Guest Blog Post By: Melissa Kauffman
Are you thinking of adopting a cat? Giving a pet a second chance at love is a noble thing to do. Plus, there are immense benefits for you. You will get a loyal companion, and science shows that it’s excellent for your health.
But before you do, there are many things to consider. Here is a checklist of what you should think about before you adopt a cat. It will help you to avoid surprises and mistakes. It will make life more comfortable for you and your newfound BFF.
Are you a cat person? Many people think about stereotype behaviors - dogs are loyal and ever-friendly, and cats are independent. But animal behavior and personality can vary even within the same species. Check out these signs of a cat person. If you are nodding in agreement, then you are probably a cat person.
As you consider adopting a cat, think about these:
Will your social life have room for a pet kitty? How will it change when you are a new parent?
Are you ready to dedicate at least one hour every day giving attention to your cat? (This includes exercise, play, grooming, training, or just cuddling time).
Are you willing and able to make the financial commitment? We will talk about how much a little later.
Pet adoption means bringing in a new member into the family. Since you are adopting, you can pick a cat that fits right into the family.
Use these points to talk about the adoption with other members of the family:
How do other family members feel about having a cat in the house?
Is there a person living with you who has allergies, health issues, or any other forms of intolerance? How would having a cat at home affect them?
Do you have young children?
Yes, the kids may want to adopt. But is there an adult who has agreed to take up the responsibility?
Your people will be her people, and your home will be her home. But is your home suitable for the new kitty? Use these points to ponder about it:
Is your home an apartment or do you have a yard? Some apartment blocks have strict rules against pets. If that’s your residence, are you willing to move homes?
Do you keep other pets at home? And how will they react to the new cat?
Are there any cat hazards at home? You may think that there are none. But if you are a plant lover, check out some home plants that are toxic to your pet.
Now that you know what adopting a cat would mean, think about the cat. Each cat is unique. Some require special care, while others require significant adjustments to your lifestyle. Others are easy-going and wouldn’t make a big difference. Here are some of the cat considerations to run through as you adopt:
A young kitty would require time and patience as you work through her baby years, adolescence, and eventually adulthood. Activities like playing and training are essential. Do you have the dedication, time, and high energy level to match?
Some cats have disabilities. Other cats have behavior issues. Can you train and handle the cat? Or are you looking for an easy-going BFF?
Personality in cats is also different. Some are clingy and would follow you around the home. Others have an independent character. What character appeals to you the most?
How much will a cat cost?
Most pet adoption agencies charge a fee. The cost often varies with the type of animal and its age. But this is just a fraction of what you will pay once you have adopted the cat. Other initial payments may include vet inspections, leashes, and a carrier.
Cats adopted from the Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) will already be examined by a vet, neutered, vaccinated, and combo tested. So you don’t have to pay for these services later. Other payments the adoption agency settles are a limited pet insurance plan, a carrier, and a leash.
Adopting a cat is a long-term commitment. It often requires a review of your budget. Adjust your finances and make room for:
Regular veterinary care
Collars and microchips
Grooming equipment and supplies.
A special place at home (a cat-cave will give your new cat a quiet place to unwind)
A cat carrier
Finding the right cat for you
Have you considered all items in this checklist? If yes, now you can think of finding the purrfect cat for you! Schedule a time to visit our adoption centers today! HSNT's Adoption Counselors are here to help facilitate a meet and greet for you and your family. We highly encourage bringing all family members along - including your dog! By meeting our cats in person, you will learn a lot about her personality, behaviors, and any other issues. Click here to schedule an adoption appointment to meet your new best furry friend!
Pets and People, Saving Each Other™
HSNT’s mission is to act as an advocate on behalf of all animals and to ensure their legal, moral and ethical consideration and protection; to provide for the well-being of animals who are abandoned, injured, neglected, mistreated or otherwise in need; to promote an appreciation of animals; and to instill respect for all living things.