December 21, 2018

How To Adopt A Cat

So you ready to get in a cat as a pet. Do you know the proper procedures on how to adopt a cat? If not, the following information will be helpful to those of you who are interested in adopting one.

Before adopting a cat, make sure you fully understand what you are getting into. Besides that, you will also need to have the basic knowledge and skills in order to take good care of your new pet. You need to be ready; otherwise, you may run into issues down the road.

To check if you are ready, first ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you want a cat as a pet?
  • Do you have time to take care of your pet?
  • Do you have enough money to take care of your pet?
  • Do you have enough space at home for a cat.
  • Is anyone at home allergic to cats?
  • What are the costs involved in adoption?
  • Which cat breed should I get?
  • Will the cat be able to acclimatize to my home?

There are many other questions that you seriously need to ask yourself before making the final decision. However, the way you answer these questions will give you a good gauge whether you are ready for a pet cat. If you are ready, move on to the next section.

Where To Adopt
Animal shelters, humane societies and rescue organizations are normally the places you can adopt a pet cat. If not, you can check around with your personal network to if anyone has any cat for adoption. Another option is to look for it online. However, you have to be extremely careful as some are scams to make you pay a high price for the cat.

Animal shelters and humane societies are the go to and the best places for adoption if you are ready for a cat. By adopting a cat from these places, you are helping to save one more cat’s life. If you are not aware, cats in these places will be euthanize if they are not adopted within a time frame. Please adopt one from one of these places if you are ready.

There are fees involved if you are getting a cat from a humane society or animal shelter. The fees are usually around $40 to $60 although the fees can be much higher if the cat receives more treatments and vaccinations. Micro-chipping can be done for additional costs.

If you are getting a cat from your personal network, it is good to check with the person whether are there any fees involved. Most of the time, the cat will be given to you and your costs will be a visit to the vet for a health check and vaccinations.

If you are getting a cat from an online ad, be very careful. Communicate clearly with the owner to see what are the fees involved. In genuine cases, the fees will be the costs for treatments and vaccinations plus a bit extra to compensate for the owner’s time. If the owner is asking for an exorbitant or ridiculous amount, you can drop the idea of getting from him.

What To Expect
Sometimes, adopting a cat will be very different from buying one from breeders or pet stores. Most of the cats, especially for those in animal shelters, humane societies and rescue organizations are pets that either have been previously abandoned by their previous owners or have been mistreated in one way or another.

As a result, these cats may come with mental and physical problems. Certainly, most of these cats may appear normal, but while the physical scars may heal, mental scars may take a much longer time. You will not know whether what sort of problems you will face, but just be mentally prepared to tackle any issues down the road. If you do not want any hassles, you may want to check with their handlers about their past histories and well being to ensure the cat you are bringing home is alright.

Adopting a cat is very easy. Just make sure you are ready, find the best place to adopt one and making sure the cat that you are bringing home is healthy. After that, it is a matter of you taking good care of your new pet and getting your cat acclimatized to its new surroundings.

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