At Best Friends Pet Care, we celebrate cat adoption year-round. But, we do an extra celebration in June for National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. All month long, we will be showcasing adoptable, lovable cats that are available for adoption near our center locations. If you are interested in adopting a shelter cat for the first time, there are a few things you need to know before you bring your kitty home.
1. Cats need attention
There is a common myth that cats don’t need as much attention as dogs. This may be true for some cats, but cats still need playtime, cuddle time and love just like any other pet. This is especially crucial when you first bring home your new cat. If you have a busy schedule, full-work day or are traveling a lot during the first month of cat parenthood, you might want to consider adopting two cares so they can keep each other company.
2. Your cat will need time to adjust
Most shelters keep cats in cages or small spaces, so introducing them to a large new house might be scary. Keep your new cat in one room with their litter box, food and toys. This gives your cat some time to adjust to new smells, sounds and roommates (other pets). Also, limit
3. Cats like routine
Ask the shelter what type of kitty litter and food they were feeding your cat. This will help your cat adjust to its new environment over time.
4. Your new cat needs to go to the vet immediately
Even if your new furry family has all its shots, has been neutered/spayed and appears to be in good health, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian for a wellness check. Your new cat could have allergies from the new environment or have developed worms before leaving the shelter.