Thinking about adopting a cat? Your cat will depend on you throughout its life – around 15 years, with proper care. So it’s important to factor in a budget for visits to the vet and other costs before adopting a cat. That budget includes the cost of cat food, cat litter and scoops and other accessories to make your cat’s life comfortable.
“You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.”
– Colonial proverb
Adopting a Cat – Kitten or Adult?
This can be a difficult choice! A kitten will be a member of your household for a long time and you can’t be sure what personality it will have when it becomes an adult. It might be better to consider getting an adult cat. Adults have already developed their personalities — you’ll know what you are getting.
Adult cats easily adapt to a new home. And they get attached to their new owner as easily as a kitten. Gender doesn’t matter because their behavior is not dependent on male or female. Either way, neutered and spayed cats make pleasant companions.
You can be assured when adopting a cat from any good animal shelter. They will have healthy cats available, no doubt. Adopting a cat from a shelter means you saved him or her from death.
After Adopting a Cat -What’s Next?
Your cat needs to feel pampered. That, by itself, can cost a pretty penny. But let’s talk about promoting their health and well being…
- Encourage your cat to drink plenty of water. A drinking fountain for your adopted cat that re-circulate water and provide fresh tasting filtered water is a great idea. Like humans, pets require water as a vital element for survival. Water constitutes approximately 70% of a cat’s (or dog’s) body.
- Besides feeding your cat, you need to provide mental and physical stimulation. Help keep them active and happy. A ball dispensing cat nip or any other small treat once in 2 to 4 hours (times are preset – depending upon the needs of your cat). This is one of the accessories that your cat will enjoy and it’s fun to watch him or her plays and eat.
- To make your cat enjoy the outdoors along with you, consider buying a pet stroller or a cat harness.
- Vaccinations will help protect your cat from various diseases.
- And last but not least, remember to keep your cat healthy by changing the litter box frequently.
For more information about adopting a cat in the Los Angeles / San Fernando Valley area of California, go here. If you are outside of this area, just enter your zip code in the box provided.