If you are a cat lover and are interested in adding to your family by getting a (or another) pet cat, your first port of call should be at any cat rescue or pet rescue centre run by the RSPCA. Each shelter that has pets available for rehoming always has plenty of cats available for adoption – the only difficulty in adopting one comes from having to choose from all of those looking for a new owner.
It can be very difficult to choose a cat. They all have their own personalities and you really do need to spend a bit of time with each cat in a cats’ rescue centre to be able to decide which one will settle into your family the quickest. Fortunately, staff at the RSPCA also always assess the cats in their care for temperament and personality and have as much detail as possible about each cat’s background. This mean that the signs put up outside each cat’s enclosure can tell potential adoptive owners whether that cat would do well with or without other cats or pets in the home, and whether they would suit a family with young children or a more mature family.
All of that information is also available on the RSPCA’s website, from which you can search for particular pets and breeds currently cared for in shelters close to you. Select your area or tap in your postcode and select the species in which you are interested in adopting – for instance, ‘cats’. Then go through the photographs and descriptions of all the matching cat and narrow down your search. Then you can arrange to visit the cats on your shortlist and talk to the staff at the shelter.
If you work and your home is often empty, it is often recommended that you adopt two cats together, to keep each other company. You will often find ‘bonded’ cats available to be adopted together. If you already have one cat and want another to keep it company, ask which cats might be suitable as not all cats react well to entering another cat’s territory.
There are occasionally purebred cats available for adoption, so if you have a particular breed in mind it is still worth making enquiries at your local cats’ rescue or pet rescue centres. You can ask to be contacted if a particular breed becomes available, or you can search nationally if you are prepared to travel to collect your cat.
Be absolutely sure, before you visit, that you are ready and able to adopt. You will need to be sure that you can provide for your cat’s needs for the rest of its life (cats can live well into their teens) and that includes buying cat food and litter (if you want an indoor cat) and paying for routine as well as any unexpected vet bills. You’ll also need to have your cat treated regularly for worms and fleas to keep your pet happy and healthy. Of course, if you adopt your cat then it will already have been neutered, vaccinated and treated for worms and fleas.
Be prepared and make your decision at home, because once you set foot in the shelter and meet the cats it will prove very, very difficult to resist adopting one!
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