Other area shelters may have pets available for adoption.
It’s not always the right time in your life to adopt a cat. Even though cats need less time every day than a dog does, these animals still need a commitment of time, attention, and care. Consider the cost and responsibility before you take a cat home. Sometimes even a cat-lover needs to wait until a different time to bring home a kitty.
Here are some issues to consider before you adopt:
Commitment: Most cats live about 18 years. Are you and your family prepared to make this long commitment to the animal you are now adopting? Pet ownership also includes responsibilities for veterinary care and other things necessary for the pet to lead a comfortable, happy life.
Lifestyle: Cats need time and attention every day. You need to clean out your kitty’s litter box at least once a day. It’s important for you to select an animal with a personality and with care and exercise needs that fit your family's lifestyle. If you have questions about which animal might make the best pet for you, please consult with our animal care technician.
Behavior: It can take an adjustment period for our cats to settle into a new home. Remember, these are animals that have been through a lot. Please be prepared for the possible necessity to deal with scratching or house soiling during the time the animal is adjusting to your home. All of these behaviors are easily correctable, but a commitment is required on your part, as the new owner, to have patience with your new pet.
Expense: Pet ownership comes with some built-in expenses. Consider the following expenses and how they could affect your household budget:
- Veterinary expenses
- Kitty litter
- Kitty litter boxes
- Scratching post
Health: Even generally healthy animals may have expensive veterinary bills during their lifetimes.
Your Home: Before you adopt a cat, think about where you live. If you’re renting, does your property manager allow pets? Is there a pet deposit? Is there a limit on the number of pets?
Children/other Household Members/Other Pets: Not every cat is a great match for young children. Steer away from cats that may be too rambunctious or too shy to be a good pet for a young family. Similarly, if there is a frail elderly or disabled family member, be sure to look for a gentle kitty. Ask yourself if any of your family members are allergic to pets, have a fear of animals, or just don’t enjoy being with animals. We recommend that all family members meet the cat before you decide to adopt.
Remember, adopting a pet is a big and important decision. Make it carefully and deliberately.