With thousands of cats nationwide waiting to be adopted, there is a cat out there for you. Every cat is different and will bring into your home its own personality and set of needs. Before you adopt a cat, take some time to consider these tips.
Do a personality assessment. Whether you are a couch potato or a thrill seeker, think through what type of cat would best fit your own personality and lifestyle. Each cat will have different energy levels and will require different time commitments. Try researching cat breed types, and then ask questions of the shelter or rescue operation that has a cat you would consider adopting. The staff should be able to give you additional details on an individual cat's personality and the time commitment they may require once you get them home. The age of the cat will also be a huge factor in the cat's personality and temperament.
Do your homework. Don't rush into cat ownership. Your home and family should both be carefully considered before you adopt a cat. Renters should research their lease's pet policies and the additional deposits that may be associated with a cat. Make sure family or close friends who visit your home often are not allergic to animals. If you have additional pets, then precautions may need to be taken before you take your new cat home. The more you prepare your home and family, the easier time your new cat will have transitioning to your home.
Find out health and medical history. For kittens and adult cats, health and medical history should be considered. Make sure required shots and vaccines are up to date and that age-appropriate cats have been spayed or neutered. If the cat you want has additional health concerns, do not be dismayed. Cats that require medications or additional health care may require a larger time commitment but can still make great companions. Only you will be able to determine how each cat's health will work with your schedule and lifestyle.
Consider the cost of ownership. Before taking a new cat home, you will need to buy several pet supplies, including cat food, ID tags, and a litter box. Optional cat supplies, such as toys, treats, beds, and scratching posts, can help keep your cat active and entertained. Veterinarian visits, both routine and the occasional emergency, will add additional costs, but these will depend on the individual cat. Consider purchasing pet insurance to help offset future medical costs for your cat. Then plan ahead and make sure your budget will be able to accommodate a cat.
Enjoy the process. Adopting a cat can enhance your life. By taking the time to prepare and ask the right questions, you will avoid future problems. Once the adoption is finalized, have fun with your new kitty. Take time to play and socialize with your cat every day. With a long life expectancy, your cat can bring you and your home fun and surprises for years to come.