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Cat Adoption Considerations
Bringing a new cat into your home is a decision that will bring much happiness to you and your family. Choosing to adopt a cat or kitten rather than buy one is a decision that is good for both you and the cat. Adopting the right cat for you is not that difficult as most cats, unlike dogs, have similar requirements.
INDOOR OR OUTDOOR CAT?
When visiting the cat shelter or browsing through the online pet classifieds, keep in mind that it is best for your cat that he is kept indoors. Indoor cats live longer, and are healthier overall, then cats that are allowed to go outside.
LONG OR SHORT HAIRED CAT?
One consideration when adopting a cat is the hair. If you choose a long-haired cat, keep in mind that the cat is going to require grooming much more often than a short-haired cat. While you can typically groom a short-haired cat at home, cats with longer hair may require grooming by a professional, which can be expensive.
If you adopt a long-haired cat or kitten and want to groom him at home that will require daily brushing of his coat to prevent mats and knots.
KITTENS CAN BE HARD WORK
Another choice you’ll need to make is whether to adopt a cat or adopt a kitten. Both are likely to need a bit of training. Many people select kittens because they are so adorable. Just remember they don’t stay little very long.
Others choose to adopt a cat, because they may already be litter box trained and because they know these older animals need a home just as much as kittens.
A GREAT COMPANION
Whether you visit a cat shelter or some other group offering cats for adoption, be sure keep in mind that the cat you choose is going to be your friend and companion for many years. Adopting the right cat for you is not difficult. Just consider all the options and choose wisely.
Don’t forget to view out adoption listings – we may have just the pet for you looking for a new home!
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