June is national adopt a cat month! Plenty of kitties deserve loving homes in the Newmarket and Aurora area. Having a companion can be so great to keep you company and give a cat in need a wonderful new home.
To help bring attention to “Adopt a Cat Month” in Newmarket and Aurora, this blog is going to outline some handy tips to help you choose the perfect rescue cat for your family. We hope this can help you decide whether or not adopting a cat is what’s right for you and your family.
Is The Perfect Rescue Cat For Your Family An Adult Cat or a Kitten?
When looking to adopt the perfect rescue cat for your family, one thing to consider is the cat’s age. Kittens can be a handful as they adapt to their new homes and surroundings. They need plenty of playtime, love and attention. An adult cat may be more adjusted emotionally and even housebroken and trained! They may have an easier time settling into their new family.
Regardless, when you bring home your new kitty from an animal shelter, you must do everything you can to make the transition as smooth as possible. It would be best if you also considered what cat breed would suit your lifestyle. Do you have enough space in your home for a Maine Coon? Or, would you prefer a Blue Russian who doesn’t grow as big?
Evaluate Your Home Environment For Your New Feline Friend
One important thing to consider is how much time you have to dedicate to taking care of your new pet. If you have a busy family life, then you may need to re-evaluate whether or not you have the capacity to care for a new cat.
If you are at home often, with a relaxed and calm household, then a new docile kitty may be right for you. Some rescue cats may do well with families who have children in the home or other pets. It is essential to ask your local animal shelter questions about your potential new cats’ history and previous environment.
If you are their first owner, it may be easier for your cat to adapt to your current household as they don’t know anything different. If they came from a chaotic family where they could not be the centre of attention, then you may need to spend more time helping them adjust. Another thing to think about is whether or not your cat will be an indoor or outdoor cat. Take note of the security of your home. The last thing you want is for your new cat to find an escape route.
Consider The Necessary Supplies Needed, As Well As Costs.
When you’re ready to adopt a new cat from an animal shelter, the first expense to manage is the adoption fee that needs to be paid upfront. Your new pet will also need food, toys, bedding, a litter box, kitty litter, the list can go on! There are plenty of pet product shops around Aurora and Newmarket that you can visit to find what you need.
Each cat will have different nutritional needs. Finding the right food may be down to trial and error. You should also consider whether or not you want to spay or neuter your new kitten. Spaying and neutering have many health benefits for cats and can help control the cat population in Aurora and Newmarket. Lastly, they will need to be up to date on all their vaccinations to protect them from deadly diseases. Pet insurance may be another excellent investment to help you if your cat ever falls ill and needs medical attention.
Spend Some One-On-One Time With Your New Kitty
Once you have done a thorough walk-through of your local shelters and you find a cat who you connect with, spend some one-on-one time together. Most animal shelters have rooms, where you can spend some quiet time with the cat. It’s important to have a chance to get to know each other before you think about taking them home. Pay attention to the cat and how you react to each other. Are you able to pet the cat? Does the cat like being held? Do they flinch when you extend your hand towards them?
Some shelters can be very stressful environments for animals of all kinds. Whatever behaviours you see in the cat while you’re at the shelter may not be an accurate display of their true personality. What matters most is connecting with the cat to see yourself living a happy life with them. All new pets need time to feel safe and secure with their new owners.
The biggest takeaway from this blog is that we want to encourage you to adopt, not shop. So many owners obtain a cat but then return them to the shelters because they were unaware of what goes into taking care of a cat. We hope that all kitties who go into their new homes will stay there and live out long, happy lives!
Morag is the owner and founder of York Regions most trusted premier in-home pet care and dog walking companies. In 2000 she saw a need for an alternative to kennels, catteries for family pets in the area and has always believed that pets are much happier and less stressed staying in their own familiar environment. Morag and her team are all certified in Pet 1st Aid and CPR, she also offers continuous training to her team members through online and hands on pet care and pet behaviour and care courses. Morag has earned her certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Professional Dog Walking and Canine Attendant training. She has lived in the Newmarket/Aurora area since 1991 is a wife, a mother of 2 adult children and a grandmother of 2 delightful little balls of energy. She has also been owned by fish, birds, mice, rats, cats, dogs, gerbils and guinea pigs and is an advocate for all living creatures. In her spare time she likes to be involved in her community and events travelling, reading and cooking.