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Having a Cat

Loving and caring for a cat for the rest of his or her life is a big commitment. We strongly encourage you to take a few minutes and ask yourself the following questions. In the end, you’ll be fully aware of your responsibility and can make an informed decision.

Why do you want a cat?

Sharing your home with a cat can be one of life’s greatest joys. However, cats do require time, affection, and financial resources. They develop very strong bonds with their guardians. Cats often do well in pairs, particularly if you are gone much of the day. It is important to pick a cat that fits your lifestyle and personality. Some people like cuddly cats, some people like talkative cats and some people like more independent cats. We have all types and ages of felines and can help you find the perfect furry friend(s).

Are you and your family ready for that responsibility now?

Having a cat in the family requires children who are mature enough to appropriately interact with it and be responsible (e.g., knowing not to squeeze them or pull tails). It means having the time to cuddle and play with your cat. If you’re a student, in the military or travel frequently for business (or pleasure), you might want to wait until you are more settled and have more time to spend with your cat. If you cannot commit to a permanent relationship because you fit into this category, consider fostering a cat or a litter of kittens. It saves lives, brings you joy and allows you to be a central part of helping your foster cat(s) find new, permanent homes.

Can you afford a cat?

The monetary costs of cat guardianship can vary and sometimes be quite high. Estimates range from $500.00 to $2,000.00 a year. Veterinary care, flea prevention, food, grooming, toys and other expenses add up quickly.

Are you allowed to have a cat where you live?

Many rental communities don’t allow pets, and those that do often have restrictions. Make sure you know if cats are allowed where you live. You will be required to have written permission from your landlord in order to adopt an animal from us. If your home comes furnished, be aware that certain items may be a little worse for wear when cats are young and learning to use their claws. Cats are trainable, however. (De-clawing is inhumane and not allowed under our adoption policies). Our behaviorists can give you tips to train your cat to use scratching posts.

Do you know where you’ll be living for the next 15 years?

That is, can you make the commitment to give a cat a home for life even if you’re unsure where you might move next? Can you commit to holding out until you find a rental that allows cats, should you have to move? One of the main reasons cats end up in shelters is because their guardian move. We always have cats that need fostering. Every foster home saves life/lives. This can be a great alternative to adoption. (For more information about moving with a pet, please check out our “How to Move with a Pet” page)

Who will care for your cat while you’re away?

You’ll need reliable friends, neighbors and family members, or the money to pay for a good boarding facility or pet-sitting service. Most importantly, are you ready to love, care for and nurture your new furry friend(s) for as long as they live? If so, please call us so that we can help you find a new feline companion.

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