28 Aug 2018

Getting Ready for a Cat Adoption

On the Day of the Adoption

When you come to one of the Pick Me! SC adoption sites, remember to bring a carrier for your new pet. You will also want to have food and water bowls, litter and litterboxes ready at your house. Toys, cat trees, treats, and love are a great combination to help your new cat to adjust to the new environment. Some of the adoption sites will have these items available for sale, but you may want to call ahead to be sure. 

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Adopting a Cat

When adopting, you are making a commitment to care for an animal for the rest of his life—that could mean 10 to 15 years for dogs and up to 20 years for cats. As you go through lifestyle changes such as moves, the birth of children and new jobs, your animal will remain a permanent part of your life. If circumstances change, will you still be able to care for your pet?

Picking the Right Cat for You

Cats are known to be graceful, athletic, playful, sensitive and affectionate.

  • Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat.
  • Cats can be very independent. Make sure everyone knows that the fun begins only after the cat feels safe and her needs are met.
  • Once you’re sure everyone is ready for feeding, litter changing and grooming, you can divvy up chores among family members so everyone is prepared to care for kitty before she arrives.
  • As with dogs, it’s important to have your new feline friend spayed or neutered.
  • Put a cozy bed for your pet in every room. Pets are much more likely to keep off of furniture if they have attractive alternatives.
  • If you have a cat, try putting double-sided sticky tape or upside-down carpet runners on furniture to discourage her from scratching.
  • Avoid vertical blinds, pooling drapery, ornate tassels and long cords that can become strangulation hazards.
  • If you have cats, be sure to install high-quality metal screens on all windows.
  • Provide your new cat with a variety of scratching posts and perches.
  • Check to make sure that plants in and around your home are not poisonous to pets.

This article is courtesy of ASPCA.