Are you considering adopting a cat from a shelter? A wise choice! But think about it first. After all, adopting an animal is a big commitment it will be with you for ten years or more. Here are some tips to adopt a cat that is the best choice for you.
A first important question: should you choose a kitten or an adult cat? An adult cat's behavior is quite stable. So take a look at how the cat behaves with the shelter staff. That gives you a good idea of his or her temperament. Older cats usually require less 'parenting work', but it's more difficult to undo bad learned behaviour.
If you already have pets, it's important to adopt a cat that has already lived with other animals. Do you have a garden? Then keep your new family member indoors for at least four weeks. This will reduce the chance of your new cat running away.
How does an adoption procedure work?
First, speak to the shelter staff: they know the animals best. What has the cat's life been like so far? Is it a scaredy cat for some reason? Is it independent or clingy? Can it live with children? In return, the shelter staff will also ask you questions to ensure you are a good 'match' for your potential new pet.
You are not allowed to adopt a cat on a 'trial basis', but you can visit several times to get to know the animal better. If it turns out that you are not compatible, the shelter has the right to refuse the adoption.
Every cat in the shelter is not only spayed or neutered, but also vaccinated, de-wormed and chipped. That's why you have to pay the expenses if you adopt a cat.
Where can you adopt a cat?
There are many shelters, such as cat shelters, most likely also in your area. Make sure it is a recognized center, through this official list.
Ask your vet if they might have foster parents who care for homeless cats or kittens. They may also be able to recommend local shelters where you can adopt a cat.