of the outside world from sunlit windows. Other cats enjoy breathing in the fresh air. Whatever your cat’s preference is, make sure that you are prepared. Keep your cats’ vaccines up-to-date and make sure they are spayed or neutered. Many owners also invest in walking harnesses and cat-proofed fences for their backyards.

Our adoptions building is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and we are located at 655 N. Mojave Rd. LV, NV 89101. We do have a satellite adoptions site inside of PetSmart located at 286 W. Lake Mead Parkway in Henderson. Our adoption fee for cats 6 months and older is $25. Kittens under 6 months are $75 or you can adopt two from the same litter for $100. Adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, vaccines and microchipping.

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