What You Need to Know Before Adopting a Cat

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What You Need to Know Before Adopting a Cat

Are you thinking of adding a furry friend to your family? Congratulations on taking the first step in considering cat adoption. As you know, cats across the country are eagerly waiting for their perfect family and adopting a pet from a local shelter is a great way to support your community.

Like many important life decisions, it’s crucial to prepare ahead of time so you can focus on enjoying time with your new cat upon his or her arrival. Here are some tips to help you prepare for feline adoption.

Do your research

We have an abundance of reputable pet shelters in our area to choose from. Once you identify your adoption center of choice, start getting to know the cats! Most shelters have visiting hours and we recommend getting to know the cats on multiple occasions before making a choice. Just like your family, each cat has a unique personality so you owe it to you both to find the one that best suits you.

Prepare before bringing your cat home

After picking up your new kitty, the last thing you want to do is run into the store for cat food and litter while leaving your new pet, that is likely to be scared, alone in the car. Take time to prepare supplies in advance. Visit a local pet shop to pick up a litter box, food and water bowls, food, scratching posts, a bed, nail clippers and toys.

Schedule a veterinary exam within the first week

The shelters in our area do a great job of preparing pets for their new homes. However, we still recommend visiting a veterinarian within the first week to not only ensure that there are no underlying illnesses, but to establish a strong relationship with your clinic of choice early on. Your new veterinarian can also help you establish a care routine that will help your new pet live a long, happy life.

Take it slow with existing pets

While your pets will be excited to meet their new family members, a new cat may be a bit too overwhelmed the first day to meet other pets that may live in the house. It can take weeks for some cats to feel at east in a new environment, so take it slow. Cats can also be territorial creatures, so make new introductions on neutral ground if you already have felines in your home.

Adopting a cat not only helps a local cat in need, but will surely bring you and your family years of joy. Even after the initial visit, remember that routine veterinary exams help keep your pets healthy. Feel free to reach out to the Butte Oroville staff if you ever have any questions. And we encourage you to share photos of your new furry family member – we love a happy ending!

Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014