And I sure love shelter cats. My husband and I adopted our cat Pippa from the Boulder Humane Several about 10 years. Pippa has brought us so much joy over the past decade (and I am happy to report she is still going strong!).
Keep reading this blog post to see how you can prepare to adopt a shelter cat (and check out the feline fotos!).
Time to run to the pet store! Items you will need: litterbox(es), litter, food and water bowls, food, a scratching post, toys, a bed, nail clippers, a brush, collar and tag. (Our cats just sleep on the bed, so we skipped that, but we use every other item on this list.)
Scan your space and remove dangerous items like lilies and yarn.
(Side note: Trust me, you never want to play around with cats and lilies. I thought my cat Harry may have gotten his paws on some years ago–he was eating part of a gifted bouquet that had lilies in it before I knew how dangerous they are. He got sick after, I discovered the dangers, and I braced for the worst. Luckily he is still here today, my little purring neck warmer.)
Get your cat to the vet for a post-adoption exam. (And def def def do this before introduce your cat to other cats/pets in the home!)
Already have pets? Figure out where you can seclude your new buddy (in a happy, comfy room) while everyone slowly gets to meet each other. Introduce the animals via scent. Give all animals much attention and make sure all parties feel safe and loved!
Before picking out your cat, discuss what kind of pet personality would fit in best with your current family members. Shelter staff should be able to give you insight into personality.
Also, unless you want to feed your cat, scoop litter, run to pet store, take your cat to the vet…discuss what family member will take on what animal task to avoid any resentments or fighting.
I have had far too many photo sessions with terminally ill cats and dogs. Capture your new friend when they are healthy! Of course, let them get comfortable your home. If they are social, friendly, curious, consider hiring me to take photos of your friend! Inquire today.
Do you have other questions or else more ideas on how to prepare to adopt a shelter cat? Ask or share away in the comments.
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