Adopting a cat (or two) can be a rewarding experience and they will provide years of love and enjoyment if you’re prepared for, and committed to caring for it for the next 15 to 20 years. You need to ensure that the pet you’re considering is going to be in a safe environment, that you’ll be fully committed to getting it the proper medical care and setting aside time to play with it as well. It’s important that you read up on what it takes to raise a cat as well as considerations to make before you adopt. Following are 5 things you need to know before adopting your cat.
1. First and foremost, before you adopt make sure the cat has been spayed or neutered, or have it done yourself; it will make them much more manageable and keep them from going into heat and breeding. There are far too many homeless cats in the world that end up feral and unadoptable, and this wouldn’t be a problem if more people took spaying or neutering seriously.
2. If you’re adopting out of the goodness of your heart, then you’ll want to consider adopting the cats that are less likely to get chosen. This means older cats, black cats, shy cats, and those with manageable health issues. These cats might be just as sweet as the others, and in most cases already trained, but they are often overlooked because of these traits.
3. Remember that cat’s don’t understand what you’re trying to convey in most cases so it’s hard for them to wrap their mind around what punishment is. This is why rewarding cats with treats is a great way to train them around your home.
4. Leave the whiskers out of this! Cats’ whiskers help them navigate and even a trim can end up throwing off their balance.
5. While no animal likes to be left alone, cat’s are often less destructive than dogs if left alone for the day making them a great option for people that work out of the home.
Cats are sweet, smart and lovable. While they are a lot of work at times (but they’re easier to potty train than dogs), they are still one of the most independent pets out there. Make sure you’re ready for the responsibility but don’t forget that owning a cat is an extremely rewarding experience. Adopting a cat, helping it adjust to your home, and raising it, while a bit time consuming at first will be well worth the effort, and you’ll have your new loyal and intelligent cat purring in no time.