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Are You Really Ready To Adopt A Cat?
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Questions To Ask Yourself

  • Are You Financially Prepared for a Cat?  If you have children, you want to care for them the best way you can.  A new cat will be much like having a new child in the family. This means you need to be prepared for the costs of caring for a cat.

  • Are there children younger than five years old in the home? Tots usually love kitties, but if you bring a very young kitten into your home you may find them loving it to death--literally. Alternately, the kitten could inflict some painful scratches. You'd be better off either getting an older cat that's been around children, or waiting a couple of years.

  • Is your silk chair or your new off-white carpet extremely important to you?  Face it, cats need scratching exercise, and guess where they'll head first, lacking an approved scratching surface? A good scratching post and regular nail clipping is a must. So is a clean litter box and the necessary training for kitty to use it. It is critical that you are willing to make the commitment to provide your cat with the necessities, and to put your cat ahead of furniture and other inanimate objects. Stuff happens. Are you willing to live with it? Or will you consider "getting rid of the cat" at the first sign of trouble?

  • Are you planning on declawing your cat so you don’t have to worry about ruined furniture?  Please think again!  Declawing is actually the surgical removal of the first knuckle of each toe. Whether done with a guillotine tool or by laser, it is extremely painful, dangerous to the cat and patently inhumane. You may find declawed cats at the shelter, and they are there because they came to us that way.  The shelter WILL NOT declaw cats.

  • Will an adult be responsible for the necessary care?  This is a serious consideration. Pets are fine for teaching children responsibility, but there should always be an adult around to supervise and make sure the necessary jobs are done every day.

  • Will you have time to be "family" to the cat?  Contrary to popular opinion, cats are very social animals and love attention from their humans. Your bond with your cat will last for a lifetime. A lonely, neglected cat will soon find all kinds of mischief with which to amuse herself. Also contrary to popular opinion (among cats), you don't have to be a slave to her, but 15 minutes a day of play time and petting will make the difference between a happy cat and a nuisance.

  • Are you willing to spend the money necessary?  If you're acquiring a new family member (and this is how you should view your new arrival), she will come with responsibilities and their attendant costs. You wouldn't neglect your children's health and neither will you want to neglect kitty's medical needs.

  • Are you prepared to keep your cat indoors only?  There are too many hazards to the outdoor life for cats to list here, however they far exceed any benefits you may perceive of outdoor life for cats.

  • Is your place big enough for a cat?  This is a frequently asked question.  The easy answer is that a cat can live very comfortably in a studio apartment, given the right conditions.