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Adopting A Shelter Cat

August 1, 2019
Are you considering bringing a new feline friend into your household? You definitely have our support! We always love seeing cats go to loving homes. However, while we’re happy to see any kitty get adopted, we especially love seeing shelter cats get second chances. Below, a Fayetteville, NY vet discusses adopting shelter cats.

Spend Time With Fluffy

Choosing from a variety of adorable furry faces can be difficult. Before making a final decision, spend a few minutes with your new feline buddy. Your heart will tell you if you’ve found your cat!

Make The Commitment

Adopting a pet is a huge commitment. It’s extremely traumatic for cats to change homes and owners. Make sure that you’re ready, willing, and able to care for Fluffy for the rest of her life.

Offer Kitty Luxuries

It isn’t hard to make your home fun, comfortable, and inviting for a cat. Start by setting out lots of plush beds and hiding spots. Fluffy will also appreciate some cat furniture, such as a kitty tower, as well as a comfy window seat with a good view. Last but not least, put out some pet-safe plants for her to sniff at and nibble on. (Tip: check the ASPCA site here for suggestions.)

Don’t Force Attention

Cats are very ‘purrticular’ about when and how they want to be petted, and for how long. While some kitties are little cuddle-bugs that will immediately hop into your lap, others are more aloof. No matter what end of that spectrum Fluffy falls on, be sure to let her choose when snuggle time starts and stops.

Meet The Vet

One of the first things on your agenda should be a trip to the vet. Although shelter kitties are typically fixed and current on their vaccinations and wellness care, you’ll want to get Fluffy examined thoroughly. If she hasn’t been microchipped, get this done as well.

Purr Activation

Fluffy may need time to adjust. Set her up in a quiet spot with bedding, food, and a litterbox, and just let her relax. To get your furry pal’s little motor going, talk to her, play with her, and offer her lots of toys and treats. It’s truly a wonderful feeling to know that you’ve saved a kitty’s life! Please contact us, your Fayetteville, NY animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your new cat. We’re here to help!