1. Tips for Day One with Your New Cat / Kitten - There’s lots you can do in the first 24 hours to ease your new kitten / cat into your home. When you arrive, select a quiet, closed-in area such as your bedroom or a small room away from the main foot traffic, and set it up with a litter box, bed, food and water. If you are adopting an adult cat, be sure that this “starter room” has very secure screens, or keep the windows securely closed. If possible, make the starter room the permanent location of the litter box. If you plan on having the permanent location of the litter box be elsewhere, you’ll need two litter boxes. Please do consider the advantages of keeping your new cat indoors always — outdoor cats are exposed to disease, cat fights, being killed by cats and other wild animals, and hit by cars. If you have other pets, don’t introduce the new pet immediately. Let your new cat get to know and trust household members, before it must adjust to the entire home. For more on each of these tips visit our blog http://blog.adoptapet.com/bringing-home-your-new-cat-or-kitten/
2. FAQ for Cat Veterinarian Visits - Taking your cat to the veterinarian should be your first priority. This is especially true if you have other pets. It's a good idea to make sure your new pet is healthy and doesn't have any diseases or viruses he or she could transmit to other cats in the house. The best way to find a veterinarian is by word of mouth. The cat shelter or rescue group where you adopted your cat may have a good recommendation. For proper preventative care, your cat should be examined by a veterinarian twice a year. A typical vet checkup includes searching for fleas using a special flea comb. Taking your cat's temperature, and a physical examination which will include checking your cat's ears, eyes, nose, teeth, skin, legs, joints, and genitals, and lymph nodes and listen to the heart and lungs. It will be common for the veterinarian to stress the importance of avoiding parasites, and will suggest options for flea and tick prevention and control.
3. How to Prepare Financially In Order to Take Care of a New Cat - Being a good caring cat owner involves many things that don’t affect your wallet, like your time and love, but there are definitely some costs involved! While you’re searching cats for adoption, consider the likely costs that come with caring for different types of cats. When adopting there will usually be an adoption fee. Rescuing cats is expensive work! The rescuer often pays to have the cats spayed or neutered if they aren’t already, provides vaccines, and pays for all medical care needed while the pets are in their rescue. Food, beds, collars, tags, grooming, it adds up, but luckily much of that cost is not passed on. Typical cats for adoption will have a fee ranging from $100 to $300. Next consider you basic supplies such as a collar, IDs, microchip, pet bed, bowls, and toys. The biggest cost will be food, that depends on the size and type of cat you will be adopting. Asking the shelter what they are feeding the cat and the cost can help prepare for this. Other costs are mostly medical and will include regular vet checkups, and the potential for a trip to the vest because of an accident, or illness.
4. How to Map Out a Cat Friendly Schedule – How much time your new cat will really needs is dependent on the type of cat, and what the temperament of cats for adoption you are looking for. These factors include but not limited to the cat’s breed, age, amount of previous training, other pets & people in your home. Matching the time a cat will take to the amount of time you want to spend with your cat is a very important aspect of searching cats for adoption! A good first step is really thinking about your daily routine. How much free time do you have each day that you are willing to devote to the care, training, and attention of your new cat over the next few months, and then for the lifetime of that cat? For cats, time spent just “hanging out” with you while you’re watching a movie or reading a book, counts too! Plan to spend about 2-3 hours a day with kittens and 1-2 hours a day with adult cats.
5. Raising a Cat will Build Life Lessons for Children - Adopting a cat provides a quality opportunity to teach important values to children. The decision to devote your resources and care to a cat sends a very clear message about the identity of a family and its underlying values. It is a great time to explore who you are as a family and what you stand for. It is through this process that a child learns things like, “We are a family with an important choice to make, and we are going to use the power of this choice to save a life.” This teaches kids about personal responsibility and their impact on the greater good as they make choices in life. Children need to feel they can impact their world. We need to give them opportunities to do so in positive, pro-social ways. Adopting and caring for an animal can plant the seeds for that ethic. Kids learn responsibility by feeding and caring for a cat’s routine needs. Children with cats display improved impulse control, social skills and self-esteem. And for emerging readers, reading to a cat is an easy way to feel comfortable.
6. Rescues Have Plenty of Purebred Cats for Adoption - If you have your heart set on a specific breed of cat for adoption, before you check out a breeder or pet store, why not search cats for adoption from a breed rescue organization? 25% of all cats in a shelter are purebred cats. There are also lots of cat breed rescue groups that specialize in a particular breed of cat. Don't be fooled into thinking that cat shelters and cat rescues are filled with cat for adoption that were discarded because they're "bad". Shelter cats for adoption are wonderful companions who became the victims of family tragedy, unlucky circumstances or irresponsible owners. Did you know that many backyard cat breeders and pet stores who supply the majority of purebreds simply are selling inbred cats without care for preventing genetic problems? Mixed cat breeds have less inbreeding, generally less inherited genetic disease, and therefore overall lower vet bills and happier cats! And the best place to find a mixed breed cat is at a rescue, SPCA, humane society or cat shelter.
7. Rescues Are Best at Finding the Right Cat for You – Cat Rescues are very careful to make sure their cats for adoption go to the best homes for cat and owner. Each organization has its own application and screening process for potential adopters. Since cat rescues really get to know their cats for adoption, they are able to match you up with the perfect companion for you. Volunteers also follow up with you after the adoption to make sure everything's going well. They can help you get through any rough spots by offering training tips and other advice. Adopting from a cat rescue group has another benefit: if, for some reason, things don't work out with your new friend, most cat rescues will take the pet back, saving you a lot of heartache and headache. Each cat rescue has its own process for screening pets; this process is designed to make sure you end up with the right cat for your family. In an effort to help people make good choices when they adopt a cat, many rescues even specialize in small cats, some rescue only giant breeds. There are thousands of cat rescue groups devoted to a particular breed of cat too!
8. Some Rescue Cats are Already Well Trained for a Home – Even though living in a cat rescue isn’t ideal, most rescues (and some shelters) are helping the cat in more ways than just keeping it alive. Cats for adoption can be socialized with other animals that help make them friendlier with all types of animals. Many rescue organizations use foster homes, where puppies and kittens for adoption are socialized with children and other cats and cats, and given basic obedience training before they go to their new homes. This makes the transition to your home much easier for both cat and owner. Something else to point out, many cats for adoption in shelters and humane societies are already housebroken, trained and ready to go! Sometimes this is on behalf of the hard working shelter volunteers, and foster care givers, or it is because the animal has already lived in a home and understands basic household rules like using the bathroom outside, or not jumping onto furniture.
9. The Myths of Cats for Adoption - Did you know that most cats are homeless due to know fault of their own? It is a common myth that all cats for adoption in shelters and rescues are damaged in some way. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Cat shelters and rescues are full of happy, healthy highly adoptable cats just waiting for someone to take them home. Most cats for adoption are given up when their prior owner could no longer afford them, got divorced, had a death in the family or other unexpected change in their family situation, or didn’t realize how much time & attention a pet deserves and needs. Unfortunately, the numbers are compounded by a surplus of cats bred for profit: millions of adoptable cats for adoption are killed each year due to overpopulation. By adopting a cat from a rescue or a shelter, not only are you saving that cat, you're either making room in the rescue so they can save another cat from a shelter, or making room at the shelter itself. As you can see, cat adoption is truly a continuous cycle of saving lives, and it's the humane thing to do! Thank you for considering cats for adoption, and please help us debunk the myth of homeless cats in the future.