Here are some tips to make cat adoptions a bit easier!
If you follow us on Facebook, you know that my senior cat, Bob, had to be put down in early July. It was heart-wrenching. (Click here for our FB page!)
As much as I loved Bob, it was a given that I would adopt another cat. I started looking online and in local shelters a couple of weeks later.
If you are looking for a shelter animal, here are some tips to help that process!
Cat Adoptions Tip 1
Ask important questions.
I spent several Internet sessions looking and asking questions. My main one: Is the cat I’m considering good with other pets?
We have a Tabby, Piper, who has been with us six years. We adopted her from a local shelter, and that same shelter was my starting point.
Another question I had was, if Piper can’t get along with a new cat, what is the shelter’s “return” policy?
Let’s face it: Sometimes it just doesn’t work. You want to know your options, in any event.
Cat Adoptions Tip 2
Search locally, not regionally.
My Bobby was a Manx, a great cat for those who are looking for dog qualities in a quieter animal.
I wanted another Manx, but they’re somewhat hard to find.
I discovered one in the same shelter where we adopted Piper, but he wasn’t very friendly. I suspect it was because the other animals intimidated him.
I found a cat in rescue shelter inside a PetSmart about 30 minutes from my home. The cat was extremely friendly each time we visited; he was a good choice.
The only other option was a shelter 2 hours away, where they had two adults and a litter of kittens. I automatically rejected the idea of a kitten, because of the destruction they can cause!
The adults, though, I wanted to see. Due to scheduling difficulties and a summer storm, I didn’t. It’s fine, though. (See final tip.)
We adopted the PetSmart cat, and he’s been a great addition to our family!
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Cat Adoptions Tip 3
Make several trips to see your favorite(s).
There’s a lot riding on your selection, literally. I thought three trips to see the “chosen” cat would be appropriate, to see if he was equally glad to see us all three times. (He was!)
To make the drive two hours away, three times, would have been ridiculous.
I think Oreo was meant to be with us.
He can never replace Bobby, but he’s a great companion who makes me smile.
Check out his “haircut,” and you’ll see why.
(Did you miss Emily’s post about senior cats that are also picky eats? Click here to read it!)
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