Consider Adopting a Shelter Cat
Deciding to have a cat is a more important decision than many people realize, which is why there are so many shelter cats, millions of which are killed annually in the United States. Their owners didn’t know what they were getting into. Nor what they were getting their new feline friend into.
You may be inclined to a pure breed kitten and think you won’t find what you are looking for in a shelter cat, but think again. Many pure-breds end up in shelters and every Spring thousands of kittens end up there. In the ‘no-kill’ shelters they are safe but many shelters are not ‘no-kill’ and for cats and dogs incarcerated there it is not a lot different from being on death row. So if you are thinking of getting a cat, why not take a look at a few of your local shelters? You may find just what you want and end up saving the life of one desperately in need kitty.
What factors should you consider when adopting a shelter cat? The adoption fees for your shelter cat are likely to include vaccinations and spaying or neutering, but be sure that you can afford the long term costs of your new cat. Cats require regular check ups from the vet and booster shots to stay healthy. Daily long term maintenance costs must also be considered such as food, food bowls, cat fountain, litter box and cat litter. Make sure your home is safe for your cat by removing poisonous plants and choking hazards.
Prepare your home and your budget for your shelter cat before you adopt. Both you and your kitty will be much happier for it!
To learn more about cat adoption, visit the American Humane Association’s shelter cat adoption page.