Adopt a Cat
- Adopting a Full Grown Cat

Want to Adopt a Cat? Why not apply to an animal shelter to find the perfect feline to share your life with.

One of the very good reasons for adopting from a shelter is to save a cat's life.

It's sad but it's a fact that each year thousands of perfectly lovable, and loving, cats are humanely killed in shelters because people often think only of getting a kitten.

Kittens are delightful, of course, and also deserve to be well cared for. But there are many reasons why you may instead consider adopting an adult cat.

When you adopt a cat from a shelter their staff can help you choose a cat that is right for you and your family. Often the shelter will know something of the cat's history.

They may know if the cat gets along with young children, if it is used to sharing a home with many cats, or other pets, or if it is accustomed to being the only cat in the house.

Is Cat Adoption Right For You?

When you approach a shelter hoping to adopt a cat you will be subjected to a screening process to ensure your suitability.

This is not because the shelter wants to stand in the way of you adopting a cat, but because they have to be as sure as they can that they only allow the cats into the care of people with the skills, commitment and ability to properly care for a pet.

gray catThere are many beautiful adult cats waiting in shelters to be adopted.
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Shelters vary in the exact information that they require but it is likely they will want to know if you have other pets or have kept pets in the past.

If so they will want to know which veterinarian you use, or used, and whether you intend to use this veterinarian with the cat you adopt.

It is likely the shelter will check out the reference.

It is probable that you will be asked if you own or rent your home. If you rent, the shelter will want to contact your landlord to ensure that you have permission to keep a cat.

You may be asked for details of everyone who shares your home and their ages and relationship to you. You may also be asked if everyone who shares your home is happy with your decision to adopt a cat.

The shelter may insist that you agree not to declaw the cat that you are adopting.

You will likely be asked questions to determine if you realize cat adoption is a commitment for life and that you are willing to provide adequate food, fresh water and shelter daily and on a consistent basis.

You may also be asked questions to determine if you understand, and can afford, the costs involved in caring for a cat, including veterinary care.

Be honest when answering questions, whether asked verbally or on a form. Think about the sort of things that you are likely to be asked ahead of time.

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If you adopt a cat that is fully grown you know what you've got, both in looks and personality.

Remember that shelters are keen for you to adopt a cat, but want to be sure that the animal is released to someone who will not only love it, but is also capable of taking care of it.

Many shelters report that black cats are often passed over for re-homing simply because of the superstitions that some people have about them. By adopting a black cat you can share your home with a beautiful feline that most likely well behaved and, of course, in no way sinister.

Adopt a Cat of Maturity

An older cat is likely to be calmer than a kitten. They are likely to allow you to pet and stroke them without biting and scratching at your hands as a young kitten would.

A full grown cat will not have the excess energy of a kitten, will not be as mischievous and accident prone.

Mature cats may be the best option for life in a home where the humans are out for most of the day. Adopt a cat from a shelter and they may well be able to tell you if the feline is accustomed to that sort of lifestyle.

An energetic kitten on the other hand could get into all kinds of trouble while learning to be alone for part of the day.

A kitten may not be the best choice for a home with young children. Young kids are often unintentionally rough when playing with cats or kittens.

Older cats are apt to be more tolerant with kids and would likely walk away if the playing gets out of hand.

Kittens will not have learned to retract their claws when playing and will not know that biting is not allowed. (Young children should not be left to play with cats or kittens unsupervised.)

tabby and white catCats are in animal shelters for many reasons, most of them are perfectly good cats that make splendid pets.

Adopting a full grown cat means that your new pet knows how to use a litter box, knows how to use a scratching post, rather than scratch at your furniture, and is less likely to chew things such as electrical cords.

If you adopt a cat that is fully grown you know what you've got, both in looks and personality.

You may choose a kitten for adoption because it is lively and energetic and it may grow into a subdued cat.

Likewise a timid or laid back kitten may mature into an aggressive and assertive feline.

Why Are These Cats Available For Adoption?

So how do cats end up in shelters hoping for adoption, aren't they problem cats that don't make good pets? Cats are in animal shelters for many reasons, most of them are perfectly good cats that make splendid pets.

Some may have been heartlessly abandoned by their humans simply because the novelty of owning a pet has worn off.

Yet others have been reluctantly given to the shelter by owners who, for one reason or another, have been forced to move somewhere that does not allow pets. Some cats will be there because their humans have passed away, or have been hospitalized for a long term.

Cats that have strayed from home and do not have an identification tag, or have not been microchipped, so there is no way to return them to their owners also end up in animal shelters.

So too do feral cats – cats born in the wild and have never known a home. A feral cat can adapt to living with humans but caring for one is a difficult task.

You will not be asked to adopt a feline that has been living wild without being told that it is feral and unless both you and the shelter are confident you are capable of the task.

You may think that you will be short changing yourself by acquiring a pet that has already lived some of its life. The average age that domestic cats live to is increasing, adopt an adult cat and you are likely to have a loving companion for many years to come.

Cats of all types are available for adoption at animal shelters. Adopt a cat and share your life with a loving companion.  

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