Adopting A Cat? Be Prepared!

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Adopt-a-Cat Month

It’s June- which means it’s officially Adopt-a-Cat month from the American Humane Society! What better way to celebrate than to adopt a new furry friend who needs a permanent home? With help from the American Humane Society, we’ve prepared a condensed list of the most important things you should know before adopting a new kitten.

  • Each cat is unique in their personality, just like humans are. It’s important to try to find a cat with a personality that best matches what you’re looking for. You can ask for help from the adoption counselor from whichever adoption center you’re looking for your new furry friend at.
  • Make sure you have a veterinarian picked out before you officially adopt a new kitten. Within the first few days after you adopt, you’ll want to have an appointment scheduled to make sure your new kitten is healthy. It’s also important to bring any medical records you may have been given from the adoption center with you to the appointment.
  • If you have multiple people living at your home, make sure everyone is ready for a new addition to the family. If you already have some furry friends at home, be sure to talk with the adoption center on how to make a proper and safe introduction.
  • It’s important to have a budget set aside for all the expenses related to a new kitten. Along with this, be sure to ask the adoption center if your cat has been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped for identification.
  • Be certain you have all of the supplies the new kitten may need before his/her arrival. This way when the cat arrives they’ll feel at home right away. In addition to this, make sure your home is safe for the kitten by cat-proofing your home. Secure any loose items and make sure there are not any electric cords out for them to chew on.
    • Along with supplies, it’s important to have a litter box to make them aware of where they’re suppose to go to the bathroom. We’ve detailed an amazing litter box by Purina, as long as other essential items for kittens to have in their new home. Check out that article here.
  • Don’t overwhelm the kitten when they first arrive to their new home, it can take several weeks for a cat to become comfortable. Remember the saying “Slow and steady wins the race.”

To check out the completed and more detailed list, visit the American Humane Society’s website here.

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    Thanks for the tip about how I can consult an counselor of a pet adoption organization to find a cat that best suits my personality. I’ve been feeling lonely ever since my roommate moved out due to a job opportunity in a different city. I think having a pet for companionship wouldn’t be so bad especially during these times when people are expected to stay home most days.

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