So You’ve Decided to Adopt a Cat…
You’ve made a great decision! Now comes the daunting task of choosing. Most people instinctively think of bringing home a little kitten with blue eyes. I mean, who wouldn’t want a cute, cuddly kitten, right? Everyone does, and most rescues have all of their kittens reserved before they are even ready to leave their mothers.
The majority of cats in rescues and shelters aren’t kittens, however. Most of them are over 6 months old and have passed the point of being cute, cuddly kittens with blue eyes. These cats were once loved by someone, and through no fault of their own, wound up deserted and alone. What about them? The reality is that these cats are going to wait an average of 6 months in foster care before being adopted. And what about the cats in kill shelters? They aren’t as lucky. Adult cats have the highest euthanasia rate in Quebec, and are referred to as ‘the ghosts’ of the shelter world.
A few things to consider before adopting a cat:
1. LOOKS AREN’T EVERYTHING!
If you are looking on the Internet for your cat, make sure to read every cat’s profile before falling in love with a particular photo. Instead of focusing on one specific physical trait (ex. only orange tabby) pay more attention to each cat’s personality traits (ex. great with children). It is very important the cat you chose fits well into your lifestyle, and not the other way around. Make a list, and start visiting the cats!
2. BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL!
Potential adopters often overlook black cats. Black fur is hard to photograph, which makes promoting them over the Internet challenging. Most of the time black cats have to wait a lot longer to be adopted than their colorful bothers and sisters. Make sure to ask the rescue you are adopting from if they have any black cats and take the time to see if any of them might be a match. Don’t discriminate, because every cat deserves a happy ending!
4.TWO CATS ARE BETTER THAN ONE!
Sometimes certain cats form special bonds, which make them inseparable. These cats are fostered together and are always adopted out as a pair. Unfortunately, not many people chose to adopt two adult cats at the same time. While having two cats may seem like double the work, this is actually not true. Bonded pairs adapt faster to new environments because they are more confident, and find comfort in being together. While cats aren’t pack animals, they do benefit strongly from the company of another cat!
5. WHAT ABOUT MOM?
Many people that chose to adopt two cats opt for two kittens, but what about mom? Instead of adopting two kittens from the same litter, why not adopt the mom with one of her kittens? They are already bonded, and mom will be able to set a great example for the kitten, making your job a lot easier. Don’t leave mom behind!
Remember, rescuing a cat is saving a life. No matter which cat you chose to adopt, you are a hero!