Adopting a Cat: Tips on Getting Started

Adding a new member to your family can be exciting and a little overwhelming, especially when it’s a furry friend. If you’re considering adopting a cat, our veterinarians at Mobivet Veterinary Clinic have some helpful tips to get you started.

Choose The Cat That Suits Your Lifestyle & Personality:

Cats can bring affection, fun, and companionship to your household. When thinking about adopting a feline friend, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Every cat has a unique personality, so it’s crucial to meet and get to know your potential pet beforehand. Starting your search online can give you an idea of the cats available for adoption. Many shelters provide names, pictures, ages, and behaviour profiles for the cats they have.

Cats benefit from companionship, whether from another cat or a different pet. They need exercise, mental stimulation, social interaction, and affection. Adopting two bonded cats (who are very attached and shouldn’t be separated) can ensure they provide companionship to each other.

Consider the cat’s age when deciding which one to adopt:

Kittens (less than 1 year old)

  • Playful, curious, and energetic
  • Easier to introduce to other animals in the home
  • More adaptable to grooming routines (nail clipping, teeth-cleaning, baths)
  • Adorable

Juveniles (1 – 3 years old)

  • Still playful and curious but more settled than kittens
  • Great for those wanting a playful cat without the challenges of kittenhood
  • Adorable

Adults (3 – 11 years old)

  • Personalities are well-established, so you know what to expect
  • Often good at adapting to new environments with proper support
  • Adorable

Seniors (11+ years old)

  • Often very affectionate and playful into old age
  • Ideal for those seeking a quiet companion
  • Adorable

How To Prepare For Your New Cat

  • To ensure a smooth transition for your new cat, take these steps:
  • Prepare your household: Make sure everyone in your home is ready for a new cat. Visiting your local shelter with family or friends who will be living with the cat can help.
  • Budget accordingly: Pets come with ongoing costs for food, litter, and toys. Shelters often cover initial services like spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and microchipping.
  • Inform your vet: Let your veterinarian know you’re adopting a cat and schedule a check-up within the first few days. Bring any adoption paperwork and medical records to this appointment.
  • Get your space ready: Set up a litter box, food and water bowls, scratching posts, toys, a bed, a grooming brush, a toothbrush, and pet nail clippers.
  • Cat-proof your home: Keep food covered, secure electrical cords, and keep small items out of reach.

Bringing Your Cat Into The Family

Be patient as you introduce your new cat to friends and family. This adjustment period can vary; some cats need more time to acclimate to a new home. If your home is busy or your cat is shy, consider setting up a quiet room with their essentials. Patience will help your cat feel at home on their own terms.

Taking Care of Your Cat

Once your new feline companion is settled, maintain their health with regular vet visits, a nutritious diet, and plenty of love and attention.

NOTE: The advice provided in this post is for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet’s condition, please schedule an appointment.

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