Shelter vs. breeder
When you’re ready to bring a new cat or kitten home, you have a few options: shelters and rescues, breeders, and pet stores. Some people even find cats in the wild or in “free to good home” listings online.
Obviously, each of these approaches has different pros and cons, but I’m going to focus on the first two here. (I’ll write another blog post about which cats are best for families with small children. You don’t want a cat who has claws if your kids are going to be running around and playing with it.)
First off: kittens vs. adult cats. Shelters will often charge less for adult cats than they do for kittens; some rescue organizations even offer their adult animals for free. Kittens are typically healthier than older animals (they’re less likely to have health problems such as respiratory infections), so you know what you’re getting when you buy from a breeder rather than adopting from a shelter where the animal’s health history is mostly unknown. Also, if your lifestyle includes traveling frequently or working long hours at an office away from home (for example), adopting an older cat that’s been abandoned may not be the greatest idea; kittens usually adjust better to changes in their environments than older animals do—especially if they’ve been abused or neglected throughout their lives
Having a solid understanding of your expectations, lifestyle and living situation will help you choose the right kitten or cat.
Adopting a cat is an important decision. Before you take the leap, you should consider whether or not you have the time and space that caring for a cat requires. You may have to deal with vet bills and other unexpected expenses, so be sure to plan accordingly. Kittens are cute and fluffy, but they’re also very active! Make sure your family is ready for that before moving forward with adoption.
If you answered yes to all of these questions, then congratulations! It sounds like you’re ready for your new furry friend!
In addition to deciding whether they want to adopt an adult or kitten, prospective owners should consider whether they want a male or female cat.
In addition to deciding whether they want to adopt an adult or kitten, prospective owners should consider whether they want a male or female cat.
One major consideration is that unneutered male cats have a tendency to roam and mark their territory with very pungent-smelling urine. Although this behavior can be curbed through neutering, it’s something that many people would rather avoid dealing with altogether. On the other hand, unneutered female cats often go into heat, which can cause them to yowl loudly as they advertise for mates. In contrast, females who’ve been spayed won’t produce these unnerving sounds and are much more likely to live peacefully in a multi-cat household.
While females are typically more independent and sometimes aloof, males are known for being affectionate and even a bit needy at times—but this means they’re also usually quick to come when called and will follow you from room to room out of curiosity (or boredom). This desire for companionship makes the male cat less likely than the female cat to sleep all day while his human is at work.
Any cat, regardless of age, will need some time to adjust to their new home, but this process can take longer for adult cats.
Any cat, regardless of age, will need some time to adjust to their new home, but this process can take longer for adult cats. A kitten may explore an unfamiliar environment with curious abandon and be ready for playtime in no time at all. An older cat, however, may be more reserved by nature or wary after going through a major change like moving.
Every cat is different when it comes to adjusting to a new location. Some cats are extroverts who want to be the center of attention from the moment they enter the door. Others may seem aloof for months before starting to warm up to you. It’s important that you are not discouraged if you find that your new feline friend seems unwilling or hesitant to become part of your family right away. They will come around!
If your cat is struggling with moving into your home, give them space and use rewards as necessary with treats and toys while they acclimate themselves to their new environment. The best way to get them out of their shell is by being patient and giving them time. Once they feel more comfortable around you, they will start warming up day by day until they finally feel like a member of the family like any other pet!
Additionally, it’s important that you take them in for a checkup as soon as possible at the vet so that any medical issues are dealt with immediately!
Before adopting a rescue cat, prospective owners should do some research and ask shelter staff for as much information about the cat’s history as possible.
As cat lover and recent adopter, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to do your research before taking the plunge. If you’ve decided that you’re ready for a cat, please make sure you have a good understanding of their needs and habits before committing to caring for one.
The shelter staff should be able to tell you about the cat’s history, temperament, health issues (if any), grooming needs, eating habits and sleeping preferences—all things that will help you understand what kind of pet they are. It’s also important to know how they are with other animals—especially cats and dogs!
For example: My cat was an extremely nervous stray who had been adopted by a family but returned after he didn’t get along with their dog. As a result, I learned she was most comfortable around people who were calm like her and not especially affectionate or playful, since these things made her feel uncomfortable.
Visiting a shelter and meeting with a few cats is a must before choosing one to adopt.
If you know what breed, gender, and age of cat you’d like to adopt, then a shelter is a great place to start your search. Many people only think about adopting from shelters when they want to adopt dogs. But shelters have cats for adoption too! And in fact, it’s usually much easier and faster to find kittens and older cats at shelters than at pet stores or farms.
When visiting a shelter, ask questions such as:
- Can I take the cat home for a little while? Shelters generally allow potential adopters take their preferred pets home for up to 3 days. That way you can see how they act in different environments.
- Can I see this kitty’s medical records? If possible, the shelter should provide you with information about the cat’s health care history and any vaccinations it has received or will need in the future.
- What is your return policy? In case anything goes wrong after adoption, make sure that the shelter won’t charge extra fees if you decide to bring back your adopted cat within one week of taking it home. Some shelters offer free returns on all animals!
Being an informed, patient and flexible pet parent will result in a healthy and happy fur baby that brings joy to your life for years.
You should be prepared to give your kitty a few weeks or even months to get used to his new surroundings and family. This is especially true if you have other pets in the home, like dogs or other cats. Some adoptable cats may have been abused or abandoned by their previous owner, so they need some time to get used to living with humans again and feel comfortable in their new surroundings. So it’s important that the first thing you do when adopting a cat is provide a safe, warm, comfortable and quiet space for them to live while they adjust to their new home.
Make sure to ask all the questions you can think of before bringing your kitty home so that he/she can start off on the right paw!Adopting a cat is one of the most fulfilling things you can do. You’re giving a home and a family to a furry friend who needs it, and they’ll likely repay you with lots of love and cuddles. But before you start your search for the perfect kitty, there are some things to consider.
First, there are many different options for adopting a cat. You can go to your local shelter, which is probably full of cats in need of a home. You can also go to breeders if you have a specific breed in mind, or even look on sites like Craigslist, where people sometimes post adoptable pets. Many people prefer going to shelters because they know they’re truly giving an animal in need a home.
Next, make sure you’re ready to take on the responsibility of caring for an animal. Cats are great companions but they come with some work—and costs! Before bringing home your new friend, make sure that you have everything they need: food, dishes, litter box and litter (or kitty grass), toys and scratching posts or mats, beds or blankets for them to sleep on. Make sure you know how much all these things will cost before adopting!
There’s also the matter of cost: Vet visits
You’ve made the decision to adopt a sweet, innocent kitty and you’re ready to take the leap!
But wait. Not so fast. There is still a lot of prep work to be done before your new feline friend gets home.
Do you have all the necessary supplies? What kind of food should you buy? How do cats even go to the bathroom?
In this blog post, we’ll go over all the basic things you’ll need to know before adopting a cat.
#1 What Supplies Do You Need?
The first thing you’ll need is a litter box. Cats go to the bathroom in them, often times burying their poop (according to some weird instinct they have). You can buy regular litter boxes at any pet store, but if your kitten is small enough you may want to consider getting one that is specifically designed for kittens. They’re smaller and easier for kittens to get into and out of.
You’ll also need a litter scoop and some kind of mat or tray for under the litter box (to contain any messes from the scooping process).
You’ll also need food and water bowls. These can be any kind of bowl—metal, plastic, ceramic—as long as it’s wide enough for your
Adopting a new cat is one of the most exciting things you can do, but it’s also a lot of responsibility. How do you prepare to make sure your home is ready? What do you need to buy before bringing your new little friend home?
We’ve put together a list of the top things you’ll want to think about before taking the plunge and deciding to adopt.
If you already have cats – If you already have a family of cats, adding a new cat can be an adjustment for everyone. Make sure your existing kitties are friendly and that each has their own space in the house where they can retreat if they want to be alone.
If you don’t already have cats – Are you sure this is the right time for you? Cats live for decades, so take that into consideration when thinking about whether or not now is the time for a new cat. If it is, make sure that whoever else lives with you is okay with getting a cat!
Cat-proofing your home – Cats love exploring, so make sure there aren’t any places where yours can get trapped or hurt. Cat-proof as much as possible and keep anything toxic or dangerous out of reach (think about antifreeze).
What supplies do
Are you thinking of adopting a cat? Thinking of getting a kitten? Thinking of buying a kitten?
Adopting a cat is an exciting time, and your new best friend will be there for you through the good times and bad, but only if you have everything prepared. We’re here to help!
One of the first things to consider when adopting a cat is whether to adopt or buy. Adopting a cat can be less expensive, but it also means exposing your family to potential diseases and parasites. Buying from a reputable breeder can mean higher costs and more preparation, but it also means you know exactly what you’re getting—and if anything goes wrong, it’s on them.
The next thing to consider is whether or not you want a kitten or an older cat. Older cats usually come with less mess (they’ve already teethed and gone through their shedding period) and are often more docile than kittens, who tend to get into everything. However, kittens are more likely to bond with your family and are easier to train than older cats. Kittens require more care and attention than older cats, though.
No matter how old your new kitty is, make sure you have these supplies ready:
-A litter box
So you’re thinking about adopting a cat. Congratulations! You’re embarking on one of the greatest adventures known to humankind, and we at [company name] are so excited for your family’s future. Whether it’s your first time bringing a new cat into your home or you’re experienced in the ways of feline companionship, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to help this adoption go as smoothly as possible.
We’ve put together a list of things to keep in mind when adopting any pet, with some special considerations for cats, who are unique creatures with specific needs and behaviors. If you prepare yourself ahead of time, you’ll be able to avoid a lot of potential issues later on, and you’ll be able to enjoy having a furry friend around that much sooner!
The first thing you need to do is decide whether you want an adult cat or a kitten. Kittens are undeniably adorable and definitely have their place in the world (and in homes all over it), but they also require an extra level of care compared to adult cats. They need to be trained how to use a litter box and how to behave; they need multiple meals throughout the day; they need toys that won’t cause them harm; and they require
Congratulations on your decision to adopt a cat! Cats are incredible, loving, and loyal companions who can make you feel like the most important person in the world. They’re also a huge responsibility, so before you head to the shelter, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for all that comes with adopting a kitty.
First of all, it’s important to know that a cat’s purr is not just about happiness—it’s also about stress relief. Your new cat will probably be under an incredible amount of stress from being uprooted from their life and placed in a new home with new people and new smells. To help them cope, you’re going to need to give them as much space as possible throughout their first few days in your home.
They’ll also need food and water, of course. If you feed them dry food, it’s important to leave the bowl out at all times so they know they have access to food whenever they decide they’re hungry. Wet food should always be given when the cat is ready to eat it—never leave wet food out overnight or for more than 4 hours without refrigerating it.
And remember: cats are extremely clean animals! You need to have a litter box ready and available at all times (
Having a cat around can be great. They’re cute, they’re entertaining, and they can be really helpful for mental health. But you know what’s less great? Not having all the stuff you need for them. Think about it: It’s your first night with a cat and you realize that there’s nothing to scoop the litter with, no food, no water bowl…
Not good. So before you bring home that adorable little furball, make sure you’ve laid in all the supplies you’ll need.
A litter box, litter scooper, litter mat (to keep the mess contained), and litter (obvs)
A scratching post (so they don’t scratch your furniture)
A bed or blanket (for them to sleep on)
Food and water bowls (a ceramic one is best—it won’t tip over as easily)
Pro-tip: Put the food bowl somewhere where they can eat alone. Cats are fierce independents and they don’t want to share their meals with other animals—or people.
Treats! Everyone wants treats! Make sure to get some that have taurine in them (a natural ingredient). Cats need it for proper eye development, digestion, heart health